Frank Bruni — longtime “New York Times” columnist, bestselling author, and Duke University professor — will headline the 2022 Morristown Festival of Books on Friday, Oct. 7, at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. As keynote speaker, Bruni will discuss his memoir, “The Beauty of Dusk: On Vision Lost and Found,” in an on-stage conversation with best-selling author and MSNBC news anchor Katy Tur (“Rough Draft”).
The all-day, free main festival on Saturday, Oct. 8, will feature more than 60 award-winning and critically acclaimed fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young adult, and children’s authors.
Among the critically acclaimed novelists who will appear are Mateo Askaripour (“Black Buck”), Jean Hanff Korelitz (“The Latecomer”), Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa (“A Woman of Endurance”), Chris Pavone (“Two Nights in Lisbon”), Dolen PerkinsValdez (“Take My Hand”), Emma Straub (“This Time Tomorrow”), and Adriana Trigiani (“The Good Left Undone”).
Festivalgoers will also hear from a diverse array of nonfiction authors, including historian Roger Lowenstein (“Ways and Means: Lincoln and His Cabinet and the Financing of the Civil War”), business writer Jimmy Soni (“The Founders”), philanthropist and 2015 CNN Hero of the Year Maggie Doyne (“Between the Mountain and the Sky”), golf author Tom Coyne (“A Course Called America”), and ESPN sportswriter Bob Ryan (“In Scoring Position: 40 Years of a Baseball Love Affair”).
Cooking enthusiasts will hear NYT food writer and cookbook author Eric Kim (“Korean American: Food That Tastes Like Home”), and music and poetry fans will enjoy hearing Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon discuss the book he edited in collaboration with Paul McCartney (“The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present”).
For young readers, KidFest will feature outstanding children’s authors and illustrators, including Dan Gutman (“Houdini and Me”), “Today Show” meteorologist Dylan Dreyer (“Misty the Cloud: Friends Through Rain or Shine”), Tracey Baptiste (“The Jumbies”), and Caldecott Medalist illustrator Jason Chin (“Watercress”).
The festival will offer an impressive array of Young Adult authors and panel discussions, including appearances by Elizabeth Lim (“The Dragon’s Promise”), Kalynn Bayron (“This Wicked Fate”), and Navdeep Singh Dhillon (“Sunny G’s Series of Rash Decisions”).
These and other authors will speak and answer questions at five locations, all within walking distance of each other along South Street in Morristown, including Morristown & Morris Township Library. Book sales and signings will take place on the grounds of Vail Mansion.
The festival is a fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey. For information, go to morristownbooks.org.