mfob-posterThe Morristown Festival of Books is ready to welcome 40 authors and a crowd of thousands with a keynote address Friday night by Sebastian Junger, best-selling author of Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging.

The keynote address is set to being at 7:30pm at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ. The address is expected to fill the Art Center’s 1300 seats.

“My favorite part is how this event has grown and been embraced in just our third year,” said festival organizer Lisa Wallburg.

When the MFOB began in 2014, the festival only showcased 21 authors. This year there will be 40. Also new to the festival this year is KidsFest, featuring R.L. Stine, author of the well-known Goosebumps series.

The festival, which is free to attend, features a variety of fiction and non-fiction authors, young-adult and children’s-book authors.

The quality of authors drawn to the festival has developed as well.

This year, The Morristown Festival of Books will feature such authors as Mary Higgins Clark, Sebastian Junger, Ari Berman, author of Give Us The Ballot, Food Network host Amanda Freitag, author of The Chef Next Door, Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad, and Imbolo Mbue, author of Behold The Dreamers.

The festival, which officially begins this Friday at 7:30pm, will begin again on Saturday at 10am and continue till 5pm.

Several venues along South Street in Morristown will host the authors for panel discussions, talks, and readings. There will also be a tent set up on the lawn of Vail Mansion where Bookends, a bookstore in Ridgewood, NJ, will be selling books by the festival’s 40 authors.