The fourth annual Provincetown Book Festival takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 13-15, at the Provincetown Public Library. It’s three full days of events for readers, writers, and book lovers of all kinds.
Headlining the 2019 Festival is a conversation between Christopher Castellani and Andre Dubus III, scheduled for 4:30 on Saturday, September 14. Christopher Castellani has published several novels, most recently Leading Men, about Tennessee Williams. Andre Dubus III’s most recent book is the novel, Gone So Long. Recipient of a Guggenhim Fellowship and many other awards, he is perhaps best known for the novel House of Sand and Fog and his memoir, Townie.
Other featured authors include African American memoirists Darnell Moore and Casey Gerald; and novelists Karen Dukess and Whitney Scharer. Three women writers who have spent time in the arctic or the Antarctic will speak on their experiences: poet Elizabeth Bradfield, novelist Julia Phillips, and non-fiction writer Bathsheba Demuth.
The Provincetown Book Festival opens on Friday night, September 13, with a reading and reception for the recipient of the Rose Dorothea Award, given annually by the Board of Library Trustees to an outstanding author from or influenced by the Outer Cape. The 2019 recipient is Mark Doty.
Throughout the day on Both Saturday and Sunday there’s a giant book sale on the library lawn.
7:00pm: Rose Dorothea Award
Presented to Mark Doty
9:00am: Reading Local
Reading by regional authors curated by literary agent Adam Chromy.
10:30am: New Writing for New Media
With Jamie Brenner, Adam Chromy, Helen Ellis and Trent Prezler.
12:00pm: States of Travel
With Doug Mack and Andrew Evans.
1:30pm: A Conversation with…
Jabari Asim, Kim McLarin, and Akiba Solomon.
3:00pm: In Search of Stonewall
With Richard Schneider Jr., Martha Stone, Amy Hoffman, and Russ Lopez.
4:30pm: A Conversation with…
André Dubus III and Chris Castellani
10:00am: This Place Matters: Provincetown Fiction
With Amy Hoffman and Jeannette de Beauvoir.
11:30am: To Be Young, Gifted, Black and Gay
With Darnell Moore and Casey Gerald
1:00pm: From Truro to Paris: Women Coming into Their Own
With Karen Dukess and Whitney Scharer.
2:30pm: The Screams We Make in Other People’s Dreams
Edward Gorey, the Gay Gothic, and the Camp Macabre with Mark Dery.
4:00pm: Women Writers Explore, Women Explorers Write
With Elizabeth Bradfield, Julia Philips, and Bathsheba Demuth.
Jabari Asim is the author of five books for adults and nine books for children. His most recent works are We Can’t Breathe, a collection of essays inspired by #Black Lives Matter, Only The Strong, a novel; and A Child’s Introduction To African American History. His other books include Not Guilty: Twelve Black Men Speak Out on Law, Justice and Life (editor); The N Word: Who Can’t Say It, Who Shouldn’t and Why; and What Obama Means: For Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Future. Asim also served for 10 years as the executor editor of the Crisis, the NAACP’s flagship journal of politics, culture, and ideas. His awards and honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2016, and a Massachusetts Book Award Honor. He is an associate professor at Emerson College, where he directs the graduate program in creative writing.
Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Once Removed and Toward Antarctica. Her awards include a Stegner Fellowship and the Audre Lorde Prize. Founder and editor-in-chief of Broadsided Press, she lives on Cape Cod and works as a naturalist as well as an Associate Professor of creative writing at Brandeis University.
Jamie Brenner is the author of several novels including the national bestseller The Forever Summer (set in Provincetown), The Husband Hour, and Drawing Home. She grew up in suburban Philadelphia on a steady diet of Judith Krantz novels. Jamie has spent the past two decades in New York City, where she started her career at HarperCollins Publishers, then later BarnesandNoble.com and Vogue.com before becoming an author. Her next novel, Summer Longing, is a return to Provincetown and publishes in 2020.
Christopher Castellani’s fourth novel, Leading Men — for which he received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Guggenheim Foundation — was published by Viking in February 2019. Leading Men was featured in Publishers Weekly, People, Entertainment Weekly, Interview, and was an Editors’ Choice of the New York Times. His collection of essays on point of view in fiction, The Art of Perspective, was published by Graywolf in 2016. Castellani is on the fiction faculty of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He lives in Boston, where he is artistic director of GrubStreet.
Adam Chromy is the president of Movable Type Management and has been a literary agent for over fifteen years. After receiving a management degree from NYU’s Stern School of Business and running computer companies for nearly a decade, Adam decided to embrace his creative side and become an agent. Since then he has sold hundreds of books, had dozens of bestsellers, and managed the careers of many notable authors, including: best-selling novelist Jamie Brenner (The Forever Summer at Little, Brown), acclaimed chef/novelist Donia Bijan (The Last Days at Cafe Leila at Algonquin), screenwriter and author Janna King (The Seasonaires at Pegasus Books and optioned by Blumhouse TV), infamous polemicist James Howard Kunstler (The Long Emergency at Grove Atlantic) and many others.
Jeannette de Beauvoir
Jeannette de Beauvoir is a bestselling award-winning author of both historical and mystery fiction whose work has been translated into 12 languages. A Booksense Book-of-the-Year finalist, she’s a member of the Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the National Writers Union. All her novels are firmly rooted in a sense of place, whether it’s a mystery series set in Montréal or on Cape Cod, or historical fiction set in World War II or in medieval France. Upcoming books for 2019 include Lethal Alliances, A Killer Carnival, and The Christmas Corpses, all from Homeport Press. More at her website, or on Instagram, Goodreads, Amazon, or Patreon.
Bathsheba Demuth is an environmental historian, specializing in the lands and seas of the Russian and North American Arctic. Her interest in northern environments and cultures began when she was 18 and moved to the village of Old Crow in the Yukon. For over two years, she mushed huskies, hunted caribou, fished for salmon, tracked bears, and otherwise learned to survive in the taiga and tundra. In the years since, she has visited Arctic communities across Eurasia and North America. From the archive to the dog sled, she is interested in how the histories of people, ideas, places, and non-human species intersect. Her new book is Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait.
Mark Dery is a cultural critic whose byline has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Elle, Wired, and Bookforum. He has been a professor of journalism at NYU and taught in the Yale School of Art. Dery’s books include Escape Velocity: Cyberculture at the End of the Century (translated into eight languages); The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium, a study of America on the brink of culture chaos; an essay collection, I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts; and a biography, Born To Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey, named on of the Best Books of 2018 by NPR, The Guardian, and Mental Floss.
Karen Dukess has a work history as eclectic as her taste in books. She has been a tour guide in the former Soviet Union, a newspaper reporter in Florida, a magazine publisher in Russia and, for nearly a decade, a speechwriter on gender equality for the United Nations Development Programme. She has blogged on raising boys for The Huffington Post and written book reviews for USA Today. She has a degree in Russian Studies from Brown University and a Master’s in Journalism from Columbia University. She lives with her family near New York City and spends as much time as possible in Truro on Cape Cod.
Andre Dubus III
Andre Dubus III is the author of seven books: The Cage Keeper and Other Stories, Bluesman, and the New York Times bestsellers, House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days, and his memoir, Townie, a #4 New York Times bestseller and a New York Times “Editors’ Choice.” His novel, House of Sand and Fog, was a finalist for the National Book Award, a #1 New York Times Bestseller, and was made into an Academy Award-nominated film. His most recent book is the New York Times bestseller, Gone So Long. Mr. Dubus has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for Fiction, Two Pushcart Prizes, and he is a 2012 recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His books are published in over twenty-five languages, and he teaches full-time at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Fontaine, a modern dancer, and their three children.
Helen Ellis is the New York Times bestselling author of American Housewife and Eating the Cheshire Cat. Raised in Alabama, she lives with her husband in New York City. You can find her on Twitter @WhatIDoAllDay and Instagram @American Housewife. Helen’s latest book is Southern Lady Code; she created a podcast as a complement to the book, also entitled Southern Lady Code.
Andrew Evans is an author, travel writer, and TV host for National Geographic, having reported live from all seven continents and over one hundred countries. He was the first person ever to live tweet his ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro and gained a worldwide following when he broadcast his 12,000-mile overland journey from National Geographic headquarters to Antarctica using public transportation. In 2017, he thru-hiked The Jordan Trail, reporting in real time as he walked 400 miles from Syria to Saudi Arabia. He is the author of five books, including two bestselling guidebooks, and his award-winning memoir The Black Penguin. Evans has received five Lowell Thomas Awards from the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). A renowned influencer in the world of travel media, he calls for responsible and respectful storytelling that promotes local culture and environmental welfare. He lives in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.
Casey Gerald is the author of the memoir There Will Be No Miracles Here, which novelist Marlon James, winner of the Man Booker Prize, has called “the most urgently political, most deeply personal, and most engagingly spiritual statement of our time.” Although it has the arc of a classic rags-to-riches tale, the book stands the American Dream narrative on its head, while straddling the complex intersection of race, class, religion, sexuality and masculinity. A native of Oak Cliff, Texas, Gerald was educated at Yale College and Harvard Business School. Gerald has been featured in The New York Times, which selected TWBNMH as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2018, in Vanity Fair, on MSNBC, NPR, and other outlets.
Amy Hoffman is the author of the novel The Off Season and the memoirs Lies about My Family, An Army of Ex-Lovers, and Hospital Time. She teaches creative writing at Emerson College and the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College, and is the former editor in chief of Women’s Review of Books.
Russ Lopez is the author of The Hub of The Gay Universe: An LGBTQ history of Boston, Provincetown, and Beyond. He has worked at Boston City Hall and the Massachusetts State House and has decades of experience with LGBTQ and straight politics. With his masters from Harvard and a doctorate from Boston University, Lopez’s scholarship focuses on urban studies and the issues affecting people who live in cities, especially those who are often disenfranchised or rarely have an opportunity to have their voices heard. He knows his subject matter: Lopez has lived in Boston his entire adult life and has summered in Provincetown for decades. Having participated in many of the events described in the final chapters of this book, he combines his personal experience with the LGBTQ community with his social and political expertise. The Hub of the Gay Universe is Lopez’s fourth history book and sixth book overall.
Doug Mack is the author of The Not-Quite States of America (Norton, 2017) and Europe on Five Wrong Turns a Day (Perigee/Penguin, 2012). He writes primarily about travel, culture, and history, and his stories have appeared in The New York Times, Slate, Travel + Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Doug is based in Minneapolis and tweets @douglasmack.
Kim McLarin is the author of the critically-acclaimed novels Taming It Down (1999), Meeting of the Waters (2001), and Jump at the Sun (2006) and of the memoir Divorce Dog: Motherhood, Men, & Midlife. McLarin is also co-author of the memoir Growing Up X with Ilyasah Shabazz. Her most recent book is Womanish: A Grown Black Woman Speaks on Life and Love. McLarin’s nonfiction writing has appeared in The New York Times, Glamour, The Washington Post, Slate, The Root and other publications. She is a former staff writer for The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Greensboro News & Record, and The Associated Press. She is an associate professor in the Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College.
Darnell L. Moore
Darnell L. Moore is the author of No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black & Free in America, deeply personal memoir and a New York Times Notable Book of 2018. Darnell Moore the head of Strategy and Programs at BreakthroughUS. He is also a columnist at LogoTV.com and NewNowNext.com, and a former editor at large at CASSIUS and senior editor at Mic, where he hosted their widely viewed digital series The Movement. His writings have been published in Ebony, Advocate, Vice, Guardian and MSNBC. Moore is a writer-in-residence at the Center of African American Religion, Sexual Politics, and Social Justice at Columbia University, has taught at New York University, Rutgers, Fordham, and Vassar, and was trained at Princeton Theological Seminary. In 2016 and 2018, he was named one of The Root 100, and in 2015 he was named one of Ebony magazine’s Power 100 and Planned Parenthood’s 99 Dream Keepers. Darnell divides his time between Brooklyn and Atlanta. Follow him on Twitter: @Moore_Darnell
Julia Phillips is a Fulbright fellow whose writing has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Atlantic, Slate, and The Moscow Times. She lives in Brooklyn.
Trent Preszler, Ph. D., is an Emmy Award-winning American wine industry executive who promotes the winegrowing regions of New York. He is CEO of Bedell Cellars on the North Fork of Long Island, and Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of WineAmerica. As a sideline to his wine career, Preszler builds wooden canoes in his eponymous Preszler Woodshop, which has been featured in The Wall Street Journal Magazine, Esquire, Robb Report, and Financial Times. A South Dakota native, Preszler graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Iowa State University in 1998 and earned an M.S. in Agricultural Economics (2002) and Ph.D. in Horticulture (2012) from Cornell University.
Whitney Scharer holds a BA in English Literature from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. 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, and was a Barnes and Noble Discover pick, People pick, and IndieNext selection. It is forthcoming from over a dozen other countries. She lives with her husband and daughter in Arlington, MA, where she is at work on her next novel.
Richard Schneider Jr.
Richard Schneider Jr. is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide (until 2000, The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review), which he launched in 1994. Taking his doctorate in sociology at Harvard in the early 1980s, he was a university lecturer for the next decade before founding The G&LR as a sideline while working for a Boston consulting firm in the ’90s. The magazine has been his full-time job since 1999. He lives in Boston with his partner Stephen Hemrick.
Akiba Solomon is the Senior Editorial Director of Colorlines. She is an NABJ-Award winning journalist from West Philadelphia. The Howard University graduate has written about culture and the intersection between gender and race for Dissent, Essence, Ebony, Glamour and POZ. Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin are the authors of How We Fight White Supremacy.
Martha E. Stone
Martha E. Stone is the Literary Editor of the Gay & Lesbian Review, where she is responsible for acquiring and selecting books for review. She has contributed to virtually every issue for the past twenty-five years, usually book reviews or essays, on a wide variety of topics. An original member of the magazine’s Board of Directors, she is also a member of the Advisory Committee of The History Project, whose mission is to document and preserve the history of LGBTQ Boston. She has written book reviews for a wide variety of publications, ranging from Library Journal to the New York Times.