Saugatuck StoryFest: Saturday Events

Saturday, Oct 13, 2018 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM


NOTE: 11 am Hope Nation panel moved to Westport Woman’s Club, 44 Imperial Avenue.

10 am-4 pm: StoryFest Saturday is an outdoor walking festival on the Library’s grounds, celebrating story in all its forms and include:

  • Storytime with children's book authors including Victoria Kann and Hans Wilhelm
  • Renn Faire battles with Myrmidon Dagohir, a Norwalk-based chapter of Dagorhir Battle Games Association, who will perform recreated epic battles in George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones books. 
  • Image Comics, the third largest comics publisher in the country, and Aw Yeah! Comics in Harrison, NY, who will team up for the StoryFest’s Comics Alley for hands-on activities and opportunities to meet comics creators.
  • Library Book Sale of previously owned genre fiction on Jesup Green

Link to StoryFest website.
Link to StoryFest website partnership page.

Alphabetical listing of participants.

1 pm: Keynote address by Jason Reynolds, National Book Award Finalist and Newbery Honoree author of Long Way Down
Location: Riverwalk level patio

5 pm: Special children's event: "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library" with New York Times bestselling children’s author Chris Grabenstein. Event features retro video and arcade games, virtual reality, puzzle-solving challenge with a grand prize.
Sold out; sign up for waitlist. 
Location: Toquet Hall

7 pm: A Bradbury Evening: Stories & Performances with Ray Bradbury biographer Sam Weller
Location: Westport Woman’s Club, 44 Imperial Avenue




  • Myrmidon Dagorhir will perform “Game of Foams” and recreate epic battles from Game of Thrones
  • Make stomp rockets to celebrate Ray Bradbury!
  • Experience virtual reality with the Westport Library’s MakerSpace team
  • View the sun through a telescope with a special filter

StoryFest Morning Read Aloud Schedule
*Children are encouraged to dress in their Halloween costumes!
10 am: Jerry Craft
10:20 am: Elise Broach
10:40 am: Alan Katz
11 am: Victoria Kann

11:15 am: Songs from PBS’s Pinkalicious and Peteriffic with performers Jaden Waldman, Daia Jade, Kayla Erikson.

Noon: Writing Children’s Literature 
Panelists: Victoria Kann, Hans Wilhelm, Elise Broach, Alan Katz, Lauren Tarshis. Moderator: Raeanne Locke
Join us for a stellar panel of celebrated local author/illustrators of picture books, non fiction and chapter books! Learn more about the panel and their books, a bit of writing advice, and best of all, an opportunity to ask your own questions! Suitable for book lovers of all ages.

2 pm: Writing Historical Fiction and Nonfiction for Young Readers 
Panelists: Kenneth C. Davis, Ramin Ganeshram, Lauren Tarshis, Michaela MacColl
This panel will discuss the role of research in writing, the ways in which the authors conduct research, and how this leads to storytelling in both fiction and nonfiction.

11 am: Hope Nation

Panelists: Jason Reynolds, Nic Stone, Libba Bray, Gayle Forman. Moderator: Dr. Rosemarie Brock
Hope Nation is a timely collection of essays, letters, and intimate stories by twenty-three influential YA authors, aimed at young people facing uncertain futures in a climate of oppression, alienation, and defeat. This panel, moderated by the collection’s editor, Rose Brock, will feature four of the authors discussing their ideas, contributions, and experiences surrounding the concept of hope. NOTE: 11 am Hope Nation panel moved to Westport Woman’s Club, 44 Imperial Avenue.

Noon: Identity Crisis Panel 
Panelists: Ashley Woodfolk, Robin Benway, Gordon Jack. Moderator: Nic Stone
From losing loved ones to finding ones you didn't know existed, the events of adolescence are some of the most formative of our lives. What are all the ways we struggle as teens, and how do they contribute to the formation of the identities that come to define us?
NOTE: Noon Identity Crisis panel moved to Westport Woman’s Club, 44 Imperial Avenue.

1 pm: Festival Keynote: Keynote address by Jason Reynolds, National Book Award Finalist and Newbery Honoree author of Long Way Down
Location: Riverwalk level patio


2 pm: The Impact of Female Authors on Young Adult Literature Panelists: Nic Stone, Ashley Woodfolk, Robin Benway, Libba Bray, Gayle Forman. Moderator: Dr. Rosemarie Brock
This panel will consist of female YA authors who will discuss their audiences, intentions, and themes in the YA genre. These women will specifically focus on their beliefs about the role of a female author writing about young adults in the current climate of teens today.

3 pm: Role of Masculinity 
Panelists: Jason Reynolds, Gordon Jack, Nic Stone, Robin Benway, Ashley Woodfolk, Jerry Craft. Moderator: Dr. Bryan Ripley Crandall
What is the role of a male character in contemporary YA lit? Has his role shifted over time, and what is the impact of male characters on today’s audience? This panel of authors will discuss the underlying concepts behind the creation and motivation of their male characters, especially given the varying settings in which their stories take place.


11 am-1 pm: Storytelling with We Rise Storytelling Collective

2-3 pm: The Drawbstacle Course with Gregg Shigiel
Watch what cartoonists can do with a squiggle, some dots, and random words! It's an easel-swapping, clock-ticking, quick-thinking drawing game where YOU chart the course! An interactive activity for all ages.

3-4 pm: Harvest by We Rise Storytelling Collective


10-11 a.m. StoryMaking with Shadow Puppetry: Karen Bruce

Local puppeteer Karen Bruce leads participants of all ages through an interactive story building workshop with shadow puppets. Create your own micro-story, then build your own shadow puppets. Learn the basics and practice your very own shadow puppetry performance.
Community partner: Westport Country Playhouse, Shake Shack

11-12:30 pm: Meet and Draw Willow the Owl with The Ghost, The Owl creators Franco and Sara Richard
Explore the fantastical world of The Ghost, The Owl with its creators Sara Richard and Franco. First, meet Stamford Nature Center’s Willow and learn more about owls. Then, join Sara and Franco for a reading from The Ghost, The Owl and practice some owl life drawing techniques under Sara’s guidance.
Community Partner: Stamford Nature Center, Aw Yeah! Comics

2-3 pm: My Comic Shop History Panel with Anthony Desiato

3-4 pm: Raising Underepresented Voices in Sci Fi and Fantasy with Chavisa Woods, RJ Theodore and Nikki Woolfolk
RJ Theodore and Nikki Woolfolk discuss the challenges and progress for underrepresented voices in science fiction and fantasy.



11 am: Creating Worlds in Science Fiction: Christopher Mari and Jeremy K. Brown
What does it take to create future worlds? Christopher Mari and Jeremy K. Brown, bestselling science fiction authors, will share how they dream up worlds that both honor science as we know it and push our imaginations into the future.

12 pm: The Female Voice in Horror: Chavisa Woods, Christa Carmen and Gwendolyn Kiste
Chavisa Woods, Christa Carmen and Gwendolyn Kiste are rising voices in horror, and they’ll engage in a conversation about the future of horror and the role of the female voice in shaping that future.

2 pm: The Future of Thrillers: Rob Hart and Alex Segura

What’s ahead for mysteries and thrillers? Rob Hart and Alex Segura talk about the future of their genre.

3 pm: Scary Stories: May Cobb and Riley Sager
May Cobb and Riley Sager write thrillers with nods to the horror genre. They’ll discuss what their stories owe to horror, and what it’s like telling stories in between the horror and thriller worlds.

“Writing Your Next Chapter: Inspiration and Support for Those Who Have Lived Many Stories." Register online for the whole day OR the Alice Mattison talk only; free and includes:

9 am: Woodhall Press Breakfast with Local Connecticut Authors
Share a continental breakfast with local Connecticut-based authors, and chat about their work, the creative process, and what it’s like to live a writing life. Sponsored by Woodhall Press, an independent Connecticut-based publisher.

9:30-10:30 am: Doorways to Voice with Darcy Hicks
Through the five senses we take in the world around us and connect to the stories we all hold inside. Using a unique process called Doorways, this interactive workshop will lead participants to sensory experiences that foster creative process in art and writing.

11 am: Writing Out of the Dark with Patty Dann
Isak Dinesen said, “All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them.” This talk will be about allowing yourself to sit down and begin to write the moments of your life, both the dark and the light.

1 pm: Travel to Festival Grounds for Jason Reynolds Keynote

3 pm: Let Yourself Tell the Story with author Alice Mattison
The voices that tell you not to write, or not to say what you really think, are almost always louder than those that urge you on, whether the discouragement comes from a government that censors, a family or culture that teaches you to be quiet, or your own fear. This is especially true for women, for those who belong to marginalized groups, and for those past their first youth. We’ll discuss how we can write anyway, and how we might discover what we really want to say, which may even be hidden from ourselves.

2-3 pm:  StoryTime with Jay Miletsky and New Paige Press
Location: Christ & Holy Trinity Church
Join author Jay Miletsky for a fun storybook reading and art activity! Plus, buy your own copy of Jay’s book and get it signed by the author.
Community Partner: Christ and Holy Trinity, New Paige Press

2:30-3:30 pm: Fairfield Scribes at The Brownstone
Join the Fairfield Scribes for a panel and reading in support of their new time-travel anthology “When to Now.”
Community Partner: The Brownstone

3-4 pm: Children’s Author Jana Laiz at Savannah Bee
Community Partner: Savannah Bee

3-4 pm: Love Stories at Simon Pearce with Jamie Pope, Jamie Beck and Megan Ryder
A panel of romance writers discuss the romance genre and their experiences writing love. Then, create your own micro-love stories on typewriters from BackSpace.
Community Partners: Simon Pearce, BackSpace


5-7 pm:  Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library with Chris Grabenstein
Location: Toquet Hall Teen Center.
Sold out; sign up for wait list.
Meet New York Times bestselling children’s author Chris Grabenstein in this very special children's event, "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library." The night will feature retro video and arcade games, virtual reality, and puzzle-solving challenges with a grand prize!
Community Partner: Modern Dermatology

5-7 pm:. Lit Crawl Pub Trivia
Location: Starting Point: Rothbard Ale + Larder
Make the crawl through downtown Westport with our Halloween-themed Pub Trivia event. Show off your trivia skills while sampling the best of downtown Westport’s restaurant scene.

7-9 pm: A Bradbury Evening: Stories and Performances
Location: Westport Woman’s Club, 44 Imperial Avenue
Register online; $10.
We are thrilled to welcome Bradbury authorized biographer, Sam Weller, for a special evening celebrating the legacy of Ray Bradbury. Featuring a staged reading of “Kaleidoscope” produced by PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD, Westport’s popular play reading series, a talk by Sam Weller, and a panel conversation with Weller, Rob Hart and Gwendolyn Kiste, the evening will highlight Bradbury’s lasting impact on American Literature.


Westoberfest is happening the same weekend as the StoryFest on Saturday, October 13 from 1-5 pm. It is the latest addition to the Westport Downtown Merchants events calendar and invites patrons to enjoy tastings from a variety of local and regional breweries, complemented by live music and a selection of food offerings from top local restaurants. Come spend the day and experience a classic car rally, meander through a collection of artisan vendors from the Westport Farmers Market, and enjoy fun fall activities for kids by the Artist Collective of Westport, Wakeman Town Farm and Westport Historical Society. This town fall event will take place in the heart of downtown Westport, alongside appearances by award-winning authors presented by Saugatuck StoryFest.
Westoberfest is a fall festival for all.
Tickets for the tasting portion of the event are 21+ and available at Access to food vendors and fall activities are FREE to the public.

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