The Saratoga Book Festival (SBF) is an annual community-wide celebration of books in downtown Saratoga Springs, New York. Our mission is to encourage a lifelong love of reading and promote greater literacy for all.

For one glorious weekend each year, SBF brings writers, book lovers, and reluctant readers together for thoughtful conversations, fascinating interviews, book talks, readings, workshops, youth program, and more. Held in venues throughout downtown Saratoga Springs, SBF features contemporary and literary fiction; popular genres such as fantasy/sci-fi, suspense, historical fiction, and crime fiction; nonfiction (including current events, history, science, and cooking/lifestyle); memoir; and children’s and young adult literature.

Want to help? SBF is grateful to the many volunteers who work at our event. To find out more about volunteer opportunities, please write us at [link to volunteer sign up form.

More than 60% of funding for the Saratoga Book Festival comes from individual donors like you. With your support, we can continue to offer most of our programs at no charge to attendees.

SBF is the largest fundraising event for the Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports programs, staff, and facilities of the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Thank you for your support!

Mission Statement

The mission of the Saratoga Book Festival is to celebrate reading and writing, and the power of books to inform, challenge, inspire, and delight.

Planning Committee

Ellen Beal, President

Christian Purdy, Program Chair

Steve Rosenblum, Operations Chair

Mary Beth McGarrahan, Volunteer Director

Dee Sarno, Community Relations Director

Molly Halpin, Social Media Manager

AnneMarie Hotaling, Literary Marketplace Manager

Jennifer Allen, FSSPL Executive Director

Vicky Grijalva, Social Media Intern

Zac Parker, Marketing and PR Intern

Bookstore Partner

Press Room

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