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NYS Albany Book Festival

September 23, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

WHEN: Saturday, September 23, 2023 from 10:30 AM to 5 PM

WHERE: NYS Writers Institute, based at the University at Albany, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York (see schedule below for specific locations of events)

COST: FREE, registration may be required for some events or workshops. See below for more information!

BUS: #12, 11, 10, 114

Check out the website HERE for more information!

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Photo: Gus Powell

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Photo: Erika Marillo

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Photo: Kirsten LeQuire

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Photo: Stephanie Shaara

Campus Center West Auditorium

Book Signings in Great Hall

10:30AM-11:30AMConversation with STATE AUTHOR / STATE POET. Moderated by Paul Grondahl

11:45AM-12:30PMRoosevelt Panel with Jeff Shaara and Nell Irvin Painter. Moderated by Paul Grondahl

12:45PM-1:30PMHOOP MUSES with Kate Fagan and Seimone Augustus . Moderated by Colleen Mullen

1:45PM-2:45PMANNIE PROULX on Fen, Bog, and Swamp. Moderated by Judith Enck

3:15PM-4:30PMRUSSELL BANKS TRIBUTE featuring Andre Dubus III, Jennifer Haigh, William Kennedy, Nell Irvin Painter, and  Annie Proulx


Campus Center West Boardroom

Book Signings in Great Hall

10:30AM-11:30AMConversation with Memoirists Ava Chin & Carmen Rita Wong. Moderated by Heather Murphy

11:30AM-12:15PMConversation with Piasecki Award Winner. Moderated by Courtney Ryan

12:30PM-1:15PMMystery Panel with Kellye Garrett & Valerie Wilson Wesley. Moderated by Frankie Bailey

1:30PM-2:15PMNovelists Angie Cruz and Jimin Han

2:30PM-3:15PMSerhii Plokhy on The Russo-Ukrainian War. Moderated by Nadieszda Kizenko

3:30PM-4:15PMHoward Fishman in conversation with Michael Eck on Music Writing


Campus Center Assembly Hall

Book Signings in Fireside Lounge

10:30AM-11:30AMBelief in the 21st Century with Kate Cohen and Elizabeth Passarella. Moderated by Mark Koplik

11:45AM-12:45PMWorking Class Fiction with Andre Dubus III, Sidik Fofana, & Jennifer Haigh, mod. Ed Schwarzschild

1:00PM-1:45PMFathers Panel with Susan Faludi and Mary Gordon. Moderated by Elisa Albert

2:00PM-3:00PMHolocaust Panel with Jai Chakrabarti, Karen Baum Gordon, and Kim van Alkemade. Moderated by Mark Koplik

3:15PM-4:15PM – American Rascals Panel with Greg Steinmetz and Gary Weiss. Moderated by David Pietrusza

Campus Center West

Multi-Purpose Room

Children’s Events

10:30AM-11:30AMChildren’s activities available from Skribblers Magazine and Albany Public Library

12:00PM-1:00PMSkribblers and Capital District Writing Project

                             -Open Mic Reading


2:30PM-3:30PMDemo/Presentation on How to Write a Novel in 20 Pies with Amy Wallen

The Orb Stage

Open Mic

1:00PM-2:00PMShaker Pointe Creative Elders Open Mic Reading

2:00PM-3:00PMYoung Writers Open Mic Reading


September 23, 2023
10:30 am - 5:00 pm