About The History Book Festival


This history book festival was conceived by a talented group of like-minded residents in Lewes, Delaware who are interested in books and creating a new festival in the Lewes area.  The organization board realized that although there are many book festivals in the country none specifically feature history fiction and nonfiction books. This festival will be the first.  The first town in the first state is a perfect place for first history book festival in the nation! 

Why October?

The season in which this event is scheduled is deliberate. The shoulder season starts the slowdown of visitors for Lewes and we wanted to create an event that benefits the entire town and its visitors and shows off how perfect the weather is in early fall at the beach!  We locals think September and October are our best beach months.  We think you will agree. To that end, we are targeting not only a regional audience but also visitors to our area from the I-95 corridor and the Washington, DC region that typically visit our area during the summer months. 

Need any money?

We are raising funds from local donors and writing grants to sponsor author travel and cover all other expenses so that visitors can enjoy this event for free!  We will make money from the sale of books at the festival enabling us to be self-sustaining in the coming years.  If you can help us by donating any small amount we could use your help to get us jump-started!

What’s the event like?

This first year we are keeping the event manageable, with one evening ticketed event by James Swanson, best selling author of many Lincoln books, and a day-long Saturday event using multiple Lewes locations.  The festival will host simultaneous author interviews/presentations in the morning with a long lunch break so that visitors can enjoy our many restaurants followed by more author interviews/presentations in the afternoon.  There will be book signings after each author presentation so that you can buy a book and get it signed. All day Saturday is free for attendees.  We only ask that you either buy your books at the event or, if you are bringing your own copy of an author’s book, that you buy a bookmark from the organizers enabling you to get your book signed.

What are the history topics?

The organizers spent some time identifying what the historical topics would be. This is not a festival that is specific to Delaware history although that is among the topics that were chosen, along with World Wars I and II, religion, American Indian wars, pirates, historical fiction, biography, young adult, and historical fiction. We feel fortunate to have confirmed some notable nationally recognized books for our attendees to enjoy including several authors from our own town! 

Anything else?

Another free event we hope is well attended is one we have created for local authors featuring Deborah Grovsner, a noted literary agent, who will give a talk/seminar to local authors on how to obtain an agent.