Memoir A Go-Go!

Moderated by Martha Frankel, with Jodie Patterson, Emily Bernard, and Amanda Stern.

The signature panel and closing event of the festival is Memoir A Go-Go, led by its moderator, memoirist and executive director of the festival, Martha Frankel. She’s a master interviewer who asks unexpected questions, often with even more unexpected answers. This is an event you don’t want to miss.

martha-frankel-executive-director-woodstock-bookfestMartha Frankel is the author of the memoir Hats and Eyeglasses, about her family’s love affair with gambling, and the co-author of the lifestyle book Brazilian Sexy: Secrets to Living a Gorgeous and Confident Life.

Martha is host of the weekly radio show, Woodstock Booktalk Radio, and is co-founder and director of She’s also besotted by knitting. She wants you to ask her about it.

Jodie-Patterson-©-Omi-Tanaka-cropped-Woodstock-Bookfest-2019Jodie Patterson is a social activist, entrepreneur, and writer. Her current memoir is The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Transformation, an inspiring and highly personal exploration of transformation, and the first book to make clear the seamless continuation within civil rights from race to gender, all within the context of the author’s remarkable matriarchal lineage.

She has been lauded for her activist work by Hillary Clinton, The Advocate, Family Circle, Essence, Cosmopolitan, and Yahoo!, among others. She sits on the board of a number of gender/family/human rights organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign, and is a sought-after public speaker addressing a wide range of audiences about identity, gender, beauty, and entrepreneurship. Patterson was appointed by the United Nations as a Champion of Change and, perhaps most impressively, she is a former circus acrobat who performed in the Big Apple Circus.

She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she co-parents her five children with love, education, and family solidarity.

emily-bernard-woodstock-bookfest-2019Emily Bernard, author of Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine, was born and grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and received her PhD in American studies from Yale University.

She has been the recipient of grants from the Ford Foundation, the NEH, and a W. E. B. Du Bois Resident Fellowship at Harvard University. Her essays have been published in journals and anthologies, among them The American Scholar, Best American Essays, and Best African American Essays. She is the Julian Lindsay Green & Gold Professor of English at the University of Vermont.

Amanda-Stern-woodstock-bookfest-2019Amanda Stern is the author of thirteen books: eleven for children written under pseudonyms, a novel, and most recently, the memoir Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life.

She is also the creator and founder of the critically acclaimed music and literary event series Happy Ending, which ran from 2003-2018. She lives in Brooklyn with her daughter Busy, who just happens to be a dog.

For the latest from the book world, subscribe to Martha’s radio show here.

Get a Full Festival pass and you’ll get to take in the Story Slam on Thursday night. Then sail into the weekend: attending all the wonderful panels, breakfast, both Little Bites and Big Libations Cocktail Parties, and both evening events. And share the bounty from our always-stuffed goody bag.

Or treat yourself to The Whole Shebang for $450. Here’s what you’ll get:

All of the above PLUS the One Day Intensive of your choice.

Kleinert/James Center
34 Tinker Street
Sunday March 31, 2019