Everything you need to know about the Book Festival

The Chestnut Hill Book Festival happens on Sat, July 9 & Sun, July 10.

Advisory: Author George Anastasia has had to cancel. 

Authors will speak at seven different locations.

1) Venetian Club – 8030 Germantown Ave.

2) Stagecrafters Theater,   8130 Germantown Ave.

3) Roller’s at Flying Fish, 8142 Germantown Ave.

4) Buckley Park, 8201 Germantown Ave.

5) Chestnut Hill Hotel’s Bombay Room, 8229 Germantown Ave.

6) Jenks Tent, 8301 Germantown Ave.

7) Chestnut Hill Academy, 500 W Willow Grove


The Events

Complete Schedule of events (pdf)

The featured authors will speak at The Stagecrafters Theater



1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Dr. Art Caplan – Bio Ethics in the Modern World

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Dr. James Zogby – Arab American Voices

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. – Allen Hornblum – Hair-raising Philadelphia History

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Alex Kudera – Adventures of an Adjunct Instructor



1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Andy Waskie – Pennsylvania & The Civil War

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. – Elijah Anderson – Race & Civility in Everyday Life

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Lorene Cary – Iconic American Stories

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Michael Capuzzo – True Crime & The Vidocq Society


How much?

Most of the events are free but some workshops may have a fee.


Kids Festival

For children, a special Kids Festival will appear on Saturday, July 9th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jenks Playground where there will be music, hot dogs and nationally recognized authors/illustrators Ponder Goembel-11 a.m., Matt Phelan-1 p.m., Jason Deeble 2 p.m., David Lubar-Noon and the Barr sisters Sarah and Susan 10 a.m.

There will also be a special appearance by Kathy O’Connell of WXPN’s Kids Corner

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