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Flemington Summer Book Fest opens


The East Coast’s largest Memorial Day Book Festival, Flemington Summer Book Fest, returns to the borough Memorial Day Weekend, Friday, May 27 through Monday, May 30.

More than 2,000 bibliophiles are expected to visit Flemington, N.J., for the event. The festival, presented by Flemington’s Act 2 Books – Used, Fine and Rare Books – will once again be anchored by the “Colossal Tent Event,” a sale boasting over 10,000 books from Act 2 Books plus several thousand LPs all offered for sale at 99 cents. Records and comics are being offered by Groovy Graveyard Movies, Music and Monsters, of Asbury Park, N.J., an official sponsor of the event for several years running.

An addition to the festival this year will be the “Local Authors’ Showcase,” providing a free venue for dozens of local authors to interact with thousands of book lovers and readers. The showcase will take place Sunday, May 29 on Central Station and the Stangl Cultural District along Stangl Road. Many other bookish events are scheduled for Sunday as well.

The festival will also maximize its brick and mortar presence to “do good in the neighborhood.” According to Mike Uhde, founder of Act 2 Books, “We’ll be raising funds for our local libraries, collecting food for local food pantries, and donating thousands of books to local literacy programs. We never forget that we’re part of this incredible and supportive community.”

Other events will include a Treasure Hunt, Show Appraisal Day, and Buying Days. Festival-goers bringing a non-perishable food item for the Food Bank will receive a free book. More information can be found at and at Flemington Summer Bookfest on Facebook.

The Flemington Summer Book Fest and Colossal Tent Sale is located in the heart of Flemington’s Stangl Cultural District along Central Station, and runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.