Salem Lit Fest 2014 Schedule

Thursday Nov. 6, 7:30 P.M.

A Reading and Q & A by Jennifer Deleon: Thursday, in the Metro Room, Ellison Campus Center at Salem State University (North Campus behind Meier Hall next to the Frederick E. Berry Library)

Jennifer De Leon is the editor of “Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education,” a collection of personal essays addressing the varied landscape of the Latina experience in higher education. It was selected by Huffington Post as one of “Ten Books That Could Change Your Graduating Senior.” She is the winner of the 2011 Fourth Genre Michael Steinberg Essay Prize. Her stories and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Brevity, Ms., Briar Cliff Review, Poets & Writers, Guernica, Best Women’s Travel Writing, and elsewhere. She was born in the Boston area to Guatemalan parents. After graduating from Connecticut College, she moved to San Jose, California, where she taught elementary school as part of the Teach for America program and earned a master’s in teaching from the University of San Francisco’s Center for Teaching Excellence and Social Justice. After moving back to Boston, she designed college access programs and mentored first-generation college students and then earned an MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts–Boston. Currently she teaches at Grub Street and at the Boston Teachers Union School in Jamaica Plain. She is working on a memoir and a novel. This is a free event. Seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis, so please arrive early in order to guarantee a seat. Co-sponsored by Salem State University Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

Friday Nov. 7, 9 A.M. – 5 P.M.

Writing 21st Century Fiction with Donald Maass at the Hawthorne Hotel (18 Washington Square)

Discover the secrets of writing a great novel with Donald Maass, founder of the Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York which sells more than 150 novels every year to major publishers worldwide. He is the author of “Writing the Breakout Novel,” “The Fire in Fiction,” and “Writing 21st Century Fiction.” In this day long seminar, he’ll give you the practical tools you need for writing high impact fiction (literary or commercial) that transcends genre, creates realities unique to its authors, conjures characters who feel more “real” than real people, and shows readers the world around them in new way. Admission includes lunch, coffee, and snacks. Co-sponsored by Writer Unboxed.

Friday Nov. 7, 6 – 8 P.M.

Festival Kick-Off Party at the Salem Athenaeum (337 Essex Street)

This year’s kick-off party gets things rolling with a wine and cheese reception at the historic Salem Athenaeum . Admission includes a special signature cocktail or glass of wine from the cash bar. In addition to great conversations, you’ll be entertained by The Theater of Words and Music, an interdisciplinary performance of words, music, and the visual arts hosted by Shari Caplan and Casey Roland.

Saturday, Nov. 8, 10 A.M. – 5 .P.M.

Truth in Fiction at the House of Seven Gables (115 Derby Street)

Spend the day in the of company of 20 best selling and critically acclaimed fictions writers who will discuss one of their books and their writing life. Scheduled to appear: Laura Harrington: “Alice Bliss,” B.A. Shapiro: “The Art Forger,” Therese Walsh: “The Moon Sisters,” Randy Susan Meyers: “Accidents of Marriage,” Brunonia Barry: “The Map of True Places,” Dawn Tripp: “Game of Secrets,” Henriette Lazardis Power: “The Clover House,” Julia Glass: “And The Dark Sacred Night,” Katharine Howe: “Conversion,” Anjali Mitter Duva: “Faint Promise of Rain,” William Martin: “The Lincoln Letter,” Suzanne Palmieri: “The Witch of Belladonna Bay,” Lisa Genova: “Love Anthony,” D.C. Monahan: “The Navigator’s Treasure,” Ann Hood: “An Italian Wife,” Catherine McKenzie: “Hidden.” Moderators: Lynne Griffin: “Sea Escape,” Jewel Beth Davis: “Jewel – a Memoir,” Diane Stern: CBS radio commentator, Wendy Polins: “The Architect of Time,” Sharon Bially: Founder of Book Savvy and author of “Veronica’s Nap.” Includes a box lunch and a live poetry reading. Books will be available for purchase and signing. For full bios, go to and click on “Authors”

Sunday, Nov. 9, 3 0 5 P.M.

The Tell Tale Arts: Live Storytelling Event at PEM (East India Marine Hall, 161 Essex Street)

Offered in partnership with PEM. Make your reservations by Nov. 7th by calling PEM at 978-542-1511 or visiting Cash bar. Admission: Members $5, nonmembers $7 (plus museum admission if applicable).

The art of live first-person storytelling comes to PEM in this new program with the Salem Literary Festival. Before your eyes, raconteurs spin true-life tales on a chosen theme without the aid of notes or a script. In a casual cafe atmosphere, relax and listen as bold storytellers share revealing moments from their own lives.

The evening’s theme, “At the Movies,” is inspired by the exhibition “The Woods” by internationally renowned video artist Candice Breitz, which delves into the cinematic culture of three centers of global filmmaking — Hollywood, Bollywood (India) and Nollywood (Nigeria) — to reflect the culture of stardom and movie fame.

Interested in telling your story? You’re invited to submit a one-sentence pitch to Michelle Moon at Deadline for submissions is Nov. 3. Visit for more information.