I've heard about three festivals just in the last few days. The most ambitious one is up in Brattleboro, Vt. The one for children is in Bolton, Mass., and the one for history-minded folks is in Portsmouth, N.H.
Brattleboro, Vt., Oct. 3-5
In addition to readings by dozens of authors, there are panel discussions on book-to-film adaptations, Robert Frost, and age boundaries in literature. Details at www.brattleboroliteraryfestival.org.
Bolton, Mass., Saturday, Oct. 4
A dozen children's book authors will sell and sign books to benefit the Bolton Public Library Capital Campaign. Homemade pies, themed baskets raffle. For more info: 978-779-8353
Participating authors include author/illustrator Scott Nash ("Flat Stanley" series), Karen Day ("No Cream Puffs"), Suzy Becker ("All I Need to Know I Learned from My Cat"), Susan Paradis ("Snow Princess, Brass Button"), Mary Delaney ("Mabel O'Leary Put Peas in Her Ear-y"), Jamie Harper ("Miss Mingo and the First Day of School"), Mitali Perkins ("Rickshaw Girl"), Leo Landry ("Space Boy"), Mary Newell DePalma ("The Nutcracker Doll"), Jeanne Brett ("L Is for Lobster"), Ann Broyles ("Priscilla and the Hollyhocks").
Portsmouth, N.H. Oct. 23-25
In addition to a full complement of author readings, there will be a punk-rock poetry workshop for teens, a self-guided literary walking tour of the city and...
Think you have what it takes to be New Hampshire's first Literary Idol? Bring your mettle, your best 500-word flash fiction piece, and be ready to take the stage. Ten hopefuls will face a panel of Idol judges. Details at www.nhwritersproject.org/newfiles/WritersTrail2008.html.