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Provincetown Book Festival
September 14, 2018
One event on September 15, 2018 at 12:00am
One event on September 16, 2018 at 12:00am
For more information, go to provincetownbookfestival.org
Provincetown Book Festival
Friday, September 14 – Sunday, September 16
The third annual Provincetown Book Festival will feature three days of literary events for readers, writers, and book lovers of all kinds. All events are free and open to the public.
Friday, September 14
Writers’ Voice Café: Strong Women of History
Author Deborah Swiss tells the stories behind the story of her non-fiction book, Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia’s Convict Women. Join her to see artifacts and slides and hear great stories.
Past lives/Present Lives
Stephen McCauley, author of the acclaimed comic novel My Ex-Life, explains to interviewer Tim Murphy how to make comedy look easy – and carry some surprising messages. Tim Murphy is the author of the novel Christadora, set in New York City during the AIDS crisis.
Poetry, Dogs and Everything
Poet, novelist, and memoirist Eileen Myles discusses their latest book of poetry, Evolution, and their recent memoir, Afterglow, about the (after)life of one very special dog. Interviewer to be announced.
Saturday, September 15
Six local and regional writers read from their work in a program curated by a special “mystery” author. This was the hit of last year’s Festival.
Writing for Young People
Four amazing children’s and young adult authors – Jabari Asim, Jay Coles, Martin Wilson, and Ellen Wittlinger, some first-timers, some with many books published – talk about their art, their craft, and their audience. Moderated by Anna Nielsen, Youth Services Librarian of the Wellfleet Public Library.
Two Women Poets: Identity and Community
Shauna Barbosa grew up in the Boston area with an African American mother and Cape Verdean father. Nausheen Eusuf was born and raised in Bangladesh. They will read from their new collections and discuss their approaches to poetry and its intersection with community.
Just Cook It! A Demonstration
Chef Justin Chapple, host of the weekly show “Mad Genius Tips” and frequent guest on “The Today Show,” will demonstrate a recipe from his new book, Just Cook It. Beer and wine expert Tom Acitelli will provide commentary. Seating is limited; reservations necessary. (Note that this program conflicts with other Festival programs.)
Saints, Priests, and Demi-Gods
National Book Award winner James Carroll, author of The Cloister, Akil Kumarasamy, author of Half-Gods, and J. Courtney Sullivan, author of Saints for All Occasions, will talk about religious themes in their novels and other subjects in a wide-ranging conversation about fiction writing.
The Business of Books
Two distinguished editors, James Melia and Gayatri Patnaik, and two successful literary agents, Adam Chromy and Sarah Bedingfield, discuss their experiences toiling in the literary field, as well as tips on breaking into publishing. Moderated by Jamie Brenner, bestselling author of The Husband Hour.
First Ladies of Fiction
Amy Bloom, author most recently of the novel White Houses, and Curtis Sittenfeld, author of the short story collection You Think It, I’ll Say It, will talk about fiction writing and whatever else they feel like, moderated by National Book Award winner Julia Glass.
Sunday, September 16
LGBT: Cultures within Cultures
Joseph Cassara’s recent novel, The House of Impossible Beauties, concerns mostly Latin LGBTQ characters in the Harlem ball scene of the 1980s. Rahul Mehta’s novel No Other World tells the story of a gay Indian American who travels to India to reconcile his various identities, with the help of a hijira, a member of India’s transgender community. Their conversation will be on the frontier of the new queer fiction.
Writing in Difficult Times
Tom Sleigh and Joshua Weiner are both poets who have written non-fiction prose books in response to the Syrian refugee crisis. Sarah Schulman is a playwright, novelist, and non-fiction writer deeply engaged with contemporary issues and the LGBT movement. With the help of moderator Sophia Starmack, they will explore the challenges of making art in a world in crisis.
Books for All
Jabari Asim has written numerous books for children and adults. Gayle Forman has written a number of books for young adults. Together they will talk about their writing, their audiences, and inclusivity in all literature.
Cape Cod writer Peter Abrahams writes mystery books as Spencer Quinn, notably mystery books with dogs in them. On-air investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan also writes mystery books, most recently the stand-alone thriller, Trust Me. Let them tell you all about crime and fiction.