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Scott Meyer Award Tops 8th Annual Millbrook Literary Festival

The Millbrook Literary Festival will take place May 21 at the Millbrook Library.
The Millbrook Literary Festival will take place May 21 at the Millbrook Library. Photo Credit: Contributed

MILLBROOK, N.Y. -- The presentation of the inaugural Scott Meyer Award will highlight the eighth annual Millbrook Literary Festival, set for Saturday, May 21, in Millbrook.

The event, which runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., will include panel discussions, presentations, readings and book signings by more than 75 adult, young adult, and children’s authors and illustrators. A full listing of panels and discussions is available here.

Meyer, the founder of the festival who passed away last year, loved to encourage reading and writing of every kind. In honor of his work and passion, the Millbrook Literary Festival will present an annual award for a different genre each year to a Hudson/Harlem Valley writer.

This year, the festival committee will award $200 for an unpublished short story for adults or young adults. The winning story will be selected from among finalists by award-winning author Valerie Martin.

The winner will be interviewed and featured in Living Millbrook Magazine and the Northern Dutchess News.

Two runners-up will each receive $25 gift cards to Merritt Books. Three finalists have just been selected from among with many entries received. The festival congratulates Hudson Valley residents Ray Fashona, Laurie Treacy and Anna Geraldine Paret on being chosen. The first-place winner will be announced at the festival.

Every year the festival features nationally recognized authors and promotes talented local and regional writers, with panels that are accessible to all ages. This year's list of nationally recognized authors includes Lauren Belfer, Gail Carson Levine, Jim DeFelice, Mark Siegel, Barbara Slate, Karen Kaufman Orloff and Iza Trapani.

The festival will also introduce up-and-coming authors, such as Owen King, the graphic novelist son of Stephen King, and offer writing workshops for all who fancy themselves writers.

The festival will be held at the Millbrook Library, 3 Friendly Lane. For more information, visit info@millbrookliteraryfestival.org .

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