Newburyport Literary Festival

A Celebration of Literature, Readers, and Writers • In-Person & Virtual Events • April 26–28, 2024

Fiction | Nonfiction | Poetry | Moderators |

Listed in alphabetical order
Jami Attenberg

Jami Attenberg

Jami Attenberg is a New York Times bestselling author of seven books of fiction, including The Middlesteins and All Grown Up, the memoir, I Came All This Way to Meet You, and, most recently, the USA Today bestselling writing guide 1000 WORDS. She is also the founder of the annual #1000WordsofSummer project, and maintains the popular Craft Talk newsletter year-round. In September, a new novel, A Reason to See You Again, will be released. Her work has been published in sixteen languages. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Nicholson Baker

Nicholson Baker

Nicholson Baker has written seventeen books, including The Mezzanine, Vox, Human Smoke, The Anthologist, and Baseless—also an art book, The World on Sunday, in collaboration with his wife Margaret Brentano. Several of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, and he has won a National Book Critics Circle Award, a James Madison Freedom of Information Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the Herman Hesse Prize. Baker has two grown children; he and his wife live on the Penobscot River in Maine.
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Richard Deming

Richard Deming is an award-winning poet, essayist, and critic, whose work explores the intersections of literature, philosophy, and visual culture. He is the author of six books, including This Exquisite Loneliness. He teaches at Yale University, where he is the director of Creative Writing.

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Bethany Groff Dorau

Bethany Groff Dorau is the executive director of the Museum of Old Newbury, after 21 years with Historic New England. She is the author of A Newburyport Marine in World War I: The Life and Legacy of Eben Bradbury and A Brief History of Old Newbury (History Press), and has won several awards for preservation advocacy and museum leadership. Bethany has appeared on This Old House and Chronicle, published articles in the New York Times, New England Quarterly, and Historic New England Magazine, among others. Her writing has been featured on NPR and publications of the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission. She holds an MA in History from the University of Massachusetts, and lives in West Newbury with her family. Photo credit: Amanda Ambrose.

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Andre Dubus III

Andre Dubus III

Andre Dubus III’s nine books include the New York Times bestsellers House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days, and his memoir, Townie, a #4 New York Times bestseller and a New York Times Editors Choice. His work has been included in The Best American Essays and The Best Spiritual Writing anthologies, and his novel, House of Sand and Fog, was a finalist for the National Book Award, a #1 New York Times Bestseller, and was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly. His 2013 novella collection, Dirty Love, was listed as a “Notable Book” by The Washington Post and The New York Times, and was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice” and a Kirkus “Starred Best Book of 2013.” His 2018 novel, Gone So Long, was 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” on Amazon. His most recent novel, Such Kindness, was one of Amazon’s “The Best Books of 2023, Top 100.” His collection of personal essays, Ghost Dog: On Killers and Kin, is forthcoming in March 2024. He is the editor of Reaching Inside: 50 Acclaimed Authors on 100 Unforgettable Short Stories (Godine, 2023). 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 25 languages, and he teaches at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

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Esmond Harmsworth

Esmond Harmsworth

Esmond Harmsworth is the President of Aevitas Creative Management. Prior to that was a founding partner of Zachary Shuster Harmsworth. Born in London, Harmsworth was educated in England before graduating magna cum laude from Brown University and cum laude from Harvard Law School. His nonfiction list includes Amanda Ripley’s New York Times bestseller The Smartest Kids in the World—And How They Got That Way; Keith Ferrazzi’s business classics Leading Without Authority and Competing in the New World of Work; Jonathan Haidt’s The Happiness Hypothesis; the true crime classic Black Mass by Dick Lehr and Gerry O’Neill; and Rebecca Frankel’s New York Times bestseller War Dogs. For fiction, Harmsworth represents literary fiction, mystery and crime, thriller, suspense, speculative fiction, and horror. His list includes: Emily Franklin (The Lioness of Boston); Paul Rudnick (Farrell Covington and the Limits of Style); Craig Russell (The Devil Aspect); Elisabeth Elo (North of Boston); John Twelve Hawks (his forthcoming novel, Certainty); Michelle Hoover (The Quickening); Sarah Stewart Taylor (The Mountains Wild); Nathaniel Miller (The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven); Jedediah Berry (The Manual of Detection and The Naming Song); Gary Braver (Rumor of Evil) and Grace Dane Mazur (The Garden Party).
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Tamar Haspel

Tamar Haspel

Tamar Haspel writes the James Beard Award-winning Washington Post column Unearthed, which looks at how our diet affects us and our planet. She’s also written for Discover, Vox, National Geographic, Slate, Fortune, Eater, and Edible Cape Cod. Her book, To Boldly Grow, is a rollicking good-time adventure story about food, love, and the secret to successful self-improvement. Reviewers call it “hilarious” and “delightful,” and if it doesn’t make you laugh out loud at least once, Tamar will buy you a beer.

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Dyke Hendrickson

Dyke Hendrickson

Author-journalist Dyke Hendrickson recently came out with his eighth book titled, “Reclaiming the Merrimack: An Action Plan to Clean the River.” He is a resident of Newburyport, and a former writer with the Portland Press Herald, the Boston Herald and The Daily News of Newburyport. HIs other books of local interest include “Nautical Newburyport” (2017), “New England Coast Guard Stories” (2020), “Merrimack, the Resilient River”/(2021), and “Plum Island: A Vulnerable Gem” (2022). He is a former adjunct professor of journalism at Northeastern University.

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Erik Hoel

Erik Hoel

Erik Hoel grew up in Newburyport’s Jabberwocky Bookshop, which is still owned by his mother. He’s one of the Forbes 30 Under 30 in science and also a New York City Emerging Writers Fellow. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, and his nonfiction was selected as notable in the Best American Essays series. Hoel received his PhD in neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University, a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and a research professor at Tufts His first novel, The Revelations, was published in 2021, and he currently runs a popular Substack, The Intrinsic Perspective. His most recent book is The World Behind the World: Free Will, Consciousness, and the Limits of Science. He lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.

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Alexandra Horowitz

Alexandra Horowitz

Alexandra Horowitz heads the Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College, where she also teaches seminars in canine cognition, creative nonfiction writing, and audio storytelling. She is the author of New York Times bestseller Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know, and four other books, including, most recently, The Year of the Puppy: How Dogs Become Themselves. She lives with her family of Homo sapiens, Canis familiaris, and Felis catus in New York City.
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Alexandra Horowitz

Gillian MacKenzie

Gillian MacKenzie represents a wide variety of nonfiction writers and thinkers, as well as children’s book authors and illustrators, helping them develop their ideas and sell and market their books to publishers and beyond. Before starting Gillian MacKenzie Agency in 2005, she was vice president of Jane Startz Productions, where she helped adapt books into feature films with major studios. Prior to that, she was a product developer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she conceived of merchandise based on works in the collections. She began her career at the literary agency Curtis Brown, Ltd.
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Toni Reavish

Toni Reavis

An award-winning broadcaster and writer, Toni Reavis is one of the most respected names in running journalism, having pioneered the widespread coverage of distance running on radio, television, and in print, beginning with his seminal Runner’s Digest radio show in Boston in 1977. Throughout the 1980s and ’90s he helped bring the sport to public attention as a columnist for the Boston Herald, and host of ESPN’s Road Race of the Month series. He has written for many publications, including Runner’s World, Running Times, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Phoenix, Competitor, and Blackbook Magazines. Bisia & Isham: The Countess & The P.O.W. is his first book of nonfiction. A St. Louis native, then long-time Bostonian, Reavis currently lives in San Diego, California, with his wife, Toya.

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Lucy Sante

Lucy Sante

Lucy Sante is the author of Low Life, Evidence, The Factory of Facts, Kill All Your Darlings, Folk Photography, The Other Paris, Maybe the People Would Be the Times, and Nineteen Reservoirs. Her awards include a Whiting Writers Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Grammy (for album notes), an Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography, and Guggenheim and Cullman fellowships. She recently retired after 24 years teaching writing and the history of photography at Bard.

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Charlie Sawyer

Charlie Sawyer

Charlie Sawyer developed his passion for both photography and blues music back in the mid-1960s. In 1980, Doubleday published The Arrival of B.B. King, Charlie’s biography of the talented orphan who became a great bluesman and international star. Today, many of Charlie’s photographs from that book and his recent one, B.B. King: From Indianola to Icon (Schiffer Books 2022), are displayed in the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, Mississippi—B.B. King’s hometown in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, birthplace of the blues. Besides the blues, Charlie’s photographic subjects include Eastern and Central Europe just before the end of Communism; Israel, the Caribbean, New England, American politics in the 1970s and ’80s, and rodeo life in the U.S. and Canada. Charlie still leads the blues band, 2120 South Michigan Avenue (harp/keys/vocals), shows his photographs, gives talks, and does whatever he can to ensure that the great blues artists of the 20th century are remembered and revered.

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Sam Szabo

Sam Szabo

Sam Szabo is a gorgeous cartoonist from Newburyport. Over the past decade, she has hand-printed and self-published more than a hundred comic books, including “Girl Hell,” “Momix,” and “Virile.” Sam’s first graphic novel, Enlightened Transsexual Comix, was published by Silver Sprocket in 2023. Sam currently resides in Chicago.
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Terri Trespicio

Terri Trespicio

Terri Trespicio is the author of Unfollow Your Passion: How to Create a Life that Matters to You (Atria/Simon & Schuster). Her TEDx talk, “Stop Searching for Your Passion,” has been viewed more than eight million times. An award-winning writer and speaker, she’s also a former magazine editor at Martha Stewart, and her writing has been featured in Marie Claire, Jezebel, Business Insider, Oprah magazine, and others. She earned her MFA in creative writing from Emerson College, and won first place for creative nonfiction in the Baltimore Review’s 2016 literary contest. Learn more about her programs and workshops.

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Simon Van Booy

Simon Van Booy

Simon Van Booy is the award-winning, bestselling author of more than a dozen books for adults and children, most recently The Presence of Absence and Night Came with Many Stars. He is the editor of three volumes of philosophy and has written for the Times, the Financial Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Washington Post, and the BBC. His novels and short stories have been translated into many languages. Raised in rural North Wales, Simon currently lives between London and New York, where he is also a book editor and a volunteer EMT for Central Park Medical Unit and RVAC. In early 2020, he rescued his first mouse.

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Ghlee E. Woodworth

Ghlee E. Woodworth

Ghlee E. Woodworth is a 12th-generation Newburyport native. Ghlee is the creator of Newburyport’s Clipper Heritage Trail, a series of self-guided history tours accessed via a website, brochures, and smartphones (2014). She is the author of Tiptoe Through the Tombstones, Oak Hill Cemetery, (2009) and Newburyport Clipper Heritage Trail Volume I (2020) and Volume II (2022). Ghlee has won several awards for contributions honoring Newburyport history. For the past 17 years, Ghlee has conducted over 230 slideshow presentations and walking, bus, and boat tours of cemeteries and city neighborhoods. Ghlee is currently researching and writing about Newburyport’s Early Black History. Trained in gravestone restoration Ghlee has restored over 1,500 gravestones in Oak Hill Cemetery, city cemeteries, and other burying grounds.

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