Paolino, a longtime Maspeth resident and a veteran of the entertainment industry who created the “Celebrity Face-off” television series, will serve as the event director.
In the last seven years Paolino said he began writing more, meeting other writers and attending book festivals. He even created his own publishing company.
But at the same time, he’s seen a lot of local bookstores, and even Barnes and Nobles locations, go out of business.
In particular, Paolino said he has noticed fewer and fewer young people crack open a book or write their own stories. The book festival hopes to change that.
“They’re playing more video games and there’s more online streaming,” he said. “I know this as a fact because I teach college.
“I feel like this is something that’s needed,” Paolino added about a book festival in the area.
The event will bring together leaders in the publishing industry to Martin Luther School. It will include panel discussions, writing workshops for young adults, and a book purchasing and autographing portion.
Two professionally published writers will be on hand to critique students’ writing samples and provide specific advice.
Paolino said most festivals he has attended tend to be niche, but he wants this event to have a “little bit of everything.”
The authors on the panels will come from a wide range of backgrounds, including fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels and more.
The goal is that if a student attending the festival is interested in young adult books, they can also bring their mom, dad and grandma and the festival will have something to offer them too.
“I’m really trying to cover the gamut,” Paolino said.