Visitors to Lewis’ sixth annual History Book Festival will find themselves surrounded by history – and not just from bestselling, award-winning authors who will discuss their historical fiction and non-fiction in the event’s free public talks. works of fiction.
Settled by the Dutch in 1631, Lewis is known as the first town of the First State and has a charming historic district with buildings dating back to the 17th century. The quaint downtown area, where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic’s Cape Henloppen, is home to museums, hotels, shops, farmers markets and restaurants, and is within walking distance of the History Book Festival venue.
The 2022 History Book Festival begins Friday, September 23 with a keynote address by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Buzz Bisinger and ends on Sunday, September 25 with 2022 Pulitzer Prize-winning History Booker Ida Ferrer made closing remarks. Tickets for the keynote and closing speeches must be purchased in advance at bit.ly/hbf22-tickets.
On Saturday, September 24th, 8:30am-4pm, 19 bestselling authors and up-and-coming new authors will discuss their books. The festival will be held in the Lewis Historic District at the Lewis Public Library at 111 Adams Avenue. Rollins Community Center and Lewis Historical Museum, 101 Adams Avenue; and Bethel United Methodist Hall, 4th and Market Streets.
A gathering of speakers, audience members and volunteers will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the Lewis Library, where attendees can network and discuss their day at the festival. Admission to the September 24 author presentation and subsequent discussion is free.
Free, specially marked Lewis Line buses will run between venues on Saturdays between 7:30am and 7:30pm, stopping at Second and Market Streets in downtown Lewis at the same time. Regular Lewis Line bus service to other destinations costs $1 per trip.
On September 24, free parking is available for festival attendees in the Bethel Church and Lewis Public Library parking lots.
Visitors can also park at Cape Henlopen High School at 1250 Kings Highway and take the Lewes Line bus from the parking lot to any venue for $1.
Street parking is also available throughout Lewis.In metered spaces, payment is required between 9am and 8pm
During the festive lunch break on September 24 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm, visitors can dine at nearby restaurants or visit food trucks parked outside the Bethel Hall and in the Rollins Center parking lot.
Festival attendees interested in the history of the area can learn more at the Zwaanendael Museum at 102 Kings Highway. Modeled on the former town hall of Hoorn in the Netherlands, the museum showcases the maritime, military and social history of the Lewis region. For details, call the museum at 302-645-1148.
The Lewis History Museum is located at the Margaret H. Rollins Community Center, one of the venues for the History Book Festival. The museum is run by the Lewis Historical Society, which maintains several historic buildings in town. Properties include the 1898 building at 302 Savannah Road, which now serves as a museum shop selling iconic Lewis products, books and clothing, as well as locally sourced art, food and crafts. For more information, visit historylewes.org.
For information on local businesses, shops and restaurants, the Lewes Chamber of Commerce is a convenient online resource at leweschamber.com and its Visitor Centre, open Saturdays from 9am to 3pm at 120 Kings Highway.
For full details on the 2022 festival authors, book summaries, schedule and presentation venue, visit historybookfestival.org. All events are free except for the keynote and closing speeches.
Books in the festival can be purchased at each show. Biblion in Lewes and Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach will have books available for purchase ahead of the festival. Titles from the History Book Festival are also available on loan through the Delaware Public Library system.
The festival’s sponsors are the Delaware Liberal Arts Institute and the Berkshire Hathaway Family Services PenFed Realty’s Lee Ann Wilkinson Group. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Distilling Company are funding partners for the keynote presentation; Joe and Debbie Schell are funding partners for the closing presentation.
The History Book Festival is the first and only book festival dedicated to history in the United States. Its organizers believe in the power of history, literature and civil dialogue to better shape the future.