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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Welcome to the 4th annual Albany Book Festival, presented by the NYS Writers Institute at the University at Albany, featuring world-renowned authors, local authors, and online workshops on writing and publishing.  Stay tuned for more information on the event schedule, online workshops, and more! 

Events subject to change.  

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Friday, September 24th

Join us for our Albany Book Festival kickoff event: the installation ceremony for our new NYS Author Ayad Akhtar and NYS Poet Willie Perdomo
Akhtar will receive the Edith Wharton Citation of Merit for Fiction and Perdomo will receive the Walt Whitman Citation of Merit for Poetry at a special ceremony to be held 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at the University at Albany’s Campus Center West Auditorium.

Free and open to the public. 
More information.

New York State Poet
Willie Perdomo

New York State Author
Ayad Akhtar

COVID PROTOCOL FOR ALL IN-PERSON EVENTS: All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask or other face covering while inside any UAlbany owned, operated or leased building. Unvaccinated individuals are also required to wear face coverings in all outdoor settings. This revised mask requirement will remain in place until the University removes the requirement upon the recommendations of the CDC or other public health officials. Individuals should not attend our in-person events if they—or anyone in their household—are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19. 

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A special thank you to our sponsors



Bruce Piasecki &
   The Creative Force Fund



Pernille Ægidius Dake

George and Kathleen McNamee

Renaissance Corporation of Albany

Charles Touhey and Alice Green

University Auxiliary Services



Ellen Jabbur

Stuyvesant Plaza

Times Union



Laurie Bank and Stuart Freyer

A. Andrew Casano, MD & Bella Pipas

The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza

Bernard F. Conners Foundation

Fenimore Asset Management / FAM Funds
Doris Fischer Malesardi

The Foy Fund

Henry Greenberg

Paul and Mary Grondahl



Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C.

William and Dana Kennedy

William & Mary Jean Krackeler
Cecilia Lauenstein & Ronald Nadeau

Betsy Lopez

Modern Press

Jeffrey Pollard

   Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC

Mackin & Casey

Susan Novotny

Roberta and Bob Redmond

Mary Scanlan

Herb and Cynthia Shultz

Jim and Teresa Stellar

Steve McKee Foundation 

UAlbany William L. Reese Emeritus Center         Three Voices Grant Program

All Book Festival photos courtesy of UAlbany Photos/Patrick Dodson

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