Rick Kisonak by Ed Koren
What a fun, fabulous weekend filled with displays of wit, vision, innovation and creativity of every variety-from the musical merrymaking of the Boston Typewriter Orchestra to the digital declamations of Tina Escaja’s poetry robots! A sincere thanks to everyone who attended, volunteered or collaborated, including Peter Biello, Major Jackson, Meaghan Reynolds, Melissa Nelson, Anais Mohr, Jerry Johnson and the inimitable, irreplaceable Fran Stoddard. A tip of the chapeau to Barnes & Noble too for running such a friendly, first rate Festival Bookstore. Everyone on the Sponsor page of this site, in fact, has my deepest gratitude. Without each and every one, putting on this event literally would not be possible.
And my thanks, of course, go out to the many gifted artists in whose talents it was such an honor to bask for three amazing days, novelists, poets, children’s authors and memoirists from not just every corner of this country but places as far away as Vietnam and Croatia! The 12th annual celebration of the written word truly was the biggest and best yet. Heartfelt acknowledgment is due additionally to the Festival’s loyal contributors and angels for making such a magical experience possible-and open to the public-particularly Amy Tarrant, Mayor Miro Weinberger, Anonymous, Todd Lockwood, John and Mary Wilson, Tim Mayo and UVM President Tom Sullivan.
A shout out to Burlington Chief of Police, Brandon del Pozo, Susan Bettmann, Ellen Lovell and Nadine Budbill, in addition to special guest Edward Hirsch, for making our Opening Ceremonies such a moving and inspiring experience.
And, finally, a hundred hugs for public radio’s incomparable word nerd, Martha Barnette. Her incredible generosity, energy and good humor made our Festival Benefit the very definition of a great success.
I hope you’ll join us next year for the 13th annual Burlington Book Festival on September 15-17, 2017. Until then, keep up with your reading and don’t forget to write!
In loving memory of Leland Kinsey and David Budbill, good friends of the Festival and great writers who’ll be dearly missed.
PHOTOS FROM THE 2016 BURLINGTON BOOK FESTIVAL