EpicFest 2018

EpicFest is an extraordinary, free literary festival that brings children, teens and families together with authors, illustrators and the Library.

Produced in conjunction with Verse & Vino, this event welcomes book-lovers of all ages into a community of readers. The 4th annual EpicFest will be feature award-winning children/young adult authors and illustrators. On Friday, November 2 our guests will visit select CMS schools, and Saturday, November 3 they will be featured at an all-day festival for children and families at ImaginOn. 

Following the daytime festival, the young adult authors will participate in a book talk and signing for teens and others interested in young adult literature. 

EpicFest is made possible through the generosity of the Jim Preston Family and other sponsors, and remembers and honors Jim and Elizabeth (Libby) Preston’s passion for encouraging and instilling a love of reading in children. We expect to reach more than 5,000 students and parents during EpicFest 2018.

To inquire about becoming an event sponsor, please contact Karen Beach, 704-416-0802 or kbeach@cmlibrary.org.

Learn more about becoming an EpicFest sponsor

Current EpicFest sponsors


This year's featured authors will be announced in late summer. Past lineups have included:

2017
: John David Anderson, Margery Cuyler, Alan Gratz, Fred Koehler, David Lubar, Kelly Starling-Lyons, Kathryn Otoshi, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Amber Smith, Janet Tashjian

Photos from EpicFest 2017


2016: Tom Angleberger, Linda Ashman, Kathleen Burkinshaw, Nancy Cavanaugh, Jessica Khoury, Matt Myers, LeUyen Pham, Adam Silvera, Tui T. Sutherland

Photos from EpicFest 2016


2015: Tad Hills, Claudia Mills, Matt Myers, Lauren Oliver, Brendan Reichs, Melissa Thomson, Sheila Turnage, Maya Van Wagenan, Carole Boston Weatherford

Photos from EpicFest 2015