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Second Annual Provincetown Book Festival
September 15, 2017
The Provincetown Public Library Book Festival
Friday, September 15
Saturday, September 16
Twenty featured authors will converge on the Provincetown Public Library from near and far to speak at the Book Festival. The line-up includes a number of Cape Codders, such as writers Anne LeClaire, Lauren Wolk and Provincetowner William Mann. On Saturday, September 16, many more local authors will participate in a book sale and author signing on the lawn outside the Library, from 11:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Two writers of Cape Cod-based novels, Jamie Brenner and Emily Jeanne Miller, kick off the Festival on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m., in a session entitled “Writing Local: A Sense of Place.” At 11:30 a.m. Cape Cod’s own Anne LeClaire, author of The Halo Effect, joins novelist Justin Torres (We the Animals) for a session on “Fiction, Families and Digging Deep.” Three acclaimed authors of young adult novels, M.T. Anderson, Brandy Colbert, and Lauren Wolk, discuss the writing of YA literature at 1:00 p.m. NovelistsJoe Okonkwo (Jazz Moon) and Tim Murphy (Christodora) will talk about writing historical novels with gay themes at 2:30 p.m.. At 4:00 p.m. Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, author of the short story collection Blue Talk and Love, joins Amy Hoffman (The Off Season) in a session on “The Lives of Girls and Women.”
Saturday morning begins at 10:00 a.m. with “Reading Local,” a curated reading by local and small-press writers, featuring special guest poet Jerome Murphy. At 11:30 a.m., biographers William Mann and Laura Dassow Walls will talk about the subjects of their latest books: Eleanor Roosevelt and Henry David Thoreau. At 2:00 p.m. a Provincetown institution, the Writer’s Voice Café, presents a special Festival edition featuring Ann Hood (Morningstar) and Michael Ruhlman (Grocery), two prolific writers who also happen to be married – to each other. Poetry takes center stage at 4:00 p.m., with poets Olga Broumas (Sappho’s Gymnasium), Andrea Cohen (Unfathoming), andFred Marchant (Said, Not Said).
National Book Award winner Julia Glass and Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo close the Festival on Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. Their session will be followed by a closing party, optimistically entitled “Buy an Author a Drink,” at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday night at the Harbor Lounge, 359 Commercial Street, across from the Library.
Volunteers are needed to be ambassadors for visiting authors, to welcome audience members to the Provincetown Book Festival, and to videotape programs. Interested booklovers (or celebrity lovers!) should contact Lead Librarian Nan Cinnater at the Provincetown Library, 508-487-7094 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More detailed biographies of all participating authors are available upon request.