Festival of the Hills Book Signing Returns, Featuring Many Western MA Authors

The 49th Annual Conway, Massachusetts’ Festival of the Hills, an annual fall festival that has been recognized as a Library of Congress “Local Legacy” in Western Massachusetts, will take place Sunday, October 3rd from 10am-4pm.


Conway, Massachusetts, is located on Route 116 in Massachusetts, 5 miles north of I-91. Conway, Massachusetts. The Conway Festival of the Hills fall festival was originally a July 1915 pageant to celebrate 100 years of peace between the United States and England. In 1962, the festival was revived to raise funds for the town’s 1967 bicentennial celebration. Since then, the annual Festival of the Hills is an all-volunteer event that raises scholarship money for the town’s high school graduates.

Conway, located in the foothills of the Berkshires just west of the Connecticut River Valley, was originally settled in 1762, and the town was incorporated in 1775. Conway was named for General Henry Seymour Conway, a leader in the English House of Commons. Conway’s landmarks include the Field Memorial Library, a library funded by Marshall Field, the legendary retailer who grew up on a farm in Conway in the 1800s before eventually moving to Chicago, and the Burkeville Covered Bridge. Originally built in 1870, the historic covered bridge over the South River was added to the Historic Register in 1988. The Burkeville Covered Bridge was completely restored and renovated and reopened to pedestrian access in 2007.

Notable Conway residents, past and present, include John Crowley, critically acclaimed American fantasist and author of the World Fantasy Award winning novel Little, Big; Jill Ker Conway, renowned memoirist and Smith College’s first female president; and Archibald MacLeish, a three-time Pulitzer winner.

One of the most popular events at the Festival year after year is the book signing with local authors. This year Conway resident Holly Hobbie, creator of the much-loved Holly Hobbie character and the Toot and Puddle children’s book series, will be on hand to sign copies of her books. Another Conway resident signing books will be Peter Jeswald, a builder who has written a practical and engaging how-to guide for creating paths, steps, and footbridges in the garden. Other notable authors signing at this year’s book signing, include John Crowley, Heidi Stemple, Jane Yolen, Eve Brown-Waite, Ellen Watson, and Amy Dryanksy.

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A Moon for Seasons, by Ann Turner (1994)

A Moon for Seasons, by Ann Turner, shares the story of a porcupine caught in a winter night’s gale … the first green of spring at a pond’s edge … a summer pond speckled with frogs … a pine surprised by an owl in the darkness of fall: these are only some of the images Ann Turner illuminates with words as vivid as the changing seasons they describe. Winter, spring, summer, and fall are each vibrantly depicted in short poems, including an opening ode to the moon in each section. (Dustjacket flap)

Ann Turner has written a number of books for young readers, including Dakota Dugout (An ALA Notable Book), Nettie’s Trip South, Katie’s Trunk, and Apple Valley Year, as well as a young adult novel Third Girl from the Left, and the middle grade novel Grasshopper Summer. She has also written Elfsong, Heron Street and Red Flower Goes West.  Ms. Turner lives in Williamsburg, Massachusetts, with her husband and two children. She enjoys gardening, sailing and cooking.

Robert Noreika’s special interest is painting nature. This is his first book. He also illustrated Marsh Music by Marianne Berkes. He lives in Avon, Connecticut with his family.

Published in 1994 by Macmillian Publishing Company.

Elfabet: An ABC of Elves, by Jane Yolen (1989)

With exquisite illustrations and detailed floral borders, Elfabet is a book to be enjoyed again and again.

This ingenious alphabet book features an assortment of elves from A to Z. Some elves are clever; some are mischievous; all are endearing. Look inside and see if you can find everything alphabetical from alligator to zipper. (Dustjacket flap)

Jane Yolen is the award-winning author of more than 150 books, including Moon River and Other Tale, The Girl in the Golden Bower, All Those Secrets of the World (a Reading Rainbow selection), Bird of Time, and Letting Swift River Go. She lives with her family in Hatfield, MA.

Lauren Mills is the author and illustrator of many picture books, including The Rag Coat and Tatterhood and the Hobgoblins, which won the New England Book Design Award. She and her husband, Dennis Nolan, received the 1996 Golden Kite Award for Illustration for Fairy Wings. Lauren Mills lives in western MA.

Published in 1989 by Little, Brown and Company