March 17, 2021

Lehigh Valley Book Festival: A Virtual Series

March 17, 2021: LET’S PLAY BOOKS BOOKSTORE announces the Inaugural Lehigh Valley Book Festival – A Virtual Series – March 26 through May 1.  

Let’s Play Books Bookstore, in partnership with the Bethlehem Area Public Library, is proud to present the Lehigh Valley Book Festival, as a Virtual Series, to kick-off the last weekend in March 2021. The Inaugural Lehigh Valley Book Festival was scheduled for March 26-28, 2020. Due to COVID it was rescheduled to June 2020, and then officially canceled. “Last year’s inaugural event, with over 70 authors & illustrators scheduled over three-days, was a feat to organize. Thanks to the Bethlehem Area Public Library, PBS39 & Arts Quest we were set for an incredible event. Although virtual programing may not be ideal, we are still excited to share high-interest, new titles and their creators with readers in the Lehigh Valley – at no cost.” said Kirsten Hess, the Lehigh Valley Festival Director.

The program includes over 30 authors & illustrators celebrating their recently published books. All sessions will be held on Friday evenings & Saturday mornings, March 26 through May 1, excluding April 2nd & 3rd. Registration for the various programs open to the public on Friday, March 19. All sessions are free, except for the closing Feature Presentation:

Friday, April 30 at 6pm: CBS Sunday Morning Correspondent David Pogue, How to Prepare for Climate Change – A Practical Guide to Surviving the Chaos (Simon & Schuster 1/2021)

Series Highlights:

March 26 at 6pm – Opening session & Book Launch of Puberty is Gross but Also Really Awesome (Rodale) with Gina Loveless in conversation with author A.J. Sass, Anna on the Edge (Little Brown for Young Readers)

Friday, April 9 at 6 pm: Lesa Cline-Ransome, Finding Langston* Series (Holiday House)

We’ve chosen Finding Langston as the One-Book, One-Festival selection, promoting discounted sales of the book to be donated to children in the Allentown School District.

Friday, April 16 at 7pm: Chuck Wendig, You Can Do Anything Magic Skeleton! (Random House)

Saturday, May 1 at 10 am – LV Book Fest Finale: Family Favorites sponsored by A Storybook Party with virtual and perhaps in-person, visits with characters from Little Golden Books: Raya, Tiana, Mulan & Belle.

For a complete line up, visit: LV Book Fest Schedule of Events

Let’s Play Books Bookstore is hosting Michael Buckley, best-selling author of the Sister’s Grimm & NERDS series (virtually) at four area schools on Friday, April 15, the day prior to his festival session, to talk to students about his new series, Finniverse – book 1 & 2 (Delacorte)

Some of the additional authors include:

John Gallagher – Max Meow Series | Donna Gephart – Abby, Tried & True | Dan Gutman – Houdini & Me  Aram Kim – Sunday Funday in Koreatown | Liz Lawson – The Lucky Ones | E. Lockhart – Again, Again | Dawn Masi – G my Name is Girl | Alexandra Penfold – Big Feelings | Andrea Pitzer – Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World | Jordan Sonnenblick – The Boy Who Failed Show and Tell | Amelie Wen Zhao – Red Tigress

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