Massanutten Regional Library is pleased to announce the return of Rocktown Author Festival, an event which highlights local authors and offers support to attendees who wish to become published authors. Rocktown Author Festival will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2023, from Noon – 4:00 p.m. at the Central Library in downtown Harrisonburg.
Rocktown Author Festival includes an open forum for the public to meet and greet local authors, purchase their works, and have books signed. The event also includes two panel sessions, led by local experts, designed to inform attendees about getting started in publishing their own works, as well as how to tackle character creation in writing. The Festival is free and open to the public but advanced registration is requested.
The schedule for Rocktown Author Festival is as follows:
Noon – 4:00 p.m. - Meet & Greet Local Authors (drop-in; no advance registration required) held in the Central Library 1st Floor Meeting Rooms. 15 authors are exhibiting this year and represent a variety of genres and areas of specialty. Attendees can meet and purchase works/have books signed by: Linda Berry, Sydney Tooman Betts, Saloma Miller Furlong, Allison K. Garcia, Clifford Garstang, Gayle C. Krause, Matt Little, Margaret Locke, M. S. Marangione, Lori Mier, Linda H. Miller, Kim Newton, Sofia Samatar, Esther Yoder Stenson, and Dwight Tusing.
1PM-2PM - Panel Session I: "Character Creation" (advance registration requested) held in Central Library's Community Youth Center on the second floor. Panelists include Allison K. Garcia, Gayle C. Krause, Linda H. Miller, and Dwight Tusing.
2:30PM - 3:30PM - Panel Session II: "New Author Boot Camp" (advance registration requested) held in Central Library's Community Youth Center on the second floor. Panelists include Linda Berry, M.S. Marangione, Lori Mier, and Sofia Samatar.
Since its inception in 2019, the Rocktown Author Festival has been free and open to anyone in our service area who has an interest in writing, becoming published, or who would like to meet and support local authors. MRL is pleased to be the gathering place to support and celebrate current local authors, as well as a hub of information and resources for those just getting started in the industry.