Salem Author Brunonia Barry at The House of the Seven Gables

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 18, THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES, 6PM

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The Salem Lit Fest 2015 concludes with the last installment of the “Seven Lectures at Seven Gables” series. The House of the Seven Gables welcomes back New York Times bestselling author, Brunonia Barry, for a lecture on her book, The Map of True Places.  Set in Boston and Salem, this well-crafted novel is immersive and beautifully written. The book explores the process of finding one’s true place in the world. This is the second novel by the author of The Lace Reader. Join us for this exciting lecture.

Brunonia Barry is the New York Times and international best selling author of The Lace Reader and The Map of True Places. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She was the first American author to win the International Women’s Fiction Festival’s Baccante Award and was a past recipient of Ragdale Artists’ Colony’s Strnad Invitational Fellowship as well as the winner of New England Book Festival’s award for Best Fiction. Her new book, The Fifth Petal, will be released by Crown in January 2017.

ADMISSION: House of the Seven Gables members: Free, Non-Members: $7.00, groups and clubs please email groups@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 104

Salem Lit Fest Bonus for Veteran’s Day

In honor of Veteran’s Day and all those who serve our country, we’re proud to promote a special lecture by a good friend of SLF that will be of great interest to history buffs and those interested in learning more about the lives of those who serve our country in the military abroad and their families that remain at home. This is a tremendous story of strength and frailty, triumph and tragedy, and the price paid by those who fight our battles.

When: Thursday, November 12, 7:00 pm
Where: First Church in Salem, 316 Essex Street, Salem MA
What: Wilber’s War: An American Family’s Journey through World War II
Admission: Free

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Retired MIT Physics professor and local author, Hale Bradt, will be speaking about the book he published about his family’s experience “and journey” through World War II.  Wilber’s War, chronicles the story of two ordinary Americans, Wilber and Norma Bradt, during an extraordinary time, World War II. It offers a fresh insight—on a deeply personal level—into the historic conflict as it was fought by the U.S. Army in the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, and The Philippines and by a family on the home front. It is an epic tale of duty, heroism, love, and human frailty.  The story is told in large part in Wilber’s own words in a sensitive editing of his some 700 richly detailed wartime letters that delve into the ways in which individuals shaped, and were shaped by, World War II. It offers a nuanced view into the complexities faced by one family and by U.S. society as a whole when it ships soldiers off to war and asks loved ones to forge new lives on the home front.

Author Hale Bradt, Wilber and Norma’s son, shares his parents’ stories with insight, compassion, and a wealth of carefully selected images that bring their experiences to life. Visiting in the 1980s the battlefields where his father fought, he adds another uniquely American voice to this rich story: that of a son seeking to unravel the tangled threads of his family’s legacy.

Salem Lit Fest 2015

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12: 7:30PM, Salem State University, Martin Luther King Room, Ellison Campus Center.

FRANK BIDART: Metaphysical Dog: Poems

Kick off the festival at the Salem State Writer’s Series with a reading from poet Frank Bidart whose first books, Golden State and The Book of the Body, gained critical attention and praise. His reputation as a poet of uncompromising originality was made with The Sacrifice, published in 1983.

Bidart’s recent volumes include Metaphysical Dog: Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013)– National Books Critics Circle Award; Watching the Spring Festival: Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008); Star Dust (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005); Music Like Dirt (Sarabande Books, 2002); and Desire (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critic’s Circle Award. The 2007 recipient of the Bollingen Prize for Poetry, he teaches English at Wellesley College.

ADMISSION: Free

 

FRIDAY: NOVEMBER 13: 7PM, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Marine Hall

STACY SCHIFF: The Witches, Salem 1692

Join Pulitzer Prize winning author Stacy Schiff for our keynote address and presentation of her new historical work, The Witches, Salem 1692 which she researched at PEM’s Phillips Library.

Stacy Schiff is the author of Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Exupéry, Pulitzer Prize finalist; A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, winner of the George Washington Book Prize; and CleopatraA Life. Schiff has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities and an award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Named a 2011 Library Lion by the New York Public Library, she lives in New York City.

ADMISSION: PEM Members $7, nonmembers $10, reservations by November 12, http://pem.org/calendar/ or call 978-542-1511

 

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 14, SALEM ATHENAEUM, NOVEMBER 14: 10AM-1PM and 2:30PM-6PM

A DAY FOR WRITERS

Nestle into the beautiful Salem Athenaeum for the day. We begin by bringing you prompt sessions to wake up your writerly brain. Choose your guide from among fantastic local writers, such as Jaffa award-winning poet Danielle Jones-Pruett and Audrey Mardavich. Keep the creativity flowing with panels on writing adolescent characters for adults, YA, sci fi / fantasy, and poetry. Learn how to start and run a literary magazine with The Critical Flame and Buck Off Magazine, and about the page-to-stage process of playwriting with Mark and Kristina Stevick, creators of the Salem theatrical institution, “Cry Innocent.” Share your own work at the afternoon open mic, investigate Salem’s literary history and hidden gems as part of an ongoing scavenger hunt, and stay for a Movietelling Reading where fresh young poets will read their own versions of the script over such favorites as Disney’s “Cinderella” and “Return to Oz.”

ADMISSION: Free

 

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 18, HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES, 6PM:

BRUNONIA BARRY: The Map of True Places

End the festival by attending the last of the “Seven Lectures at Seven Gables” series. The House of the Seven Gables welcomes back New York Times bestselling author, Brunonia Barry, for a lecture on her book, The Map of True Places.  Set in Boston and Salem, this well-crafted novel is immersive and beautifully written. Finding one’s true place in the world is a theme explored in this book by the author of The Lace Reader. Join us for this exciting lecture.

Brunonia Barry is the New York Times and international best selling author of The Lace Reader and The Map of True Places. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She was the first American author to win the International Women’s Fiction Festival’s Baccante Award and was a past recipient of Ragdale Artists’ Colony’s Strnad Invitational Fellowship as well as the winner of New England Book Festival’s award for Best Fiction. Her new book, The Fifth Petal, will be released by Crown in January 2017.

ADMISSION: House of the Seven Gables members: Free, Non-Members: $7.00 email groups@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 104

Tickets are now on sale!

Each of our four 2015 events has its own ticketing requirements so be sure to check carefully for each event you wish to attend.

1. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12: 7:30PM, Salem State University, Martin Luther King Room, Ellison Campus Center.

FRANK BIDART: Metaphysical Dog: Poems

ADMISSION: Free, no ticket required.

2. FRIDAY: NOVEMBER 13: 7PM, PEM, East India Marine Hall 

STACY SCHIFF: The Witches, Salem 1692

ADMISSION: PEM Members $7, nonmembers $10, reservations by November 12, http://pem.org/calendar/ or call 978-542-1511

3. SATURDAY NOVEMBER 14, SALEM ATHENAUEM, 10AM-1PM and 2:30PM-6PM

A DAY FOR WRITERS

ADMISSION: Free, no ticket required.

4. WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 18, HOUSE OF SEVEN GABLES, 6PM: 

BRUNONIA BARRY: The Map of True Places

ADMISSION: House of the Seven Gables members: Free, Non-Members: $7.00 email groups@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 104

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you in November!