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Photos from this weekend's History Book Festival courtesy of Ron Collins and Marta Nammack. THANK YOU!

In case you missed it, here's a copy of the program from our Keynote!

Curious to know about the books, book signings, and sneak peak reading ahead of the festival?

Books will be available for purchase at the Festival. Here's a full list as of August 1st.

Want to read them in advance? You can check them out at your local library pending availability, with many of these books available for check out at Lewes Public Library.

Buying your books at Biblion Books in Lewes and Browseabout Books in Rehoboth helps to support the Festival. Remember, there’s no admission charge for any of the Saturday sessions. When you buy your book at these booksellers, you will receive a special bookmark that entitles you to get that individual book signed. You will receive the designated bookmark for each book you purchase.

If you prefer to buy a book elsewhere, you can still get it signed by purchasing the designated bookmark for $10 at the Festival.

Authors will sign books immediately following their presentations. Most authors will also sign books later in the day at Lewes Public Library. Stay tuned for the exact schedule and details.

The “First Town in the First State” hosts the nation’s first History Book Festival!

This is the first-ever book festival in the US devoted exclusively to the history of everything, to be held in Lewes, Delaware on October 6 and 7, 2017. We invite you to be part of it!

If you’ve ever been to a book festival, you know what a fun and enriching experience it is. If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat. On Friday evening, October 6, there is a fascinating keynote by James Swanson, the New York Times best-selling author of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, a gripping hour-by-hour account told through the eyes of the hunted and the hunters.

On Saturday, October 7, there will be sessions in various Lewes venues by best-selling authors of historical fiction and non-fiction from all over the country who will read from their work, share their insights, and answer your questions. Book lovers will be able to purchase books and have them signed by their favorite authors.

This will be a singular experience for people who love to read and love history about everything, including jazz, pirates, war, art, the law…and these are just some of the topics our authors will share with us. Best of all, Saturday author events are free to attend!


Thank you to the following lead sponsors for their support of the History Book Festival this year!