The Lengths That We Will Go To: In Conversation with C.J. Farley and Desmond Hall – Saturday, 10:00 AM
Julie Carrick Dalton
Bethany Groff Dorau
Stampede: Gold Fever and Disaster in the Klondike – Sunday, 10:15 AM
The Burning: The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 – Sunday, 11:30 AM
If You Lived During the Plimoth Thanksgiving– Sunday, 12:45 PM
Clipper Heritage Trail Volume II – Sunday, 2:00 PM
Plum Island: A Vulnerable Gem – Sunday, 3:15 PM
Andre Dubus III
Andre Dubus III’s seven books include the New York Times’ bestsellers House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days, and his memoir, Townie. His most recent novel, Gone So Long, has received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal and has been named on many “Best Books” lists, including selection for The Boston Globe’s “Twenty Best Books of 2018” and “The Best Books of 2018”, “Top 100”, Amazon. Mr. Dubus has been a finalist for the National Book Award, and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for Fiction, two Pushcart Prizes, and is a recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His books are published in over twenty-five languages, and he teaches full-time at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Fontaine, a modern dancer, and their three children. Photo credit: John Hauschildt.
Janet Geddis is a business owner, writer, speaker, and community leader. The owner of Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia, Janet is involved with regional and national book industry organizations, presenting at least twice a year at conferences and volunteering her time for advisory boards. Janet holds an M.Ed. in educational psychology from UGA with an emphasis in creativity studies. Using the moniker “The Migraine Girl,” Janet is a nationally recognized patient advocate and spokesperson at WebMD, Migraine.com, and other outlets. Janet has established a robust speaking career, presenting original speeches, commencement addresses, and talks to audiences of all sizes. Known for her inventiveness (she was the first bookstore owner to use crowdfunding to gather some startup funds in 2010!) and positivity, Janet volunteers in Athens and in the book world whenever possible. Janet and Avid have been subjects of case studies and documentary films focused on leadership, neurodivergence, chronic illness, and—of course!—bookstores. She is honored to have Avid Bookshop included in Mason Engel’s The Bookstour. You can find her at her bookshop (https://www.avidbookshop.com/), traveling with friends and family, at home reading with her two cats nearby, or at JanetGeddis.com
Lauren Grodstein is the author of a short story collection, The Best of Animals, and four novels, including the Washington Post Book of the Year The Explanation for Everything and the New York Times bestseller A Friend of the Family. Her short stories, essays, and reviews have been widely published, and her writing has been translated into Italian, French, Turkish, German and Hebrew, among other languages. Lauren’s new novel, We Must Not Think of Ourselves, will be published in spring, 2023. Lauren teaches in the creative writing MFA program at Rutgers-Camden, where she is a professor of English. She lives with her family in New Jersey.
Peter Guralnick has been called “a national resource” by critic Nat Hentoff for work that has argued passionately and persuasively for the vitality of this country’s intertwined black and white musical traditions. His books include the prize-winning two-volume biography of Elvis Presley, Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love. Of the first Bob Dylan wrote, “Elvis steps from the pages. You can feel him breathe. This book cancels out all others.” Ta-Nahisi Coates named Sweet Soul Music as “one of the ten books he couldn’t live without.” Guralnick won a Grammy for his liner notes for Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club as well as writing the scripts for the Grammy-winning documentary Sam Cooke/Legend and Martin Scorsese’s blues documentary Feel Like Going Home. His biography of Sam Cooke, Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke, was hailed as “monumental, panoramic, an epic tale told against a backdrop of brilliant, shimmering music, intense personal melodrama, and vast social changes.” His 2015 biography of Sam Phillips, Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll, was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the New York Times and was a finalist for the Plutarch Award for Best Biography of the Year. Of his latest book, Looking to Get Lost, Michael Eric Dyson wrote, “Peter Guralnick is one of the 3 or 4 greatest writers in the country today. His searching intelligence, his unquenchable curiosity, and his stunning scope of knowledge are all on display in this breathtaking volume.” Rosanne Cash meanwhile described Looking to Get Lost as the work of “a dedicated explorer, a writer of great sensitivity and intuition, who lyrically un-tangles the network that exists between artist and art, persona and humanity, rhythm and melody, the mortal desires that underscore it all, and, crucially and seamlessly, his own relationship to everyone and everything he contemplates.”
Liberty Hardy is a senior contributing editor for Book Riot and host of the popular All the Books! podcast. She lives in the great state of Maine, where she reads 500-600 books a year and hangs out with her three cats, who hate to read.
The Art of the Art-Full Mystery – Sunday, 3:45 PM
Leslie Hendrickson is a New York City and Connecticut-based journalist. She is also a puppet maker, an Agatha Christie aficionado and has been involved in every Newburyport Literary Festival. She leads a monthly writing group and volunteers for Girls Write Now, mentoring a high school student on writing.
Melissa Joulwan and David Humphreys
Melissa Joulwan and David Humphreys are the co-creators of Strong Sense of Place, a podcast and website dedicated to armchair travel and books with vivid settings. Each episode of their show focuses on one destination: They discuss what makes that place different than anywhere else, then recommend five books that took them there on the page. They’re introverts who love travel adventures and exploring new places. In 2017, they sold almost all of their stuff and moved from the U.S. to Prague, in the Czech Republic, with their laptops and their cat Smudge.
Donna Paz Kaufman
Christina Koliander is a writer and editor living in Vermont. A home cook, for many years she authored the nationally-recognized food blog, My Vermont Kitchen, introducing a new recipe to readers each week. Chris is a regular Festival moderator and also has moderated at the Boston Book Festival. You can learn more about her on her website, www.christinakoliander.com.
Laura Szaro Kopinski
Meg Mitchell Moore
Meg Mitchell Moore is the bestselling author of six novels and an integral member of the programming committee for the Newburyport Literary Festival. Her seventh novel, Vacationland, will be out in June 2022 from William Morrow. She lives in Newburyport with her husband, their three daughters, and a much-doted upon golden retriever.
Heidi Pitlor is the author of the novels The Birthdays, The Daylight Marriage, which was optioned for film, and Impersonation. A former senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, she has been the series editor of The Best American Short Stories since 2007. She is also the editorial director of the literary studio, Plympton and an executive editor at Verto Literary. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Lit Hub, Ploughshares, The Huffington Post, and elsewhere. She lives outside Boston.
Kate Rope is an award-winning freelance journalist and author whose work has appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, and CNN. She is the author of Strong as a Mother: How to Be Happy, Healthy and (Most Im-portantly) Sane From Pregnancy to Parenthood and co-executive producer of “Soldiers of Science: The Vietnam War, Anthony Fauci & the Doctors Who Revolutionized American Medicine,” an Audible Original documentary that she co-wrote with narrator Alan Alda. Kate lives in Atlanta with her husband and two daughters.
Hank Phillippi Ryan
Hank Phillippi Ryan is the USA Today bestselling author of 13 psychological thrillers, winning the genre’s most prestigious awards: five Agathas, four Anthonys, and the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. She is also the investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV, winning 37 EMMYs. Book reviewers call her “a master of suspense.” Her newest is HER PERFECT LIFE, a chilling psychological standalone about fame, family, and revenge. It received starred reviews from both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, calling it “a superlative thriller.” It’s now nominated for the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel. Her next is THE HOUSE GUEST, coming January 2023.
Kate Tuttle writes about books for the Boston Globe and heads the paper’s books coverage. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and elsewhere.
Wendy Walker is the USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of psychological suspense. Her books have been published in over 23 foreign languages and optioned for film and television. Her latest novels include Don’t Look for Me and the Audible Original, American Girl. Prior to writing, she worked as a lawyer, investment banker, and trained for competitive figure skating. Having recently launched the youngest of her three sons into the world, Wendy lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut, writing and contemplating her next adventure.
As co-author of the best-selling In an Instant, Lee Woodruff garnered critical acclaim for the compelling and humorous chronicle of her family’s journey to recovery following her husband Bob’s roadside bomb injury in Iraq. Appearing together on national media since the February 2007 publication of their book, the couple founded the Bob Woodruff Foundation to assist wounded service members and their families. To date, they have raised more than $80 million to help veterans successfully reintegrate into their communities and receive care. Woodruff has been a contributing reporter for “CBS This Morning” and “Good Morning America.” Her best-selling book “Perfectly Imperfect – A Life in Progress,” was followed by her first novel “Those We Love Most.” A freelance writer and print journalist, Woodruff has penned numerous articles, including features and essays about her family, parenting and caregiving. She currently runs a media/speaker training business.