2nd Annual Rosemont Book Festival

April 26, 2014 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Connelly Green at Rosemont College

The second annual book festival at Rosemont College supports authors, small indie publishers, literary journals and the community of book buyers. In addition to the many wonderful books, there will be panel discussions, small workshops and readings throughout the day.

Sponsored by: Rosemont College's MFA and graduate publishing programs.

Keynote Speaker: John Searles

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While balancing his magazine career, John began writing "Boy Still Missing" after the first sentence came to him while cleaning under his bed. In 2001, the book was published and went on to become a national bestseller. Hailed as “riveting” by The New York Times and “hypnotic” by Entertainment Weekly, the novel inspired Time magazine to name him a “Person to Watch” and the New York Daily News to name him a “New Yorker to Watch.” His second novel, "Strange but True," also a national bestseller, was praised as “sinister and complex” by Janet Maslin of The New York Times and “extraordinary” by Publishers Weekly. Both novels have been optioned for film, and John wrote the screenplay to Strange but True, which has been purchased by GreeneStreet Films in partnership with award-winning producer Ross Katz and will be filmed in Canada in Fall 2013. His most recent novel, published by Harper Collins, "Help for the Haunted" was released late last fall.


  • Children's Story Hour - led by Rosemont College Librarian, Cathy Fennell
  • "How do Writers and Designers Collaborate to Create Graphic Novels & Comic Books" Panel
    • Moderator: Roman Colombo, MFA '10
    • Panelists:
      • Rick Leonardi, Penciler at Marvel Comics
      • Nicole Glade, Assistant Editor at Zenescope Entertainment, Writer of Grimms Fairy Tales: The Age of Darkness
      • Matt Phelan, Author/Illustrator of the award winning titles: "Storm in the Barn" and "Around the World" among other titles

Numerous authors from this region and beyond will be reading throughout the day.

For More Information

Anne Converse Willkomm
Director, Graduate Publishing

610.527.0200 x2336

Carla Spataro

Director, MFA in Creative Writing
610.527.0200 x2346

Vendor Information | CLICK HERE TO REgister

The following options are available to vendors. Please note, space is limited.

  • Self-Service, $25: Rent a spot and bring your own table and chairs. We recommend you bring a small gazebo.
  • Full-Service, $40: Rent a spot with a six-foot table and 2 chairs.
  • Author Chair, $15: Rent 1 chair space under the Author Tent.

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