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Thalia Book Club Camp is a unique program geared for avid readers and writers ages 9 - 13 offering up-close interaction with favorite children's book authors and illustrators. Campers will meet with children's book authors, take part in book discussions, and go on book-related field trips around New York City.

Read the latest Book Club Camp Blog

Camp Schedule 2014
Please note that week 3 will repeat some of the same authors and activities as week 1. We recommend that our 9-11 campers choose one or two weeks to attend.

Ages 9-11
Week 1: July 14-19
Week 2: July 21-25
Week 3: July 28-August 1 

Ages 12-13
Week 4: August 4-8 SOLD OUT

Camp hours: 9am-4pm

Cost: $675 per session/$625 for Symphony Space members

General registration for summer 2014 will open January 15, 2014. Download forms here (forms submitted prior to January 15, 2014 will not be processed until that date).

You can submit forms via mail:

Thalia Book Club Camp at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
New York, NY 10025

Email: thaliabookclubcamp@symphonyspace.org

or Fax: (212) 932-3228

For more information or to get on our email list please contact thaliabookclubcamp@symphonyspace.org.

Author Guests

Author guests have included a diverse line-up of established writers and illustrators alongside emerging talents, each with a unique perspective on books and writing. Some of the highlights have included a rare visit with Norton Juster to discuss his classic The Phantom Tollbooth, intimate conversations with Award-winning authors Rebecca Stead (When You Reach Me), R.J. Palacio (Wonder), Rachel Vail (Justin Case), and Lauren Oliver (Liesl and Po), bestselling authors Walter Dean Myers (Slam), Gail Carson Levine (Ella Enchanted), Pseudonymous Bosch (The Secret series), Tom Angleberger (The Strange Case of Origami Yoda), Wendy Mass (Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life) and Michael Buckley (The Sisters Grimm), as well as introductions to new writers such as M. Evelina Galang (Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery), Maile Meloy (The Apothecary), C. Alexander London (An Accidental Adventure), Neela Vaswani (Same Sun Here) and Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark and Grimm). Campers have also met with illustrators including Chris Raschka (Seriously, Norman!) and Percy Jackson cover artist John Rocco, who led a workshop on cover design. Other art related activities included a book-making workshop with the Center for Book Arts, cartooning with graphic novelist Matt Phelan (The Storm in the Barn), and an exploration into comic books with Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy) and Raina Telgemaier (Drama).


Field Trips

Each week, we go on a couple of adventures around the city with our author guests. In the past four summers we got the chance to go on a top-secret field trip with Brian Selznick (author/illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret) to the Queens Museum of Art to hear about Wonderstruck a year before the book was published, a reporting adventure with NY Times reporter Michael Winerip (Adam Canfield series), a Kiki-Strike-related field trip through the West Village with author Kirsten Miller, a visit to the Greek and Roman rooms at the Met with George O'Connor (The Olympians series), an afternoon at the Bronx Museum of Art with the 2010 National Book Award-nominee Rita Williams-Garcia (One Crazy Summer), a tour of a special whale exhibit at the Museum of Natural History with Margi Preus (Heart of a Samurai), visited backstage at the New Amsterdam Theatre with actor and author Tim Federle (Better Nate Than Ever), and a trip to The Colbert Report to meet with a team of comedy writers. In addition, campers visited with editors, designers and publicists at Random House Children's Books where they received a surprise visit from Christopher Paolini (Eragon). We also got a backstage tour of the Royal Shakespeare Company's reconstructed Stratford-upon-Avon theater at the Park Avenue Armory with Elise Broach (Shakespeare's Secret), met with the marketing and digital teams at Scholastic Books, explored the Ambrose Lightship at the South Street Seaport with writer and illustrator Brian Floca (LightshipCity of Light, City of Dark), visited the Trinity Cemetery with Matthew Cody (The Dead Gentleman), and took book-related trips to the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art, The Museum of the Moving Image, The Tenement Museum and the New York Hall of Science, among others.

Campers' comments

-"An awesome place to make friends, learn, have fun, and meet authors all at the same time!" - "An amazing camp where you use your imagination and have fun with people who understand you and your writing."

A parent's comments:

-"I felt that a lot of thought and care went into making the camp a quality experience. The books and authors were amazing. The counselors were enthusiastic and related well to the kids."
-"My daughter loved it! She was with people who love books as much as she does and she was challenged in a fun and creative way. The only camp she loved every day!"

If you have more questions, please check the Thalia Book Club Camp Frequently Asked Questions. If you still have questions, contact us at thaliabookclubcamp@symphonyspace.org or 212-864-1414 x206.

Check out the camp blog to read about and follow our activities!