Nationally Acclaimed Authors Lisa Scottoline, Francesca Serritella Highlight BookFest

Lisa Scottoline, #1 Bestselling Author of more than 30 novels, returns to the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts as a featured guest during BookFest, which will be held virtually for the first time.

Scottoline, who participated in the inaugural BookFest in 2009, will be joined by her daughter, Francesca Serritella, herself an award-winning author and columnist, for a one-of-a-kind closing event.

Delivered all online this year, BookFest 2020 will take place over three days instead of one. All events will be held virtually via Schlow Library Zoom spaces, and registration is required for each event.

Closing out BookFest will be a special discussion featuring Scottoline and Serritella moderated by Katie O’Toole, lecturer in the Penn State Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications. Mother and daughter will discuss their latest works, writing and relationships on Friday, July 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Scottoline is a #1 bestselling author, lawyer and self-admitted pet wrangler. Her first novel, Everywhere That Mary Went, published in 1994 by HarperCollins Publishers, became a bestseller and was nominated for the Edgar Award, the most prestigious award given in crime fiction, awarded by the Mystery Writers of America. She has written 32 novels, landed on every major bestseller list (NYT, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and more), been published in over 35 countries, and won numerous literary awards.

A Harvard graduate and bestselling author herself, Serritella released her debut novel, Ghosts of Harvard, in May to wide acclaim. She lives in New York and is working on her next novel.

The pair also write a Sunday humor column, “Chick Wit,” for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Their stories have been collected in a New York Times bestselling series of books including the most recent, I See Life Through Rosé-Colored Glasses.

2020 BookFest Tent Authors and Events

Traditional BookFest “tent” authors will be split up by their book’s intended audience. For example, adult and children authors will each have their own event in which they can present a virtual 5 to 7 minute book talk about themselves and recent published works. The comic authors and illustrators event will be a “drink & draw” activity, where attendees will be able to draw pre-selected character poses, ask questions, and gain insights on working in the industry.

During each event, the “tent” authors’ and illustrators’ websites and online stores will be featured—both on the website and in the chat box during the presentations—where attendees can purchase books. For those interested in a signed and/or inscribed book, we ask that they contact the author or illustrator directly via their website.

Schlow Centre Region Library would like to thank Comic Swap, Isle of Comics, Jason Lenox, Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Schlow Library Foundation, Setsucon, and Usborne Books, Jersey Mikes, Best Event Rentals, and Usborne Books for their assistance in producing 2020 BookFest.

Wednesday Events

10:00 a.m. Storytime with Miss Paula
Recommended for ages 2-6, but everyone is welcome. Registration required. After you register you will be emailed the link to the Schlow Library Zoom meeting space.

2:30 p.m. Virtual Kids Art Party with Miss Paula and Miss Katie
Watch a premiere of our slideshow featuring all of the #ChalkYourWalk Weekly Pop-up Challenge submissions and then join us for a book character drawing game.  Registration Required.

4:00 p.m. Children’s Author Book Talk
Listen to each of our children’s authors present a short book talk about their most recent works.  The talks are moderated by Jennifer Black from Usborne Publishing. Registration required.

Thursday Events

4:00 p.m. Adult Authors Book Talk
Listen to our adult tent authors each present a short talk about their recent works. Registration required.

8:00 p.m. Drink & Draw with Joe Figurehead/Isle of Comics with Maria
Settle in for an hour of drawing, creativity, and camaraderie with Pennsylvania comic book artists Kara Ballenger, Robert Hack, Jason Lenox, areyoshi, and Chris Ring. With experience working for large companies and on their own projects, these creators will be on hand to answer questions. Pick their brains on topics such as Kickstarters, commissions, and more. Grab your favorite beverage, sketchbook, and pencils. No fancy tools required! With special guest host, Joe Figured, from Isle of Comics. Registration is required.

Friday Events

7:00 p.m. Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
Bestselling authors Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella chat with Katie O’Toole, lecturer in the Penn State Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications. They will discuss their latest works, writing and relationships. Don’t miss it!

Visit the Festival Store!

Visit our online store to buy Festival t-shirts, posters, friendship bracelets and our special jigsaw puzzle.