Collingswood Book Festival




Traditionally scheduled for the first Saturday in October, this year’s Collingswood Book Festival was held from 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, October 1, 2011. Six blocks of Haddon Avenue in Collingswood, NJ, are blocked off and filled with tables for authors of children’s and adult books and booksellers.

Gregory Frost, Kelly Simmons, and Merry Jones

Marie Lamba and Keith R. A. DeCandido

Keith Strunk






Events at the ninth annual festival included workshops, poetry readings, book signings, book discussions, contests, crafts, and entertainment for all ages. Tents were set up for scheduled authors, storytellers, and speakers. All events were free.

Kelly Simmons

Marie Lamba

Solomon Jones






One event I attended was the Philly Liars Club Panel Discussion: Liars Tell the Truth about Today’s Publishing Revolution. The panel members included Gregory Frost, Kelly Simmons, Merry Jones, Marie Lamba, Keith R. A. DeCandido, Solomon Jones, and Keith Strunk.

Gregory Frost

Keith R. A. DeCandido and Keith Strunk

Merry Jones






The weather was cool and beautiful, and although clouds rolled in and out, no rain marred the event. Food vendors fed the hungry. Kids were plentiful, as were dogs of all shapes and sizes.

Congratulations to the Collingswood Book Festival for another stellar event!

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In case you don’t check the comments, here’s a video from the Lairs Club panel discussion via Thanks, Rich!


About J. Thomas Ross

Since retiring from a career as a high school English and history teacher, I've been pursuing a career as a writer. My main interest is in writing novels, but I've also written short stories and poetry and done a little editing on the side. I am currently working on a Young Adult novel. One of my poems - "Winter" - won an award at the 2010 Philadelphia Writers Conference, and you can find my fantasy short story "A Rock Is a Rock Is a Rock ... Or Is It?" in the anthology Tales of Fortannis: A Bard's Eye View, which is available in print and Kindle format from Amazon and as an e-book from Double Dragon Press.
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7 Responses to Collingswood Book Festival

  1. rubyred0 says:

    I’m glad the rain stayed away, sounds like a good time.

  2. marielamba says:

    So great to see you there, Judy!

  3. Ellie says:

    I wish we had something near me like this. Maybe I can make it the next project….

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  5. What a super cute event! I wish we had something like that – it’s like a free little conference.

  6. Rich says:

    Hi. Just posted a few minutes of video recorded during the Philly Liars Club panel discussion at the Collingswood Book Festival last October:

    • Thanks, Rich! What a terrific video! I really enjoyed the Liars Club panel discussion. I’m going to add the link to my post because some people don’t check the comments.

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