Morristown Celebrates Literary Excellence with 10th Annual Festival of Books


Two-Day Event spotlights Over 100 Acclaimed Authors and Features the Much-Anticipated KidFest

Morristown, NJ – As autumn leaves begin to fall, Morristown turns its focus to literature with the 10th annual Festival of Books slated for October 6-7, 2023. Recognized as New Jersey's premier literary gathering, the festival boasts a lineup of over 100 award-winning and best-selling authors spanning genres from fiction and nonfiction to poetry and children’s literature.

The Festive Highlights

Friday, October 6: At 7:30 p.m., Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center will be abuzz as Pulitzer laureates James B. Stewart and Rachel Abrams delve into their New York Times bestseller, "Unscripted: The Epic Battle for a Media Empire and the Redstone Family Legacy." Moderating this riveting discussion will be Brian Stelter, formerly of CNN.

Saturday, October 7: Beginning at 10:00 a.m. and culminating at 4:30 p.m., the main festival unfolds across iconic venues like St. Peter’s Church Sanctuary, The Church of the Redeemer, and the Morristown/Morris Township Library. Each locale will serve as a backdrop for intimate author dialogues and engaging Q&A sessions. Subsequent to these sessions, authors will be available for book signings at the Vail Mansion lawn's Book Tent, where their works will also be on sale.

Special Mention: KidFest On the same Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., St. Peter’s Church lawn will come alive with KidFest. Over 50 children's book authors and illustrators, including luminaries like Rachel Vail, Dan Gutman, and Wendy Mass, will be present throughout the day for book signings, breaking from the past practice of scheduled appearances.

Key Information for Attendees:

  • Location:
    110 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960
  • Cost:
    The festival is open to the public and free of charge, with the exception of the ticketed Keynote event on Friday evening.
  • Further Details: Comprehensive information, including a detailed author lineup and ticket procurement for the Keynote event, can be accessed at


This monumental literary celebration wouldn't be possible without the generous support of sponsors. The Keynote event is jointly sponsored by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and Delta Dental, while JP Morgan Chase & Co. sponsors special events. The KidFest receives backing from the Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital. 

Profits from the Keynote event and festival book sales will aid literacy and education initiatives in Morristown, in collaboration with Literacy Volunteers of Morris County and the Morris Educational Foundation. The steadfast commitment of these sponsors ensures the festival remains accessible to everyone.

The Morristown Festival of Books operates under the aegis of the Community Foundation of New Jersey, solidifying its commitment to the enrichment of the community's literary landscape.

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