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The Kerrytown BookFest is an event celebrating those who create books and those who read them. The primary goal is to highlight our area’s rich heritage in the book and printing arts while showcasing our local and regional individuals, businesses, and organizations. Since 2003 we have been growing, sharing, and discovering more and more about the rich book culture in our region.

We feature authors, storytellers, publishers bookbinders, book artists, book illustrators, poets, letterpress printers, wood engravers, calligraphers, papermakers, librarians, teachers, publishers, new, used, and antiquarian booksellers and many others associated with books and their diverse forms, structure, and content. Our children’s area, with storytelling and creative activities, is always popular as well.

We always strive to create a colorful mix of book related activities and showcase them all in one location. Visitors can watch bookbinders demonstrate how to bind books and do simple repairs, see papermakers make wonderful kinds of paper, and see book artists create marbled colors on paper, or make an entirely new piece of art from a book. There are even opportunites to print with your own hands commemorative bookmarks or poems from local poets with antique letterpress printing machines.

Please join us each fall for a wonderful day of speakers, education, and activities and join our rich and varied community of people who love the book and book arts.

If you’d like to be an exhibitor, please check our Exhibitor Registration page. If you’d like to volunteer to help us, please check our Volunteer page.

Many thanks to our sponsors from last year as well. If you would like to join us in supporting this unique event, please see our Become a Sponsor page. Feel free to contact us at bookfest [at] kerrytownbookfest [dot] org

For further information, our bylaws are available.

Our 2017 Kerrytown BookFest Board

Lynn Pellerito Riehl
President, Programming
Events, Nicola’s Books

Linda Kimmel, Vice President
Exhibitor Chair

Kate Kehoe
Treasurer
Librarian & Artist

Erich Brubaker, Secretary
Volunteer Chair

Peter Blackshear
Operations Chair
Co-owner, Bookbound Books

Shannon Campbell
Fundraising Chair

Ruth Lednicer
Publicity and Marketing Chair

Ellen McCarthy
Author Relations Chair

Committee volunteers
Robin Agnew, Programming
Wendy Sherrill, Program layout
Sharon Gambin, Exhibitor Committee