The NYS Writers Institute’s 2nd Albany Book Festival at the University at Albany has been set for Saturday, September 14th. Free and open to the public, the event will run from 10 am to 5 pm on the uptown campus, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany.
Fans of history can hear talks with NYS Archives Partnership Trust Board Member Harold Holzer, one of the country’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era from 1:30 pm to 2:15 pm. Eric Foner, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian of the Civil War era and nineteenth-century America can be heard from 3:30 to 4:15 pm.
One of the country’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era, Harold Holzer has authored, co-authored or edited 52 books. He is director of The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College in New York City, a post he assumed in 2015 after 23 years as senior vice president of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. His newest work is Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French (2019). Holzer’s 2012 book, Lincoln: How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America, was the official young adult companion book to the Steven Spielberg film Lincoln, for which he served as script consultant.
Eric Foner, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian of the Civil War era and nineteenth-century America, is the author or editor of more than 20 books. His next book, The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution, will be published in mid-September.
Additional headlining authors include National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Oates, Jamaica Kincaid, Dani Shapiro, Madhur Jaffrey, Sylvia Day, Jonathan Santlofer and Will Schwalbe, along with more than 100 local authors and exhibitors. The day will include panel discussions, author presentations, book signings, writing workshops, a yoga event for children, and a bonus Albany Book Festival tote bag giveaway item for the first 1,000 attendees.
More information on the book festival is available online.