Featuring George Anastasia****Due to unforeen circumstances George Anastasia will NOT be appearing**, Dr. Arthur CaplanLorene Cary and Michael Capuzzo.
This year’s events will be presented at various venues including Stagecrafters Theater, 8130 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia and will showcase more than 50 locally and nationally recognized authors. It will also host more than 25 free events at additional venues in the area.

In its third year, the festival will feature such noted authors as: middle east expert and president of the Arab American Institute, Dr. James Zogby; veteran journalist and crime novelist George Anastasia; University of Pennsylvania Professor and bio-ethicist Dr. Arthur Caplan; four-time Pulitzer Prize nominee Michael Capuzzo and critically acclaimed ‘Black Ice’ author Lorene Cary.

 “Right now we have secured some of the best authors around,” said Greg Welsh of the Chestnut Hill Business Association. “This festival just gets better each year and it’s a nice addition to the other amenities here in Chestnut Hill.” Philadelphia’s  Joseph Fox Bookshop is a sponsor.

 The two days will be filled with panel discussions, author readings, writer’s workshops –poetry, fiction and a singer songwriter slam.  You can hear the following performers on  Tom Gala, Suzie Brown, Ray Naylor, Eileen Tipping

For children, a special Kids Festival will appear on Saturday, July 9th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jenks Playground where there will be music, hot dogs and nationally recognized authors/illustrators Ponder Goembel-11 a.m., Matt Phelan-1 p.m., Jason Deeble 2 p.m., David Lubar-Noon  and the Barr sisters Sarah and Susan 10 a.m. 

There will also be a special appearance by Kathy O’Connell of WXPN’s Kids Corner

10 a.m. to Noon Jenks Playground 8301 Germantown Avenue.

 Following their success at the Free Library of Philadelphia Book Festival is a special pre-event on Friday July 8th with First Person Arts Story Slam which will be held at 7:30 at The Venetian Club in Chestnut Hill with a theme of “Firsts”.