The Empire State Book Festival, April 1-2, 2011, Albany, NY

The Empire State Book Festival

April 1 & 2, 2011

Download the Festival poster! (pdf)

The 2011 Book Festival will feature two keynote speakers, singer/songwriter and author Rosanne Cashand Baby-Sitters Club author Ann M. Martin.

Morning Keynote Speaker: Ann M. Martin, author of the Baby-Sitter’s Club series.

The Baby-Sitters Club® is one of the most successful series in publishing history with more than 176 million books in print. Ann M. Martin spent the latter part of the 1980s and most of the 1990s working on the series, which was supposed to debut in 1986 and end in 1987, and to consist of only four titles. Instead, it ended 15 years later, with four additional related series, approximately 250 titles, spawned a TV series as well as a feature film, and prompted girls around the world to start their own baby-sitters clubs.

The Baby-sitters Club became the first children’s book series to appear on the USA Today bestseller list.

The New York Times Magazine hailed Ann M. Martin as a, “genius in communicating with girls when and after they slip behind the glass curtain of preadolescence…Martin gets children to read.” The Baby-Sitters Club also was named one of the “Books of the Century” by the New York Times Book Review in 1998.

Afternoon Keynote Speaker:Rosanne Cash, author, singer, songwriter.

Rosanne Cash’s fourteen albums have charted eleven number-one singles. She is the author of Bodies of Water and the children’s book Penelope Jane: A Fairy’s Tale. Her essays and fiction have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and New York magazine. Her recent memoir,Composed, has been named one of the Best Books of 2010by Publishers Weekly. Her 2009 album The List won ”Album of The Year” at the 2010 Americana Music Honors and Awards, and has been nominated for 2011 GRAMMY® Award for “Best Americana Album.”

Empire State Book Festival Gala 2011
Join us at the Gala on the evening of April 1, to be held at The State Room in downtown Albany. The evening’s program will include acknowledging the student winners of the state Letters about Literature contest and the induction of the 2011 class of authors in the New York State Writers Hall of Fame.

Stay up-to-date as we add authors, programs, and activities to the 2011 schedule.
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