WESTPORT — The Westport Library really knows how to book ’em — programs that highlight writing on a far-reaching range of topics and literary luminaries to expound on those subjects.
That tradition underscores the library’s plans for its fourth StoryFest, set to run from Oct. 28 through Nov. 2.
The 2021 edition of StoryFest, which organizers call “the largest literary festival in Connecticut,” is book-ended by appearances by two best-selling writers: Michael Lewis on opening night and Mitch Albom to wrap up the events.
Daily programs between those authors’ appearances will feature speakers and literary-themed activities designed to appeal to readers with a range of ages and interests.
The StoryFest 2021 schedule includes:
- Oct. 28: Michael Lewis, best-selling writer who has published 16 books on subjects ranging from politics to Wall Street, will be interviewed at 7 p.m.
Lewis’s newest non-fiction book, “The Premonition: A Pandemic Story,” follows three central characters working in the White House during the pandemic who find government’s response is woefully inadequate.
Lewis will be interviewed by award-winning journalist and author Lisa Belkin, who spent 30 years at The New York Times.
To register for this virtual program, click here.
- Oct. 29: Mallory O’Meara will launch her new book, “Girly Drinks!” at 7 p.m.
The book chronicles the “history of female distillers, drinkers and brewers who have played a vital role in the creation and consumption of alcohol,” according to StoryFest organizers.
To register for the virtual event, including , complete a recipe for a signature drink by SoNo 1420, go here.
- Oct. 30: A “Pink or Treat” with a Halloween-themed reading with Victoria Kann at 10 a.m.
There also will be a “Pinkalicious” Halloween parade for youngsters. To register, go here.
- Oct. 30: Panel discussion of “When Things Get Dark: A Shirley Jackson Anthology,” by Ellen Datlow, at 1 p.m.
“When Things Get Dark”is a collection of new and exclusive short stories inspired by, and in tribute to, Shirley Jackson, a writer of horror and mystery fiction.
To register for the virtual event, go here.
- Oct. 30: All Hallow’s Eve in-person celebration at 7 p.m.
The event will feature two horror fiction writers — Stephen Graham Jones, author of “My Heart is a Chainsaw” and “The Only Good Indians,” and Grady Hendrix, author of “Final Girls Support Group.”
- Nov. 2: Mitch Albom, best-selling author, will appear at the library at 7:30 p.m.
Albom will discuss his new book, “The Stranger in the Lifeboat,” which StoryFest organizers say “offers a fresh take on themes that have defined his work” in his other books, including, “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” “The Next Person You Meet in Heaven” and “The First Phone Call from Heaven.”
More details and registration are here.
For more information about StoryFest 2021, call the Westport Library at 203-291-4800.