Newburyport Literary Festival: A Celebration of Literature, Readers, and Writers
Newburyport Literary Festival: A Celebration of Literature, Readers, and Writers

2014 Fiction Participants

Listed in alphabetical order
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CB AndersonCB Anderson

Finding the Story: Short Story Writers on Craft and Inspiration — Saturday 1:00 PM

CB Anderson is a cross-genre writer whose work has appeared in The Iowa Review, North American Review, Literal Latte, Flash Fiction Forward (W.W. Norton & Co.), The Christian Science Monitor, Redbook, Boston Magazine, usatoday.com, Down East, and elsewhere. A collection of stories, River Talk, is forthcoming from C&R Press in 2014. Winner of numerous prizes, including the New Millennium Award, the Crazyhorse Prize, and the Mark Twain Award for short fiction, Anderson has also received two Pushcart nominations. A sixth-generation native of Maine, she was born in Bangor and raised in a village on the Androscoggin River. She lives with her family in Maine and Massachusetts and teaches writing at Boston University. Find her at www.cbanderson.net

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M.T. AndersonM.T. Anderson

M.T. Anderson reads from The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing:
Traitor to the Nation — Saturday 9:00 AM
Not Just for Teens:
The Growing Popularity of the Young Adult Novel — Saturday 10:30 AM

M.T. Anderson has written stories for adults, picture books for children, adventure novels for young readers, and several books for older readers (both teens and adults). His satirical book, Feed, was a finalist for the National Book Award and was the winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize. The first volume of his Octavian Nothing saga won the National Book Award and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Prize. Both the first and second volumes of that two-part series were Printz Honor Books. He has published stories for adults in literary journals like The Northwest Review, The Colorado Review, and Conjunctions.

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Gordon Anthony BeanGordon Anthony Bean

ECCE ATROCITATEM: Meditations on Horror — Saturday 10:30 AM

Gordon Anthony Bean was born in Laval, Quebec, but has spent close to the last 20 years in New England. He is a licensed CPA and works in Finance in private industry. He has been married for over 15 years and has a wonderful eight year old daughter and hyperactive black lab at home. In his spare time, he writes, reads, listens to music and enjoys films. Not surprisingly, horror is his favorite. He has a short story in the Sinister Landscapes anthology by Pixie Dust Press and another in the From Beyond the Grave anthology by Grinning Skull Press. His debut novel, Dawn of Broken Glass, a dark tale of supernatural revenge, was released in June 2013. He’s currently hard at work on his next novel, Bloodlines and a short story collection, Crossroads, both of which are expected to be released by summer 2014. He’s also a member of the New England Horror Writers and attends many events with the group. For more on the author, please visit him at his website at http://www.gordonabean.com

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Jenna BlumJenna Blum

Real Life in Literature: The Art of Mixing Fact and Fiction — Saturday 2:30 PM
Closing Ceremony — Saturday 7:00 PM

Jenna Blum is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers; Jenna is also one of Oprah’s Top Thirty Women Writers. Jenna earned her B.A. in English at Kenyon College (1992) and her M.A. in Creative Writing from Boston University (1997), where she was the fiction editor for AGNI literary magazine and taught fiction and journalism for five years. Jenna has run novel workshops at Boston’s Grub Street Writers for over 15 years and writes the Writer On The Road Column for the Grub Street Daily. Jenna travels nationally and internationally to speak about her novels and writing at universities, libraries, conferences, events and book clubs; she has spoken to over a thousand book clubs in person, via Skype and by phone. Jenna’s most recent works include the screenplay for THOSE WHO SAVE US and her new novella “the lucky one,” forthcoming in the anthology Grand Central in July 2014. Please visit Jenna at www.jennablum.com and follow her on Facebook (Jenna Blum) and Twitter (@Jenna_Blum).

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Peter BrownPeter Brown

In Her Name: Katherine Anne Porter Prize Winners — Saturday 9:00 AM

Peter Brown is the author of A Bright Soothing Noise, which won the 2010 the Katherine Ann Porter Prize in Short Fiction and was published by UNT Press. His stories have appeared in the Harvard Review, The Mississippi Review, Post Road, and elsewhere. He is currently at work on a novel called The Children of Design. His translations of fiction and poetry from French and Spanish have appeared in The Bitter Oleander, Consequence, Salamander, Upstreet and The Straddler. His translation of the collection Elsewhere on Earth, by the French poet Emmanuel Merle, is forthcoming next year with Guernica Editions. He is also at work on a translation of the poetry collection Elsa, by the French writer Louis Aragon. He is senior editor of the Boston-based literary journal Salamander.

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Paul DoironPaul Doiron

The Scene of the Crime — Saturday 9:00 AM
Paul Doiron reads from Massacre Pond — Saturday 4:00 PM

Paul Doiron is the bestselling author of the Mike Bowditch series of crime novels, including The Poacher’s Son, which PopMatters named one of the best novels of 2010,Trespasser, and Bad Little Falls. His most recent book, Massacre Pond, was released in July 2013. He has won the Barry Award, the Strand Critics Award, and the Maine Literary Award for crime fiction and has been nominated for the Edgar Award, the Anthony Award, the Macavity Award, and the Thriller Award. He is Editor Emeritus of Down East Magazine and a Registered Maine Guide specializing in fly fishing. He lives on a trout stream in coastal Maine.

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Andre Dubus IIIAndre Dubus III

Opening Night Ceremony Honoring Andre Dubus III — Friday 6:00 PM
Andre Dubus III reads from his work in progress — Saturday 11:00 AM
Closing Ceremony — Saturday 7:00 PM

Andre Dubus III is the author of six books: The Cage Keeper and Other Stories, Bluesman, and the New York Times bestsellers, House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days (soon to be a major motion picture) and his memoir, Townie, a #4 New York Times bestseller and a New York Times "Editors Choice". It was named on many “Top Non-fiction Books of 2011” lists, including The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Esquire magazine. His work has been included in The Best American Essays of 1994 and The Best Spiritual Writing of 1999, and his novel, House of Sand and Fog was a finalist for the National Book Award, a #1 New York Times Bestseller, and was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly. His new book, Dirty Love, was published in the fall of 2013 and has been listed as a New York Times “Notable Book”, a New York Times Editors’ Choice”, a 2013 “Notable Fiction” choice from The Washington Post, and a Kirkus “Starred Best Book of 2013”. Mr. Dubus has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for Fiction, Two Pushcart Prizes, and he is a 2012 recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His books are published in over twenty-five languages, and he teaches full-time at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Fontaine, a modern dancer, and their three children..

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Elisabeth EloElisabeth Elo

The Story Behind the Story — Saturday 10:00 AM

Elisabeth Elo (aka Elisabeth Brink) is the author of the new literary suspense novel North of Boston (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, January 2014). Called "outstanding" by Publishers Weekly and "impressive" by Booklist, North of Boston was selected as an Indie Next Pick and a Book of the Month/ Literary Guild selection, and is being published in six foreign countries. Elisabeth is also the author of the comic novel Save Your Own (Houghton Mifflin, 2006). Her short stories and essays have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Post Road, and other magazines. She lived in Newburyport for many years and now resides in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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Hallie EphronHallie Ephron

Inspired by Hollywood and Hitchcock — Saturday 1:00 PM

Hallie Ephron is the third of four writing Ephron sisters, daughters of screenwriters Henry and Phoebe Ephron. Hallie was the last to start writing and has since been making up for lost time. She has published eight novels including the prize-winning Never Tell a Lie, which was adapted for film by the Lifetime Movie Network. Her work has been called "unputdownable" (Laura Lippman), "richly atmospheric" and "Hitchcockian" (USA Today), and "deliciously creepy (Publisher's Weekly). In the Washington Post, Maureen Corrigan called her latest best seller, There Was an Old Woman, "A New York suspense story set in an extraordinary outer-borough neighborhood that will stay with readers.”

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Pamela ErensPamela Erens

Pamela Erens reads from The Virgins — Saturday 1:00 PM

Pamela Erens’s second novel, The Virgins, was published in August 2013 by Tin House Books. In April 2014, Tin House Books will reissue her debut novel, The Understory, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Erens's short fiction and essays have appeared in a wide variety of literary, cultural, and mainstream publications, including Boston Review, New England Review, Chicago Review, Tin House, Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Times, Elle, and O: The Oprah Magazine.

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Julia Spencer-FlemingJulia Spencer-Fleming

The Scene of the Crime — Saturday 9:00 AM
Julia Spencer-Fleming reads from Through the Evil Days — Saturday 4:00 PM

A former military brat, New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Julia Spencer-Fleming grew up in places as diverse as Montgomery, Rome, Stuttgart and Syracuse. A graduate of Ithaca College, George Washington University and the University of Maine School of Law, she took up writing while still a stay-at-home mother of two. During the time it took to finish her first novel, she got a full-time job at a Portland, Maine, law firm and had a third child. Julia didn’t want to write yet another lawyer-sleuth, so she used her army past and a keen eye for the goings-on at her Episcopal church to create Clare Fergusson, first female priest in the small Adirondack town of Millers Kill. The resulting series has won or been nominated for every American mystery award available, including the Edgar, the Anthony, and the Agatha. Her most recent book is Through the Evil Days. Now happily quit of the law, Julia lives in the Maine countryside with her husband, daughter, and occasionally, a couple of college students. Learn more about her at www.juliaspencerfleming.com

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Scott GoudswardScott T. Goudsward

ECCE ATROCITATEM: Meditations on Horror — Saturday 10:30 AM

Scott T. Goudsward is a New England writer, focusing on the horror genre. He began writing, seriously, in 1992. The first short story sale came in 1996 from the vampire anthology The Darkest Thirst. His first novel sale is based on the short story Trailer Trash and was published by Dark Heart Press. Since then Scott has co-authored two non-fiction horror books with his brother, David, edited three anthologies and has had numerous short stories published. Scott is looking forward to many releases due out in 2014, including Horror Guide to Massachusetts from Post Mortem Press, Once Upon an Apocalypse from Chaosium and several anthologies with his work in them. The anthology Epitaphs made the short list for the Bram Stoker award from the HWA.

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Ann HoodAnn Hood

Opening Night Ceremony Honoring Andre Dubus III — Friday 6:00 PM
Ann Hood reads from The Obituary Writer: A Novel — Saturday 2:30 PM

Ann Hood is the author of The Obituary Writer and bestsellers such as The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, and Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, a New York Times Editor's Choice and named one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly. She’s received a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, a Best American Food Writing Award, a Best American Travel Writing Award, the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction, and two Pushcart Prizes. Her essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, The Washington Post, Mademoiselle, Redbook, Bon Appetit, and National Geographic Traveler, with regular columns in Self, Glamour, Parenting. She became an avid knitter in 2002 to help get through the grief of losing her daughter, Grace, to a virulent form of strep. Through knitting, Hood was able to pick up her craft again and share her painful journey with the world. She was born in the mill town of West Warwick, Rhode Island, and now lives in Providence with her husband.

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Bret Anthony JohnstonBret Anthony Johnston

Finding the Story: Short Story Writers on Craft and Inspiration — Saturday 1:00 PM

Bret Anthony Johnston is the author of the novel Remember Me Like This and a collection of short fiction, Corpus Christi: Stories. He's also the editor of Naming the World and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer. He is the Director of Creative Writing at Harvard University. More information can be found at www.bretanthonyjohnston.com and www.facebook.com/bajbooks

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Janet JohnstonJanet Catherine Johnston

Speculative Fiction with Janet Catherine Johnston — Saturday 1:00 PM

Janet Catherine Johnston is a scientist, engineer, master costume designer and choreographer, dance teacher, singer, martial artist, private pilot, fortune teller, and science fiction author. She is a co-author on numerous scientific journal articles on space experiments as well as on geophysics. She has traveled to 50 countries, including Outer Mongolia and Svalbard. She has lived in New York, London and Moscow, but always returns to her Plum Island home. Her hard science fiction stories have appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, the oldest, most prestigious science fiction magazine on Earth. Her novellas, although tenaciously rooted in reality, have a haunting, isolated quality to them in which the setting presents as a dominant character. Home page: plumeig.home.comcast.net

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Jessica KeenerJessica Keener

Finding the Story: Short Story Writers on Craft and Inspiration — Saturday 1:00 PM

Jessica Keener’s debut novel, Night Swim, was published to critical acclaim in 2012 and became a national bestseller captivating readers with its eloquence, insight, and humanity. Hailed by The Boston Globe as "thrilling and "exhilarating" and The New York Times as "earnest" and "moving.” Of her new story collection, Women In Bed, Digital Journal says Women In Bed is “memorable, deep and haunting.” Publisher’s Weekly writes: “She demonstrates a versatile voice and ability to deliver as much exquisite detail as the stories’ brevity will allow.” Keener’s fiction has been listed in The Pushcart Prize under “Outstanding Writers.” She is also a recipient of Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist grant.

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Wally LambWally Lamb

Wally Lamb reads from We Are Water — Saturday 9:00 AM
Closing Ceremony — Saturday 7:00 PM

Wally Lamb is the award-winning author of five New York Times bestselling novels: Wishin’ and Hopin’, The Hour I First Believed, Oprah’s Book Club selections I Know This Much is True and She’s Come Undone, and, most recently, We Are Water, an intricate, multi-voiced account of a New England family coming to terms with the past and one another during the first years of the Obama presidency. Lamb also edited Couldn’t Keep It to Myself and I’ll Fly Away, two volumes of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution, a women’s prison in Connecticut, where he has been a volunteer facilitator for the past 15 years.

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Caroline LeavittCaroline Leavitt

Caroline Leavitt reads from Is this Tomorrow — Saturday 11:00 AM
Real Life in Literature: The Art of Mixing Fact and Fiction — Saturday 2:30 PM

Caroline Leavitt is the author of 10 novels including New York Times and USA Today bestsellers Pictures of You and Is This Tomorrow. Pictures of You was also one of the Best Books of 2011 from the San Francisco Chronicle, The Providence Journal, Bookmarks Magazine and Kirkus Reviews, as well as being a Costco "Pennie's Pick." Her latest novel, Is This Tomorrow is an Indie Next Pick, a Jewish Book Council Bookclub Pick, A Woman's National Book Association 2013 Great Group Reads Selection, A San Francisco Chronicle Lit Pick/Editor's Choice, and the winner of an Audiofile Earphones Award. Her 11th novel, Cruel Beautiful World, will be published by Algonquin Books sometime after 2015. Caroline is a book critic for People Magazine, The Boston Globe and the San Francisco Chronicle. She teaches novel writing online at both Stanford and UCLA Extension Writer's Program, as well as working with private clients. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Redbook, Real Simple, More Magazine, New York magazine, and more. The Recipient of a New York Foundation of the Arts Grant in Fiction, she is also an honorable mention winner of the Goldenberg Fiction Prize, and a semifinalist in the Sundance Screenwriting Lab Competition. She lives with her husband, the writer Jeff Tamarkin, and their teenaged son, in New York City's unofficial 6th borough, Hoboken, NJ.
She can be reached at www.carolineleavitt.com

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Tehila LiebermanTehila Lieberman

In Her Name: Katherine Anne Porter Prize Winners — Saturday 9:00 AM

Tehila Lieberman's short story collection, Venus in the Afternoon, won the 2012 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. Her short stories have also won the Stanley Elkin Memorial prize for Fiction and the Rick DeMarinis Short Fiction prize and have appeared in many literary journals, including Nimrod, the Colorado Review, Salamander and Cutthroat. Her non-fiction has appeared in Salon.com and in several Travelers Tales Writing anthologies, including Best Women's Travel Writing 2007. Both her fiction and non-fiction have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Tehila has just completed a novel, entitled The Last Holy Man.

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Bracken MacLeodBracken MacLeod

ECCE ATROCITATEM: Meditations on Horror — Saturday 10:30 AM

Bracken MacLeod has worked as a martial arts teacher, a university philosophy instructor, for a children’s non-profit, and as a criminal and civil trial attorney. While he tries to avoid using the law education, he occasionally finds uses for the martial arts and philosophy training. His work has appeared in several magazines and anthologies including Shotgun Honey, Every Day Fiction,LampLight Magazine, Reloaded: Both Barrels Vol. 2, Ominous Realities, and most recently, Beat to a Pulp Magazine. His novel, MOUNTAIN HOME debuted last spring, and a crime novella titled WHITE KNIGHT is coming this June from One Eye Press.

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Claire MessudClaire Messud

Claire Messud reads from The Woman Upstairs — Saturday 1:00 PM

Claire Messud's novel, The Emperor's Children, was a New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post Best Book of the Year. Her first novel, When the World Was Steady, and her book of novellas, The Hunters, were both finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her second novel, The Last Wife, was a Publisher's Weekly Best Book of the Year and Editor's Choice at The Village Voice. All four books were named New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Her most recent novel is The Woman Upstairs. Messud has been awarded Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of the Arts and Letters. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and children.

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Deborah NoyesDeborah Noyes

Not Just for Teens:
The Growing Popularity of the Young Adult Novel — Saturday 10:30 AM

Deborah Noyes is the author of several books for teens and adults, including Plague In the Mirror, The Ghosts of Kerfol, One Kingdom, Captivity, and Angel and Apostle. She also edited three anthologies of original horror stories: Gothic!, The Restless Dead, and Sideshow. Find her at www.deborahnoyes.com and @deborahnoyes on Twitter.

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Marge PiercyMarge Piercy

Marge Piercy reads from The Cost of Lunch, Etc. — Saturday 4:00 PM

Knopf recently published the paperback edition of Marge Piercy’s 18th book of poetry,The Hunger Moon: New & Selected Poems. Other titles available in paperback include The Crooked Inheritance, The Moon is Always Female, and What are Big Girls Made Of. Piercy has written 17 novels. Her most recent is Sex Wars. PM Press just reissued Dance the Eagle to Sleep, Vida, and Braided Lives, with new introductions by the author. Her memoir is Sleeping with Cats (Harper Perennial). Piercy’s work has been translated into 19 languages. She’s given readings, speeches, and workshops in over 450 venues in the United States and abroad. In 2014, PM will publish Piercy’s first collection of short stories, The Cost of Lunch, Etc. Each June she gives a juried intensive poetry workshop in Wellfleet.

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Jennifer PieroniJennifer Pieroni

Jennifer Pieroni reads from Danceland — Saturday 10:00 AM

Jennifer Pieroni grew up in a small, rural town in central Massachusetts, studied writing at Emerson College in Boston, and now lives on the north shore of the state with her husband and son. Her fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Guernica,Wigleaf, and PANK. She served for more than a decade as the founding editor of Quick Fiction and currently works as a grant writer in the nonprofit sector. Danceland is her first book.

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Holly RobinsonHolly Robinson

The Story Behind the Story — Saturday 10:00 AM

Holly Robinson is a celebrity ghost writer and journalist whose work has appeared in a variety of national magazines. She is the author of The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter: A Memoir (Crown 2009) and two novels published by NAL/Penguin, The Wishing Hill (July 2013) and Beach Plum Island (April 2014). Ms. Robinson holds a B.A. in biology from Clark University and is a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She and her husband have five children and live on the North Shore of Massachusetts, where they're rehabbing an old Colonial one shingle at a time.

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Richard RussoRichard Russo

Richard Russo reads from Elsewhere: A Memoir — Saturday 2:30 PM
Closing Ceremony — Saturday 7:00 PM

Richard Russo knows small town America. This masterful novelist has an uncanny sense of the way life works in the gritty industrial towns of the American Northeast. From the gossip and the resentments to the people and the cafes, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Richard Russo chronicles blue-collar America in ways constantly surprising and utterly revealing. Russo’s previous works include seven novels and one collection of short stories. His 2001 novel, Empire Falls, won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It was also adapted into an HBO mini-series, starring Paul Newman, Ed Harris, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Helen Hunt. His latest book, Elsewhere, came out in 2012. Russo earned a bachelor’s degree, a master’s in fine arts, and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. He has two daughters and lives with his wife in Camden, Maine. Photo © Elena Seibert

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Rob SmalesRob Smales

ECCE ATROCITATEM: Meditations on Horror — Saturday 10:30 AM

Rob Smales graduated from Salem State College in 1992 with a BA in English, but it wasn’t until late 2010 that he started writing, focusing on short stories as a way to learn both the craft and the business. In 2011 he achieved publication, selling the story Playmate Wanted to Dark Moon Books. In 2012 his story Photo Finish, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and won the Preditors & Editors “Readers Choice Award for Best Horror Short Story of 2012”. Rob’s first book, a collection titled Dead of Winter, was released in December, 2013, and won the Gothic Readers Book Club’s “Readers Choice Award” the following January. Dead of Winter was subsequently reviewed by Firbolg Publishing as “an elegant, disturbing, and poignant look into the world of ghostly apparitions”. Rob resides in Salem Massachusetts, where he thinks, writes, and, occasionally, sleeps.

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Anne Easter SmithAnne Easter Smith

Historical Fiction: Fleshing Out the Bones of History — Saturday 4:00 PM

Anne Easter Smith is an award-winning historical novelist, whose five-book contract with Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone Books is a series about the York family during the Wars of the Roses. Her love of medieval English history began during her childhood in England, where she grew up with London on her doorstep, and the inspiration for her first book, A Rose for the Crown, came with a lifelong obsession with the much-maligned King Richard III. Known for her meticulous attention to detail, Anne won the Romantic Times Best Historical Biography award in 2009 for her third book, The King’s Grace. Her fourth, Queen By Right, was nominated in the RT 2012 Best Historical Fiction category, and her fifth, Royal Mistress was published in May 2013. She lives in Newburyport, MA, where she is often seen acting or directing, and serves on the Firehouse Center for the Arts board.

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J. Courtney SullivanJ. Courtney Sullivan

J. Courtney Sullivan reads from The Engagements — Saturday 9:00 AM
Real Life in Literature: The Art of Mixing Fact and Fiction — Saturday 2:30 PM

J. Courtney Sullivan is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Commencement and Maine. Maine was named a Best Book of the Year by Time magazine, and a Washington Post Notable Book for 2011. Courtney’s writing has also appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, New York magazine, Elle, Glamour, Allure, Men’s Vogue, and the New York Observer, among others. She is a contributor to the essay anthology The Secret Currency of Love and co-editor of Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Photo Credit: Michael Lionstar

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Antonina Parris YarbroughAntonina Parris-Yarbrough

Story and Song with Steve Yarbrough — Saturday 1:00 PM

Antonina Parris-Yarbrough is a native of California, who began studying classical piano at age six and attended a music high school. She graduated with a B.A. in Art History from UC Irvine in 2009 and then moved to teach English as a Second Language in Poland. While there, she met her future husband, a guitarist, and began singing occasionally with him at small events in Poland. In 2013, she graduated with an M.A. from Boston University in English and is now teaching ESL at the New England School of English. In her free time, she spends a lot of time singing bluegrass and folks songs with her father, Steve Yarbrough.

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Steve YarbroughSteve Yarbrough

Story and Song with Steve Yarbrough — Saturday 1:00 PM

Steve Yarbrough is the author of nine books. His latest novel The Realm of Last Chances was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2013. His previous novel, Safe from the Neighbors (Knopf), appeared in 2010. His 2006 novel The End of California (Knopf) was a finalist for the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for fiction and was also published in Polish translation. His novel Prisoners of War (Knopf, 2004) was a finalist for the 2005 PEN/Faulkner Award, and his 1999 novel The Oxygen Man (McMurray & Beck) won the California Book Award, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction, and the Mississippi Authors Award. His other books are the novel Visible Spirits (Knopf, 2001) and the story collections Veneer (University of Missouri Press, 1998), Mississippi History (Missouri, 1994), and Family Men (LSU Press, 1990). His work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best American Mystery Stories, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology, and has also been published in Ireland, the UK, the Netherlands, Japan and Poland. In 2010, he won the Richard Wright Award.

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