Providence Book Festival connects readers and writers April 26-27

Providence Book Festival connects readers and writers April 26-27

PROVIDENCE – More than 75 award-winning fiction, nonfiction, children/young adult authors and poets from around the U.S. will meet in Providence for the inaugural Providence Book Festival on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27.

The festival, presented by nonprofit LiteraryArts RI, will take place at the Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel, RISD Museum of Art, the Statehouse, Brown University’s John Hay Library, AS220 and the Providence Athenaeum.

Beatrice Lazarus, festival director, said, “The historic city of Providence will be turned into an authors’ village lit up with writers, editors and publishers who are eager to connect with Rhode Island’s book lovers and vibrant literary community.”

Honorary co-chairs of the festival are bestselling author Ann Hood and Rhode Island Poet Laureate Emerita Lisa Starr.

The family-friendly event includes presentations by nationally acclaimed authors, workshops, panel discussions, and literary-themed exhibits and activities, as well as pop-up events, food trucks, and music.

Festival-goers can interact with authors, discover new books, and attend readings and signings.

On Friday, April 26, the festival will present the Great Authors in Schools program at various Providence schools with readings, Q&As and donated books to school libraries. An opening night keynote gala takes place Friday starting at 6 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel. Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance.

Saturday’s activities run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit youth literacy programs at Rhode Island public libraries.

An all-day pass for Saturday is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Admission is free for children 12 and under.

For a full list of authors, a schedule of events, and to register, visit www.providencebookfestival.org .