Artists & Authors Symposium

2018 Symposium is a Winner

In its sixth year celebrating the genius of The Beatles, the Beatles at the Ridge Authors and Artists Symposium has once again recruited a highly-distinguished panel of Beatles authors, artists, filmmakers, and musicians for the September 14-15, 2018 event – “1964: The Year That Changed Our Lives!”

The lineup includes six noted Beatles authors, two incredible artists, a gifted teen musician, an award-winning film maker, and a Tony award winner/New York Times best-selling author who is producing an upcoming television event about Brian Epstein.”

Headlining the weekend will be Featured Author, Vivek Tiwary, whose New York Times best-selling graphic novel, The Fifth Beatle (on the life of Beatles manager, Brian Epstein) is currently being made into a multi-part television event series. The Fifth Beatle has garnered great acclaim since its debut in 2013. It won the “Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work,” two Harvey Awards, and reached #1 on The New York Times best-seller list.

Tiwary also co-produced the Broadway production of Green Day’s rock opera, American Idiot, as well as Broadway’s popular The Addams Family. Nominated for over 44 Tony Awards and recipient of 25, Tiwary is a sought-after speaker at the Fest for Beatles Fans in New Jersey and Chicago, and has served as the Host for The Harvey Awards.

Also topping the bill will be author and film maker, David Bedford, a lifelong resident of Liverpool who shares a vast knowledge of Beatles’ history from the perspective of a true Scouser. His first book, Liddypool, was heralded by The Beatles’ official biographer, Hunter Davies, as “The best illustrated book on the Beatles’ Liverpool I’ve read.”

Bedford’s other respected works include The Fab One Hundred and Four which focuses on the sweeping influence of the people in Liverpool (and beyond) on The Beatles. And, in 2018, Bedford will release his latest work, In Search of the Fourth Beatle, a comprehensive study of all the people who served as drummer for The Beatles.


Friday, September 14th

Noon The Artists and Authors Symposium Opens in the very lovely Studio on Main Street, a gorgeous state-of-the-art venue. The Argenta Collection of rare Beatles photos will be on display inside the building.

2:30 p.m. Dave Bedford of Liverpool, UK shares “The Country and Blue Grass Roots of Beatles

3:30 p.m. Alan Bernhoft (America’s top John Lennon impersonator) stars as “John Lennon in Concert”

4:30 p.m. “Meet and Greet” Party with Authors/Artists in booths, refreshments and live music! Cameron Hicks performs the entire A Hard Day’s Night LP

5:30 p.m. Welcome and Introductions (Jude Southerland Kessler)

6:00p.m. Panel of 1964 North American Tour Greats: “Memories of 1964”. Ivor Davis, the only reporter to spend the entire 1964 North American Tour with The Beatles. Art Schreiber, who covered The Beatles’ North American Tour for the Westinghouse Radio Network. John Trusty, who was with The Beatles in Key West.

6:45 p.m. Featured Author, Vivek Tiwary of New York shares his graphic novel, “The Fifth Beatle”

7:45 p.m. Authors in booths for book signings

Saturday, September 15th

8:30-10:00 a.m. Authors and Artists in booths inside The Studio on Main Street to meet the public

9:00-9:45 a.m. Cameron Hicks: Beatles Sing Along/Sock Hop for children and adults. Bring your guitar, ukulele, tambourine, kazoo, etc. and join in on several songs!

10:00 a.m. Featured Artist, David Bedford of Liverpool, U.K., shares The Beatles’ struggle in Finding The Fourth Beatle

10:45-11:30 a.m. (at Spider’s Webb Bookstore) Poet Terri Lilley Whitney leads “Beatles Open Mic Poetry Reading”. Terri will give prizes to those who share their own poetry!

11:00 a.m. Marti Edwards, author of 16 in 64 shares her great memories of “The Day I Met The Beatles”

Noon Lunch and Learn: Noted Author and Beatles Historian, Sara Schmidt, tells all about: “The 1964 North American Beatles Fan Clubs”. Bring your lunch and enjoy! Bottle water and coffee provided!

1:00 p.m. Featured Artist, David Bedford of Liverpool, U.K. introduces his award-winning film, “Looking for Lennon”

1:30 p.m. David Bedford’s new film, “Looking for Lennon,” is shown!!!

3:45 p.m. All authors and artists will be in booths (inside The Studio) for book signings/sales

4:00 p.m. Ivor Davis reads his new children’s book, “Ladies and Gentlemen: Meet the Penguins!” Party and book signing with by the author to follow!

5:00 p.m. Grand Finale Speaker: Dr. Kit O’Toole: Top Ten Amazing Aspects of The Beatles’ White
Album! A 50th Anniversary Retrospective

5:45 p.m. Book Release Party for Kit O’Toole’s new book, Soul Searching: Buried Treasures of R&B, Soul, Dance, and Hip/Hop with cake, coffee, and water. All authors will be on hand for the final sales of the day!!

6:30 p.m. Symposium Ends