This year’s theme, Pure Imagination, stems from the classic “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” book.
“We wanted to have a theme this year that appealed to all ages,” said Johanne Civil, executive director of Queens Book Festival. “We want to echo the message that there is no limit to one's imagination as well as potential to achievement no matter their age.”
Due to last year’s success, the festival expanded into a second day. On Saturday, also known as Children & Youth Day, the lineup will focus on children’s and young adult authors. Readings from authors such as Cindy Similien-Johnson, Anna Raff and Julia Sarcone-Roach will occur throughout the day. There will be panels discussing topics such as “Writing for Middle-Grade Readers,” “Trauma & Mental Illness - The Teen Experience,” and “The Importance of Multicultural Children’s Books.”
Additionally, the Conservancy Deck schedule will provide hands-on activities for the little ones, including Steam Academy’s DIY slime workshop and an opportunity to make shakeable ice cream in a bag. Enhancing minds with tech skills, kids will also learn how to create with circuits and bots.
On Sunday, the Queens Book Festival’s Main Day, there will be an array of panels that would pique the interest of many. In fact, Queens authors and writers are the center of two panels - “City Stories - It’s In Queens,” which showcases the borough as a setting, and “Spotlight on Queens Authors” which focuses on Alex Segura and Radha Vatsal.
One of the highlights of the festival is sure to be the Keynote Conversation: Our Allegiance. Writers Thi Bui and Dan-el Padilla Peralta will explore how adapting to a new country has become the least of immigrants’ concerns. The political landscape of the country has also shaped the panel “Grabbing Back - The 2016 Presidential Election: A course correction for the feminist movement.” Activists and writers will discuss movements and their impact on an increasingly stratified society, the Queens Book Festival stated on their website.
This year’s festival will be held at LIC Landing, located at in Long Island City. For tickets, author lineup and more information, visit QueensBookFestival.nyc.
“The decoration of LIC Landing will also reflect the theme,” Civil said, adding, “we're really happy to have something fun and colorful this year.”