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April 10, 2014

On the books: Literary Festival set for April 25-26

Renowned local author Andre Dubus III will be honored at the ninth annual Newburyport Literary Festival, set for April 25-26.

Dubus, a Newbury resident whose most recent book is “Dirty Love,” has participated in every festival since its inception. The opening ceremony on Friday, April 25, will feature Dubus in conversation with award-winning author Ann Hood, whose anthology “Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting” includes an essay by Dubus.

Following the free ceremony at 6 p.m. at the Firehouse Center for the Arts, “Dinner With the Authors” will be held at Nicholson Hall at 7:30 p.m. A number of this year’s writers will join guests for a buffet, cash bar and 50-50 raffle. A silent auction will offer an African safari.

Tickets for the dinner are $50 at the door or online at

Below is a schedule of Saturday’s events, which will take place throughout the day at various venues.

Saturday, April 26

Coffee With the Poets, 8:30 a.m., Central Congregational Church Social Hall, 14 Titcomb St. With Powow River Poets David Berman, Michael Cantor, Robert Crawford, David Davis, Joan Kimball, Michele Leavitt and Alfred Nicol.

In Her Name: Katherine Anne Porter Prize Winners, 9 a.m., Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square. With Tehila Lieberman and Peter Brown. Moderated by Lisa Heiserman Perkins.

Wally Lamb reads from “We are Water,” 9 a.m., Old South Church, 29 Federal St.

Voices of the Clipper City, 9 a.m., Old South Church Social Hall. Presented in conjunction with The Actors Studio of Newburyport. With Barbara Bourgeois, Christine Butler, Ann Dooley, John Sheedy and Anna Smulowitz. Moderated by Marc Clopton.

The Scene of the Crime, 9 a.m., First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St. With Paul Doiron and Julia Spencer-Fleming. Moderated by Dyke Hendrickson.

M.T. Anderson reads from “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation,” 9 a.m., Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water St.

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