Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. -Charles W. Eliot

2013 News from the Chestnut Hill Book Festival

September 22, 2013 Fifth Annual Chestnut Hill Book Festival

The 2013 Schedule: Free and Open to the public

Join us. Explore books; explore Chestnut Hill

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Fabulous local authors including:

  • Beth Kephart – “Handling the Truth”  a memoir

  • Daniel Torday – “The Sensualist”

  • Sabrina Vourvoulias – “200 Years of Latino History in Philadelphia”

  • Don Lee – “The Collective”

  • Lori Tharps – “Hair Story”

  • James Hoch – “Night Crabbing”  – poetry

  • Joseph Minardi – “Historic Architecture in Northwest Philadelphia”

  • John Baer – “On the Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics”

  • Al Hunter Jr – “Thou Shalt Not Steal:

  • Daniel Kaye – “Never Underestimate a Hermit Crab” children’s literature

  • Chestnut Hill Improv



Wednesday, May, 22: Meet George Ciccarelli-Maher, author of the newly released We Created Chavez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution. Join us at 7:00 PM at the Chestnut Hill Hotel at 8200 Germantown Avenue.

Followed by a wine and cheese reception

and book signing.



Mark your calendar: Nov. 15 Hugh Gilmore presents A Tribute to Loren Eiseley—a performance of readings and storytelling. If you have a favorite Loren Eiseley story or passage let Hugh know at hughmore@ or just come and enjoy the performers.



Fall for the Arts-A great success for the Chestnut Hill Business Association, one of our sponsors – and the women in charge….Kate O’Neill, Peggy Miller, and Peggy Hendrie. Thanks all for the back breaking wo!k an event like this entails. Winners all.


Visit us at Fall for the Arts on Sunday, October 12. Lots of fun on the Avenue. Best fall thing to do.


****Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts postponed to Sunday, October 14. The Chestnut Hill Book Festival and Speaker Series will be there. We will have some authors at our table. Come by to meet and greet them. A schedule will be posted.


*See the 2012 Book Festival Schedule HERE


AT O’DOODLES 1PM to 3PM this Sunday.     Margaret Smigiel is a wife, mother, national champion cyclist and accidental author.  Inspired by her children’s love of reading, she began crafting her own stories of service, charity and dedication.  The Princess Doctor is her first book.  Margaret holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Maryland and an M.B.A. in Management Information Systems from Drexel University.  Margaret lives happily ever after with her husband, son, two daughters and English Mastiff in suburban Philadelphia.



What a beautiful,

graceful cover!


Imagine the story to be told about a determined young woman who strove to dance against so many odds!


Thanks, Brenda Gottschild for bringing this historical tale to our attention.


Come to the Book Festival and hear from Brenda the story that led to our very famous Philadanco Dance troupe. If you’ve never seen Philadanco perform, you want to after reading this book and meeting Brenda.




Miles Orvell’s Right Off the Press New Book

The Death and Life of Main Street is a broad-ranging examination of Main Street as place and as idea, and with all its contradictions, from the 19th century to the present.  I include several examples drawn from  Philadelphia, including Chestnut Hill–which was in fact an inspiration for the book.







Book Festival news story in Life on the Hill, a beautiful publication that covers interesting Chestnut Hill people, places and events and are distributed within Chestnut Hill, Erdenheim, Flourtown, Lafayette Hill, Mount Airy and Wyndmoor. Of these copies, 3,000 are mailed to homes and 3,000 are delivered to key businesses in the aforementioned towns. Pick one up! Or sign up for delivery or check it out on line at . 




































Mystery Panel: Four noted mystery writers-Cordelia Frances Biddle, Hugh Gilmore, Solomon Jones, and Jon McGoran-will share their secrets to writing in a genre meant to keep you on your toes and to hold you in suspense. Each authors pursues their craft in their own way and produces mysteries of diverse styles. Below are samples of their books. Might be a good idea to read a few to be ready to bombard these sneaky people with crafty questions.














August 3, 2012