About Us - Lehigh Valley Book Festival

The Lehigh Valley Book Festival is a celebration of books and the strong connections they forge – bringing published authors, illustrators, and readers together, through thoughtful, approachable, and inclusive programming. Our mission is based on the notion that reading is for everybody – and that people of all ages and interests can find something to spark their imagination, broaden their perspective, and nourish their spirit in a book.

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2024 Executive Committee






JOSH BERK,  Executive Director, Bethlehem Area Public Library 

Josh Berk is the director of the Bethlehem Area Public Library and author of the middle-grade horror/comedy CAMP MURDERFACE series co-written with Saundra Mitchell, mysteries Strike Three You’re Dead and Say It Ain’t So as well as the teen novels The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin (named a best book for teens of 2010 by Kirkus Reviews) and Guy Langman: Crime Scene Procrastinator (2012).

KIRSTEN HESS, Festival Director

Kirsten is the owner and founder of Let's Play Books Bookstore, the end: a bookstore and the Lehigh Valley Book Festival. Kirsten spent the first 15 years of her adult life in major events & leadership development in higher education and Fortune 50 companies in the Washington DC area prior to realizing she likes playing with books a whole lot more.