Salem Lit Fest

Salem Lit Fest 2020 will be online September 10-13!

Thursday, September 10

7:00 p.m. Opening Conversation with
Chris Bohjalian and Jim DeFilippi

Crime novelist and humorist Jim DeFilippi
talks with #1 New York Times bestselling author
Chris Bohjalian about his latest thriller,
The Red Lotus.


Friday, September 11

7:00 p.m. Red Carpet Kick-off

7:30 p.m. Keynote Conversation:
Kiley Reid with Halle Butler
Kiley is an Arizona native and a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was the recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship. Her writing has been featured or is forthcoming in the New York Times, Playboy, Ploughshares, December, New South, and Lumina, where her short story was the first-place winner in the 2017 Flash Prose Contest. Her New York Times-bestselling debut novel, Such a Fun Age, is longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, and  currently in development by Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Productions and Sight Unseen Pictures. Kiley lives in Philadelphia.


Halle is a writer living in Chicago. She has co-written screenplays, including Neighborhood Food Drive (2017). Her first novel, Jillian, was called the “feel-bad book of the year” by the Chicago Tribune. She was included in Granta‘s 2017 list of Best of Young American Novelists. Her second novel is The New Me from Penguin Books.



Saturday, September 12

10:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m. Adult Author panels all day!
See the schedule here.

Sunday, September 13

11:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Young Adult Author panels all day!
See the schedule here.

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Many thanks to our 2020 sponsor!