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Salem Literary Festival Returns

Salem Literary Festival

Salem Massachusetts’ beloved Literary Festival returns from hiatus with creative new programs and dazzling opportunities.

In 2014, the Salem Literary Festival was revived by Salem writer and New York Times bestselling author Brunonia Barry and her organization Readers and Writers, Inc. to continue the tradition of hosting events at historic venues in and around Salem, and to unite authors and book lovers throughout the year. In partnership with popular writer’s website Writer Unboxed, Salem State University, the Salem Athenæum, The House of the Seven Gables, and the Peabody Essex Museum, the Salem Literary Festival offers events throughout Salem beginning November 6th through November 9th, 2014. For a full schedule, go to SalemLitFest.org.

Does your Great American Novel need to meet an agent?

On Friday, November 7th, renowned literary agent Donald Maass will be offering a Festival first – a full-day writing seminar! Maass is a sought-after teacher who has authored several must-have books on the craft of writing. In Writing 21st Century Fiction, held from 9-5 at the Hawthorne Hotel, established and new writers can discover the secrets of writing a great literary AND commercial novel. Maass is founder of the Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York, which sells more than 150 novels every year to major publishers worldwide. He is the author of "Writing the Breakout Novel," "The Fire in Fiction," and "Writing 21st Century Fiction." In this day long seminar, he'll identify the practical tools needed for writing high impact fiction (literary or commercial) that transcends genre, creates realities unique to its authors, conjures characters who feel more “real” than real people, and shows readers the world around them in new way. Admission includes lunch, coffee, and snacks, and the event is co-sponsored by Writer Unboxed. 

It’s like going to twenty book clubs in a single day!

On Saturday November 8th, spend the day in the of company of 20 best selling and critically acclaimed fictions writers who will discuss one of their books and their writing life. Scheduled to appear:

  • Laura Harrington: "Alice Bliss,"
  • B.A. Shapiro: "The Art Forger,"
  • Therese Walsh: "The Moon Sisters,"
  • Randy Susan Meyers: "Accidents of Marriage,"
  • Brunonia Barry: "The Map of True Places,"
  • Dawn Tripp: "Game of Secrets,"
  • Henriette Lazardis Power: "The Clover House,"
  • Julia Glass: "And The Dark Sacred Night,"
  • Katherine Howe: "Conversion,"
  • Anjali Mitter Duva: "Faint Promise of Rain,"
  • William Martin: "The Lincoln Letter,"
  • Suzanne Palmieri: "The Witch of Belladonna Bay,"
  • D.C. Monahan: "The Navigator's Treasure,"
  • Ann Hood: "An Italian Wife,"
  • Catherine McKenzie: "Hidden."

Moderators: Lynne Griffin: "Sea Escape," Jewel Beth Davis: "Jewel - a Memoir," Diane Stern: CBS radio commentator, Wendy Polins: "The Architect of Time," and Sharon Bially: Founder of Book Savvy and author of "Veronica's Nap." This event will be held at The House of the Seven Gables from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes a box lunch and a live poetry reading. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

For a full listing of events, see www.salemlitfest.org
Tickets are availalbe at Eventbrite

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Posted by Kate on 10/20 at 10:54 AM Permalink

Welcome to the Seabourn QUEST!

Welcome Cruise Passengers

The City of Salem is excited to welcome the passengers and crew of the Seabourn QUEST on its first call to Salem! 

Passengers will be visiting the Salem Witch Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the House of the Seven Gables.  Some passengers will also be traveling to Boston and Cambridge to explore their historic sites.  And others will be exploring Salem independently.  However the day is spent, we hope it is a wonderful experience for everyone on board, and we hope to see the QUEST return to Salem soon!

Posted by Kate on 10/19 at 06:00 AM Permalink