Twelve distinguished regional writers will kick off the second day of the Provincetown Book Festival at a special curated event called “Reading Local” at 10:00 a.m. at the Provincetown Library on Saturday, September 15. Chosen for their excellence in various genres by the Book Festival’s “mystery” curator, the twelve writers are John-Manuel Andriote, Lindsay and Lesley Bigoness, Deirdre Callanan, Trish Crapo, Devon Ellington, Karma Kataj, Mary Maxwell, Margo Nash, Stephen Spear and Janice Riley, and Marc Strauss. The reading is free and open to the public.
From a former criminal trial lawyer (Nash) to a husband and wife pair of blueberry farmers (Spear and Riley), these twelve writers span a wide range of interests, genres, and life experiences. Participants will read from fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry and children’s literature.
Lindsay and Lesley Bigoness will read from their children’s picture book, Sea Snow, which takes place on Cape Cod, nominated for the Caldecott and Newbery Awards. Trish Crapo, author of the photo memoir, Dune Shack, will read poetry written in the Ray Wells shack in 2015. Karma Kitaj will read from her first work of fiction, Beguiled, which takes place in Boston, New York and Provincetown in the Roaring Twenties.
Gay men’s health expert and AIDS journalist John-Manuel Andriote will read from his new memoir. Deidre Callanan, author of Water Dreaming, will read her poetry. Another poet, Mary Maxwell of Truro, has published five books of poetry with Longnook Books. Prolific writer and blogger Devon Ellington specializes in books that cross genres. She will be reading from a new memoir – or is it fiction? Wellfleet’s own Marc Strauss researched dance and film for 30 years and has written about the films of Alfred Hitchcock and Fred Astaire.
The Provincetown Book Festival is three days of literary events for readers, writers, and book lovers of all kinds. All events are free and open to the public. The Provincetown Book Festival is sponsored by the Provincetown Public Library.