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

Doors open at noon for meet and greet with authors and artists

2:00 p.m. The Studio Opens for viewing of The Argenta Collection. All authors and artists will be on hand to answer questions and sign books and CDs.

2:45 p.m. Dave Bedford, “The Country Roots of The Beatles Music”

3:30 p.m. Alan Bernhoft stars as “John Lennon in Concert”

4:30 p.m. “Meet and Greet” party with Authors/Artists in booths; refreshments and live music,  featuring Cameron Hicks performing the complete 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, British reporter who toured with The Beatles in 1964 (the only reporter on the tour from beginning to end)
  • Art Schreiber, American reporter who toured with The Beatles in 1964 (and also covered the Democratic National Convention during the first week of the tour)
  • Reid Pigman, Jr. whose father owned American Flyers Airlines
  • Eva Zavala, stewardess American Flyers Airlines
  • Bettie Westmoreland Birdsall, stewardess American Flyers Airlines
  • Harry Truman Moore, reporter Walnut Ridge Beatles event
  • John Trusty, who spent time with The Beatles in Key West, 1964

7:00 p.m.: Vivek Tiwary “The Fifth Beatle” (1 hr.) The award-winning graphic novel which is just about to become a television special will be shared with YOU! A loving tribute to Brian Epstein!

8:00 p.m. Authors and artists in booths for book signings, photos, questions/answers

8:30 p.m. Close for night

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

10:00 a.m. David Bedford: Finding The Fourth Beatle. Our Featured Artist, Dave Bedford of Liverpool, will discuss his new book about the “long and winding road” that led The Beatles to their final drummer, Sir Ringo Starr!

10:45-11:30 a.m. (at Spider’s Webb Bookstore) Terri Lilley Whitney “Beatles Open Mic Poetry Reading”

11:00 a.m. Marti Edwards, “The Day I Met The Beatles”

Noon Lunch and Learn: Sara Schmidt, “The 1964 North American Beatles Fan Clubs”

1:00 p.m. Featured Artist, David Bedford: The Making of “Looking for Lennon” (film intro)

1:30 p.m. David’s film, Looking for Lennon, is shown

3:45 p.m. All authors and artists in booths for book signings/sales

4:00 p.m. Ivor Davis “Ladies and Gentlemen: Meet the Penguins!” (special reading by the author). ***We will have free donuts and milk (or water) for any children attending…coffee for adults

5:00 p.m. Grand Finale Speaker: Dr. Kit O’Toole. “10 Ways the White Album Changed Music Forever!”

5:45 p.m. Book Release Celebration for Kit’s new book

All authors in booth for final sales of the day

Symposium will end at 6:30 p.m.

Note: All speakers will be 45-minutes in length (including Q & A, if they so desire). For 15 minutes after each speaker, authors/artists will be in booths to sell and sign books/CDs/DVDs. No books will be sold while a speaker is presenting.

Outside symposium booths on Saturday:

Bud Loveall (Beatles books, buttons, T-shirts, etc.)

Ma Mere Potpourri (Yvette Jeter)