5th Annual Morristown Festival of Books

Oct 12-13: Hear from more than 50 authors, including Pulitzer Prize-winners Gregory Pardlo and Gilbert King, at the Morristown Festival of Books. Friday night’s keynote speaker is former Secretary of State John Kerry.

Courtesy of Kelly Campbell

The Morristown Festival of Books is thrilled to announce its much-anticipated 2018 best-selling and award-winning author lineup! Former Secretary of State and five-term U.S. Senator John Kerry joins the roster of critically acclaimed authors as the Keynote speaker on Friday, October 12.

The all-day, free main festival on Saturday, October 13 features over 50 award-winning fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s, and young adult authors, including Pulitzer Prize winners Gregory Pardlo and Gilbert King, National Book Award winner and five-time Pulitzer finalist Joyce Carol Oates, Newbery Medal winner Matt de la Peña and Caldecott Honoree Christian Robinson, political commentator Chris Matthews, Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad, current international bestselling authors A.J. Finn, Kate Morton, Diane Chamberlain, Kate Moore, Megan Abbott, Kate Quinn, and National Book Award finalists Laini Taylor and Ibi Zoboi. 

Young readers will delight in the ever-popular KidFest with KidFest Featured Author/Illustrator duo Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson, whose lyrical and poignant new picture book, Carmela Full of Wishes, will move and enchant both children and parents alike.

YA fans will be thrilled to know that this year’s Featured Young Adult author is National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the best-selling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.

The all-day, free main festival takes place on Saturday, October 13. Over 50 award-winning and best-selling authors will speak and answer questions at five locales, all within walking distance of each other along South Street in historic Morristown, including St. Peter’s Church Sanctuary and Parish House, The Church of the Redeemer, the Morristown/Morris Township Library and the Presbyterian Church Parish House. Book sales and signings will occur at a tent on the grounds of the historic Vail Mansion. The Friday, October 12 keynote event is generously sponsored by Investors Bank. The Saturday, October 13 festival is presented by Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management. 

Partial Author Lineup:


Megan Abbott (Give Me Your Hand)

Alafair Burke (The Wife) 

Diane Chamberlain (The Dream Daughter)

Fiona Davis (The Masterpiece) 

Mark Di Ionno (Gods of Wood and Stone) 

Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie (My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton) 

A.J. Finn (The Woman in the Window) 

Uzodinma Iweala (Speak No Evil) 

William Kent Krueger (Desolation Mountain) 

Julie Maloney (A Matter of Chance) 

Sujata Massey (The Widows of Malabar Hill) 

Aimee Molloy (The Perfect Mother) 

Kate Morton (The Clockmaker’s Daughter) 

Rhiannon Navin (Only Child) 

Joyce Carol Oates (Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense) 

Kate Quinn (The Alice Network) 

Rakesh Satyal (No One Can Pronounce My Name) 

Susan Holloway Scott (I, Eliza Hamilton) 


Caroline Campion (The Dinner Plan) 

Christian Davenport (The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos) 

Michael Dickman (Green Migraine) 

Bob Drury (Valley Forge) 

Jeff Goodell (The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World)

Leslie Jamison (The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath) 

Sandeep Jauhar (Heart: A History) 

Gilbert King (Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found)

Chris Matthews (Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit) 

Kate Moore (Radium Girls) 

Ibtihaj Muhammad (Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream) 

Gregory Pardlo (Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America) 

Event Information

  • Date: 10/12/2018 - 10/13/2018
  • Ticket Info: Fri, 7:30 pm; $25-$50; Mayo PAC. Sat, free; various locations.
  • Website: www.morristownbooks.org
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