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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.



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




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.”




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