Spencertown Festival of Books is this Labor Day Weekend
Spencertown Academy Arts Center’s Festival of Books takes place August 30 to September 2. The Festival offers a giant used book sale, two days of readings and book signings by nationally known and local authors, and a children’s program. Featured authors include Peter Biskind, Charles Dubow, Hugh Howard, Verlyn Klinkenborg, and Taylor Mali. Admission is free, save for the early book-buying opportunities. The Festival, which began in 2006 as a modest book sale to raise funds for the Academy’s community art programs, has grown into one of the biggest and most eagerly anticipated cultural events of the year. Last year, nearly 2,000 people attended.At the heart of the Festival is a giant book sale, one of the biggest in the region, featuring more than 10,000 gently used books, including fiction and nonfiction, hard and soft covers—all offered at very affordable prices. The book sale is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, 10 to 5, and on Monday, September 2, 10 to 2. Admission is free.
There are two early-buying events. Supporters of the Spencertown Academy Arts Center will have first crack at the books and enjoy wine, and cheese, as they shop at the Members Preview Party, Friday, August 30, 6 to 9. Admission is $25; memberships are available at the door. Shoppers and book dealers who want first pick of the stock can take advantage of an early-buying opportunity on Saturday from 8 to 10; admission for early buying on Saturday is $20. Serious bargain hunters will want to return to the sale on Monday, when remaining books will be just $1; specialty books will be half price.
Spencertown Academy Arts Center is located at 790 State Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y. Visit spencertownacademy.org or call 518-392-3693 for details.