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

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2014 Schedule of Events

Friday, April 25

Friday 6:00 PM
The Firehouse Center
Andre Dubus III

Opening Night Ceremony—The Creative Mind
Honoring Andre Dubus III

For the Newburyport Literary Festival to honor Andre Dubus III is like honoring our best friend. Andre has been a part of the festival for each of our nine years—reading, hosting, being in conversation with other authors, and encouraging each of us by sharing his enthusiasm, his warmth, and his engaging presence. Of course he’s Newburyport’s literary superstar—award-winning, best-selling author of six books including his most recent Dirty Love. In addition he’s the master of numerous skills other than writing: building, acting, teaching, cooking, and partying. He even published an essay on knitting as part of Ann Hood’s anthology. His own knitting, by the way—the whole knit and pearl of it.
All these accomplishments are dazzling. We honor him this year for his success but also for his kindness, for believing in the festival, and for his generosity with students, audiences and with his readers. He gifts us with his humanity and it inspires us all.
Ann Hood is a prize-winning, author and an avid knitter who has shared wonderful stories of life’s challenges with her many devoted fans. Author of The Obituary Writer and bestsellers such as The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, and many other titles, Ann is an-almost local treasure (ProvidenceR.I.) who has graced the festival many times. We are delighted to have this year.
Join Andre and Ann Hood in conversation about the curious mind of the writer—and possibly the knitter as well.

Presenters: Andre Dubus III
Moderator: Ann Hood

Friday 7:30 PM
Nicholson Hall

Join us for Dinner with the Authors!

Tickets $50.00 at the door or online
Buffet, cash bar
and 50/50 raffle.
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Saturday, April 26

Poetry
Saturday 8:30 AM
Central Congregational Church Social Hall

Coffee with the Poets

Coffee with the Poets kicks off the ninth Newburyport Literary Festival with the traditional blend of coffee, tea and poetry. This event will feature readings of new works by members of Newburyport's distinguished Powow River PoetsDavid Berman, Michael Cantor, Robert Crawford, David Davis, Joan Kimball, Michele Leavitt, and Alfred Nicol. Book signing will follow the readings. Join us!

Presenters: David Berman, Michael Cantor, Robert Crawford, David Davis, Joan Kimball, Michele Leavitt, Alfred Nicol

Fiction
Saturday 9:00 AM
Firehouse Center
for the Arts

In Her Name: Katherine Anne Porter Prize Winners

Join Tehila Lieberman and Peter Brown, recent winners of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Short Fiction, for a reading and discussion of their award winning collections. A video excerpt of an interview with Katherine Anne Porter will be screened. Fiction writer Lisa Heiserman Perkins will moderate the panel, exploring thematic, stylistic or other affinities between the authors' work and Porter's.

Presenters: Peter Brown, Tehila Lieberman
Moderator: Lisa Heiserman Perkins

Fiction
Saturday 9:00 AM
Old South Church
Wally Lamb

Wally Lamb reads from We Are Water

The author of I Know This Much is True and The Hour I First Believed reads from his latest novel about a marriage, a family, and human resilience in the face of tragedy.

Presenter: Wally Lamb

Nonfiction
Saturday 9:00 AM
Old South Church
– Social Hall

Voices of the Clipper City

Voices from Newburyport's rich past come to life through dramatic, first person readings of letters poems and stories from three centuries of Newburyport writers. Presented in conjunction with The Actors Studio of Newburyport.

Presenters: Barbara Bourgeois, Christine Butler, Ann Dooley, John Sheedy, Anna Smulowitz
Moderator: Marc Clopton

Fiction
Saturday 9:00 AM
Unitarian Universalist Church

The Scene of the Crime

A bleak, icy winter in the Adirondack Mountains. The beauty and magnificence of the Maine woods. In the crime fiction of Paul Doiron and Julia Spencer-Fleming, setting is just as important as characters. How does setting influence plot? How do the authors create suspense and keep their series characters believable? The authors discuss these topics and more in a lively conversation with Dyke Hendrickson.

Presenters: Paul Doiron, Julia Spencer-Fleming
Moderator: Dyke Hendrickson

Fiction / Children/YA
Saturday 9:00 AM
Newburyport
Art Association
M.T. Anderson

M.T. Anderson reads from The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation

In this fascinating and eye-opening Revolution-era novel, Octavian, a black youth raised in a Boston household of radical philosophers, is given an excellent classical education. He and his mother, an African princess, are kept isolated on the estate, and only as he grows older does he realize that while he is well dressed and well fed, he is indeed a captive being used by his guardians as part of an experiment to determine the intellectual acuity of Africans. Written in 18th-century language and told from Octavian's point of view and in letters written by a soldier who befriends him, this powerful novel deals with age-old issues that still resonate with readers today.

Presenter: M.T. Anderson

Nonfiction
Saturday 9:00 AM
The Book Rack
Lauren Slater

Lauren Slater reads from Playing House: Notes of a Reluctant Mother

Lauren Slater’s rocky childhood left her cold to the idea of ever creating a family of her own. But one husband, two dogs, two children, and three homes later, she came around to the challenges, trials, and unexpected rewards of playing house. In her latest book of autobiographical stories, she presents snapshots of domestic life, populating them with the gritty details and jarring realities of sharing home, life, and body in the curious institution called “family”

Presenter: Lauren Slater

Fiction
Saturday 9:00 AM
Jabberwocky Bookshop
J. Courtney Sullivan

J. Courtney Sullivan reads from The Engagements

The New York Times bestselling author of Maine and Commencement returns with an exhilarating novel about Frances Gerety, the real pioneering ad woman who coined the famous slogan “a diamond is forever,” and four unique marriages that will test how true—or not—those words might be.

Presenter: J. Courtney Sullivan

Children / Ages 4-8
Saturday 9:00 AM
Children's Room, Newburyport
Public Library
Pat Lowery Collins

Turning Memories into Stories

Photos record an experience, but they don’t tell us how we felt about it. How are memories different than photos? How does an author take memories and turn them into a story? Pat Lowery Collins reads her picture book, The Deer Watch, talks about the memories that inspired the book, and how an illustrator made her story come to life. Then she’ll encourage young listeners to discover a memory of their own that they can write about or draw a picture of.

Presenter: Pat Lowery Collins

Poetry
Saturday 10:00 AM
Central Congregational Church Social Hall

The Poetry of Michael Burkard and Richard Hoffman

Since childhood, Michael Burkard has been aware of the close kinship among the arts, in particular between poetry and music. He plans to touch upon that during his reading, and will illustrate his remarks by singing one of his original songs.
There is nothing wrong with the quiet poem of solitary introspection, but for this reading Richard Hoffman has selected poems — no less personal — that engage the larger world, its beauty and suffering, its perils and injustices, its social and ethical requirements.

Presenters: Michael Burkard and Richard Hoffman

Fiction
Saturday 10:00 AM
Old South Church

The Story Behind the Story

Where do story ideas come from? Do they appear out of nowhere, bubble up from the unconscious, or slowly stitch themselves together out of disparate threads? Where do writers go to “find” their ideas? Join two novelists as they reveal the real-life stories behind their books, showing how things as diverse as historical events, family lore, and overheard conversations can be used as the seeds of successful novels.

Presenters: Elisabeth Elo, Holly Robinson

Nonfiction
Saturday 10:00 AM
Old South Church
Social Hall
Ghlee Woodworth

Newburyport: Then and Now

Ghlee Woodworth, a local historian, is the creator and author of Newburyport’s Clipper Heritage Trail website. Enjoy a visual tour along Clipper Heritage Trail viewing images of Newburyport in the 1800’s and today.

Presenter: Ghlee E. Woodworth

Nonfiction
Saturday 10:00 AM
Newburyport
Art Association
Will Schwalbe

The End of Your Life Book Club

Sitting in the waiting room of a New York Cancer Center, Will Schwalbe asked his mother, “What are you reading?” Hear Will talk about this inspiring true story of a son and his mother, who start a “book club” that brings them together as her life comes to a close.

Presenter: Will Schwalbe

Fiction
Saturday 10:00 AM
The Book Rack
Jennifer Pieroni

Jennifer Pieroni reads from Danceland

Jennifer Pieroni tells the story of twelve-year-old Lettie and her world-weary father Frank, living together in an abandoned village they call Danceland. Join Jennifer in this reading from her debut novella.

Presenter: Jennifer Pieroni

Nonfiction
Saturday 10:00 AM
Jabberwocky Bookshop
Ira Wood

Ira Wood: You Are What You Owe

Many writers fantasize about being a publisher. Ira Wood reads a story from his memoir You’re Married to Her? about his experience running a literary publishing company. Wood brings his misadventures to life with plenty of wit and intelligence.

Presenter: Ira Wood

Children/Ages 5 and up
Saturday 10:00 AM
Program Room, Newburyport
Public Library
David Biedrzycki

The Art of Digital Book Illustration

Technology wizard/author David Biedrzycki's program gives kids an exciting glimpse into the process he uses to imagine and develop ideas into stories. Kids will be fascinated to see how Biedrzycki creates almost all of his work digitally, nurturing ideas that start with drawings, then adding words as the magical process begins. It's a visually fun, fast-moving program geared to engage and inspire creativity.

Presenter: David Biedrzycki

Fiction
Saturday 10:30 AM
Firehouse Center
for the Arts

ECCE ATROCITATEM: Meditations on Horror

From H.P. Lovecraft’s "considerably twisted version of Newburyport" (a.k.a. Innsmouth) to contemporary depictions of horror both in and outside of the genre, the panel will discuss the historical and contemporary pedigree of horror in fiction and what it tells us about ourselves. Come find out exactly what scares a horror writer.

Presenters: Gordon Bean, Scott Goudsward, Rob Smales
Moderator: Bracken MacLeod

Fiction
Children/YA

Saturday 10:30 AM
Unitarian Universalist Church

Not Just for Teens: The Growing Popularity of the Young Adult Novel

Harry Potter. The Hunger Games. According to a recent study, 55% of “Young Adult” books, which are typically designated for kids aged 12 to 17, are bought by adults aged 18 or older, with the largest readership among people aged 30 to 44. Join authors M. T. Anderson and Deborah Noyes as they talk with Candlewick Press Senior Editor Hilary B. Van Dusen about why the books appeal to such a wide audience, what types of themes, characters and settings typify a “YA novel,” how the authors develop ideas for their own YA books, and more.

Presenters: M.T. Anderson, Deborah Noyes
Moderator: Hilary B. Van Dusen

Children / Ages 4-8
Saturday 10:30 AM
Children's Room, Newburyport
Public Library
Kate Sullivan

Kate Sullivan’s On Linden Square

Attention young authors and illustrators! Come meet Kate Sullivan and all her characters from On Linden Square. First, we’ll read the book, which tells the story of Stella Mae Culpepper and the neighbors she watches out her window from her second-floor apartment. Linden Square is filled with a quirky cast of characters, like Mr. Rubenstein, who does magic tricks with his thumbs. We’ll talk about scat singing and trombone playing. If you ask, Kate may even play the musical saw! Then it’s time for some authoring and illustrating. Authors are observers. What do you see out your windows? Are you a city mouse or a country mouse? Who are the people who live near you? We’ll read to each other. Then we’ll draw. If you’ve got a journal or favorite writing pen or markers, bring ‘em! If not, we’ve got ‘em!

Presenter: Kate Sullivan

Poetry
Saturday 11:00 AM
Central Congregational Church Social Hall

The Poetry of A.M. Juster and Len Krisak

AM Juster will read translations from a variety of languages, as well as some of his own poems (both serious and comic), and he may juggle four books of Billy Collins at once. Catullus is the Roman poet at his most obscene . . . and heart-rending. Come hear how he sounds in rhymed, metrical English, and how the English poems of his translator, Len Krisak, sound.

Presenters: A.M. Juster and Len Krisak

Fiction
Saturday 11:00 AM
Old South Church
Andre Dubus III

Andre Dubus III reads from his work in progress

The New York Times calls Dubus’ latest book “staggeringly good.” Join us for a reading of his work In progress.

Presenter: Andre Dubus III

Nonfiction
Saturday 11:00 AM
Old South Church – Social Hall
Skip and Marge Motes

A Walk Along Historic Water Street

Explore part of Newburyport’s historic harbor where vessels from foreign ports docked for over two centuries, the enigmatic 1635 “Watts his Cellar,” take a voyage to Batavia and the West Indies. Photographs and maps present the dynamic growth of our industrial waterfront.

Presenter: Skip and Marge Motes

Nonfiction
Saturday 11:00 AM
Newburyport
Art Association

The Invention of the American Meal

Join food historian Abigail Carroll, the author of Three Squares, and Christina Koliander, author of the food blog My Vermont Kitchen, as they discuss the history of our American eating habits. Whether we’re pouring ourselves a bowl of cereal, grabbing a quick sandwich, or congregating for a family dinner, our mealtime habits are living artifacts of our collective history.

Presenter: Abigail Carroll
Moderator: Christina Koliander

Nonfiction
Saturday 11:00 AM
The Book Rack
Vint Virga

Vint Virga reads from The Soul of All Living Creatures

Based on the author’s 25 years of experience as a veterinarian and veterinary behaviorist, The Soul of All Living Creatures delves into the inner lives of animals—from whales, wolves, and leopards to mice, dogs and cats—and explores the relationships we forge with them. As an emergency room clinician four years out of veterinary school, Dr. Virga had a life-changing experience: He witnessed the power of simple human contact and compassion to affect the recovery of a dog struggling to survive after being hit by a car. Dr. Virga’s firsthand observation of the remarkably strong connection between humans and animals inspired him to explore the world from the viewpoint of animals and taught him to respect the kinship that connects us.

Presenter: Vint Virga, DVM

Fiction
Saturday 11:00 AM
Jabberwocky Bookshop
Caroline Leavitt

Caroline Leavitt reads from Is this Tomorrow

In 1956, Ava Lark rents a house with her twelve-year-old son, Lewis, in a desirable Boston suburb. Ava is beautiful, divorced, Jewish, and a working mom. She finds her neighbors less than welcoming. Lewis yearns for his absent father, befriending the only other fatherless kids: Jimmy and Rose. One afternoon, Jimmy goes missing. The neighborhood—in the throes of Cold War paranoia—seizes the opportunity to further ostracize Ava and her son. Years later, when Lewis and Rose reunite to untangle the final pieces of the tragic puzzle, they must decide: Should you tell the truth even if it hurts those you love, or should some secrets remain buried?

Presenter: Caroline Leavitt

Children / Ages 7-12
Saturday 11:00 AM
Program Room, Newburyport
Public Library
Bianca Turetsky

The Time-Traveling Fashionista

In each book of the “Time-Traveling Fashionista” series, vintage-obsessed fashionista and “kid coutier” Louise Lambert tries on a vintage piece of clothing or jewelry and is whisked away from her humdrum Connecticut life to a historic moment in time: In the first book, the fall of the Titanic, in the second, the reign of Marie-Antoinette, and in the latest, Egypt, where she meets Queen Cleopatra. Join Bianca as she talks about her inspiration for the series then gives young designers a Time-Traveling Fashionista paper doll so that they can design their own dresses.

Presenter: Bianca Turetsky

Children / Ages 4-8
Saturday 11:30 AM
Children's Room, Newburyport
Public Library

Paws and Poetry

Join the authors of Dog-Gone School and Loose Leashes as they talk about how they pair funny photos of dogs with stories and poems. Amy and Ron take young readers through the entire creative process: From collecting ideas in an “idea book,” to creating images and choosing the words to go along with those images. Kids will have a chance to create their own pictures and poems using one of Ron’s photos for inspiration.

Presenters: Amy Schmidt, Ron Schmidt

Nonfiction
Saturday 12:00 PM
Old South Church – Social Hall

250 Years of Newburyport – Student Presentations

Join Mayor Donna Holaday to hear presentations by specially selected Newburyport students about what Newburyport history means to them.

Presenter: Mayor Donna Holaday
Moderator: Bethany Groff

Poetry
Saturday 1:00 PM
Central Congregational Church Social Hall

The Poetry of Dick Davis and Peter Filkins

Typical themes in Dick Davis's poetry are love, travel, and what happens when different cultures come up against each other. He will read a selection of his own poems, as well as a few of his verse translations from medieval Persian. Peter Filkins will read poems from The View We're Granted. Published in 2012, the collection explores the relationship between the unmaking of loss, history, and time, and the making urges of art, memory, and the appreciation of nature.

Presenters: Richard Davis, Peter Filkins

Fiction
Saturday 1:00 PM
Firehouse Center
for the Arts
Hallie Ephron

Inspired by Hollywood and Hitchcock

Hallie Ephron talks about growing up in a Hollywood family with screenwriters for parents and three talented sisters, all accomplished writers. She talks about how the Ephron girls were groomed to write, and how real family drama and a love of Hitchcock movies fuel her suspense novels – including her newest bestseller, There Was An Old Woman.

Presenter: Hallie Ephron

Fiction
Saturday 1:00 PM
Old South Church

Finding the Story: Short Story Writers on Craft and Inspiration

How does a writer know when they have found their story? Our panel of award-winning short story writers will discuss the importance of beginnings, the discovery of endings, and share their experiences in the search for the heart of the story.

Presenters: C.B. Anderson, Bret Anthony Johnston, Jessica Keener
Moderator: Myfanwy Collins

Nonfiction
Saturday 1:00 PM
Old South Church – Social Hall

The Fight Comes Home: Newburyport At War

Join a panel of noted local historians to discuss the experience of Newburyporters during major conflicts of the last 250 years. Learn how our city fared in the American Revolution, the Civil War, World War One and Two, and the wars of recent memory. Learn how Newburyport honors and supports our veterans and how to help.

Presenters: Jean Foley Doyle, William Hallett, Kevin Hunt
Moderator: Bethany Groff

Fiction
Saturday 1:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Church

Claire Messud

Claire Messud reads from The Woman Upstairs

Told with urgency, intimacy, and piercing emotion, Messud’s New York Times bestselling novel is the riveting confession of a woman awakened, transformed, and abandoned by a desire for a world beyond her own. Hear Claire Messud read from The Woman Upstairs.

Presenter: Claire Messud

Fiction
Saturday 1:00 PM
Newburyport
Art Association

Story and Song with Steve Yarbrough

Music has always been an integral element of Steve Yarbrough’s fiction. Join him in a reading from his latest novel, The Realm of Last Chances, and a short performance of music from the novel with his daughter Antonina Parris-Yarbrough.

Presenters: Steve Yarbrough, Antonina Parris-Yarbrough

Fiction
Saturday 1:00 PM
The Book Rack
Janet Johnston

Speculative Fiction with Janet Catherine Johnston

What are the challenges unique to writing science fiction? What are the advantages and disadvantages of short versus longer works? Science fiction author and astrophysicist Janet Catherine Johnston will discuss speculative fiction and its many sub-genres, including science fiction, time travel, alternate history, magic/occult, space opera, cyberpunk, dystopias and fantasy.

Presenter: Janet Catherine Johnston

Fiction
Saturday 1:00 PM
Jabberwocky Bookshop
Pamela Erens

Pamela Erens reads from The Virgins

It’s 1979, and Aviva Rossner and Seung Jung are notorious at Auburn Academy. They’re an unlikely pair at an elite East Coast boarding school (she’s Jewish; he’s Korean American) and hardly shy when it comes to their sexuality. In the minds of their titillated classmates — particularly Bruce Bennett-Jones—the couple lives in a realm of pure, indulgent pleasure. But, as is often the case, their fabled relationship is more complicated than it seems: Despite their lust and urgency, their virginity remains intact, and as they struggle to understand each other, the relationship spirals into disaster.The Virgins is the story of Aviva and Seung’s descent into confusion and shame, as re-imagined in richly detailed episodes by the once-embittered, now repentant Bruce. With unflinching honesty and breathtaking prose, Pamela Erens brings a fresh voice to the tradition of the great boarding school novel.

Presenter: Pamela Erens

Children/Ages 6 and up
Saturday 1:00 PM
Program Room, Newburyport Public Library
David Kelly

The Ballpark Mysteries

A star slugger’s bat gets stolen at Fenway Park. A ghost haunts Yankee Stadium. These are just two of the mysteries that cousins Kate and Mike set out to solve in David A. Kelly’s “Ballpark Mysteries” series. David talks about how he creates each book in the series, including how he gets his ideas, how each book is edited and illustrated, and how he gets paid to visit ballparks!

Presenter: David A. Kelly

Poetry
Saturday 2:00 PM
Central Congregational Church Social Hall

The Poetry of David Ferry and Marge Piercy

David Ferry will read poems from his most recent book, Bewilderment, and several translations from poems they’re related to thematically. Marge Piercy will read poems covering a wide range of subjects from her most recent collection, The Hunger Moon, and from Made in Detroit, a book that Knopf is bringing out early next year.

Presenters: David Ferry, Marge Piercy

Fiction
Saturday 2:30 PM
Firehouse Center
for the Arts

Real Life in Literature: The Art of Mixing Fact and Fiction

Blurring the lines between fact and fiction, "realistic fiction" offers an engaging novel that is plausible, yet wholly crafted by the author. Listen as three best-selling authors discuss their use of historic persons, settings, and events to support their imagined story lines. Join Jenna Blum, Caroline Leavitt, and J. Courtney Sullivan as they talk about the challenge of weaving fact into their fiction.

Presenters: Jenna Blum, Caroline Leavitt, J.Courtney Sullivan
Moderator: Dawn Rennert

Nonfiction
Saturday 2:30 PM
Old South Church
Richard Russo

Richard Russo reads from Elsewhere: A Memoir

After eight compelling works of fiction, Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo applies his writing skills to a memoir. Elsewhere: A Memoir is a hilarious, moving, and always surprising account of Russo’s life, his parents, and the upstate New York town they all struggled variously to escape.

Presenter: Richard Russo

Poetry
Saturday 2:30 PM
Old South Church
– Social Hall
Alex Charalambides

Annual Youth Poetry Slam

All ages are invited to witness the fast-paced competition of the Youth Poetry Slam, an annual tradition drawn straight from the heart of Chicago's Green Mill. Defined as “the art of competitive performance poetry," this modern oral tradition gives poets a limited amount of time to impress judges selected from the audience, while other audience members are strongly encouraged to participate by cheering, whistling, or mildly heckling the hosts or judges. Adults and kids alike learn the power of a single word, line, or figure of speech when spoken aloud. Parents of young listeners should keep in mind that slam can be a spontaneous and uncensored art form. Youth poets ages 14-20 should bring at least two poems to sign up and compete in this open slam! Unaffiliated audience members may be invited to judge the event. Hosted by Poetry SlamMaster Alex Charalambides.

Moderator: Alex Charalambides

Nonfiction
Saturday 2:30 PM
Unitarian Universalist Church

All Creatures Great and Small: The Bond Between Humans and Animals

What is it that connects us to animals? From the time we’re young, we’re drawn to the cats, dogs, and other pets that live in our houses; fascinated by raccoons, foxes, and rabbits we see in the wild; and eager to ride horses or pet sheep we encounter on farms. In The Soul of All Living Creatures, veterinary behaviorist Dr. Vint Virga explores the relationships we forge with animals and what they can teach us about our lives. In her memoir, The $60,000 Dog, Lauren Slater writes about the animals that have “enchanted and inhabited” her throughout her life, examining the value they bring that goes far beyond dollars and cents. Join both authors for a thought-provoking discussion about the bonds between humans and “all creatures, great and small.”

Presenters: Lauren Slater, Vint Virga, DVM
Moderator: Sherri Frank

Nonfiction
Saturday 2:30 PM
Newburyport
Art Association
C.B. Bernard

Chasing Alaska

C. B. Bernard left his native New England to be a reporter on an Island in Alaska’s Inside Passage. Once there, he learned that a distant relation—Captain Joe Bernard—had made a similar trek a century earlier. Captain Joe spent decades sailing the Arctic, enduring shipwrecks, horrific winters, starvation, living among the Eskimo and Inuit, and giving his name to landmarks across the north. During his own time in Alaska, C. B. Bernard chased the legacy of this explorer, tracking Joe’s correspondence, locating artifacts donated to museums, and recovering Joe’s journals. Join author C.B. Bernard for a fascinating conversation with Leslie Hendrickson about the place that lured both him and Captain Joe, two men anchored beneath the Northern Lights in freezing, far-flung waters, separated only by time.

Presenter: C.B. Bernard
Moderator: Leslie Hendrickson

Nonfiction
Saturday 2:30 PM
The Book Rack
Tom Juergens

Puritan Myths & Stereotypes Debunked!

There was more lawbreaking among the Puritan rank and file than is commonly known, from public nudity (as civil disobedience) to felonies of every stripe. Join Tom Juergens, author of Wicked Puritans of Essex County (The History Press), to learn about those who beat, stole, raped, murdered, and fornicated their way through the 17th century. And who from beyond the grave force the question: just how universal was the Puritans’ much-vaunted moral superiority?

Presenter: Tom Juergens

Fiction
Saturday 2:30 PM
Jabberwocky Bookshop
Ann Hood

Ann Hood reads from The Obituary Writer: A Novel

On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, a young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a secure marriage or to follow the man she loves. Decades earlier, in 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her lover who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. The surprising connection between these two women will change Claire’s life in unexpected and extraordinary ways.

Presenter: Ann Hood

Nonfiction
Saturday 2:30 PM
Program Room, Newburyport
Public Library
Neil Swidey

Trapped Under the Sea

Neil Swidey tells the gripping true story of five men who were sent into a dark, airless, miles-long Boston Harbor tunnel, hundreds of feet below the ocean, to do a nearly impossible job—with deadly results. He takes you into the exotic world behind a wondrous megaproject, and introduces you to the fascinating real-life characters who were asked to rescue it. The result is a taut, action-packed narrative that will help open your eyes to how the world around us really works.

Presenter: Neil Swidey

Poetry
Saturday 3:00 PM
Central Congregational Church Social Hall

A Bilingual Reading by Rhina P. Espaillat

Rhina P. Espaillat will read her English translations of the work of celebrated Dominican poets Cesar Sanchez Beras, Juan Matos, and Hector Inchaustegui Cabral, as well as one or two Spanish translations from her recently published book, Oscura fruta/Dark Berries: Forty-two Poems by Richard Wilbur. The venerated Richard Wilbur, or course, was U. S. Poet Laureate some years ago, and has read for Newburyport audiences, most recently under the auspices of the Powow River Poets.

Presenter: Rhina P. Espaillat

Fiction
Saturday 4:00 PM
Firehouse Center
for the Arts
Marge Piercy

Marge Piercy reads from The Cost of Lunch, Etc.

Marge Piercy’s debut collection of short stories, The Cost of Lunch, Etc., brings us glimpses into the lives of everyday women moving through and making sense of their daily internal and external worlds. Keeping to the engaging, accessible language of Piercy’s novels, the collection spans decades of her writing along with a range of locations, ages, and emotional states of her protagonists. Whether grappling with death, familial relationships, friendship, sex, illness, or religion, Piercy’s writing is as passionate, lucid, insightful, and thoughtfully alive as ever.

Presenter: Marge Piercy

Fiction
Saturday 4:00 PM
Newburyport
Art Association
Julia Spencer-Fleming

Julia Spencer-Fleming reads from Through the Evil Days

New York Times bestseller Julia Spencer-Fleming returns with the eighth novel in her much-loved Clare Fergusson/Russ van Alstyne series. In Through the Evil Days, a call in the middle of the night wakes Episcopal priest Clare Fergusson and her husband, Police Chief Russ van Alstyne: A farmhouse has erupted in flames, killing the couple inside. A tragedy for the Adirondack mountain town of Millers Kill… but a darker, more evil current quickly emerges, as Clare and Russ learn that the dead couple had not been alone—their 8-year-old foster child, Mikayla, has disappeared from the wreckage without a trace.

Presenter: Julia Spencer-Fleming

Fiction
Saturday 4:00 PM
The Book Rack
Paul Doiron

Paul Doiron reads from Massacre Pond

The beauty and magnificence of the Maine woods is the setting for book 4 in the Mike Bowditch series. On an unseasonably hot October morning, game warden Mike Bowditch is called to the scene of a bizarre crime: The corpses of ten moose have been found senselessly butchered on the estate of Elizabeth Morse, a wealthy animal rights activist who is buying up huge parcels of timberland to create a new national park. What at first seems like mindless slaughter—retribution by locals for the job losses Morse's plan is already causing in the region—becomes far more sinister when a shocking murder is discovered and Mike's investigation becomes a hunt to find a ruthless killer. In order to solve the controversial case, Bowditch risks losing everything he holds dear: his best friends, his career as a laws enforcement officer, and the love of his life.

Presenter: Paul Doiron

Fiction
Saturday 4:00 PM
Jabberwocky Bookshop
Anne Easter Smith

Historical Fiction: Fleshing Out the Bones of History

From Ricky Nelson to Ricky III, Anne Easter Smith's teen obsession evolved into an entire adult life of fascination with one of England's most maligned kings, Richard III. Anne's five novels show Richard at a different stage of his life, and she will read from each of them, as well as discuss the emotional discovery (for her) of Richard's bones under a car park in Leicester in August 2012 and the on-going controversy of where he should now be reinterred.

Presenter: Anne Easter Smith

Saturday 7:00 PM
Old South Church

Closing Ceremony

Editor-in-Chief of O Magazine, Lucy Kaylin, will moderate a panel discussion on the business of bookselling and the influence of Oprah’s Book Club and magazine book reviews. Authors who have benefited from the “Oprah influence” will join Ms. Kaylin in conversation.

Presenters: Jenna Blum, Andre Dubus III, Wally Lamb, Richard Russo
Moderator: Lucy Kaylin

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