Writer Neil Gaiman, left, will keynote this year’s “StoryFest” on Oct. 20 at the Westport Library, while Eric LaRocca’s play, “Gentle Hacksaw,” will be given a staged reading Oct. 21. (Gaiman photo courtesy of Master Class.)

WESTPORT — “StoryFest 2023,” a three-day celebration of stories and storytellers, is booked Oct. 20-22 at the Westport Library.

StoryFest, now in its sixth year, kicks off with the Fall 2023 Malloy Lecture in the Arts at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, featuring writer Neil Gaiman, the author of “American Gods,” “Coraline” and the graphic novel series “The Sandman.”

Tickets for the Malloy Lecture currently are sold out, but library officials said an additional allotment of free tickets will be available online starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22. Click here at the time to reserve a seat.

Stephen Graham Jones, a professor at the University of Colorado and a New York Times best-selling author, will moderate the festival’s keynote program with Gaiman.

A varied slate of panel discussions and programs is planned during the day on Saturday, Oct. 21. Writers scheduled to participate include Angie Kim, Gabino Iglesias, Stephen Graham Jones, Caroline Kepnes, Josh Malerman and others. Register for a free daytime pass by clicking here.

A staged reading of the play, “Gentle Hacksaw,” by Eric LaRocca, is planned the evening of Saturday, Oct. 21. To reserve $20 tickets online, click here.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for a reception where guests can meet StoryFest authors. Small bites will be available and there will be a cash bar. The performance starts at 8 o’clock, followed by a conversation with the playwright and cast, moderated by best-selling author Clay Mcleod Chapman.

LaRocca’s play, according to a library publicity release, is a drama of “religion, identity and violence about two high-profile gay men who become embroiled in a verbal cat-and-mouse game of utter cruelty when an unpleasant bargain goes awry.”

On Sunday, Oct. 22, a yet-to-announced schedule of daytime programs will be offered, library officials said, which will include writer’s workshops, a children’s event as well as musical and film presentations. Click here for upcoming details.

StoryFest, according to library publicity, is the largest literary festival in Connecticut and one of the biggest in New England. Last year’s event attracted more than 800 participants and 40 authors to the library, officials said.

For more information, contact the Westport Library at 203-291-4800.