Please Take Our Festival Survey

Thank you to everyone who came out for the 2018 Fort Collins Book Festival! Please take a moment to complete our brief online survey. Your responses and suggestions help us continue to improve the festival and to secure future funding so we can keep the event going for free. All responses are anonymous.

The survey will be open until November 20, 2018.

Getting Around the Festival

NOTE: There is construction happening near the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, one of our festival venues. Access to the museum is only open via College Ave. Other roads — Cherry St. and Mason St. — are closed.

But, don’t worry! We have a free shuttle that can help you get around the festival with ease. And, it will a beautiful day for a walk.

Free Shuttle Service

Go green! The Fort Collins Book Fest has added a new option to help you get around the festival venues: Free rides from Biodiesel for Bands shuttle service!

The shuttle will be available on Saturday, October 20 from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

You can request a ride to and from any of the book festival venues (excluding CSU) by calling or texting BFB Shuttle at (970) 795-2590 with your location and destination. The shuttle will arrives within a few minutes.

The shuttle is a great option especially for sessions at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery — access the Museum is only available from College right now due to construction. You can’t use Cherry St., Mason St., or any other way because of construction.

Bus

Parking is limited in downtown Fort Collins and around some of our festival venues. We encourage attendees to use RideTransfort public buses and the MAX Bus Rapid Transit if possible. Of course, there are always options through ride-shares like Uber and Lyft.

Bike

Pace Fort Collins is a bike share program that allows you to rent bikes all over town 24/7. Check out the Fort Collins Bike Share website for more information. Bringing your own bike? There are lots of racks available at the venues to secure your bicycle.

Downtown Parking

If you’re driving down to the festival, remember that parking can be limited in areas. See the City of Fort Collins parking map to help you find parking.

 

FoCo Writers Read Lineup Revealed

One of the exciting activities happening at the Fort Collins Book Festival this year is the wide selection of local writers sharing their original work with the community. The FoCo Writers Read session is on Saturday, October 20 during the festival, from 11AM – 4PM, at Art Lab Fort Collins (239 Linden St.).

This reading is hosted by Northern Colorado Writers and features published and emerging writers eager to share their stories with you. Drop by any time throughout the day.

For a full list of writers and their books, visit the FoCo Writers Read section of the website.

There are still a few slots left for writers – contact Kristin at [email protected](dot)com to reserve a time.

 

2018 Fort Collins Book Fest Lineup Announced

Fort Collins Book Festival Announces 2018 Lineup Featuring More than 40 Authors, Scientists, and Storytellers

Lineup Presents Andy Weir, Bill Ritter Jr., Kimiko Hahn, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, and More

Poudre River Public Library District is excited to announce the 2018 Fort Collins Book Festival author and presenter lineup. This year’s festival, The Big Think, features more than 40 renowned writers, scientists, and storytellers including Kimiko Hahn, Fort Collins Poet Laureate Natalie Giarratano, Eric Magrane, Michael McLane, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, Todd Mitchell, and more. The 2018 Book Fest takes place Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20 at venues throughout downtown Fort Collins.

Award-winning poet Kimiko Hahn is the author of nine collections of poetry including Brain Fever and Toxic Flora, both of which were prompted by fields of science. Hahn currently serves as President of the Board for The Poetry Society of America and is a distinguished professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation at Queens College, The City University of New York.

Fort Collins Poet Laureate Natalie Giarratano will present selections from her most recent work, Big Thicket Blues and her award-winning debut, Leaving Clean. Giarratano will be joined by Colorado poets Bill Tremblay and Abigail Chabitnoy and by Texas Poet Laureate Jenny Browne.

Eric Magrane won the 2015 Southwest Book of the Year Award and a New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide. He is a poet, cultural geographer, and founding editor of Spiral Orb, an experiment in permaculture poetics. Magrane will participate in a panel discussion on Earth’s sustainability and will lead the “Walking and Writing Place” field trip with Michael McLane that focuses on walking as a means of thinking and writing. McLane is the author of the book Trace Elements and is an editor with Sugar Hosue Review and saltfront: studies in human habit(at). He also serves as director of the both the Utah Center for the Book at Utah Humanities and the annual Utah Humanities Book Festival.

Multimedia artist, composer, and author Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky will present The Imaginary App, a sweeping work that explores the cultural and technological shifts that have accompanied the emergence of the mobile app. Miller is the 2017-2018 recipient of The Hewlett 50 Arts Commission Award which supports the creation of “Sonic Web,” a multimedia performance and an installation based on the history and evolution of the internet.

Colorado Book Award winner Todd Mitchell will host a writing workshop aimed at science fiction and fantasy writers and participate in a panel discussion with fellow writers and scientists that examines the role and impact of science fiction stories and topics in driving scientific advancement. Mitchell’s book The Last Panther won a 2018 Colorado Book Award and a Colorado Author’s League Book Award, and was named 2018 Green Earth Honor Book.

The Big Think features a diverse array of topics, genres, and writers including poets and bestselling authors of fiction and nonfiction. The two-day event includes previously announced authors Andy Weir, Bill Ritter Jr., Dr. Sheila Rowan, Dr. Adam Becker, Michael Benson, Dr. Amanda Hendrix, Richard Munson, Carolyn Collins Petersen, and Sam Kean.

“We’re honored to welcome so many amazing authors, scientists, and big thinkers to Fort Collins,” says Anne Macdonald, Fort Collins Book Festival Director and librarian at Poudre River Public Library District. “The diverse topics presented at this year’s book fest are among the most exciting and distinctive ones we’ve offer yet. There’s sure to be something of interest to everyone.”

The Fort Collins Book Festival kicks off on Friday with six writing workshops at Old Town Library taught by experienced authors like John Calderazzo, Teresa Funke, April Moore, Jenny Browne and Todd Mitchell. Writing workshops are free but require registration. That evening, the special All-Star Poets reading at Downtown Artery will feature award-winning poets David Axelrod and Kimiko Hahn.

Saturday is the main day of the festival and includes more than 40 authors and presenters participating in 30 panel discussions, book talks, readings, presentations, and more.

Local author SueEllen Campbell will present her book The Face of the Earth: Natural Landscapes, Science, and Culture and will participate in a panel discussion about the communication challenges and opportunities for engaging the public in the fields of science.

Writers Matthew Cooperman and Aby Kaupang will present their newly-published book, NOS (disorder, not otherwise specified), and share their experiences following their daughter’s diagnosis of autism and their journey of affection, affliction, love, and protection. The authors will also join Colorado writers Jeffery Pethybridge and Carolina Ebeid in a discussion of how trauma has affected their mind, body, and writing craft in therapeutic and subversive ways.

Popular local author Sasha Steensen partners with WILLA Award finalist Jodi Varon, author of Drawing to an Inside Straight: The Legacy of an Absent Father, and poet David Axelrod to explore how writers shape the energy and argument of their work from an intimacy shared with all lifeforms.

The authors, scientists, and storytellers participating in The Big Think also include up-and-coming Colorado writers, enabling the festival to connect attendees to their favorite writers and introduce them to new ones.

The Fort Collins Book Festival is produced by Poudre River Public Library District in partnership with CSU Morgan Library. The 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, Colorado Creative Industries, CSU Office of External Affairs, Associate Students of Colorado State University, Bohemian Foundation, Poudre River Friends of the Library, Downtown Development Authority, KUNC, The Colorado Sound, Front Range Community College, Poudre River Library Trust, Rocky Mountain Student Media (including KCSU 90.5FM, Rocky Mountain Collegian and CTV Channel 11), Downtown Fort Collins Creative District, Liggett Johnson & Goodman, First National Bank, Northern Colorado Writers, Woodward Inc., Happy Lucky’s Teahouse, and other local businesses and creative arts organizations.

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.