2023 Frequently Asked Questions - ongoing, questions added frequently!
Q: I am a non-profit organization in the Lehigh Valley, can I participate?
A: Non-for-profit organizations that work with the bookstore, the library, connect to literacy, art, social justice, health & wellness, or LGBTQ+ work in the Lehigh Valley are invited to sign up for a free expo table. We will have 12 tables for non-profits outside by the front door of the festival. Applications to exhibit will be available on Thursday, Feb. 16.
Q: Where is the Festival taking place?
A: Multiple locations in and around the Lehigh Valley. However, the main program on Saturday, 3/25, will be held at The Bethlehem Area Public Library in downtown Bethlehem.
Q: Are the programs free or is there a cost?
A: Most of the sessions are free and open to the public. The opening VIP reception is ticketed, and the drive-in movie is ticketed.
Q: Is there a rain date?
A: No, the event will happen rain or shine.
Q: I’m an author. How can I participate in the festival?
A: The program is coordinated through publishers, as the majority of speakers are on tour for their new book. The requests to participate & attend are completed the previous year.
Q: I am a self-published author (or non-traditionally published/distributed) how may I participate?
A: Self-published/independently published authors that live in the Lehigh Valley, that would typically sell their books on consignment, are invited to sell their books at the festival as a vendor. Application to participate is open from February 1 through 15, or until the table spaces are full.
Q: Do I have to buy books to attend?
A: No. However, book sales are the only way to support the festival. Please help support the festival and the authors by purchasing books at the event or directly from Let's Play Books Bookstore.
Q: Will there be books for sale by all the authors and illustrators? Will all their books be available?
A: All presenting authors will have books available for purchase at the festival.
Q: Where is the Opening Author Reception?
A: It will be held in Allentown, near the West End.
Q: I applied as a vendor, when will I receive details on the event?
A: Applications open on 2/1 and close on 2/15. All approved vendors will be contacted no later than 2/20.
Q: I would like to share an expo table with another author who is a friend, can we be placed together?
A: At the time of registration, please write in the comments the name of your partnering author/illustrator.