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Stacy Schiff, Frank Bidart, Brunonia Barry headline the annual festival of writers and readers

Bidart’s recent volumes include Metaphysical Dog: Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013)- National Books Critics Circle Award; Watching the Spring Festival: Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008); Star Dust (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005); Music Like Dirt (Sarabande Books, 2002); and Desire (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critic’s Circle Award. The 2007 recipient of the Bollingen Prize for Poetry, he teaches English at Wellesley College.

FRIDAY: NOVEMBER 13
STACY SCHIFF: The Witches, Salem 1692
Peabody Essex Museum, East India Marine Hall, 7:00 PM
Admission: PEM Members $7, nonmembers $10, reservations must be made by November 12 at pem.org or by calling 

Join Pulitzer Prize winning author Stacy Schiff for our keynote address and presentation of her new book The Witches, Salem 1692, which she researched at PEM’s Phillips Library.

Stacy Schiff is the author of Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Exupéry, Pulitzer Prize finalist; A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, winner of the George Washington Book Prize; and Cleopatra: A Life. Schiff has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities and an award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Named a 2011 Library Lion by the New York Public Library, she lives in New York City.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14
SALEM ATHENAUEM A DAY FOR WRITERS  
10AM-12:30PM and 2PM-6PM, Free Admission
Wake up your writer’s brain with great local authors as your guides.  Join us for the whole day or just for a session or two.

10AM-11:15AM PICK A PROMPT

  • Danielle Jones-Pruett

11:15AM-1230PM PICK A PANEL

  • SCI FI AND FANTASY IN POETRY: Heather Hughes & Ellen Goldstein
  • PAGE TO STAGE PLAY-WRITING: Mark Stevick, Kristina Stevick, Phoebe Roberts, Scott Kremer

12:30-1:45PM LUNCH BREAK Time to visit local eateries.

2-3:15PM PICK A PANEL

  • Starting and Maintaining a Lit Mag: The Critical Flame and Buck Off Magazine
  • The Adolescent in YA and Adult Fiction: Matt Phillion, Emily Holmes, Michael Gerhard Martin

3:15-4:15PM: OPEN MIC
 

4:15-5:30PM PICK A PROMPT

  • Writing for social change – Tobi Dress Germain
  • How to Tell Your Story Live – Audrey Martavich

5:30PM MOVIE-TELLING READING

  • Shari Caplan, Joey Gould, Casey Roland, Olga Livshin, Jessica Furtado

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 18

BRUNONIA BARRY: The Map of True Places
6:00 PM, HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES
Admission: House of the Seven Gables members: Free, Non-Members: $7.00 email[email protected], or call 978-744-0991 ext. 104
End the festival by attending the last of the “Seven Lectures at Seven Gables” series.  The House of the Seven Gables welcomes back New York Times bestselling author, Brunonia Barry, for a lecture on her book, The Map of True Places.  Set in Boston and Salem, this well-crafted novel is immersive and beautifully written. Finding one’s true place in the world is a theme explored in this book by the author of The Lace Reader. Join us for this exciting lecture.

Brunonia Barry is the New York Times and international best selling author of The Lace Reader and The Map of True Places. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She was the first American author to win the International Women’s Fiction Festival’s Baccante Award and was a past recipient of Ragdale Artists’ Colony’s Strnad Invitational Fellowship as well as the winner of New England Book Festival’s award for Best Fiction. Her new book, The Fifth Petal, will be released by Crown in January 2017.  

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please go to salemlitfest.org, find the festival on Facebook and join the conversation on Twitter

Contact 

Beth Simpson, Salem Lit Fest
508-641-8687 | [email protected]

Kate Fox, Destination Salem

(978) 741-3252 | [email protected]  
 

About Salem Lit Fest
In 2008, the Salem Literary Festival was founded by Beth Simpson working in conjunction with Salem’s own Cornerstone Books. After the demise of Cornerstone, it was revived in 2014 by Salem writer and New York Times bestselling author Brunonia Barry and her organization Readers and Writers, Inc. to continue the tradition of hosting events at historic venues in and around Salem, and to unite authors and book lovers throughout the year. In the past, the festival has partnered with the popular writer’s website Writer UnboxedSalem State UniversityGrub StreetThe Salem AthenaeumThe House of the Seven Gables, and the Peabody Essex Museum.  

About Salem
Salem, Massachusetts, is a destination recognized around the world for its rich history, which includes the tragic Salem Witch Trials of 1692, the glorious maritime era that left its indelible mark on Salem through architecture, museums, and artifacts, and for its month-long celebration of Halloween. Today nearly one million people visit Salem annually, generating more than $100 million in tourism spending.  For more information, visit Salem.org.  

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