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University at Albany

1400 Washington Avenue

Albany, New York 12222

Phone: 518 442-5620 



Complete schedule  to be released Monday, August 13

A message from NYS Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl:

"The Albany Book Festival is a new initiative for us and we ask you to join us in creating something truly amazing that elevates UAlbany and our capital city for years to come."


Radha Agrawal, social entrepreneur, author and founder of Daybreaker,  kicks off the Albany Book Festival with a morning dance party.  ​Radha will also discuss her new book, Belong: Find Your People, Create Community, and Live a More Connected Life

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 29


University at Albany Campus Center, in the new west addition.

 Author of five novels including The Death Artist and Anatomy of Fear, editor of the collection It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art.

His memoir, The Widower’s Notebook, was published in July.   Listen to WAMC's Joe Donahue's recent interview with Santlofer.

Jonathan Santlofer

 2016 Democratic Convention speaker, Pakistani immigrant, U.S. citizen, and Gold Star Father joins Julissa Arce and Abdi Nor Iftin on our "New Americans" memoir panel. 

U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, Khan's son, was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq in 2004. His memoir, An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice, was published in 2017.  

Khizr Khan

Bestselling author of more than 20 crime-fiction novels, many featuring her signature detective, Tess Monaghan.

Lippman began writing novels while working full-time as a reporter for The (Baltimore) Sun and published seven books before leaving daily journalism in 2001. 

Laura Lippman

Bestselling author of My (Underground) American Dream, successful Wall
Street executive, and undocumented Mexican immigrant.

Arce was officially sworn in as an American citizen in August of 2014.  Her second book Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream will be published on September 18. 

Julissa Arce

One of America’s best-known historians, Doris Kearns Goodwin earned the Lincoln Prize for the runaway bestseller Team of Rivals, the basis for Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-winning film Lincoln

Her new book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, will be published in September. 

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Historian of racial injustice in America, Gilbert King won a Pulitzer Prize for Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, The Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America.  His new book is titled Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found. 

Gilbert King

Francis Lam, host of “The Splendid Table” broadcast on more than 400 public radio stations across America, plus SIRIUS satellite radio and World Radio Switzerland. The Washington Post called Lam "the voice of America’s food culture.” 

Francis Lam