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April 10, 2014

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


Newburyport Daily News

---- — 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 www.newburyportliteraryfestival.org.

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.

Lauren Slater reads from “Playing House: Notes of a Reluctant Mother,” 9 a.m., The Book Rack, 52 State St.

J. Courtney Sullivan reads from “The Engagements,” 9 a.m., Jabberwocky Bookshop, 50 Water St.

Pat Lowery Collins reads “The Deer Watch,” 9 a.m., Newburyport Public Library Children’s Room, 94 State St. For children ages 4-8.

The Poetry of Michael Burkard and Richard Hoffman, 10 a.m., Central Congregational Church Social Hall.

The Story Behind the Story, 10 a.m., Old South Church. With Elisabeth Elo and Holly Robinson.

Newburyport: Then and Now, 10 a.m., Old South Church Social Hall. With Ghlee Woodworth.

Will Schwalbe reads from “The End of Your Life Book Club,” 10 a.m., Newburyport Art Association.

Jennifer Pieroni reads from “Danceland,” 10 a.m., The Book Rack.

Ira Wood reads from “You’re Married to Her?” memoir, 10 a.m., Jabberwocky Bookshop.

The Art of Digital Book Illustration, 10 a.m., Newburyport Public Library Program Room. With David Biedrzycki. For children ages 5 and up.

ECCE ATROCITATEM: Meditations on Horror, 10:30 a.m., Firehouse Center for the Arts. With Gordon Anthony Bean, Scott Goudsward and Rob Smales. Moderated by Bracken MacLeod.

Not Just for Teens: The Growing Popularity of the Young Adult Novel, 10:30 a.m., First Religious Society. With M.T. Anderson and Deborah Noyes. Moderated by Hilary B. Van Dusen.

Kate Sullivan reads “On Linden Square,” 10:30 a.m., Newburyport Public Library Children’s Room. For children ages 4-8.

The Poetry of A.M. Juster and Len Krisak, 11 a.m., Central Congregational Church Social Hall.

Andre Dubus III reads from his work in progress, 11 a.m., Old South Church.

A Walk Along Historic Water Street, 11 a.m., Old South Church Social Hall. With Skip and Marge Motes.

The Invention of the American Meal, 11 a.m., Newburyport Art Association. With Abigail Carroll and Christina Koliander.

Vint Virga reads from “The Soul of All Living Creatures,” 11 a.m., The Book Rack.

Bianca Turetsky and “The Time-Traveling Fashionista,” 11 a.m., Newburyport Public Library Program Room. For children ages 7-12.

Paws and Poetry, 11:30 a.m., Newburyport Public Library Children’s Room. With Amy and Ron Schmidt. For children ages 4-8.

250 Years of Newburyport — Student Presentations, noon, Old South Church Social Hall. With Mayor Donna Holaday. Moderated by Bethany Groff.

The Poetry of Dick Davis and Peter Filkins, 1 p.m., Central Congregational Church Social Hall.

Inspired by Hollywood and Hitchcock, 1 p.m., Firehouse Center for the Arts. With Hallie Ephron.

Finding the Story: Short Story Writers on Craft and Inspiration, 1 p.m., Old South Church. With C.B. Anderson, Bret Anthony Johnston and Jessica Keener. Moderated by Myfanwy Collins.

The Fight Comes Home: Newburyport at War, 1 p.m., Old South Church Social Hall. With Jean Foley Doyle, William Hallett and Kevin Hunt. Moderated by Bethany Groff.

Claire Messud reads from “The Woman Upstairs,” 1 p.m., First Religious Society.

Story and Song, 1 p.m., Newburyport Art Association. With Steve Yarbrough and Antonina Parris-Yarbrough.

Speculative Fiction, 1 p.m., The Book Rack. With Janet Catherine Johnston.

Pamela Erens reads from “The Virgins,” 1 p.m., Jabberwocky Book Shop.

David A. Kelly and “Ballpark Mysteries,” 1 p.m., Newburyport Public Library Program Room. For children ages 6 and up.

The Poetry of David Ferry and Marge Piercy, 2 p.m., Central Congregational Church Social Hall.

Real Life in Literature: The Art of Mixing Fact and Fiction, 2:30 p.m., Firehouse Center for the Arts. With Jenna Blum, Caroline Leavitt and J. Courtney Sullivan. Moderated by Dawn Rennert.

Richard Russo reads from “Elsewhere: A Memoir,” 2:30 p.m., Old South Church.

Annual Youth Poetry Slam, 2:30 p.m., Old South Church Social Hall. Poets ages 14-20 should bring at least two poems. Hosted by Alex Charalambides.

All Creatures Great and Small: The Bond Between Humans and Animals, 2:30 p.m., First Religious Society. With Lauren Slater and Vint Virga. Moderated by Sherri Frank.

Chasing Alaska, 2:30 p.m., Newburyport Art Association. With C.B. Bernard and Leslie Hendrickson.

Puritan Myths & Stereotypes Debunked, 2:30 p.m., The Book Rack. With Tom Juergens.

Ann Hood reads from “The Obituary Writer: A Novel,” 2:30 p.m., Jabberwocky Bookshop.

Neil Swidey reads from “Trapped Under the Sea,” 2:30 p.m., Newburyport Public Library Program Room.

A Bilingual Reading by Rhina P. Espaillat, 3 p.m., Central Congregational Church Social Hall.

Marge Piercy reads from “The Cost of Lunch, Etc.,” 4 p.m., Firehouse Center for the Arts.

Julia Spencer-Fleming reads from “Through the Evil Days,” 4 p.m., Newburyport Art Association.

Paul Doiron reads from “Massacre Pond,” 4 p.m., The Book Rack.

Historical Fiction: Fleshing Out the Bones of History, 4 p.m., Jabberwocky Bookshop. With Anne Easter Smith.

Closing Ceremony, 7 p.m., Old South Church. Discussion on the business of book selling and the influence of Oprah’s Book Club and magazine reviews. With Jenna Blum, Andre Dubus III, Wally Lamb and Richard Russo. Moderated by Lucy Kaylin.