Rock and roll reporters tell their stories at Readers & Writers Fest


“Writing About Rock & Roll” will be the featured event on September 17 at the fifth annual Milford Readers and Writers Festival. The conversation will include Sheila Weller, author of the best-selling “Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon – and the Journey of a Generation,” with screenwriter and journalist James Greer. The moderator will be Milford resident Bob Guccione Jr., creator and publisher of Spin Magazine.

These rock ‘n’ roll columnists will offer insights and anecdotes that illustrate how rock ‘n’ roll writing spans more than songs and concerts. They will explore the ways in which history, personalities and culture are also part of history.

The festival will take place September 16-18 at the Milford Theater & Performing Arts Center, 114 East Catharine St.

It opens Friday night, September 16, with Tony Award winner and star of the hit TV series “Blue Bloods,” Len Cariou and his wife, writer, actor, and activist Heather Summerhayes Cariou, reading the two characters Part of Pulitzer Prize-winning theater “The Gin Game”.

This tragicomedy focuses on an unexpected relationship that develops between two people at the end of their lives. Audiences raved about the couple’s previous appearance at the festival, when they read the play “Love Letters,.

On Saturday, September 17, the main stage will feature three additional events:

· Nelson DeMille, best-selling author of 21 novels, will talk about his writing career and working with his son Alex DeMille on their recent novel “The Deserter”. Alex DeMille is a screenwriter, director and editor. He has won several awards and grants for his screenplays and films. The conversation will be moderated by Steve Rubin who has published authors such as John Grisham, Dan Brown, Bill O’Reilly, Hillary Mantel and other bestsellers. He is currently a consulting editor at Simon & Schuster.

“Books You’ll Never Be Able to Read: Author Cancellations and Book Bans” – Publishing industry professionals including literary agent Regina Brooks, editor and publisher Jamie Raab and author at New York Times bestseller James Kirchick will join editor and panel moderator Brooke Warner to share their thoughts on the recent wave of author cancellations and book bans.

“What is American cuisine? – Historian Paul Freedman, author of “Ten Restaurants That Changed America” ​​and “American Cuisine – And How It Got That Way,” will discuss what makes American cuisine unique with author, journalist and foodie Richard Morais, who wrote the food-centric book. bestseller, “The Hundred-Foot Journey”, which was made into a great movie starring Helen Mirren.

All main stage programs will include an opportunity for conversation between the authors and the audience.

On Saturday evening, a private reception will be held for festival speakers and is open to festival pass holders only.

In addition to ticketed events, the festival also offers a variety of free programs, including the fantasy-themed sci-fi panel, “Choose Your Reality” at the Columns Museum, and “The Future of Young Adult Literature in the Age of Book Banning,” at the Pike County Public Library, book signings by authors, as well as events all around Milford.

For more information about the festival and to purchase passes, go to

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