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Watershed Literary Festival Returns

Fri. Sept. 29 - Sun. Oct. 1, 2023

Join us this fall for the return of Watershed, a biennial literary festival celebrating contemporary authors, the art of writing, and the joy of reading.

Thurs. Sept. 28 – Keynote Speaker Annabel Monaghan and cocktail party by the sea. 

Fri. Sept. 29 - Sun. Oct. 1 – Author Events


Watershed Literary Festival 2023 will appeal to readers and writers, shining a light on contemporary fiction, memoir, poetry, history, crime, journalism and more.


The 3-day festival will feature recent works by writers, poets, and journalists. Come for book talks, author interviews and panel discussions. Listen in, ask questions, be inspired! All events will be held under the big white tent at Knapp House, located at 265 Rye Beach Avenue, in Rye, NY.


Author signings will be arranged whenever possible and a limited number of books will be available for purchase. There is no charge to attend but a suggested donation of $20 per event is appreciated, cash or Venmo preferred. 


Follow us to find out more about our participating authors and schedule of events.

Proceeds from Watershed benefit three Rye not for profits: The Rye Free Reading Room, The Rye Arts Center, and

The Rye Historical Society.


Click here to download your Watershed 2023 program.

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