Newburyport Literary Festival at Central Congregational Church

Saturday, Apr 28, 2018 at 8:30am


Schedule of Events

8:30 AM - Breakfast with the Poets at Central Congregational Church Social Hall

Join us for coffee, pastry, and poetry. Five of the locally-based, nationally-recognized Powow River Poets have published new books in the past year: Barbara Crane, David Davis, Jean L. Kreiling, James Najarian, and Deborah Warren.

Presenters: Barbara Crane, Jean L. Kreiling, James Najarian,
Deborah Warren
Moderator: David Davis

9:00 AM - My Ex Life by Stephen McCauley at Central Congregational Church Church Sanctuary

Start your day with Stephen McCauley and his touching but laugh-out-loud funny new novel, My Ex-Life. David and Julie are a formerly married couple who haven’t seen each other in decades. David has spent the last twenty years as a gay man who helps spoiled San Francisco teens get into colleges, and Julie is, a now twice-divorced mom who has become a middle-aged pot-head and has turned her falling-apart house into a B&B to make ends meet. What happens when they find themselves living together again?

Presenter: Stephen McCauley

10:00 AM - Night Vision and the Lighting of Candles at Central Congregational Church Social Hall

Beginning at least as far back as Homer, poets of the Western Tradition have felt compelled to speak of the underworld, for as Dante explained, “there was some good there.” John Foy, author of Night Vision, and the aptly-named Catherine Chandler (“maker of candles”), are worthy heirs of that tradition. Unafraid to consider things covered in darkness, they bring to light what might otherwise remain hidden, and find some good there.

Presenters: Catherine Chandler and John Foy

10:30 AM - Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta at JCentral Congregational Church Sanctuary

Tom Perrotta is back with a timeless examination of sexuality, identity, parenthood, and the big clarifying mistakes people can make when they’re no longer sure of who they are or where they belong. Mrs. Fletcher is sharp, witty, and provocative. The New York Times Book Review calls Mrs. Fletcher “The sweetest and most charming novel about pornography addiction and the harrowing issues of sexual consent that you will probably ever read.”

Presenter: Tom Perrotta

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