Newburyport Literary Festival

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

Children/Teens | Fiction | Nonfiction | Poetry | Moderators

Listed in alphabetical order

Myfanwy CollinsMyfanwy Collins

Walking Around With It: A Discussion of Trauma, Restlessness, and the Art of the Short Story April 25, 2:00 PM

Myfanwy Collins lives in Newburyport. She has published a novel, Echolocation (2012), a collection of her short fiction, I Am Holding Your Hand (2013), and a YA novel, The Book of Laney (2015). For more information, please visit her Website[clearboth]

Connie HambleyConnie Hambley

Make a Mystery with Sisters in Crime New England April 25, 3:00 PM

A former lawyer, Connie Johnson Hambley has been a featured columnist for Bloomberg Business Week and an invited contributor to Nature, Mass High Tech and other journals, but her passion is writing great suspense. Two of Connie’s novels in The Jessica Trilogy won the Best English Fiction literary award at the EQUUS International Film Festival in New York City. Her short stories appear in New England’s Best Crime Stories: Windward and Snowbound, Mystery Weekly magazine and in the upcoming Running Wild Anthology. Connie is President and a featured speaker of Sisters in Crime New England and a member of Mystery Writers of America.

Liberty HardyLiberty Hardy

What My Mother And I Don’t Talk About April 25, 3:00 PM

Liberty Hardy is a Book Riot senior contributing editor, co-host of the All the Books and All the Backlist podcasts, a Book of the Month judge, a freelance reviewer, and a Hollywood book scout. She reads over 500 books a year, and resides here in the great state of Maine with her three cats, who hate books.[clearboth]

Leslie HendricksonLeslie Hendrickson

The Women of Myth Speak: ‘Wake, Siren’ and retelling Ovid’s Metamorphoses April 25, 11:15 AM

Leslie Hendrickson is a freelance writer and editor based in New York. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Hollywood Reporter, Family Circle, Jane, ARTnews, The New York Times, The New York Sun and amNewYork, among others. She is a graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, N.M., and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Leslie is a puppet maker, triathlete and a long-time friend of the festival; she hasn’t missed one yet!

Christina Koliander

Cooking the Books: Reading and Writing in the Kitchen April 25, 1:00 PM

This year mark’s Christina Koliander’s fifth time moderating at the Festival. Writer, reader, home cook, and lover of all things food, Chris has 25 years of experience in the kitchen and in publishing. A devotee of food memoir and cookbooks, some of her favorites are Ruth Reichl, Laurie Colwin, Melissa Clark, and of course, Julia Child. She lives in Vermont with “The Eater of the House.”

Whitney ScharerWhitney Scharer

Afternoon Delight: Sex in Fiction April 25, 4:00 PM

Whitney Scharer holds a BA in English Literature from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous journals including New Flash Fiction Review, Cimarron Review, and Bellevue Literary Review. Her first novel, The Age of Light, based on the life of pioneering photographer Lee Miller, was published by Little, Brown (US) and Picador (UK) in February, 2019, as well as over a dozen other countries. She lives with her husband and daughter in Arlington, MA.