August 19, 2022

Announcing the 13th Annual Salem Lit Fest

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The Salem Athenaeum is pleased to announce the thirteenth Salem Literary Festival (aka Salem Lit Fest), happening September 8-11. After two years of a largely virtual festival, this year’s event will be a mix of virtual and in-person events. The Lit Fest features four days of more than 50 notable writers from across genres and across the globe sharing their stories and writing advice with each other and you. Check out the full line up of authors and sessions at the festival site. Highlights include:
  • A virtual opening night conversation between New York Times bestselling authors Alix E. Harrow, author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January and The Once and Future Witches and Olivie Blake, author of The Atlas Six and The Atlas Paradox. Attendees can watch this virtual event at Cinema Salem. This event will be followed by live readings of 5 Minute Lit essays.
  • Books and Barks — a Friday night conversation on the Salem Common between internationally bestselling authors Jenna Blum, Alena Dillon, and their dogs Henry and Penny. Dogs and their well behaved humans are welcome.
  • All events on Saturday will be in person at venues around Salem. These will include Children’s Lit Fest; sessions on a famous murder in Salem; Heroes vs. Villains in YA; Audiobooks and Storytelling; and Thrillers and Mysteries and more.
  • Children’s Lit Fest will feature readings and activities at the Community Life Center (401 Bridge St.) and a story walk in the Ropes Garden (318 Essex St.).
  • Katherine Howe will kick off Saturday’s adult in-person programming with a talk about the art of co-writing and her latest book, Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty.
  • Sunday’s sessions will all be virtual, with 13 sessions for adults and young adults. Themes include romance, mothering, climate science, LGBTQ+ literature, science fiction, fantasy, monsters, and more. See the full line up here.
WHEN:      Thursday, September 8 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Friday, September 9 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday, September 10 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, September 11 from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. How to Attend: Follow the Salem Literary Festival on social media: Facebook: Salem Literary Festival Twitter: @SalemLitFest Instagram: @SalemLitFest Full Program Schedule Details:
Links to Program Details: Authors: Full bios available here. Sessions: Schedule available here. Attendees: Register for online sessions here. Sponsors: Sponsorship opportunities are available. Volunteers: To volunteer, contact ABOUT THE SALEM LITERARY FESTIVAL The Salem Lit Fest aims to inspire and promote literacy and a love of books and reading by both featuring contemporary authors and engaging with classic works of literature. Founded by Beth Simpson in 2008, the Salem Literary Festival was an extension of the events she created for the now defunct Cornerstone Bookstore. In 2014, the festival joined forces with New York Times bestselling author Brunonia Barry and her organization, Readers and Writers, Inc. In 2016, Brunonia Barry passed the baton to longtime Lit Fest partner, the Salem Athenaeum. Today the Salem Athenaeum is the presenting sponsor and coordinator of the Salem Lit Fest, in partnership with Salem Public Library and aided by a committee of book-loving volunteers. The 13th festival is funded in part through Salem Main Streets by the City of Salem and U.S. Economic Development Administration, The Salem Cultural Council, and Peabody Essex Museum. Additional support was received from North Shore Bank and Wicked Good Books. ABOUT THE SALEM ATHENAEUM Incorporated in 1810, the Salem Athenaeum is an independent membership library and cultural center hosting lectures, concerts, plays, discussion groups, author and poetry readings, storytelling, workshops for readers and writers, and literary social events. Library holdings include a contemporary circulating collection of fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature as well as historical research collections in literature for adults and children, natural sciences, political and social sciences, theology and travel. Beginning in 2017, the Salem Athenaeum became the presenter of the Salem Literary Festival. Salem Athenaeum Mission: To preserve and excite the literary and cultural passions of the North Shore.

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