What IS the Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival? The Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival (SMAF) is a FREE day-long event, held on Saturday, March 11, 2023, at the Suffolk Conference Center at the Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront. This is your chance to meet national best-selling mystery authors, in the genres of mystery, suspense/thriller, horror, science fiction, romance, historical, and women's fiction.
What is the fee to attend the Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival? The 2023 Festival is FREE and open to the public from 1:00-6:00pm. If you would like to attend the VIP Reception (11:30am-12:45pm), the tickets are $30 per person and are on sale now! Space is limited. Please see the VIP Reception page for more information.
What panels are being offered and who will be on them? Please see our panel page here. Due to author availability, this information may change.
Is the venue accessible? The Suffolk Conference Center at the Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront is entirely accessible, including a level/ramp entrance into the building and public areas accessible for the physically challenged; service support animals are also welcome. In addition, there is also van-accessible parking in the self-parking facility.
What is parking like at the venue? There is free parking at the venue, but it is limited, due to the size of the event. Overflow parking can be found just across the street at the Suffolk Visitor Center. Please note that there is no valet service.
Where can I find a Festival program? The 2023 program, containing detailed bios for each of our Featured Authors, as well as the complete Festival schedule, will be distributed at the festival to all in-person attendees. The 2022 program is available to view and download here!
I would like to order books I discovered at the Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival. Is there a way to do that? If you would like to order books you've heard about at the festival, please visit our Book Ordering page to learn about where to shop for your new books.
Where can I see the panels from the 2022 Virtual Festival? If you would like to view our live panels (and pre-recorded content) from the 2022 festival, please visit our YouTube page!
I have been asked to fill out a survey after the festival. Am I required to do this? We will be sending you a survey a few days after the festival. While filling out a survey is not mandatory, it is much appreciated. We review these evaluations carefully in an effort to maintain our high standards and plan for future programming.
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