Connecticut Holding First Book Festival

Thousands of bookworms from across the state will come together this weekend for the first-ever Connecticut Book Festival.

Wally Lamb is the honorary chairman of the festival.

The festival is the brainchild of several organizations, including the Connecticut State Library, the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism and the Connecticut Humanities Council.

"We looked at other state festivals, studied their websites and activities, " organizer Kat Lyons told the Hartford Advocate. "I know roughly how they go about it, so we didn't need to entirely reinvent the wheel."

The Connecticut Book Festival will include readings by authors, panel discussions, book signings and storytelling for children. The festival takes place May 21 and May 22 at the UConn Greater Hartford Campus in West Hartford.

All programs are free.

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