Bestselling Sci-Fi Author Andy Weir Joins FoCo Book Fest

Andy Weir, Author of the New York Times Bestsellers The Martian and Artemis, Joins the 2018 Fort Collins Book Festival

Popular sci-fi writer and “lifelong space nerd” to present Closing Keynote

(FORT COLLINS, Colo., July 24, 2018) — Poudre River Public Library District today announced that internationally acclaimed author Andy Weir will present the closing keynote at the 2018 Fort Collins Book Festival, The Big Think. This is the third consecutive year of the free community festival which features diverse local, national, and international authors, poets, and innovators.

Photo credit: Aubrie Pick

Weir’s evening presentation is scheduled for Saturday, October 20 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Lory Student Center* on the Colorado State University campus. A book signing will follow the presentation. Old Firehouse Books, the official bookseller of the FoCo Book Fest, will be on-hand before and after Weir’s session for book sales.

Prior to the evening keynote, Weir will participate in a discussion on space colonization at Block One Events Center beginning at 3:00 p.m. that explores the possibilities, realities, and challenges of humans living on other planets. He will be joined by featured Colorado author and planetary scientist Dr. Amanda Hendrix (Beyond Earth: Our Path to a new Home in the Planets).

“I’m excited to share my love for space exploration with fellow sci-fi fans during the Fort Collins Book Festival,” says Weir. “It’s a great opportunity to discuss how science, technology, and literature come together to envision future possibilities.”

Andy Weir built a career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, The Martian, allowed him to live out his dream of writing full time. He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects such as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. He also mixes a mean cocktail. His most recent novel, Artemis, was published in November 2017 and was a New York Times bestseller. Geneva Robertson-Dworet is set to adapt Artemis for the big screen, and Phil Lord and Chris Miller will direct.

*Schedule subject to change. Seating for presentations is on a first come basis. No ticket required. A final schedule and author lineup will be released prior to the event.

2018 Fort Collins Book Festival Expands to Two Days

“The Big Think” Features Storytellers, Scientists, and Creative Visionaries

We’re excited to announce that this year’s Fort Collins Book Festival has been expanded to two days to accommodate the growing interest from the community, sponsors, authors, and speakers. The free event will be held October 19-20 at venues throughout Old Town Fort Collins and will explore the confluence of science, technology, literature, and society.

“The community’s enthusiastic support for the book festival has made it possible for us to continue to expand and bring in notable authors and speakers,” says Anne Macdonald, Fort Collins Book Fest director and librarian at Poudre River Public Library District. “We’re excited to offer additional opportunities for attendees to connect with their favorite authors and to elevate their own creativity and writing practice.”

The 2018 festival theme, The Big Think, arises from curiosity and is designed to engage the community in an exchange of ideas and knowledge at that unique intersection where science, technology, and community collide.

“The Big Think asks the most fundamental questions: ‘why?’ ‘what if?’ and ‘what else?’” says Macdonald. “They’re simple enough questions, but contained within them is a real depth of curiosity, exploration, and possibility that has launched humans into space, developed driverless cars, and created amazing works of art and literature.”

The third annual Fort Collins Book Festival will include expanded writing workshops, panel discussions, author readings, speaker presentations, book sales and signings, and other activities. The event features local, national, and international authors, poets, and big thinkers.


Become a 2018 Sponsor

We couldn’t do it without our generous sponsors and funders!

2017 FoCo Book Fest Sponsors

It’s time again to starting thinking about the FoCo Book Fest! And this year, it’s been expanded to two days!

If you or your business are interested in sponsoring the amazing authors and activities that happen at the event, please contact us! We have a variety of opportunities to support our growing festival and help keep this annual event free for the community.

Sponsorship Contacts:

Anne Macdonald, 970-221-6740
Peggy Lyle, 970-691-3005

The festival is once again produced by Poudre River Public Library District in partnership with Colorado State University’s Morgan Library.

How’s Your Book Fest Experience?

Please take our brief event survey! Your feedback will help us plan and organize next year’s book festival.

Whether you attended many different sessions or came for just one, we want to hear from you.

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NOTE: Information collected in the survey is anonymous and is used for future book festival planning and for reporting to grantors.

OneBeat Musicians @ #FoCoBookFest

We’re excited to have talented musicians from OneBeat take part in Writings and Riffs during their week-long residency and takeover of Fort Collins!

Don’t miss Brazilian composer, arranger, & multi-instrumentalist Paulo Sartori in the panel discussion “Social Vibes: Sign of the Times” at Wolverine Farm starting at Noon. He’s joined by Khadijah Queen, Rick Beyer, Steve Knopper, Stephen Witt, & Kyle Eustice. This is going to be an amazing lineup and conversation about how music relates to/reflects social and culture.

And be sure to check out Sacramento Knoxx and Haile Supreme during the Hip Hop Poetry panel at The Music District from 2:30-4PM.  Sacramento Knoxx, aka Knockzarelli, is an Anishinaabe hip-hop artist out of Detroit and community organizer. Haile Supreme comes from Washington D.C. where he performs as a singer and rapper and is a founding member of Congo Sanchez, an internationally touring hip-hop outfit.


Snap! Hashtag! Share! with #FoCoBookFest

Did you hear? We’ll have a fun hashtag printer set up at Wolverine Farm Publick House all day during the book festival?

Simply take a photo and make a post to your Twitter or Instagram account throughout the day using the hashtag #FoCoBookFest and our printer will it up and print a photo of your post. The hashtag printer only picks up tagged posts from Twitter and Instagram for printing, but we’ll be on the look out across social media for the hashtag to share and repost.

We’ll display all of the printed posts at Wolverine Farm –  stop by to see your photos or selfies and to see what others are sharing. Feel free to take your photo with you after the FoCo Book Fest closing concert at Wolverine. Justin Roth is going to close out the event with live music from 7:30-8:30PM.

Since we can’t be everywhere during the day to snap photos of the book fest, make sure you share with us! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #FoCoBookFest!