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Another Albany Book Festival in the books: Thank you!

"The 4th annual Albany Book Festival presented by the NYS Writer Institute at the University at Albany was a major success by any measure. We were thrilled that we were able to return to a live, in-person, community-wide event safely and effectively.

The lasting feeling is one of gratitude. I would like to thank our outstanding team; the writers and booksellers; enthusiastic audience members; student and community volunteers; UAlbany President Havidán Rodríguez, Provost Carol H. Kim, and many faculty and staff who participated and supported us. We are deeply grateful."

-- Paul Grondahl, Director NYS Writers Institute

all photos by Patrick Dodson / University at Albany

National Book Award finalist Mary Gaitskill with Bob Boyers at the Albany Book Festival
National Book Award finalist Mary Gaitskill with Bob Boyers at the Albany Book Festival

By the numbers:

  • An estimated 2,500 attendees

  • 30 featured authors in 20 separate programs

  • 1 newly inducted State Author (Ayad Akhtar) and 1 newly inducted State Poet (Willie Perdomo)

  • More than 50 local authors selling their books in the Local Author Marketplace

  • A dozen booksellers and publishing exhibitors

  • 5 free online writing workshops

  • Nearly 1,000 Albany Book Festival tote bags & book marks given away

  • More than 30 sponsors whose generosity made it all possible

First-time Albany Book Festival featured author Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, a UAlbany alumnus,

sent out this tweet.

Following his event, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah signs copies of his book, "Friday Black"

Author Bethany C. Morrow posted this tweet to her 14,000 followers on Saturday.

Curt Nehring Bliss, an English professor at Finger Lakes Community College, attended several events at this year's Albany Book Festival

UAlbany staff photographer Patrick Dodson took home a stash of books.

If you attended the Albany Book Festival on Saturday and have any comments or questions, please post below or email us at

Thanks, and we hope to see you again at the 5th Annual Albany Book Festival in 2022!


Albany Book Festival Sponsors

The NYS Writers Institute is grateful for the following individuals and businesses whose donations help fund this year's Albany Book Festival.


Bruce Piasecki & The Creative Force Fund


Pernille Ægidius Dake / George and Kathleen McNamee / Renaissance Corporation of Albany

Charles Touhey and Alice Green / University Auxiliary Services


Times Union / Ellen Jabbur / Stuyvesant Plaza


Laurie Bank and Stuart Freyer / A. Andrew Casano, MD & Bella Pipas / Bernard F. Conners Foundation / The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza / Susan Novotny / CDPHP / Fenimore Asset Management / FAM Funds / Doris Fischer Malesardi / The Foy Fund / Henry Greenberg / Paul and Mary Grondahl / Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. / William and Dana Kennedy / William & Mary Jean Krackeler / Cecilia Lauenstein & Ronald Nadeau / Betsy Lopez / Mackin & Casey / Modern Press / Jeffrey Pollard / Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC / Roberta and Bob Redmond / Mary Scanlan / Herb and Cynthia Shultz / Jim and Teresa Stellar / Steve McKee Foundation / UAlbany William L. Reese Emeritus Center Three Voices Grant Program


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