3rd Annual Oil Region Festival of the Book

/3rd Annual Oil Region Festival of the Book

3rd Annual Oil Region Festival of the Book

The Oil Region Library Association (ORLA) will be hosting the 3rd Annual Oil Region Festival of the Book on Saturday, August 26, 2023 from 10am-2pm. The Festival will be held in the Central Avenue Plaza in Oil City, PA (right outside the Oil City Library!).

The Oil Region Festival of the Book provides an opportunity for community outreach to local & regional published authors. Participating authors will be provided space at the festival to engage with our community and to share and sell their works. Food vendors, guest speakers, library card sign-ups and children’s activities will also be present at the Oil Region Festival of the Book alongside local authors. Historical items from the Oil City Heritage Society will also be for sale during the festival.

The Oil Region Festival of the Book is free to attend & all ages are welcome! Come out for a great time while celebrating literacy, supporting the library & supporting local authors.

– Diane Scott Lewis
– Rick Sheffer
– Sherry Sims
– Christina Beggs
– Angela Wofford
– Dee Fish
– PJ Piccirillo
– Philip Terman
– Aurora Wildey
– C.D. Bennett
– Chris Whitlatch
– John Pozza
– Bessie Rankin
– Patricia Thrushart
– Hannah Allman Kennedy
– Cathy Rybak
– LaTrobe Barnitz
– Rafi Perez
– Corey McCullough
– Jennifer Sadler
– Ryan Beichner
– Carrie Hohmann Campbell
– Jennifer Mosher-Johnson
– Marie Cozad
– Poets of the Wilds (various poetry authors)

– The Belles Lettres Club of Oil City
– Youth Connection
– United Way of Venango County
– The Heritage Society of Oil City
– Friends of the Oil City Library
– The Ink Society
– The Bridge Literary Arts Center

The event is finished.


Aug 26 2023


10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Oil City Library


Oil City Library
2 Central Ave., Oil City, PA 16301


  • Patricia Thrushart
    Patricia Thrushart
    Poet, Author

    Patricia Thrushart is a writer and poet living in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains just outside of award-winning Cook Forest State Park in the Wilds of Pennsylvania. The beauty of Northern Appalachia and its forests informs her poetry. A poet writes to satisfy a need to express emotion or document life; having readers actually interested in sharing those moments is both exhilarating and humbling. If reading any of these poems creates in you a sense of gratitude, awareness or an appreciation of the beauty of our natural world, then she can consider her effort to be worthwhile. Beyond her poetry, she writes narrative nonfiction books that explore the lives of historical women whose stories have been lost to time.

  • PJ Piccirillo
    PJ Piccirillo
    Author, Editor, Professor

    PJ Piccirillo, who holds an MFA from the University of Southern Maine, is an author, editor, and adjunct (Butler County Community College). He is a regular presenter in the humanities, having worked for 19 years as a Pennsylvania Literary Resident Artist for the PA Council on the Arts, and as a literary scholar for the PA Humanities Council. Piccirillo is founder of the WCoNA Writers Conference of Northern Appalachia® and The Northern Appalachia Review, for which he is editor-in-chief.

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