The Off Pitt Street Theater Company is holding its first Spring Into Books Festival on Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 110 W. Pitt St.
The festival was supposed to take place last year, but the organization has had to reschedule it three times due to the pandemic, organizers say.
“It’s going to be a really fun day,” said Dawn Ziviello of the Off Pitt Street Theater Company. “We really appreciate that the authors are willing to be versatile and come back to do it.”
There will be approximately 12 authors from across the state, who will have their own tables set up in the theater throughout the day.
Some of the featured authors are Nancy C. Folk, Jessica Eppley, Trisha McKee, Brian Johnson, Chris Rodell, Brian Middleton, Adelina Hristova, Eric Shields, Evan Witmer and Shawn McLain.
During the day, guests will be able to meet the authors, buy books and get autographs.
Then the writers will all make individual 10-minute read spots on a stage from their work.
“There are different types of authors, and they all have different genres,” Ziviello said. “There is history, non-fiction, science fiction, comedy, illustrated story books and much more.”
Typhani Russo, Mrs. Pennsylvania USA Ambassador and Founder of Bookworms Against Bullies, will be present and offer gifts.
“We wanted something local, accessible and indoors,” Ziviello said. “Our space is unique, we really want to showcase the space and the many things that are happening here.”
A magician, The Real McCoy, will perform magic throughout the day.
Various artists will be on site, including Linda Callaway from Flying Pig Paint Parties who will be demonstrating and offering custom illustrations, bookmarks, journals and other sundries for sale.
Real Life Pre-K will set up a table where people can find out more about their programs and register for school.
Guests attending the event will have the chance to win door prizes throughout the day.
The week following the end of the book festival, the theater will host local group Bad Luck Lover Boys on April 30. The group will present their new album during the concert.
On May 14 and 15 at 8 p.m., Off Pitt Street Productions will present Space Balls, a live radio show.
“We’re trying to dust ourselves off and move forward, because it’s been a really tough year, especially for the arts,” Ziviello said.