About the 2021 Book Festival 

Festival Headquarters


Festival headquarters will be located in the Saratoga Springs Public Library at 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs, NY. 

Inside you will find the Festival’s pop-up bookstore, run by the Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library and SBF volunteers. The shop will stock all festival titles for the weekend (on consignment from Northshire Bookstore) plus a great selection of used books and will be open from 9-4 each on Saturday, October 16.

Information about the festival, including printed copies of our program schedule and map, on-site session registration, and info on downloading our SBF 2021 conference app will also be available in the library lobby along with seating and restrooms.

Most Saratoga Book Festival events are FREE and open to the public but we request all attendees register ahead of time for either the Festival Pass (which includes admission to all SBF 2021 programs EXCEPT the two Saturday Keynote Events with Russell Banks and Joyce Carol Oates) or the Keynote Combo Pass that includes tickets for both Keynote Events at the Saratoga Springs City Center. To register for the event or purchase tickets, click here.

Once you have registered for the event or purchased your Keynote tickets, you will receive an invitation to log on to the SBF Event App, which contains detail about all the Festival offerings, and enables you to select the sessions you wish to attend and create your personal agenda. To reduce wait times, lines, and helps us anticipate capacity needs, we kindly request all attendees to sign up for sessions ahead of time. 

Once you arrive at your session, SBF volunteer greeters will ask you to show proof of vaccination, mask up, and head to your seat. Seating is on a first come basis. 


7:00 pm

Saratoga Book Festival Opening Ceremony
The Inn at Saratoga

Presented by the Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library 

Ellen Beal, Saratoga Book Festival President
Joseph Bruchac, Author and Nulhegan Abenaki Citizen

2021 Literary Champions Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award: Lew and Patricia Titterton
Community Award: The Morrow Family
Youth Award: Isabella Sementilli

Saratoga Reads

Issac Pulver, Director of the Saratoga Springs Public Library and Carol Daggs, 2021 Saratoga Reads author, speak about her books, the Saratoga Reads program, and announce the 2022 nominees


9:30 am – 4:00 pm

SBF Registration and Help Desk opens in the Saratoga Springs Library Lobby

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Pop-Up Book Shop opens in the Saratoga Springs Public Library and Northshire Bookstore

Please note that pre-registration is required for all programs. Admission is free except for 4:30
and 7:00 keynotes. To register for free events or purchase Keynote tickets, click here.

Morning Sessions

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Children’s Illustration Workshop with Author and Illustrator Elizabeth Zunon
Saratoga Springs Public Library Children’s Room, Lower Level

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Authenticity and Native American Identity: A panel discussion with Joseph, James, Jesse Bruchac
Saratoga Springs Public Community Room

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Historical Fiction: Kim van Alkemade and Armando Lucas Correa
Caffè Lena

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Contemporary/Literary fiction: Peter Cameron, Brad Kessler, David Gates
Saratoga Arts


11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Children’s Storytelling Hour with James and Jesse Bruchac
Saratoga Springs Public Library Lower Level

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Artful Crimes: Crime Fiction Authors Jonathan Santlofer and Megan Abbott
Saratoga Springs Public Library Community Room

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

World Building: Fantasy/Dystopian Fiction Panel Keith Willis, Robert Repino, Chana Porter
Caffè Lena

11:30 am – 12:30

Hidden Truths: With Memoir/True Crime authors: Betsy Bonner, Jeannie Vanasco, and Jim Tracy
Saratoga Arts


1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Children’s Poetry Workshop (for ages 10 and up) with Krystyna Poray Goddu
Saratoga Springs Public Library Lower Level

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Messy Girls: Young Adult Fiction Authors Jennifer Dugan and Rory Power
Saratoga Springs Public Library Community Room

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Poetry Reading with April Bernard, Peggy Boyers, and Chase Twichell
Caffè Lena

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Graphic Novels: With Marcus Kwame Anderson and Jonathan Santlofer
Saratoga Arts


3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Fiction: If I Had Your Face, Novelist Frances Cha
Saratoga Springs Public Library Community Room

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Family Bookmaking Workshop with C.R.E.A.T.E Community Studios, Materials provided.
Saratoga Arts

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Rewriting the Constitution: With Beau Breslin and Jamie Malanowski
Inn at Saratoga

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Perfect Cocktail: Author and Influencer Matt Hranek explores the origins and
various recipes of the Negroni and the Martini
The Walt and Whitman Brewery

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Poetry and Prose: Open Mic hosted by Troy and Albany Poets Nancy Klepsch and Thom Francis
Caffè Lena


Keynotes Tickets Required: See one keynote for $15 or both for $20. Click to Purchase

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Joyce Carol Oates in a literary conversation with Robert Boyers
The Saratoga Springs City Center

Presented in partnership with the New York Summer Writers Institute


Keynotes Tickets Required: See one keynote for $15 or both for $20. Click to

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Russell Banks in a literary conversation with Elaina Richardson, President of
Saratoga Springs City Center

Presented in partnership with Yaddo



  • Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library
  • Saratoga Springs Public Library
  • Skidmore College
  • Caffe Lena
  • New York Summer Writers Institute

All events take place in downtown Saratoga Springs. Refer to map and directions for venue locations.

There are parking lots throughout downtown. Click here to see the various garages and lots that are available.  Additional parking is also available nearby the Saratoga Springs City Center 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

All festival venues are wheelchair accessible. If you need additional assistance, please contact info@saratogabookfestival.org for more information.

Saratoga Book Festival is proud to support Northshire Bookstore and encourages attendees to purchase festival books before the Festival at northshirebookstore.com or at the store’s location on 424 Broadway. Books will also be sold after each event immediately following the session. 

Code of Conduct

The Saratoga Book Festival is committed to providing a safe environment at our events free of harassment, discrimination, and threatening or disrespectful behavior for all attendees, authors, industry professionals, moderators, volunteers, exhibitors, staff, media, and members of the general public. 

We do not tolerate harassment in any form and reserve the right to remove from any Saratoga Book Festival event those who engage in harassing behavior including but not limited to unwanted advances, stalking, verbal threats, inappropriate statements or gestures, sustained disruption of speakers, and disrespectful comments that go beyond the boundaries of civil disagreement and civic discourse. This may include remarks or actions that target people based on certain characteristics that include but are not limited to, race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability status.

The Saratoga Book Festival welcomes attendees and participants of all ages, abilities, physical appearances, body sizes, races, religions, genders, gender identities and expressions, and sexual orientations. Together, we can create a welcoming and accepting environment for people to discuss books and ideas.

Potential participating authors of literary fiction, literary non-fiction, and poetry are selected by committee. The Festival aims to create a diverse program that prioritizes authors who have published a significant book recently. Self-published books of local authors are invited to participate in the 2022 Festival as part of the Book Expo, to be held in the Saratoga Springs City Center. The author nomination process for each year is from January 1-May 1. To receive submission guidelines or submit nominations for the 2022 festival contact info@saratogabookfestival.org.

Saratoga Book Festival is committed to your safety. Please be aware that we require masks at all indoor venues, and proof of vaccination for all Keynote events held at the Saratoga City Center. 
For your safety we will limit capacity at all venues to 50%.
The festival’s team is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to follow guidance from our venues and local public health officials that may change the Festival format. Please check back periodically for the latest updates.

Individual Donors


Ellen and Brad Beal


Jeff and Bart Altamari
The Marcelle Foundation
Marcia and Robert C. Miller
Erik J. A. Morrison, MBA
Dolores (Dee) Sarno


Terry and Carl Debrule
Ellen and Todd Downing
Issac Pulver


Nacre Dance Company
Christian Purdy
Steve Rosenblum
Connie and Mike Woytowich


Pernille Ægidius Dake
Marie and Phil Glotzbach
Steve and Nancy Hovey
Cindy Spence
Heather and Peter von Allmen

Supporters & Friends

Anonymous | Tamara Backer | Mary Buszuwski | Mary D. Coffey | Kim Crabbe | Jordana Dym | Elizabeth M. Gordon | Eun-sil Lee| Peter Martin and Chris Alexander| Mary Beth McGarrahan | Mary Ellen O’Loughlin| Mary Caroline Powers| Anne Rode | Cindy Schmehl| Martha Strohl | Lucy Tower | Debra Verni | Dr. Janice White

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