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Harrisburg Book Festival returns next month with book sale, virtual author events

Midtown Scholar Bookstore

For those on the hunt for a good book, Harrisburg soon will have even more than usual to choose from.

Midtown Scholar Bookstore will host its ninth annual Harrisburg Book Festival on Oct. 6 through 10, featuring special book sales and author talks.

“Celebrating the power of storytelling, the festival aims to amplify and promote literature for all ages, and to build a community of readers, writers and life-long learners in Harrisburg,” said bookstore Director Alex Brubaker in a statement.

The event will include in-person bookstore hours, an outdoor tent sale and virtual author events with award-winning and bestselling authors.

A large tent in the grass lot on the corner of 3rd and Verbeke streets, across from the store, will hold over 10,000 fiction, nonfiction, art and children’s books priced at $3 and under. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day of the festival.

The virtual author events will feature renowned meditation teachers Sharon Salzberg and Kate Johnson, two-time Pulitzer nominee Howard French and the writers of Atlas Obscura. Award-winning historian Keisha Blain will discuss Frannie Lou Hamer’s political strategies and their relevance for tackling modern social issues. Also, New York Times bestselling author TJ Klune will read from and talk about his new LGBTQ novel. All author talks are free and will be broadcast on Zoom and Facebook Live and later uploaded to Youtube.

Last year, the festival was held virtually, with only a book sale in front of the store. However, the virtual format allowed the bookstore to feature bigger-name authors that may not have previously traveled to Harrisburg, like novelist John Grisham.

While Brubaker said it’s been a turbulent year and a half for the bookstore during the pandemic, he’s excited to welcome back readers and writers to the festival again.

Midtown Scholar Bookstore is located at 1302 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg. For more information about the Harrisburg Book Festival, visit their website.

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