Preview the Complete Book Fest Program

The complete Book Fest program is now online. Printed programs will be available at all Fort Collins Book Fest venues on the day of the festival and at other select locations throughout Old Town. All Poudre River Public Libraries locations will have printed programs available ahead of the festival.

You can download a web copy of the entire two-day program (PDF) and the Saturday schedule grid (PDF). 

Visit the 2019 Book Fest Program page for additional options, including a Quick Guide for Saturday’s schedule (excluding writing workshops and FoCo Writers Read).

FoCo Writers Read Lineup and Schedule Announced

More than 20 local authors will be reading from their work during the Fort Collins Book Fest. The “FoCo Writers Read” event takes place on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 11AM – 4PM at the Art Lab Fort Collins.

Take a look at the amazing lineup of writers and the schedule of readings.

Thank you to Kristin Owens, Eleanor Shelton, and Northern Colorado Writers for hosting this event. Support local writers!

Tea & Food Tastings Added to Book Fest

We’re super excited to help celebrate Happy Lucky’s Teahouse’s 10th Anniversary in October!

They’ve created some great tea and food tasting events that will happen during the Book Festival on Saturday, October 19. Each of the three Book Fest sessions is free to attend, but the Food & Cheese Tasting and the Food & Chocolate Tasting require you to reserve free tickets to make sure there’s room for you! Space is limited.

If you’re interested in all of the events happening at both Happy Lucky’s locations during their 10th Anniversary celebration, please visit their website or their Facebook events page.

10 Writing Workshops Added to Book Fest

We’re excited to offer 10 different writing workshops this year. As in past years, the writing workshops are free to attend, but you do have to pre-register in order to save a spot. Space is limited.

Registration for all workshops opens on Tuesday, October 1 at 9:00 AM.

Workshops run on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 at Old Town Library. This year features a young writers workshop (for grades 4-12) presented by Octavio Quintanilla on Saturday.

Visit the Writing Workshops page to review the full workshop schedule and session descriptions. Each workshop description includes a direct link to the online registration through Poudre River Public Libraries. Questions? Call the Library District Answer Center, 970-221-6740.

Fort Collins Book Fest Announces Headliners for 2019 Festival

“Food for Thought” continues the Festival’s tradition of bold discussions of important community issues and the celebration of local literary arts.

Poudre River Public Library District has announced the dates and headliners for the fourth annual Fort Collins Book Fest, October 18 and 19 at unique venues throughout Old Town Fort Collins. The free literary festival offers two days of author interviews, panels, keynotes, performances, writing workshops, readings, and other community activities.

The 2019 theme, Food for Thought, is designed to be a literary feast for book enthusiasts, foodies, and anyone curious about food systems, agriculture, current food movements, and culinary practices.

“We’re excited to bring in cutting-edge thinkers and authors from around the country and from right here in Colorado,” says Anne Macdonald, Fort Collins Book Fest director and librarian with Poudre River Public Library District. “We hope Food for Thought will resonate with people and spark discussions around food, sustainability, and local and regional food culture.”

Nearly 3,000 attendees are expected over the two days, Friday 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Information about the festival is available at FoCoBookFest.org.

2019 Fort Collins Book Festival Headliners

Headliners for the 2019 event include Saturday night keynoter Sean Sherman, Oglala Lakota chef, founder of The Sioux Chef, recipient of the 2019 James Beard Leadership Award, and winner of the 2018 James Beard Foundation Book Award (“The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen”); and Saturday morning opening keynote speaker Rick Bass, a National Book Critics Award finalist and environmental activist (“The Traveling Feast: On the Road and at the Table with My Heroes”). Also scheduled to appear is Joe Neguse, U.S. Representative for Colorado’s 2nd congressional district.

The headliners will be joined for book talks, panel discussions, readings and writing workshops by featured authors including food historian and award-winning writer Ken Albala (“Noodle Soup: Recipes, Techniques, Obsession”); author Stephanie Anderson (“One Size Fits None: A Farm Girl’s Search for the Promise of Regenerative Agriculture”); poet Adam Dickinson (“Anatomic”); Esquire magazine food and drink editor Jeff Gordinier (“Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking it All with the Greatest Chef in the World”); 2018-2020 Poet Laureate of San Antonio, Texas Octavio Quintanilla (“If I Go Missing”), and award-winning food journalist, community activist, and James Beard Award winner Toni Tipton-Martin (“The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African-American Cookbooks”).

Notable Colorado authors attending the festival include Ramona Ausubel (“Awayland”); Michael Carolan (“The Food Sharing Revolution: How Start Ups, Pop-Ups, and Co-Ops Are Changing the Way We Eat”), Bailey Cates (Magical Bakery Mystery series), Mark Easter (“Blue Plate: A Food Lover’s Guide to Climate Change”); Kathy Fish (Wild Life: Collected Works from 2003-2018”); Susan Harness (“Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption”); Christina Marie (“Cooking with Beer in Colorado”); Laura Resau (“Tree of Dreams”); Joshua Sbicca (“Food Justice Now!”); Kayann Short (“A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiography”); and George Wallace, Emeritus Professor, CSU Warner College of Natural Resources.

A full list of authors and presenters will be announced later this summer along with the festival schedule.

About the Fort Collins Book Festival

The Fort Collins Book Festival was conceived by librarians, writers, book lovers, and community members with the simple purpose: to combine the community’s passion for the literary arts and our unique cultural, social, and economic heritage in a celebration of literature, literacy, and social conversation. The festival is produced annually by Poudre River Public Library District in partnership with Colorado State University’s Morgan Library. Information about the event can be found online at FoCoBookFest.org or by calling the Library District at (970) 221-6740.

The 2019 event is offered free to the community through the support and generosity of the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, the City of Fort Collins Office of Economic Health, Bohemian Foundation, Poudre River Friends of the Library, Rocky Mountain Student Media, KUNC and the Colorado Sound, CSU Native American Cultural Center, Downtown Fort Collins Creative District, Northern Colorado Writers, Downtown Development Authority, Front Range Community College, Poudre River Library Trust, First National Bank, Savory Spice Shop of Fort Collins, Woodward Inc., Biblioboard, and other local businesses and creative arts organizations.

 

Call for Local Writers: FoCo Writers Read – FULL

Updated 10/7 – Thank you for your interest. Our FoCo Writers Read lineup is FULL. Please keep us in mind for next year’s Book Fest.

Fort Collins Book Festival is offering a full lineup of readings from local writers again this year with FoCo Writers Read!

If you’re interested in reading your best work at this year’s festival or have any questions, please contact Kristin ([email protected]) BEFORE October 4, 2019. Readings will be 10-minutes and space is limited to 20 participants.

All participants will be included on the FoCo Book Fest website and in various social media promotions.

 

FoCo Writers Read

Art Lab Fort Collins (239 Linden St

Saturday October 19, 2019

11:00 am – 4:00 pm