Greater Altoona Book Festival seeks authors

Event to be held May 12 at Altoona Area Public Library

Right Move Entertainment of Pennsylvania is looking for authors from Central and Western Pennsyl-vania to participate in the inaugural Greater Altoona Area Book Festival.

Slated to take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12 at the Altoona Area Public Library, 1600 Fifth Ave., the event seeks to bring together authors from all genres for special presentations, question-and-answer discussion sessions with the authors, a meet-and-greet, a children’s corner and a book swap.

Local bookstores, libraries, historical and genealogical societies are invited to attend, as well. Authors, vendors and nonprofit organizations are encouraged to register for the event at

Two award-winning authors — John Pielmeier and John Russo — will be headlining this event.

Pielmeier began his career with the play and movie “Agnes of God.”

Since then, he has had three more plays staged on Broadway and more than 25 film, television movies and miniseries produced. Most recently, he wrote and acted in the internationally successful limited series “The Pillars of Earth,” named the fifth best miniseries of all time.

Russo, often called a “living legend,” has 20 books published internationally and 19 feature movies in worldwide distribution to his credit.

His books on the art and craft of movie-making, such as “How to Make Money Making Movies,” have become the industry handbook for independent production companies. He began his career by co-authoring the screenplay for “Night of the Living Dead,” which is recognized as a horror classic.

A number of local authors are also committed to date and will be sharing information about their books, as well.

Right Move Entertainment is partnering with the Altoona Area Public Library and ArtsAltoona to bring this inaugural event to the Altoona/Blair County area to showcase the talented authors in the community while celebrating the written word as an art form.

Eric Shields of Right Move Enter-tainment said, “I wanted to bring a showcase to the general public that celebrates the written word and the local and regional authors who bless us with their talents for storytelling.”

Jennifer Knisely, director of the Altoona Area Public Library, said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for our area and the Altoona Area Public Library is excited to be a part of it. I believe it is very important to support our local talent while promoting the importance of reading as a life-long hobby available to anyone.”

For more information or to register to participate as an author, bookstore, library or genealogical group, visit