We are happy to announce…

The Millbrook Literary Festival is happy to announce the finalists of the 2nd Annual Scott Meyer Award: Leanne Sowul, Joe Stefani, and Eric Trump (no, not that Eric Trump…)! Their essays stood out from among the entries received. The grand prize winner will be selected from among the finalists by Poughkeepsie Journal columnist Karen Kaufman Orloff and announced during a special ceremony at the Festival. Join us at 1pm on May 20 to hear all of the finalists read their essays and to learn who this year’s winner is.

And the Winner Is…

IMG_0534Congratulations to Ray Fashona, winner of the 2016 Scott Meyer Award. His short story, Shopping for Death in Poughkeepsie, was selected by the final judge, award-winning author Valerie Martin, after the Festival’s judging committee chose three finalists from all of the entries submitted. Pictured here from left to right are: Finalist Anna Paret; Meyer’s wife, Alison Meyer; Fashona; Martin; Festival Chair Sam Falk; and Finalist Laurie Treacy. More details about the award can be found at https://millbrookliteraryfestival.org/scott-meyer-award/.

Over 75 Authors!

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Yes, you read that right. We have over 75 authors coming to take part in the Millbrook Literary Festival this year. They range from self-published first-time novelists to New York Times bestsellers. Children’s picture books, graphic novels, historic fiction, memoir… you name it, we’ve probably got a book about it at the Festival. Don’t you want to see what the Festival is all about? Come join us on May 21 at Millbrook Library!

Registration Now Open For the Children’s Owl Pellet Dissection Workshop

velyajanczurbanRegistration is now open for our free owl pellet dissection workshop! Stop by the Children’s Room at Millbrook Library to sign up your grade K-6 children for this fun learning experience. Children are invited to join teacher and author Velya Jancz-Urban as she shares her most popular hands-on science class for kids. As their natural curiosity leads them to explore the natural world, each child will come away with something different from dissecting an owl pellet, from an understanding of the food chain and circle-of-life concept, to mammal anatomy. -10am – 10:45am on May 21.

Why Is the Movie Always Different Than the Book?

screenflier2016Have you ever read a book and then went to see the movie version, only to find that they were very different? Why are characters and events often changed? Our panel of screenwriters and authors will discuss the challenging process of taking the printed word and bringing it to life on the screen. Vassar College Professor Joseph Muszynski will lead the discussion with panelists Jim DeFelice (American Sniper), K.L. Going (Fat Kid Rules the World), Jack Kelly (Protection), and Valerie Martin (Mary Reilly). Join them on May 21 at 3:15 p.m. – in the Gallery at the Millbrook Library.

Scott Meyer Award Finalists Announced

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The Millbrook Literary Festival is happy to announce the finalists of the inaugural Scott Meyer Award. . . Ray Fashona, Anna Geraldine Paret, and Laurie Treacy! Their short stories stood out from among the entries received. The grand prize winner will be selected from among the finalists by award-winning author Valerie Martin and announced during a special ceremony at the Festival. Please be sure to join us in the Gallery at Millbrook Library at 12:45pm on May 21.

For more contest details please visit https://millbrookliteraryfestival.org/scott-meyer-award/.

Meet Tim Tocher, Children’s Program 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 http://sites.google.com/site/tochertales.