The Albany Book Festival is back!

So many wonderful authors!



  • Joyce Carol Oates, author of more than 70 books, newest novel My Life as a Rat, previous memoir on loss A Widow’s Story, also to be featured (In-conversation event on Loss/grief memoir with Jonathan Santlofer, and event on newest novel)
  • Jamaica Kincaid, Antiguan-American novelist, essayist, presents her first children’s picture book Party: A Mystery (Event with illustrator Ricardo Cortes)
  • Sylvia Day, bestselling romance writer, newest book Butterfly in Frost (solo event with moderator)
  • Ricardo Cortes, children’s author of Sea Creatures from the Sky (2018) and illustrator of picture book, PARTY: A MYSTERY (2019) with Jamaica Kincaid (children’s event on Sea Creatures, and in-conversation event with Jamaica Kincaid)
  • Lew Bryson, author of Tasting Whiskey (2014), senior drinks writer for The Daily Beast (Craft Beer Author Event)
  • Naima Coster, debut novelist, Halsey Street (Latina author panel)
  • Craig Gravina, co-author of Upper Hudson Valley Beer (2014), co-founder of the Albany Ale Project (Craft Beer Author Event)
  • Mary Cregan, author of The Scar (2019) about the author’s descent into depression (event with Bassey Ikpi)
  • Ken Druse, author of 20 gardening books, newest book is The Scentual Garden (joint event on gardening with Margaret Roach and solo event)
  • L.M. Elliott, author of historical novels including new YA book Hamilton & Peggy! (YA Panel)
  • Eric Foner, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian of the Civil War era, newest book The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution (2019) (event with Harold Holzer and solo event)
  • Matt Futterman, Deputy Sports Editor of The New York Times, author of Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed (2019) (solo event)
  • Helon Habila, award-winning novelist and author of new novel Travelers (2019) (African Writer Panel)
  • Harold Holzer, one of the country's leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era, new book Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French (2019) (solo event and event with Eric Foner)
  • Bassey Ikpi, Nigerian-born American spoken-word poet, writer, and mental health advocate, author of I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying: Essays (2019) (Event with Mary Cregan)
  • Uzodinma Iweala, new novel Speak No Evil (paperback 2019), award-winning author of Beasts of No Nation (African Writer Panel)
  • Madhur Jaffrey, Indian-born actress, food and travel writer, and television personality, new cookbook Madhur Jaffrey's Instantly Indian Cookbook: Modern and Classic Recipes for the Instant Pot (2019) and memoir titled Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India (solo event, interviewed by Marion Roach Smith)
  • Stephanie Jimenez, author of debut YA novel They Could Have Named Her Anything (Latina Author panel and YA panel)
  • Wayetu Moore, Liberian-American author and debut novelist of She Would Be King, founder of One Moore Book, a boutique publisher of multicultural children's books (paperback 2019) (African Writer Panel and presentation in children’s activity room about One Moore Book)
  • Cherrie Moraga, Chicana writer, feminist activist, poet, essayist, and playwright, newest book Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir (2019) (Latina author Panel)
  • Allison Pataki, historical fiction novelist, daughter of George Pataki, author of memoir Beauty in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Love, Faith, and Resilience about her husband’s stroke (paperback 2019), and children’s picture book Nelly Takes New York (2019) (Event with Abigail Thomas, and kid’s event on picture book)
  • Melissa Rivero, debut novelist of The Affairs of the Falcóns (2019) (Latina author Panel)
  • Margaret Roach, former Editorial Director of Martha Stewart Omnimedia, author of new book A Way to Garden: A Hands-On Primer for Every Season (2019) (Gardening event with Ken Druse, solo gardening event, and memoir event with sister Marion Roach Smith)
  • Jonathan Santlofer, novelist and author of memoir The Widower's Notebook (In-conversation event on Loss/grief memoir with Joyce Carol Oates, and moderating event on Joyce’s new novel)
  • Will Schwalbe, author of bestselling Books for Living and The End of Your Life Book Club (In-Conversation with Dani Shapiro and separate solo event on Books for Living)
  • Hollis Seamon, published author of mystery, short stories, and young adult novel-- Somebody Up There Hates You (2013) (YA panel event)
  • Dani Shapiro, novelist and memoirist, newest memoir is bestselling Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love (2019) (In-Conversation event with Will Schwalbe and second solo event on new memoir)
  • Nafkote Tamirat, acclaimed debut novelist of The Parking Lot Attendant (African Writer Panel)
  • Abigail Thomas, beloved writing instructor and acclaimed memoirist, author of Three Dog Life, What Comes Next and How to Like It, among others (Event with Allison Pataki)
  • Susan Verde, children’s picture book author, new book I am Love (2019)(Children's yoga activity)
Event date: 
Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Event address: 
University at Albany
1400 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12222
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