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


The History Book Festival is a free weekend full of exciting presentations about a wide variety of topics, spirited discussions, and book-signings by new and notable authors of historical fiction and non-fiction.


Ticketed Keynote

Friday, September 28, 2018, 7 pm

Eleanor Roosevelt biographer, Blanche Wiesen Cook, our keynote speaker, is a distinguished professor of history and women’s studies at John Jay College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.. Ms. Cook will be interviewed by Emmy Award winning broadcast journalist Paul Sparrow. Music will be provided by pianist and composer David Cieri.

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Free Author Presentations

& Book Sales

Saturday, September, 29, 2018,
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Choose among 21 exciting, free author presentations at three walkable (shuttle provided) venues in beautiful, historic Lewes. Every presentation is followed by an audience Q&A and a book signing, where audience members can meet the author and have their book personalized. Books are for sale at each venue, thanks to Browseabout Books, official festival bookseller. Sales benefit the festival and Delaware public libraries.

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