Harry Potter, Renaissance Magic, and a Passion for Books with Dr. Janet Sorrentino

Friday, September 26 at 4:30 pm at the Bookplate on Cross Street

The world of Hogwarts, however full of magical powers and wonders, was immersed in books: the need for books, the love of books, and the power of books. J.K. Rowling drew on a culture of books and magic that would have been very familiar to scholars and savants in the Renaissance to create Harry Potter's world we have come to love in her books.

The Harry Potter Read-a-Thon

Saturday, September 20, from 10 AM – 12 PM at the Chestertown Branch of the Kent County Public Library

The Chestertown Book Festival and The Chestertown Harry Potter Festival will host the Harry Potter Read-a-Thon at the Chestertown Branch of the Kent County Public Library. 

Sign up to read, or come out to listen as volunteers and participants read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Sign up by Friday, September 12th to read by emailing [email protected], or call The Bookplate at (410) 778-4167.

CANCELED: “Our Lives, Our Fortunes, and Our Sacred Honor: America’s Bold Decision for Independence,” a talk by historian Dr. Richard Beeman

 Thursday, September 18th  at the Decker Theatre at 7:00 p.m.

We regret to inform you that the Richard Beeman event has been canceled. 

Reality Boy by A.S. King

Good News!

Reality Boy, the newest publication by author A.S. King is now available. And here are the reviews.

"Heart-pounding and heartbreaking...This is no fairy-tale romance, but a compulsively readable portrait of two imperfect teens learning to trust each other."
—Kirkus Reviews (starred)


One Heck of a Dinner

Imagine being able to sit at the dinner table with authors and artists like T.S. Eliot, James Joyce, Pablo Picasso and Marcel Proust.

Below is an article, on this very idea, written by the 2010 Chestertown Book Festival keynote speaker Michael Dirda

National Book Critics Circle Award winner Paul Hendrickson

Hemingway's Boat is a brilliantly conceived and illuminating reconsideration of a key period in the life of Ernest Hemingway that will forever change the way he is perceived
and understood.

Focusing on the years 1934 to 1961—from Hemingway’s pinnacle as the reigning monarch of American letters until his suicide—Paul Hendrickson traces the writer's exultations and despair around the one constant in his life during this time: his beloved boat, Pilar.

Marcy Dunn Ramsey

Artist Marcy Dunn Ramsey will be the first guest in the Children's Reading at the Bookplate on Saturday, September 21. 

Ramsey has had a long and varied career in the arts as a parotrait artist, teacher, graphic designer, illustrator, printmaker and painter. She began her fine art career as a printmaker, but has been painting almost exclusively for the last eighteen years in her studio on the Chester River in Chestertown.