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Bethany Groff Dorau

Bethany Groff Dorau

Bethany Groff Dorau is the author of A Newburyport Marine in World War I: The Life and Legacy of Eben Bradbury, A Brief History of Old Newbury (History Press), and a primary contributor to the Defining Documents in American History Series. She is the execu-tive director of the Museum of Old Newbury, and a recipient of the Preservation Leadership Award from the Newburyport Preserva-tion Trust, the Pioneer in Preservation Award from the Essex National Heritage Commission, and the North of Boston CVB Leader-ship Award. Bethany sits on the executive board of the North of Boston CVB, Lowell’s Boat Shop, and the planning committee of the Newburyport Literary Festival. She has published articles in the New York Times, New England Quarterly, the Encyclopedia of American History, and Historic New England Magazine. She holds an MA in History from the University of Massachusetts, and lives in West Newbury with her family. Photo credit: Amanda Ambrose.
Andre Dubus III

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.

Liberty Hardy

Liberty Hardy

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.

Hannah Harlow

Hannah Harlow

Hannah Harlow has an MFA in fiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars. After working in publishing for 17 years, most recently at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as Executive Director of Marketing, she left in January 2020 to purchase the Book Shop of Beverly Farms in Beverly, MA. She lives on the north shore of Massachusetts with her husband and two boys.
Leslie Hendrickson

Leslie Hendrickson

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

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.

Christina Koliander

Christina Koliander

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

Laura Szaro Kopinski

Romance by the Book – Sunday, 2:30 PM

Laura Szaro Kopinski is a local librarian and podcaster. She hosts A Bookish Home, featuring “behind the book” interviews with bestselling authors. Laura is currently on the Newburyport Literary Festival programming committee and has served as a lead judge for the Massachusetts Book Awards, a reviewer for the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Artist Fellowships, and as a Boston Book Festival moderator. You can find her at ABookishHome.com.
Suzanne Leopold

Suzanne Leopold

Suzanne Leopold is the creator of SuzyApproved.com which is her website for sharing book reviews. Her platform is active across many social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter where she has accumulated over ten thousand followers. She is also the founder of SuzyApprovedBookTours.com where she aggregates her community of bloggers across social media plat-forms to support authors with book launches. Suzanne has prior work experience as an accountant for Viacom and Unilever where she put her CPA and MBA to good use. Suzanne has been a Westport resident for over twenty years and enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenage sons. When she isn’t reading, she can be found at local spin or pilates classes.
Meg Mitchell Moore

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.

Beth Welch

Elizabeth Welch

Elizabeth (Beth) Welch is a professional editor who specializes in history. Along with numerous U.S., Western civilization, and world history textbooks, she has edited multiple entries in the widely acclaimed Bedford Series in History and Culture.