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MEGA BEST-SELLING AUTHOR LEE CHILD TO HEADLINE MILFORD READERS AND WRITERS FESTIVAL

Milford, PA - LEE CHILD, the creator and author of the best selling JACK REACHER series, will appear at the 2nd Annual Milford Readers and Writers Festival on September 16. The Jack Reacher thrillers have sold over 100 million copies in 47 languages. Two of the novels have been made into hit movies starring Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher.

At the Festival, Child will be in conversation with Stephen Rubin, President and Publisher of Henry Holt, a major New York publishing house. Rubin has published many best selling novelists including John Grisham and Dan Brown.

Appearing on the main stage of the Historic Milford Theater, they will explore the mystery of making best sellers - how they are created and how they are marketed. Lee Child will share his personal experiences as author of one of the best selling book franchises ever and his ongoing relationship with his creation, Jack Reacher. The audience will be invited to join the conversation.

In addition to the conversation with Lee Child and Stephen Rubin the Festival also includes the following, all part of the Festival Pass on sale now:

·      Love Letters, a two person award winning Broadway play performed by actors Len Cariou, and Heather Cariou, at the Historic Milford Theatre;

·      Robin Morgan, award winning author, activist and feminist in conversation with journalist Farai Chideya, whose most recent book is The Episodic Career: How to Thrive at Work in the Age of Disruption;

·      Patricia Bosworth, one of the country’s preeminent biographers (Montgomery Clift, Diane Arbus, Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda) and author of a recent memoir, The Men in My Life: A Memoir of Love and Art in 1950s Manhattan in conversation with the director of the Woodstock Bookfest, Martha Frankel, author of a memoir (Hats & Eyeglasses) and other books;

·      A Plenary Panel with all the above writers in conversation with each other and the audience;

·      A Private Author’s Reception and a chance to meet and talk with all the authors from the mainstage panels at the Hotel Fauchere; and

·      A Science Fiction Writers Panel featuring Lawrence C. Connolly, Gordon Van Gelder, Paul Witcover, Robert Levy and John Grant.

A limited number of Festival Passes valid for entry to all Festival events as well as a private Authors Reception open only to Pass holders are now available for sale at the special early bird discounted price of $125 per person. Individual tickets for the Science Fiction Panel only on Sunday, September 17, are on sale for $25 per person. Tickets can be purchased at EVENTBRITE LINK and more information about the festival can be found at: www.milfordreadersandwriters (prices for the Pass and the Science Fiction panel will increase on August 15).

In addition to the ticketed events, the festival also offers a host of free programming and events around Milford and open to the public, including “Women Writing About Their Lives,” “Restaurants that Changed America,” storytelling and children’s and young adults events at the Pike County Public Library, “Artists Writing about Art”, “Recovery from Trauma”, poetry, travel writing, a marathon Twilight Zone episodes screening, beer tasting and Science Fiction at the Dimmick Inn, an open-mic event: “RAW After Dark” at Bar Louis, a “pop-up” bookstore, conversations and book-signings with local writers and more.

The Milford Readers & Writers Festival is a project of Pike Artworks, Inc., (501-c-3 status pending) organized by a group of community volunteers from the Upper Delaware River valley region.

 
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MAJOR AUTHORS TO HEADLINE 2ND ANNUAL MILFORD READERS AND WRITERS FESTIVAL, September 15-17

Tickets and Festival Passes Now on Sale

Milford, PA - The 2nd Annual Milford Readers and Writers Festival will take place on September 15-17 and feature an impressive roster of authors, publishers and actors. Following on the success of last year’s inaugural Festival, this year’s program is even more ambitious and exciting.

Festival headliners will include mega best selling author Lee Child in conversation with publisher Stephen Rubin; feminist writer and activist Robin Morgan in conversation with journalist and media figure Farai Chideya; and biographer and memoirist Patricia Bosworth in conversation with author and founder of the Woodstock Book Festival Martha Frankel, all of which will take on the main stage of the Milford Theater throughout the day on September 16. The audience will be invited to join in these conversations.

The Festival kicks off the night before, September 15, with Tony Award winning actor LEN CARIOU and HEATHER CARIOU performing the popular Pulitzer Prize nominated A.J. Gurney play “LOVE LETTERS” at the Milford Theater.

On Sunday morning September 17, also at the Milford Theater, a panel of notable science fiction writers including LAWRENCE C. Connely, Gordon Van Gelder, Paul Witcover, Robert Levy and John Grant will explore the world of science fiction and fantasy writing. This panel will be in the spirit of the famous Science Fiction Writers Conferences held in Milford from the 1950’s to the 70’s.

A limited number of Festival Passes valid for entry to all Festival events as well as an Authors Reception open only to Pass holders are now available for sale at the early bird price of $125 per person.  Individual tickets for the Science Fiction Panel only on Sunday, September 17, are on sale for $25 per person. Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite and more information about the festival can be found at: www.milfordreadersandwriters.com (prices for the Pass and the Sci Fi panel will increase on August 15).

Festival board chair Edson Whitney said, “Readers. Writers. Conversation. Those three words comprise our slogan and perfectly describe our three day festival.” 

Last year, featured writer Gloria Steinem commended the festival and commented, “This festival shows us the worldwide importance of coming together to share ideas and build community.” 

The Festival Pass includes admission to:

·      Love Letters, performed by Len Cariou, and actor Heather Cariou, at the Historic Milford Theatre;

·      Lee Child, whose Jack Reacher series has sold more than 100 million copies world wide, in conversation with Stephen Rubin, publisher and President of Henry Holt and Co.;

·      Robin Morgan, award winning author, activist and and feminist in conversation with journalist Farai Chideya, whose most recent book is The Episodic Career: How to Thrive at Work in the Age of Disruption;

·      Patricia Bosworth, one of the country’s preeminent biographers (Montgomery Clift, Diane Arbus, Marlon Brandon, Jane Fonda) and author of a recent memorir, The Men in My Life: A Memoir of Love and Art in 1950s Manhattan in conversation with the director of the Woodstock Bookfest, Martha Frankel, author of a memoir (Hats & Eyeglasses) and other books.

·      A Plenary Panel with all the above writers in conversation with each other and the audience;

·      A private Author’s Reception and a chance to meet and talk with all the authors from the mainstage panels at the Hotel Fauchere; and

·      A Science Fiction Writers Panel featuring Lawrence C. Connolly, Gordon Van Gelder, Paul Witcover, Robert Levy and John Grant.

In addition to the ticketed events, the festival also offers a host of free programming and events open to the public, including “Women Writing About Their Lives,” “Restaurants that Changed America,” storytelling and children’s and young adults events at the Pike County Public Library, “Artists Writing about Art”, “Recovery from Trauma”, poetry, travel writing, a panel on conservation at Grey Towers, a marathon Twilight Zone episodes screening, beer tasting and Science Fiction at the Dimmick Inn, an open-mic event: “RAW After Dark” at Bar Louis, a “pop-up” bookstore, conversations and book-signings with local writers and more.

The Milford Readers & Writers Festival is a project of Pike Artworks, Inc., (501-c-3 status pending) organized by a group of community volunteers from the Upper Delaware River valley region.

 
Left to Right: Len Cariou and Heather Summerhayes Cariou

Left to Right: Len Cariou and Heather Summerhayes Cariou

Len Cariou, Star of Broadway, Movies and TV, to Launch the 2017 Milford Readers & Writers Festival in the play Love Letters

Milford, PA- The 2017 Milford Readers & Writers Festival will kick off Friday, September 15th at 7:30pm at the Milford Theatre with the smash hit Broadway play "Love Letters" featuring Tony and Emmy award winning actor Len Cariou and his wife, actress and award winning author, Heather Summerhayes Cariou. The play by A.R. Gurney was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Love Letters tracks the lifelong correspondence of the staid, dutiful lawyer Andrew Makepeace Ladd, III and the lively, unstable artist Melissa Gardner. The story of their bittersweet relationship gradually unfolds from what is written – and what is left unsaid – in their letters.  

Len Cariou won the Tony for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and additionally received Tony nods for Applause and A Little Night Music. On TV Cariou currently stars as Henry Reagan, Tom Selleck's dad, on CBS’ Blue Bloods.

Heather Summerhayes Cariou is the best selling Author of Sixtyfive Roses: A Sister's Memoir and a founding member of the Center for Actor’s Study in Toronto. She is also a founding member of the Galaxy Writers Workshop in New Jersey, and sits on the Board of the International Women’s Writing Guild. 

“Love Letters” recognizes both the Reader and Writer and promises to be a great evening of laughter, drama and pure entertainment!

A limited number of Festival Passes valid for entry to headliner events on Saturday, September 16th for the conversations with Lee Child, Robin Morgan, Farai Chideya, Patricia Bosworth, Martha Frankel and Stephen Rubin, as well as the Friday evening performance of Love Letters starring Len and Heather Cariou are now on sale at the early-bird price of $125 per pass. The pass also includes entry to the Sunday Science Fiction Panel celebrating Milford’s legacy in science fiction. Festival Pass holders will enjoy exclusive access to an Authors Cocktail Reception at the Hotel Fauchere, where attendees will engage with the headlining authors individually.

Tickets can be purchased at the Eventbrite and more information about the festival can be found at: http://www.milfordreadersandwriters.com. Individual tickets for the Science Fiction Panel only on Sunday, September 17th, are on sale now for $25 per person (prices for the Pass and the Science Fiction panel will increase on August 15th).

In addition to the ticketed events, the festival also offers a host of free programming and events around Milford that are open to the public, including “Women Writing Their Lives,” “Restaurants that Changed America,” storytelling and children and young adult events at the Pike County Public Library, “Artists Writing about Art”, “Triumph Over Trauma”, poetry, travel writing, Conservation at Grey Towers, a marathon Twilight Zone episodes screening, beer tasting and Science Fiction at the Dimmick Inn, an open-mic event: “RAW After Dark” at Bar Louis, a “pop-up” bookstore, conversations and book-signings with local writers and more.

The Milford Readers & Writers Festival is a project of Pike Artworks, Inc., (501-c-3 status pending) organized by a group of community volunteers from the Upper Delaware River valley region.

 
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Bringing Science Fiction/Fantasy Back To Milford

Milford, PA - The Milford Readers and Writers Festival is thrilled to announce that Science Fiction will be back in Milford, providing three separate Science Fiction/Fantasy Events. Milford, though people may not remember, was a bastion of science fiction/fantasy from the 1950’s to the 1970’s and the original home of the famous Milford Writers Conference for writers of science fiction. The Conference was founded by such notables as Damon Knight, Kate Williams, Virginia Kidd and Judith Merrill and held at the Anchorage, Damon Knight’s home in Milford. Among the many famous writers who attended these Conferences are Harlan Ellison, James Sallis, Thomas M. Desch, Ann McCaffery and Algis Budrys. It is only fitting that today the Milford Readers and Writers Festival includes events that celebrate this great history.

The main offering will be held at the Milford Theater on Sunday, September 17 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and will include a slide show, a panel discussion and a Q & A session. The panel moderator will be Gordon Van Gelder, the editor and publisher of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. The panelists will include Lawrence C. Connolly, as guest of honor, the science fiction writers Paul Witcover and Robert Levy and John Grant, encyclopedist and past guest of honor.

Two additional free events will take place on Saturday, September 16. The Twilight Zone Marathon will be held at the Milford Library from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The marathon will consist of a continuous showing of the original episodes of the Twilight Zone. The second event, Beer Tasting and Readings, will be at the Dimmick Inn from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The science fiction writers featured on Sunday’s Science Fiction Panel will be reading from their novels and you can enjoy a beer while listening to the readings. There will also be drawings for SF/F books provided by the Kidd Agency and for tours of Arrowhead, Virginia Kidd’s home in Milford.

In addition to the Science Fiction Panel the Festival also includes the following, all part of the Festival Pass on sale now:

·      Love Letters, a two-person award winning Broadway play performed by actors Len Cariou, and Heather Cariou, at the Historic Milford Theatre;

·      Lee Child, whose Jack Reacher series has sold more than 100 million copies world wide, in conversation with Stephen Rubin, publisher and President of Henry Holt and Co.;

·      Robin Morgan, award winning author, activist and feminist in conversation with journalist Farai Chideya, whose most recent book is The Episodic Career: How to Thrive at Work in the Age of Disruption;

·      Patricia Bosworth, one of the country’s preeminent biographers (Montgomery Clift, Diane Arbus, Marlon Brandon, Jane Fonda) and author of a recent memoir, The Men in My Life: A Memoir of Love and Art in 1950s Manhattan in conversation with the director of the Woodstock Bookfest, Martha Frankel, author of a memoir (Hats & Eyeglasses) and other books;

·      A Plenary Panel with all the above writers in conversation with each other and the audience; and

·      A Private Author’s Reception and a chance to meet and talk with all the authors from the main stage panels at the Hotel Fauchere;

Individual tickets for the Science Fiction Panel only on Sunday, September 17, are on sale now for $25 per person. A limited number of Festival Passes valid for entry to all Festival events as well as a private Authors Reception open only to Pass holders are now available for sale at the special early bird discounted price of $125 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the Eventbrite and more information about the festival can be found at: http://www.milfordreadersandwriters.com (prices for the Pass and the Science Fiction panel will increase on August 15).

In addition to the ticketed events, the festival also offers a host of free programming and events around Milford and open to the public, including “Women Writing About Their Lives,” “Restaurants that Changed America,” storytelling and children’s and young adults events at the Pike County Public Library, “Artists Writing about Art”, “Recovery from Trauma”, poetry, travel writing, conservation at Grey Towers, an open-mic event: “RAW After Dark” at Bar Louis, a “pop-up” bookstore, conversations and book-signings with local writers and more.

The Milford Readers & Writers Festival is a project of Pike Artworks, Inc., (501-c-3 status pending) organized by a group of community volunteers from the Upper Delaware River valley region.