Writing & Self-Publishing Workshops Announced

Participate in writing workshops and self-publishing seminars designed to broaden your writing and encourage creativity. Learn how to develop your character’s voice and dialogue, advance your poetry, write scientific articles, create compelling sci-fi, and more.

Due to the popularity of the FoCo Book Fest, we’ve added an entire day of writing workshops and self-publishing seminars so attendees can participate in writing classes and also enjoy a day of author presentations, panel discussions, and readings.

All workshops take place Friday, October 19 at Old Town Library.

Workshops are free but require registration since space is limited. You must be age 16+ to register. Registration opens on October 1 at 10:00 AM.

Learn more about the workshops and how to register by visiting our Writing Workshops page.

Priority Signing for “An Evening with Andy Weir” Available

Calling all Martians! Old Firehouse Books, the official bookseller of the Fort Collins Book Festival, is offering priority signing at “An Evening with Andy Weir” on Saturday, October 20.

The first 35 people to donate $25 to the Book Festival, via Old Firehouse Books, get Priority Signing! This means you’ll be the first in line to meet Andy and get your books signed. You won’t have to wait in what’s sure to be a long signing line.

“An Evening with Andy Weir” book talk and signing is Saturday, October 20, at CSU Lory Student Center. Doors open at 4:30PM. His presentation gets underway at 5:30PM.

Questions? Contact Old Firehouse Books at 970-484-7898.

Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky Added to The Big Think Lineup

The Fort Collins Book Festival is excited to bring Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky to this year’s event. Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky is an established composer, multimedia artist and author whose fourth book, The Imaginary App, was released in 2014.  Miller is the 2017-2018 recipient of the The Hewlett 50 Arts Commission Award which will support the creation of “Sonic Web,” a multimedia performance and an installation based on the history and evolution of the internet, which will premiere at San Francisco’s Internet Archive in January 2019. Upcoming album releases include “Phantom Dancehall” with premier reggae label VP Records and his first blockchain album, “The Invisible Hand,” commissioned by SingularDTV.

During his presentation at the book festival, “The Imaginary App,” Miller discuss and demonstrate how technology has shaped creativity throughout history and continues to guide how we actualize the future including how apps have changed everything. (FREE)

Later that night, you won’t want to miss DJ Spooky: The Hidden Code at the OtterBox Digital Dome Theater at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. Presented by The Music District. (TICKETED)

Imagine a visual odyssey through the cosmos, driven by lush musical compositions and inspired by complex themes of astronomy, engineering, biology, and psychology. The Hidden Code is the newest work by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid. Commissioned by Dartmouth College’s Neukom Institute for Computational Science, Miller composed the album based on conversations with several of Dartmouth’s leading researchers. Come experience stunning 360° visuals along with the sounds of DJ Spooky at the OtterBox Digital Dome Theater October 20, 2018.

“The Hidden Code” is Saturday, October 20. Doors open 7:00 pm. Two showtimes beginning at 7:30 pm & 9:00 pm. Cash bar available. Tickets: $20/$16 for FCMoD members.

 

Call for Fort Collins Writers! Join the All-Day Readings

This is a call to all Fort Collins writers! This year’s book festival includes an opportunity for FoCo writers to read and share their work with the community. If you’re interested in participating in the all-day readings on Saturday, October 20, make sure you email Kristin [[email protected](dot)com] before October 1st to reserve your spot. You do not need to be published in order to read.

There are approximately 20 open slots for 10-minute readings. Participants will be included on the book festival website and promoted as part of the overall event. Reserve your spot today!

FoCo Writers Read
Saturday October 20, 2018
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Art Lab Fort Collins
(239 Linden St.)
Hosted by Northern Colorado Writers

Kristin can be reached via email at [email protected](dot)com. Deadline is October 1, 2018.

Bill Ritter Jr. to Present Opening Keynote at Fort Collins Book Festival

Clean energy expert, author of “Powering Forward,” and former Colorado Governor to discuss the energy transition in America toward decarbonization

(FORT COLLINS, Colo., Sept. 12, 2018) — Poudre River Public Library District today announced that Bill Ritter, Jr., a clean energy expert, author, and former Colorado Governor, will present the opening keynote at the free 2018 Fort Collins Book Festival, The Big Think. His presentation, “The Energy Transition in America,” will focus on why states, local governments, and businesses continue toward decarbonization.

Ritter’s keynote presentation and audience discussion is scheduled for Saturday, October 20 from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. at Block One Events*. A book signing will follow hosted by Old Firehouse Books, the official bookseller of the festival.

Following the morning keynote, Ritter will participate in a discussion on human ingenuity and innovation from 11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. at the CSU Powerhouse. He will be joined by author Richard Munson (Tesla: Inventor of the Modern), Colorado State University professor Ellen Brinks, local artist-inventor Jennifer Spencer, and others.

“We are very excited to have Bill Ritter opening the book fest this year. His passion for clean energy solutions, from as far back as when he was Colorado’s governor, has made a significant impact on energy innovation and advocacy in our region,” says Anne Macdonald, director of Fort Collins Book Festival and librarian at Poudre River Public Library District.

Bill Ritter, Jr. is the founder and director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University. The Center works directly with governors, legislators, regulators, planners, policymakers, and other decision makers. It provides technical assistance to help officials create the policies and practices that will facilitate America’s transition to a clean-energy economy. Ritter authored the 2016 book Powering Forward – What Everyone Should Know About America’s Energy Revolution. He is the chair of the Board of Directors of the Energy Foundation and a senior fellow and member of the board of directors of the Advanced Energy Economy Institute. Ritter previously served as Colorado’s 41st governor.

Festival Venues Announced

We’re taking over some of the coolest Old Town Fort Collins venues for the 2018 book fest! We’re excited to partner once again with Downtown Artery, Old Firehouse Books, Old Town Library, and Wolverine Farm Publick House. Each of these organizations has been an important part of the FoCo Book Fest since the inaugural event in 2016.

We also return to Block One Events and New Belgium Brewing for author talks, panel presentations, and other special activities.

With the focus on science and technology this year, we’ve added a few new venues that we think you’ll be excited to visit: Art Lab Fort Collins, Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, the CSU Powerhouse, and Lory Student Center on CSU’s main campus.