St. Louis’ most exciting literary event kicks off in less than three weeks and festival organizers are excited to announce this year’s lineup, featuring more than 40 locally and internationally renowned writers.

BookFest St. Louis, being held Sept. 21-22 in the Central West End, will feature an exciting mix of author events and activities highlighting the best in sci-fi, memoirs, mystery, young adult fiction and more.

On Sept. 22, book lovers from throughout the region will be able to enjoy children’s storytimes, meet & greets, and ten different panel discussions at venues throughout the CWE. Additionally, the festival zone will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature live music, demonstrations, local artisans and more.

Headlining the book festival is three-time Emmy Award-winning actress Sally Field, who will speak during a ticketed engagement at The Chase Park Plaza on Sept. 21. She will discuss her new book, In Pieces, a deeply searing memoir about being a woman – a famous woman – in the last half of the 20th century. Other can’t-miss events include “Wit & Wine With Gary Shteyngart,” an exclusive presentation by the New York Times bestselling author; “Speak Out: A Spoken Word Poetry Showcase,” featuring performances by three local poets; and “A View From The Heartland: A Conversation With Sarah Kendzior And Sarah Smarsh.”

For the complete BookFest St. Louis schedule and more detailed descriptions, visit All BookFest St. Louis events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.