The Westport Library, in partnership with the Westport Public Schools, is pleased to announce the second annual Saugatuck StoryFest taking place September 26 – 28, 2019 at the newly renovated Westport Library. This year's StoryFest boasts an impressive lineup of award-winning authors and creatives representing a variety of genres.
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 features the keynote address by R.L. Stine at 1 pm, as well as 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.