WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT US…
“I was thrilled to be part of the first Maplewood-South Orange Book Festival.
Great venue, and I enjoyed seeing kids really excited about books.”
—TRACEY WEST, author of the popular “Dragon Masters” series for children
“It was quite a weekend with great events and wonderful writers both on Friday night and Saturday. I
truly look forward to seeing the Festival grow into a highlight of our very literary community.”
—JUDITH LINDBERGH, Director, The Writer’s Circle Creative Writing Workshops
“It’s an event so obvious for South Orange and Maplewood that it’s hard to believe it hasn’t
happened already.”—THE VILLAGE GREEN
Located just fifteen miles from New York City in the creative corridor of Maplewood and South Orange, the Maplewood—South Orange (MAPSO) Book Festival brings together readers and authors in celebration of the joy and diversity of the written word. Our informative author panels highlight the major artistic, social and political issues of the day, while our vibrant and fun-filled children’s area allow our youngest readers to discover the importance and delight of books—and meet many of their favorite authors!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where and When is the festival?
The Fifth Annual Festival will take place on Saturday night, September 25th, and Sunday, September 26th. Our opening night keynote will be on the 25th, with the main festival taking place on Sunday, the 26th. Our hope is to hold the festival in-person, though that is subject to change.
What kind of children’s programs and activities are there?
The 2021 festival will feature a wide range of children’s authors and activities.
What is the book festival’s anti-harassment policy?
The MAPSO Book Festival is committed to providing an environment where authors, attendees, volunteers, staff, board members, and anyone connected to, or participating in the festival in any way, can feel safe while attending the festival or events connected to the festival. We will not tolerate any behavior that a reasonable person would find intimidating, hostile, or offensive. Harassment of speakers, attendees, volunteers, or staff in any form will not be tolerated.
How do I get to the festival?
THE MAPLEWOOD SOUTH ORANGE BOOK FESTIVAL IS A PROUD SUPPORTER OF BLACK LIVES MATTER!