Meet Tim Tocher, Children’s Programs Organizer

timtocherTimothy Tocher has been a member of the Festival organizing committee since its inception nine years ago. He makes sure that all events in the Children’s Room run smoothly. Tim is the author of four sports themed novels for middle grade students. Chief Sunrise, John McGraw, and Me (Cricket Books, 2004) was named a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association. The sequel, Bill Pennant, Babe Ruth, and Me (Cricket Books, 2009) received a starred review from Kirkus. His latest book,Odd Ball: Hilarious, Unusual, and Bizarre Baseball Moments(Marshall Cavendish, 2011) is his first work of non-fiction. Read more about him at

We have passed the halfway mark in raising funds for the Festival

logoWe launched our donation drive on Saturday, and we have already raised more than half of what we need for the 2016 Millbrook Literary Festival.   We  should meet our goal soon, and then we will start expanding our plans to include more support for authors and more outreach programs. Can we raise an extra $2,000?  Thank you supporters!

If you haven’t sent in your donation yet, please do so now.

This year the Dactyl Foundation is helping raise money for programming and outreach by accepting your tax-deductible donations, 100% of which will go directly to pay for Festival expenses. Donations can be made by sending a check payable to “Dactyl Foundation,” with “Millbrook Literary Festival” in the memo section, to Millbrook Literary Festival, P.O. Box 1349, Millbrook NY 12545.  Or by clicking on the donate button.


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Meet Tori Alexander, Dactyl Foundation director

ToriWithSheepSMVictoria N Alexander (“Tori”), is a literary fiction novelist (Locus Amoenus), philosopher of science (The Biologist’s Mistress: Rethinking Self-Organization in Art, Literature, and Nature and Fine Lines: Vladimir Nabokov’s Scientific Art ), Public Scholar with the New York Council for the Humanities, and a director at the Dactyl Foundation, which is sponsoring this year’s festival.  Tori is on the organizing committee and will be moderating a panel this year on “literary” fiction and non-fiction.  She owns a sheep farm in Amenia.  Tori can help you will any questions you may have about making a tax-deductible donation to support the Festival. Contact her at

Meet Sam Falk, Millbrook Literary Festival Chair

The Millbrook Literary Festival is entirely run by volunteers. This is the first in our series of posts introducing you to these dedicated individuals.

Sam Falk has been chairing the Millbrook Literary Festival for three years and began working with the Festival a few years before that when she was recruited by Scott Meyer after walking into Merritt Bookstore one day. She is indebted to him for introducing her to the literary world. Sam’s day job is teaching chemistry at Arlington High School. She also advises the school newspaper (The Arlingtonian) and is the Communications Chair for her local teacher’s union, the ATA. In addition, she is a member of the Friends of Millbrook Library. She lives in Millbrook and can be reached at