Weekend to Feature Impressive, Diverse Lineup of Speakers, Interactive Workshops and Event.
This year's StoryFest boasts an impressive lineup of award-winning authors and creatives representing a variety of genres and will build upon the success and diversity of the inaugural festival held last October.
"The inaugural Saugatuck StoryFest was a tremendous success last year bringing thousands of people to Westport to share their love of story," said Executive Director of the Westport Library Bill Harmer. "We are proud to once again host this innovative event and showcase our fully-renovated new Library and its ability to support our diverse and ever-growing community of storytellers."
The 2018 celebration of writing and story brought more than 3,000 participants from across the tri-state region, was supported by over 50 community partners, and featured over 150 authors and creators. The 2018 StoryFest featured keynotes from Emmy-winning documentarian Sheila Nevins, National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds, National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi, bestselling children's author Chris Grabenstein and Tony Award nominee Joe Iconis.
The second annual Saugatuck StoryFest promises to deliver just as much excitement starting with a celebration of the stories beyond our Earth. Authorized Ray Bradbury biographer Sam Weller returns to StoryFest to talk about Bradbury's science fiction legacy. Author Kate Howells (Space is Cool as F**k) takes the audience on an interplanetary adventure to worlds far beyond our galaxy. New Media artist Balam Soto transforms the Forum into an interactive, interplanetary experience. This event is made possible by the Anne Eyes Foundation and registration is required.
On Friday, September 27, come experience Creature Stories and Monstersongs featuring screenwriter, filmmaker and co-host of the hit podcast Reading Glasses, Mallory O'Meara as she discusses her bestselling book The Lady from the Black Lagoon, which uncovers the life and career of Millicent Patrick, the woman who created the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Then, musical theatre composer Rob Rokicki and illustrator Dave O'Neill are joined by a cast of New York performers for Rokicki's Monstersongs, a rock musical song cycle celebrating an array of literary monsters. Registration information can be found here.
Saturday, September 28 is a full day of panels and author signings in the Library's new Forum featuring:
YA superstars Nic Stone, Tiffany Jackson, and L. L. McKinney
2019 Stoker Award winners Gwendolyn Kiste and Paul Tremblay
Past and Current Connecticut Nutmeg Award nominees Jake Burt, Geoff Rodkey and Ibi Zoboi
Hugo Award and Nebula Award winner Seanan McGuire
Acclaimed Horror editor Ellen Datlow
New York Times bestselling author Mallory O'Meara
Eisner Award winner Franco
Bestselling thriller writers Lynne Constantine and Wendy Walker
The Library's Children's Department will host a day's worth of interactive experiences with StoryFest's picture book authors.
StoryFest will feature many more authors, and the complete list of participating authors will be released later this summer, along with the opportunity to purchase tickets for the StoryFest's ticketed events.