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CELEBRATING 5 YEARS OF STORYFEST
StoryFest is a multi-day, genre-spanning literary festival, now in its fifth year.
StoryFest is the largest literary festival in the state of Connecticut.
StoryFest is a celebration of the story in all its forms, and storytellers from across all media.
StoryFest is where you can hear award-winning and debut authors talk about their work and books they have coming out this fall.

This year, maybe more than any other, we’re looking to return to a sense of the familiar — to a sense of community gathered. So please join us for this fifth annual celebration of reading, writing, ideas, and community!
EVENT SUMMARY
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Friday, September 9
6 pm: Kick-Off: Isaac Fitzgerald in Conversation with Saeed Jones

Saturday, September 10, Author Panels 10 am - 4pm
10 am:
Just Be… Just Listen, Just Create, Just imagine, Just Be You! (Children)
10 am: A Sight that Almost Stops Your Heart: A Panel on the Art of the Thriller
11 am: Do The Thing: A Panel on Perseverance
12 pm: The Circular Relationship: A Panel About Writers and Editors
1 pm: Resist and Rise Up: A Panel on Activism
2 pm: (Never) Too Much Horror Business: A Panel on Dark Fiction
3 pm: Rebuilding Community After the Apocalypse: Writing Out of the Pandemic
4:30 pm: Naomi Novik comes to StoryFest 2022!

Saturday Evening, September 10:
6 pm:
Reading Glasses ... LIVE!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 
Evening

 Isaac Fitzgerald in Conversation with Saeed Jones

Reception: 6 pm     Program: 7 pm     Location: Main Stage

Kick off StoryFest weekend with an intimate conversation between best friends and best-selling authors Saeed Jones (How We Fight For Our Lives) and Isaac Fitzgerald (Dirtbag, Massachusetts).

Join us beforehand for a StoryFest kickoff party at 6 pm featuring signature drinks and small bites!
Watch a recording of the conversation here
Isaac Fitzgerald
Author Bio
Saeed Jones
Author Bio

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

Author Panels

Just Be… Just Listen, Just Create, 
Just Imagine, Just Be You!

Time: 10 am - 12 pm   Location: Brooks Place

Westport’s local authors and artists Sivan Hong, Lisa Cloherty, and Rosie Jon invite your families to a special StoryFest morning of creativity and inspiration! Featuring read-alouds by Sivan and Lisa and an interactive art project led by Rosie!
Sivan Hong
Sivan Hong
 
Author Bio
Lisa Cloherty
Author Bio
Rosie Jon
StoryFest - Jon RosieAuthor Bio
A Sight that Almost Stops Your Heart: A Panel on the Art of the Thriller

Time: 10 am    Location: Main Stage

Kick off StoryFest Saturday with a killer panel of thriller writers.
Watch a recording of the conversation here
Gabino Iglesias
Gabino IglesiasAuthor Page
Lynne Constantine
Lynne ConstantineAuthor Bio
May Cobb
Author Page
Greg Galloway
Author Page
Bracken MacLeod
Author Page
Do the Thing: A Panel on Perseverance

Time: 11 am    Location: Main Stage

Whether it’s releasing your first book days into a global pandemic or breaking through at a major publisher after years of small press success, hear from a group of authors who don’t quit, no matter what.

Presented by the Westport Writers' Workshop
Watch a recording of the conversation here
May Cobb
Author Page
Rachel Harrison
Rachel HarrisonAuthor Page
Gabino Iglesias
Gabino IglesiasAuthor Page
Alma Katsu
Alma KatsuAuthor Page
Eric LaRocca
Eric LaroccaAuthor Page
  Tessa Smith McGovern
McGovern, TessaAuthor Page
Olesya Salnikova Gilmore
Author Page
The Circular Relationship: 
A Panel About Writers and Editors

Time: 12 pm    Location: Main Stage

Hear from a genre's premier editor, Ellen Datlow, and the award-winning authors she has worked with as they lift the veil on the symbiotic — and mysterious — relationship between writers and editors.
Watch a recording of the conversation here
Stephen Graham Jones
Stephen G JonesAuthor Page
John Langan
John LanaganAuthor Page
Bracken MacLeod
Author Page
Seanan McGuire
Seanan McGuireAuthor Page
Paul Tremblay
Paul TremblayAuthor Page
Ellen Datlow
Ellen DatlowAuthor Page
Resist and Rise Up: A Panel on Activism

Time: 1 pm    Location: Main Stage

Whether writing out from under oppression or helping to shine a light on others who've historically been disenfranchised, hear how these writers have used their own unique voices to amplify the voices of others in their lives and work.
Watch a recording of the conversation here
Mondiant Dogon
Mondiant DogonAuthor Page
 Sonya Huber
Sonya HuberAuthor Page
Gwendolyn Kiste
Gwendolyn KisteAuthor Page
LaQuette
Author Page
Julia Phillips
Author Page
Hugh Ryan
Hugh RyanAuthor Page
(Never) Too Much Horror Business: 
A Panel on Dark Fiction

Time: 2 pm     Location: Main Stage  

Horror is all the rage these days, and we've got some of the genre's premier writers on hand to discuss the allure of dark fiction.

Sponsored by the Horror Writers Association
Watch a recording of the conversation here
Gus Moreno
Gus MorenoAuthor Page
Lorien Lawrence
Lorien LawrenceAuthor Page
Clay McLeod Chapman
Author Page
 Stephen Graham Jones
Stephen G JonesAuthor Page
John Palisano
Author Page
It's been a year (or three)! It's the understatement of our new reality , and writers — like all of us — have dealt with the challenges of today in different ways. Hear how writing and creating helped get this distinguished panel through the apocalypse. Moderated by Stephen Bowling.
Watch a recording of the conversation here
Greg Galloway
Author Page
Amanda P. Morgan
Author Page
Kate Racculia
Author Page
Libby Waterford
Libby WaterfordAuthor Page
Stephen G. Bowling
Author Page
Naomi Novik in Conversation
with Tessa Smith McGovern & Patricia Dunn

Time: 4:30 pm    Location: Main Stage

Join Tessa Smith McGovern and Patricia Dunn for an in-depth conversation with New York Times bestselling author Naomi Novik at StoryFest 2022! Be there as Tessa and Pat launch their brand-new podcast, Go Ahead, Write Something!
Book signing to follow. Promotional copies of The Scholomance Student Handbook will be available as a free gift with the purchase of any Naomi Novik book, while supplies last!
Watch a recording of the conversation here
Naomi Novik
Author Page
Patricia Dunn
Author Page
Tessa McGovern
McGovern, TessaAuthor Page
Saturday, September 10
Evening
Reading Glasses ... LIVE!
Raise a glass to StoryFest weekend on Saturday, September 10, with specialty cocktails and Reading Glasses! 

Mallory O’Meara (James Beard Book Award-winning author) and Brea Grant (filmmaker and actress) bring their ultra-popular podcast, Reading Glasses, to the Library’s stage for a very special live event featuring guest stars Paul Tremblay, Stephen Graham Jones, Alexis Henderson, and Clay McLeod Chapman, and a virtual appearance by Sarah Gailey!

Don't miss the reception, which will feature signature drinks and small bites courtesy of Bill Taibe, 2021 Connecticut Restaurateur of the year and four-time James Beard Chef of the Year semifinalist. 
Watch a recording of the conversation here
Mallory O'Meara
Author Bio
Brea Grant
Author Bio
Clay McLeod Chapman
Author Page
Sarah Gailey
Author Page
Stephen Graham Jones
Stephen G JonesAuthor Page
Alexis Henderson
Alexis HendersonAuthor Page
Rachel Harrison
Rachel HarrisonAuthor Page
Paul Tremblay
Paul TremblayAuthor Page
Reading Glasses Podcast
About the Podcast:
Want to learn how to make the most of your reading life? Join Brea Grant and Mallory O’Meara every week as they discuss tips and tricks for reading better! Listeners will learn how to vanquish their To-Be-Read piles, get pointers on organizing their bookshelves and hear reviews on the newest reading gadgets. Brea and Mallory also offer advice on bookish problems. How do you climb out of a reading slump? How do you support authors while still getting books on the cheap? Where do you hide the bodies of the people who won’t stop talking while you’re trying to read? Mallory and Brea engage in a weekly discussion geared towards all kinds of book lovers — no matter what you read or how you read it.
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