About The History Book Festival

The History Book Festival: September 28th and 29th, 2018!

The History Book Festival is a first-of-its kind way to hear more than 20 best-selling authors of current non-fiction and fiction. We’ve selected writers and subjects to appeal to history buffs and readers ranging from the most serious to the more casual.  Their discussions will be introduced by experts who will share insights and facilitate audience questions. 

What You Need to Know About the History Book Festival

Lewes — The First Town in the First State. Set in a town with unexpectedly rich history and architecture, graced with beautiful bay and ocean beaches, two lighthouses and a famous ferry, the festival is expected to draw people from up and down the East Coast. The schedule will ensure there’s time for you to carry the Festival out into Lewes’ historical, dining and shopping district.

Book Sales and Signings. Books will be available for purchase at the Festival, at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth, and at Biblion in Lewes. There will also be ticketed events that will include a book with the price of admission.  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.

New This Year: Lunch With The Authors & Spirited Discussions!  We are adding the opportunity to join a few History Book Festival participating authors for lunch and a discussion of their book. Additional "Spirited Discussions" will be available during the late afternoon hours where two additional authors will discuss their books over a drink. These events will be ticketed. More details to come!

Where Do I Go?  Most events will take place in the new Lewes Public Library and adjacent former library building, now the Margaret C. Rollins Community Center and Lewes History Museum. Additional events will take place at the venerable St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in historic downtown Lewes.

How Do I Get Around Town?


You may find the distances between Saturday sessions easily walkable. Free shuttles will also be making the circuit between events.  More info to come on where everything is and when it is!

What about the kids?

Authors for children and young adults will also be featured. Several writers will also visit students at Cape Henlopen High School.

What’s the background of the History Book Festival?

This is first-ever book festival devoted exclusively to history — a perfect match with Lewes’s rich historical heritage.  The Festival is a nonprofit event recently formed through the Greater Lewes Foundation.