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Rocktown Author Festival - April 13, 2024 Noon-4PM - Central Library, Harrisonburg

Massanutten Regional Library (MRL)'s Rocktown Author Festival is an annual event that celebrates local authors and offers support to attendees who wish to become published authors. Rocktown Author Festival includes an open forum for the public to meet and greet local authors, purchase their works, and have books signed by the authors. Our 2024 Rocktown Author Festival will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2024, from Noon – 4:00 p.m. at the Central Library in downtown Harrisonburg.

Drop in to the Author Room on the 1st Floor anytime between Noon-4PM to meet 18 local authors and learn about their works. Chosen through a selective application process, the 2024 Rocktown Author Festival authors represent a wide variety of genres, interest areas, and audiences. Authors will have books available to sell and sign at the event.

We're pleased to announce that the following authors were selected for the 2024 Festival:

Cara Sue Achterberg, Ryan B., Everett Brubaker, Heather Cole, Laura Copley, Mollie Cox Bryan, Melodie Davis, P. A. Duncan, H M DuVal, M. K. B. Graham, Alan W. Harris, Susan Hasler, Jeff W. Ishee, Sarah Lamb, John Norment, Kywn Townsend Riley, and Greg Wrenn.

The event also includes two panel sessions, led by local experts, designed to inform attendees about topics pertinent to writing and publishing. The festival is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested for panel sessions.

Click below to save your spot for one or both sessions:

Panel Session I: Publishing Paths: Which One is Yours? 1PM-2PM; Community Youth Center - 2nd Floor

Panel Session II: From Concept to Page: Bringing Your Ideas to Life 2:30PM-3:30PM; Community Youth Center - 2nd Floor


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Festival Applicants and Exhibitors Please note that author exhibitor applications for the 2024 Festival closed on 10/28/23. Invitations have been extended to selected authors and no other applications will be accepted at this time.

Past Festival Brochures

2023 Rocktown Author Festival

2022 Rocktown Author Festival

2019 Rocktown Author Festival

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