Lee Child to headline Milford Readers and Writers Festival

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  • Lee Child, headliner of the second annual Milford Readers and Writers Festival. Photo by Sigrid Estrada.

The second annual Milford Readers and Writers Festival will take place Sept. 15 to 17 and features a variety of authors, publishers and actors, including headliner Lee Child.

Festival headliners will include best-selling author Lee Child in conversation with publisher Stephen Rubin; feminist writer and activist Robin Morgan in conversation with journalist and media figure Farai Chideya; and biographer and memoirist Patricia Bosworth in conversation with author and founder of the Woodstock Book Festival Martha Frankel, all of which will take on the main stage of the Milford Theatre throughout the day on Sept. 16. The audience will be invited to join in these conversations.

The festival kicks off the night before, Sept. 15, with Tony Award-winning actor Len Cariou and Heather Cariou performing the Pulitzer Prize-nominated A.J. Gurney play “Love Letters” at the Milford Theatre.

On Sunday morning, Sept. 17, also at the Milford Theatre, a panel of notable science fiction writers, including Lawrence C. Connely, Gordon Van Gelder, Paul Witcover, Robert Levy and John Grant will explore the world of science fiction and fantasy writing. This panel will be in the spirit of the famous science fiction writers conferences held in Milford from the 1950s to the 1970s.

A limited number of festival passes valid for entry to all festival events as well as an authors reception open only to pass holders are now available for sale at the early bird price of $125 per person. Individual tickets for the Science Fiction Panel only on Sunday, Sept. 17, are on sale for $25 per person. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite, and more information about the festival can be found at ww.milfordreadersandwriters.com (prices for the Pass and the Sci Fi panel will increase on Aug. 15.)

Festival board chair Edson Whitney said, “Readers. Writers. Conversation. Those three words comprise our slogan and perfectly describe our three-day festival.”

The Festival Pass includes admission to:

"Love Letters, performed by Len Cariou, and actor Heather Cariou, at the Historic Milford Theatre;

Lee Child, whose Jack Reacher series has sold more than 100 million copies world wide, in conversation with Stephen Rubin, publisher and President of Henry Holt and Co.;

Robin Morgan, award winning author, activist and and feminist in conversation with journalist Farai Chideya, whose most recent book is The Episodic Career: How to Thrive at Work in the Age of Disruption;

Patricia Bosworth, one of the country’s preeminent biographers (Montgomery Clift, Diane Arbus, Marlon Brandon, Jane Fonda) and author of a recent memorir, The Men in My Life: A Memoir of Love and Art in 1950s Manhattan in conversation with the director of the Woodstock Bookfest, Martha Frankel, author of a memoir (Hats & Eyeglasses) and other books.

A Plenary Panel with all the above writers in conversation with each other and the audience;

A private Author’s Reception and a chance to meet and talk with all the authors from the mainstage panels at the Hotel Fauchere; and

A Science Fiction Writers Panel featuring Lawrence C. Connolly, Gordon Van Gelder, Paul Witcover, Robert Levy and John Grant.

In addition to the ticketed events, the festival also offers a host of free programming and events open to the public, including “Women Writing About Their Lives,” “Restaurants that Changed America,” storytelling and children’s and young adults events at the Pike County Public Library, “Artists Writing about Art”, “Recovery from Trauma”, poetry, travel writing, a panel on conservation at Grey Towers, a marathon Twilight Zone episodes screening, beer tasting and Science Fiction at the Dimmick Inn, an open-mic event: “RAW After Dark” at Bar Louis, a “pop-up” bookstore, conversations and book-signings with local writers and more.

The Milford Readers & Writers Festival is a project of Pike Artworks, Inc., (501-c-3 status pending) organized by a group of community volunteers from the Upper Delaware River valley region.

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