Nearly 50 local, regional and national authors will converge on the Altoona Area Public Library on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for the inaugural Greater Altoona Book Festival.
Sponsored by ArtsAltoona in partnership with the Altoona Area Public Library, the event will feature authors of all genres from Central and Western Pennsylvania who will offer special presentations, question and answer discussions, as well as hosting individual tables where the authors can talk with participants about their works.
Pielmeier began his career with the play and movie Agnes of God. Since then he has had three more plays mounted on Broadway and over 25 film, television movies and miniseries produced. Most recently he wrote and acted in the internationally successful limited series The Pillars of Earth.
Russo, often called a “living legend,” has twenty books published internationally and nineteen feature movies in worldwide distribution to his credit. He began his career by co-authoring the screenplay for Night of the Living Dead which is widely recognized as a horror classic.
Opening the event will be author and contemporary Christian recording artist, Julie Nevel. Nevel, an Altoona native, just published the first book in a series Asbury Lane: An American Love Story, based on the true story of her parents amazing journey of faith, family and love. Asbury Lane, the street that the book is named after, is actually a street in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
A children’s corner is planned, with the Allegheny Ballet Company bringing children’s literature to life with interpretive dance. Other programming for the children’s corner is being planned by ArtsAltoona’s education director, Stephenie Schroth. There will also be music by various local musicians and food trucks at the event.
Local bookstores, libraries, historical or genealogical societies are attending as well.
ArtsAltoona is partnering with the Altoona Area Public Library to bring this inaugural event to the Altoona/Blair County area to showcase the talented authors in the community while celebrating the written word as an art form.