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Great Valley Bookfest in Manteca, CA!

Saturday, Oct 18th 2014 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Free admission!

The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley aka Bass Pro Center
Hwy 120 @ Union Road exit 280 ~ Lifestyle Rd., Manteca


On Saturday, October 18, readers and revelers will once again gather at Great Valley Bookfest—a fun-filled festival for all! Visitors will enjoy great food and beverages as they meet authors, savor cooking demos, attend live performances, and browse diverse vendor displays. More than 30 authors will speak on six different stages; self-publishing consultations and mini-workshops will be provided for teachers and aspiring writers... and it's free!

The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley Shopping Center provide a beautiful park-like setting for the festivities. The greenspace around the manmade lake is dotted with authors’ tables and tents; the amphitheater is transformed into Storytime Theater. Gourmet food trucks and workshops line the wide pedestrian walkways, and the promenade near the roundabout fountain becomes a street faire filled with a variety of vendors.

To support reading and writing in public schools, the Bookfest leaders are adding many activities for teachers and students, starting with a bookmark design contest in March - April, a class-authored book contest starting in April, lesson-planning sessions for teachers in summer, and classroom activity guides for September. On October 18th, our friends at Great Valley Writing Project will offer free workshops for teachers who attend the Bookfest. (Find more information, click here.)

Bookfest festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. with a costume parade; people of all ages are invited to dress up as characters from their favorite books and join the pageant! There's something for everyone, so mark your calendar and join the fun!

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Mission Statement: The Great Valley Bookfest is a family-friendly festival that celebrates literacy and promotes the written word in the heart of California's Central Valley.


Banner art, 2014  Enter the Class-Authored Book Bonanza:

Exciting news for teachers and students in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties!

Great Valley Bookfest and Great Valley Writing Project are co-sponsoring a "Class-Authored Book Bonanza." Both organizations want to promote reading and writing in local schools, so they are collaborating to provide this opportunity to celebrate the amazing classroom-created books that teachers produce every year. 

Win an 16GB Nook Tablet!
For each book submitted, the teacher's name will be entered in a drawing to win a Nook HD tablet.
(Limit 5 entries per teacher)

Contest Information:
Click to download the Contest Entry Form.
This contest is designed to encourage teachers and activity leaders to foster collaborative writing, so each entry must be authored by a group of three or more students.
Class books may be classroom-produced (hand-bound, staple-bound, spiral-bound, etc.); professionally printed (machine-bound, paperback, hardbound, etc.); or digital e-books (PDFs, JPGs, flipbooks, or books that are posted online). All books, regardless of type or physical appearance, have an equal chance to win the drawing.
Completed books may be submitted at any time; instructions are printed on the entry form.
Contest deadline has been extended to October 10, 2014.

More Ways To Be Involved:
Help us spread the word about this contest via email and Facebook -

For more ideas, visit the “Schools” webpage for Great Valley Bookfest:






If you would like free bookmarks for your classroom/youth organization please contact us at 209-824-3080 or visit our office at 1433 Moffat Blvd., Ste. 13, Manteca, CA.

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Free Admission!!!
Great Valley Bookfest
Activities Include:


- Costume Parade Kickoff
- Over 30 Authors on 5 Stages
- Booksellers (New & Used)
- Writers Workshop
- Self Publishing Seminar
- Slam Poetry Performances
- Cooking Demos
- Food & Beverages
- Arts & Crafts

The Great Valley Bookfest is a small, non-profit organization. We are grateful to all who contribute to ensure that the festival is free to all.

or please send donations to the address below:

Great Valley Bookfest

P.O. Box 2188

Manteca, CA 95336

Our Festival Location
The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley (aka Bass Pro Center)
Highway 120 at Union Rd exit
280 Lifestyle Road
Manteca, CA 95337

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