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Harrisburg Book Festival to return next month with author appearances, tent sale

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore

An upcoming Harrisburg event may be one to bookmark.

Midtown Scholar Bookstore will host its 10th annual Harrisburg Book Festival from Oct. 19 to 23, featuring author appearances, a book tent sale and other literary activities.

This year will be the store’s first in-person festival since 2019. The past few year’s events were held virtually, due to the pandemic. The organizers anticipate this year’s festival will have a record turnout, according to Alex Brubaker, director of Midtown Scholar.

Authors from across the country will attend the event for meet and greets, book signings, readings and discussions. National authors include Joshua Prager, Pulitzer Prize finalist and journalist; Peniel E. Joseph, renowned historian; and Ross Gay, award-winning poet. Local authors like Steven Williams and Lauren Castillo, Caldecott Honor-winning children’s illustrator, will attend as well.

The book tent will return with over 20,000 used books for sale at $1, $2 and $3. The sale will take place at 3rd and Verbeke streets, in the grassy lot across the street from Midtown Scholar, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

Bookworms can also test their knowledge at a “Rooftop Literary Trivia and a Drag Show” at The Millworks on Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. Seating is first come, first served.

For the kids, the store will host “Children’s Day” on Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., featuring face painting, a scavenger hunt and story time, among other activities.

The Midtown Scholar will also unveil its new collectibles building at 1306 N. 3rd St., right next to the bookstore. The building houses thousands of rare and antiquarian books, vintage ephemera, old postcards, victorian maps and other collectibles. The rare book building will be open Oct. 21 and Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All events within the festival are free and open to the public.


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


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