And at noon at Old South Church will be a program titled “250 Years of Newburyport — Student Presentations” with Bethany Groff of Historic New England. Groff, a published historian, will moderate a panel at which local students discuss what Newburyport history means to them.
This is the ninth year of the annual event, and co-chairwoman Vicki Hendrickson says it will be a special weekend.
“This is the first year since Newburyport has been designated by the state Cultural Council as a cultural tourism designation, complete with a cultural district,” said Hendrickson, who founded the event. “Showcasing our beautiful city has been one of our missions since its inception, and we look forward to hosting both locals and those from out of town.”
She added that the festival has been fortunate to have the continued support of the organization’s original sponsors, the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank and Institution for Savings.
“We have a particularly deep lineup of award-winning, well-known authors participating in this year’s festival,” said Linda Carpino, another key organizer of the event. “Personally, I am really looking forward to both the Friday night event, which will feature a couple of my favorite authors, Andre Dubus III and Ann Hood, and the Saturday evening closing ceremony with that absolutely stellar group of authors.”
If you go
What: Newburyport Literary Festival
When: Starts tomorrow with opening night ceremony at 6 p.m. and Dinner With the Authors at 7:30 p.m. Continues Saturday at 8:30 a.m., with events running all day and concluding with the closing ceremony at 7 p.m.
Where: Throughout downtown Newburyport
How much: Free for everything except tomorrow’s Dinner With the Authors, which costs $50 at the door
More information: www.newburyportliteraryfestival.org
Tannery Series returns
Two of the Newburyport Literary Festival’s featured local authors, Anne Easter Smith and Rhina Espaillat, will return next Thursday to participate in “Rich, Royal and Powerful,” The Tannery Series’ first event in Newburyport since 2012. Smith, the author of four novels of historical fiction, and Espaillat, a poet and translator, will join poet Susan Rich at 7 p.m. at Jabberwocky Bookshop in The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St.