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By the Book: Lineup announced for annual Harrisburg Book Festival

Midtown Scholar Bookstore, the site of the annual Harrisburg Book Festival

It may seem unlikely, but Harrisburg has emerged as a key stop for authors on the book promotion and lecture circuit.

That status is punctuated each year by the Harrisburg Book Festival, which will return next month for a sixth year.

“We’re delighted that we’re able to bring this festival to Harrisburg again,” said Alex Brubaker, manager of Midtown Scholar Bookstore, which sponsors the long weekend of book-related events. “Every year, it gets bigger and better.”

The 2018 festival will feature panel discussions, keynote presentations, book signings, story times, arts and crafts and more, Brubaker said.

There will be two ticketed events — the opening keynote with Tayari Jones and the closing keynote with Carol Anderson, he said. Every other event is free and open to the public.

This year’s lineup includes presentations and signings with award-winning authors, including:

  • Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and poet Mary Lambert
  • New York Times bestselling novelist Tayari Jones
  • National Book Critics winner and New York Times bestselling critic Carol Anderson
  • New York Times bestselling historian Liza Mundy
  • President Barack Obama’s speechwriter David Litt and stenographer Beck Dorey-Stein
  • Caldecott honoree Lauren Castillo
  • Emerging novelists Crystal Hana Kim and Lucy Tan
  • Joe Beddia, whose pizza was named Bon Appetit Magazine’s “Best Pizza in America”

“We’re delighted to feature some of the most internationally renowned authors working today — right here in Harrisburg,” Brubaker said.

The 2018 Harrisburg Book Festival takes place Oct. 11 to 14 at Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg. For more information, visit

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