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Milford Readers & Writers Festival

Milford may not be a big city—that’s part of its appeal, of course—but our hamlet certainly punches above its weight when it comes to arts-and-culture.

We boast, for instance, both a film festival every October (the Black Bear Film Festival) and in June the Milford Music Festival—and, as of 2016, we also host our very own literary soiree in the form of the Milford Readers & Writers Festival!

Only begun last year, this celebration of the written word, those who compose it, and those who consume it, has already established quite the benchmark for itself. The 2017 festival—which takes place September 15 through 17—looks well-poised to live up to the inaugural one’s high standards, bringing as it will some fabulous authors, publishers, and bibliophilic discussions to Milford for a very special long weekend.

As a guest of the Hotel Fauchere, you’re right in the midst of the action, within shouting distance of all the festival venues. (And in point of fact, several of the events happen right at our hotel!)

Author Conversations, Live Theater, & More!

Proceedings get underway in style at the Milford Theatre at 7:30 PM on Friday, September 15 with a production of A.J. Gurney’s play Love Letters, anchored by Tony Award-winning actor Len Cariou and Heather Summerhayes Cariou.

On Saturday, September 16, the Milford Theatre’s main stage will see a trio of sure-to-be-fascinating conversations: Lee Child (author of the Jack Reacher thriller series) and publisher Stephen Rubin, feminist pioneer Robin Morgan and author and NPR host Farai Chideya, and Patricia Bosworth (who wrote biographies of Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, Diane Arbus and Jane Fonda) and Martha Frankel (founder and director of the Woodstock Book Festival).

Festival Panels (With a Hotel Fauchere Connection)

We couldn’t be more excited to not only host one of the Milford Readers & Writers Festival panels, but also have our very own Executive Chef Michael Glatz take a starring role in it. Our Patisserie Fauchere will be the highly appropriate venue for “Culinary Pioneers: The Delmonico Brothers, Louis Fauchere, and an American Legacy,” a discussion of our very own founder and Delmonico’s, the iconic restaurant whose kitchen he headed before establishing the hotel. Joining Chef Glatz for this special event is Yale Professor and culinary historian Paul Freedman, author of Ten Restaurants That Changed America. 

Other events include panels on travel writingpoetry, nature and conservation writing, trauma and science fiction (from 10 AM to 1 PM on Sunday at the Milford Theatre). The latter will evoke the legacy of the highly influential sci-fi-focused Milford Writers’ Conference that was established here in the 1950s and eventually hopped the pond to the United Kingdom (where it’s still a yearly fixture).

We hope you’ll join us at the historic Hotel Fauchere for the 2017 Milford Readers & Writers Festival—not least for Chef Glatz’s spotlight on our founder here at the Patisserie Fauchere! You can get your festival tickets right here.