The first Albany Book Festival will be at UAlbany this fall and the lineup is stacked with notable authors

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The lineup includes Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, food writer/Splendid Table host Francis Lam, and Harvard professor Annette Gordon-Reed who won the Pulitzer Prize (and a bunch of other awards) for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.

The New York State Writers Institute has the first Albany Book Festival set for September 29 on the UAlbany campus. And holy moly is the lineup stacked.

Among the authors who will be there: Doris Kearns Goodwin, Gregory Maguire, Mark Kurlansky, Francis Lam, Michael W. Twitty, Annette Gordon-Reed, Walter Mosley, Laura Lippman, Khizr Khan. (A fuller lineup is below.)

Festival blurbage:

A message from NYS Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl:
"The Albany Book Festival is a new initiative for us and we ask you to join us in creating something truly amazing that elevates UAlbany and our capital city for years to come." ...
Bookstores, publishers, literary organizations, and vendors of book-related merchandise will fill numerous display tables and close to 100 local authors will also participate, signing and selling copies of their books.

The book festival will be Saturday, September 29 from 10 am to 4 pm in the new section of the UAlbany campus center on the uptown campus. It's free and open to the public.


Note: We pieced this together from the festival website. It probably missed a few of the authors who will be there. Also: authors aren't listed in any particular order.

Doris Kearns Goodwin
Gregory Maguire
Jonathan Santlofer
William Kennedy
Walter Mosley
Mark Kurlansky
Francis Lam
Michael W. Twitty
Leyla Moushabeck
Terry Golway
Annette Gordon-Reed
Gilbert King
Keisha N. Blain
Laura Lippman
Walter Mosley
Joseph Finder
Linda Fairstein
Julissa Arce
Abdi Nor Iftin
Khizr Khan
Maeve Higgins
Radha Agrawal

Writing workshops with:
David Pietrusza
Marion Roach Smith
Gene Garber
Elizabeth Brundage
Martin Nakell

Young adult events with:
Kristen Ciccarelli/ YA Fantasy panel
Middle grade mystery panel, with Linda Fairstein and Lauren Magaziner
Katie Henry, Lygia Day Penaflor panel

Children's events with:
Children's room activity stations and author appearances, including Ty Allan Jackson (Danny Dollar Millionaire: The Lemonade Escapade)
"My Albany, My Story" creative expression award presentation for students in grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8.

Doris Kearns Goodwin photo via her Facebook page, Francis Lam via The Splendid Table, Annette Gordon-Reed via Harvard Law School.


Mark Kurlansky! I have long been a fan of his in depth social histories of seemingly prosaic topics such as "Salt: A World History" (498 pages and worth every word).

His latest book "Milk! A 10,000 Year Food Fracas" is no doubt a deep dive into dairy.

More YA authors, please!

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