October 16 - November 2, 2014

Concord, Massachusetts

Two weeks of talks, readings, and discussions celebrating the written and the spoken word.
  • Noam Chomsky
    Noam Chomsky
  • Sarah Payne Stuart
    Sarah Payne Stuart
  • Alan Weisman
    Alan Weisman
  • Archer Mayor
    Archer Mayor

Welcome to the Concord Festival of Authors

The 22nd annual Concord Festival of Authors will open on Thursday evening, October 16th and run through Sunday, November 2nd. With events nearly every day or evening, there’s something for everyone—Breakfast with the Authors, New Literary Voices, Mystery and True Crime, talks by David McCullough Jr. and Tomie dePaola, panel discussions, and more. Except for the Breakfast with the Authors program and the Ruth Ratner Miller Award presentation to Nathaniel Philbrick, all events are free and open to the public. As always, we beat the drum in celebration of the written and spoken word.

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The 2014 festival will feature three issue-oriented “Festival Forums.” On October 16th, Alan Weisman, author of The World Without Us and Countdown, will open the festival with a discussion of the chances for humanity’s future when every 4-1/2 days there are a million more of us; in an October 23rd program hosted by the Walden Woods Project, Marc Dunkelman, author of The Vanishing Neighbor, will examine the erosion of America’s basic community building blocks; and in a very special program hosted by the Fenn School on October 30th, world renowned linguist Noam Chomsky will offer a powerful critique of the West’s role in the world.