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 emcees who will share insights and facilitate audience questions. 


Joseph Esposito

Dinner in Camelot, 2018 Author

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.


Kari Maher

The Kennedy Debutante, 2018 Author

Book Sales and Signings

All books will be available for purchase at the Festival, at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth, and at Biblion in Lewes. There will also be a ticketed event 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.


Eleanor Herman

The Royal Art of Poison, 2018 Author


IIona Holland

The Lost Locket of Lewes, 2018 Author

Where Do I Go ?

What About the kids?

Most events will take place in the Lewes Public Library, the Lewes History Museum and Margaret C. Rollins Community Center, and Lewes Presbyterian Church in historic downtown Lewes.  You may find the distances between Saturday sessions easily walkable. Free shuttles will also be making the circuit between events.  More info to come.


For Kids Grades 1 - 5. Come hear local author, Ilona Holland, read her new book "The Lost Locket of Lewes." After the reading, there'll be a Q&A about what it's like to make a book and be an author, as well as some hands-on activities, and a book signing for those who would like to purchase the story. Participants may be dropped off in the kids' programming room while families with younger siblings can play in and enjoy the library.

Authors for children and young adults will also be featured. Several writers will also visit students at Cape Henlopen High School. 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 formed through the Greater Lewes Foundation in 2015.