There is simply no literary festival in the world, not one, that is closer to my house than Woodstock Bookfest. I can practically walk there.

Shalom Auslander, writer

The Woodstock Bookfest is the greatest writers festival I have ever been to in my life. It's perfect. It's very familial and wonderful. The first thing I look at when the schedule is released is Memoir A Go-Go, because that's my love.

Joe Donahue, VP News + Programming, WAMC

The Roundtable, WAMC Northeast Public Radio


Andre Dubus III advisory board

Woodstock Bookfest is really innovative, fresh, poetic, electric, and inspiring. I was sad I had to go home.

Andre Dubus III, writer


One of the most amazing, inspiring, exciting, crazy, fun intellectual writers festivals that I go to. It's like the town is part of the festival. Memoir A-Go-Go is my favorite event. It's just so intimate and wonderful.

Ann Hood, writer




Woodstock Bookfest has put words to music, bringing together writers and readers in a place proud of its rock and roll heritage. Now Woodstock can be equally proud of how it celebrates the written word.

Susan Orlean, writer


I have been part of Woodstock Bookfest since its inception and it gets better every year. WB is such an inspiration: being part of a community of avid readers and writers; meeting other authors and hearing their challenges, breakthroughs, and tips — all this sustains me as a writer. This is a quintessentially Woodstock event — quirky, forward thinking and friendly.

Gail Straub, writer




Woodstock Bookfest is a perfect storm of natural beauty and new ideas. It is hip meets homespun, complete with delicious food, wine, and hand crafted beers. It is like finding the artistic home you never knew you had.

Stephen Tobolowsky, actor + writer