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Join us for the 20th Annual Collingswood Book Festival on Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 10am to 4pm

“It’s Where You Want To Read”

Readers and writers alike will come together this fall for the 20th Annual Collingswood Book Festival, held
on Saturday, October 1st from 10am – 4pm.

The Collingswood Book Festival has been called the most quiet fun experience thousands of people can
have! Every year, Haddon Avenue comes alive with readers connecting with over 60 presenting authors
and an additional 275 authors and exhibitors, plus music, food, and literary games and activities. Our
award-winning festival is the longest-running, largest literary event in the Delaware Valley. 

Kids festivities in Loompaland Alley (Irvin Avenue) will kick off at 10 a.m. with Miss Michelle (Kids’
MusicRound of Collingswood) followed by Sara O’Brien and the Community Rocks Kids! A few steps
away at the Collingswood clock, join Adrienne Purnell Brown, author of Penelope Takes Her Power Back.

Over at the Poetry Tent (Haddon and Washington Avenues), the winners of this year’s Youth Poetry
Contest will be announced. This years contest theme is “New Jersey”, and winning entries about the
Garden State will be read by the authors. There will also be presentations, panel discussions, and
readings of new work at the Poetry Tent throughout the day.

Near Haddon and Lees Avenues, a panel discussion titled “STEM Stories - Science in Fiction and Non-
Fiction” will take the stage in the Teens and Tweens Tent while the author of Abby, Tried and True,
Donna Gephart, appears on the second floor of the Collingswood Public Library.

A number of featured authors will appear at the Book Festival. Jo Piazza, a bestselling author, podcast
creator and award-winning journalist will appear at the Author Tent at Haddon Ave and Frazier Ave for
the Town Book Presentation. Her book, We Are Not Like Them, authored together with Christine Pride,
was a Good Morning America book club pick and is the 2022 Collingswood Book Festival Town Book.
Authors Sannii Crespina-Flores (Machetes are Forged in Soft Rivers) and Faleeha Hassan (War and Me)
will take the stage next, followed by authors Riley Sager and Sung J. Woo.

Also appearing will be Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Mike Sielski, who authored The Rise: Kobe Bryant
and the Pursuit of Immortality, and Beth Macy, the New York Times bestselling author of Dopesick:
Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America (now a Hulu original television series).
Beth will be discussing the sequel to Dopesick – Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of
America’s Overdose Crisis.

All events are free. The Book Festival is run entirely by volunteers, and community members from the
region are invited to help organize the event. The Collingswood Book Festival is a 501 (c) 3 organization.
For additional information, go to www.collingswoodbookfestival.com and follow on Facebook.

Collingswood is located in southern New Jersey, and is just minutes from Philadelphia. Over the years, Collingswood has become a premier tourist destination. Thousands of people from the tri-state region and beyond are drawn to the annual events like the Collingswood Book Festival, May Fair, Green Festival, Holiday Parade, and Fine Arts and Crafts Festival.

Collingswood’s been named: Best Small-Town Food Scene in the nation by USA Today, a Top 10 Transformed Community by Forbes, the Best Place to Go Car Free by Men’s Journal, a Classic Town of Greater Philadelphia by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, and a Great Place in America (Haddon Avenue) by the American Planning Association. Finally, Collingswood is home to the Collingswood Farmers’ Market, voted best in America by the American Farmland Trust.