Milford, PA – The Milford Readers and Writers Festival is thrilled to announce that Science Fiction will be back in Milford, providing three separate Science Fiction/Fantasy Events. Milford, though people may not remember, was a bastion of science fiction/fantasy from the 1950’s to the 1970’s and the original home of the famous Milford Writers Conference for writers of science fiction. The Conference was founded by such notables as Damon Knight, Kate Williams, Virginia Kidd and Judith Merrill and held at the Anchorage, Damon Knight’s home in Milford. Among the many famous writers who attended these Conferences are Harlan Ellison, James Sallis, Thomas M. Desch, Ann McCaffery and Algis Budrys. It is only fitting that today the Milford Readers and Writers Festival includes events that celebrate this great history.
The main offering will be held at the Milford Theater on Sunday, September 17 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and will include a slide show, a panel discussion, and a Q & A session. The panel moderator will be Gordon Van Gelder, the editor, and publisher of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. The panelists will include Lawrence C. Connolly, as a guest of honor, the science fiction writers Paul Witcover and Robert Levy and John Grant, encyclopedist and past guest of honor.
Two additional free events will take place on Saturday, September 16. The Twilight Zone Marathon will be held at the Milford Library from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The marathon will consist of a continuous showing of the original episodes of the Twilight Zone. The second event, Beer Tasting, and Readings will be at the Dimmick Inn from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The science fiction writers featured on Sunday’s Science Fiction Panel will be reading from their novels and you can enjoy a beer while listening to the readings. There will also be drawings for SF/F books provided by the Kidd Agency and for tours of Arrowhead, Virginia Kidd’s home in Milford.
In addition to the Science Fiction Panel the Festival also includes the following, all part of the Festival Pass on sale now:
- Love Letters, a two-person award-winning Broadway play performed by actors Len Cariou, and Heather Cariou, at the Historic Milford Theatre;
- Lee Child, whose Jack Reacher series has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, in conversation with Stephen Rubin, publisher and President of Henry Holt and Co.;
- Robin Morgan, award-winning author, activist and feminist in conversation with journalist Farai Chideya, whose most recent book is The Episodic Career: How to Thrive at Work in the Age of Disruption;
- Patricia Bosworth, one of the country’s preeminent biographers (Montgomery Clift, Diane Arbus, Marlon Brandon, Jane Fonda) and author of a recent memoir, The Men in My Life: A Memoir of Love and Art in 1950s Manhattan in conversation with the director of the Woodstock Bookfest, Martha Frankel, author of a memoir (Hats & Eyeglasses) and other books;
- A Plenary Panel with all the above writers in conversation with each other and the audience; and
- A Private Author’s Reception and a chance to meet and talk with all the authors from the main stage panels at the Hotel Fauchere;
Individual tickets for the Science Fiction Panel only on Sunday, September 17, are on sale now for $25 per person. A limited number of Festival Passes valid for entry to all Festival events as well as a private Authors Reception open only to Pass holders are now available for sale at the special early bird discounted price of $125 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the EVENTBRITE LINK and more information about the festival can be found at: http://www.milfordreadersandwriters.com (prices for the Pass and the Science Fiction panel will increase on August 15).
In addition to the ticketed events, the festival also offers a host of free programming and events around Milford and open to the public, including “Women Writing About Their Lives,” “Restaurants that Changed America,” storytelling and children’s and young adults events at the Pike County Public Library, “Artists Writing about Art”, “Recovery from Trauma”, poetry, travel writing, conservation at Grey Towers, an open-mic event: “RAW After Dark” at Bar Louis, a “pop-up” bookstore, conversations and book-signings with local writers and more.
The Milford Readers & Writers Festival is a project of Pike Artworks, Inc., (501-c-3 status pending) organized by a group of community volunteers from the Upper Delaware River Valley region.
Niki Jones Agency