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Literary Festival Events

It’s a festival for all! Our 2024 Literary Festival offers programs for readers across all genres, book lovers of all ages, aspiring writers and illustrators, and all those with a passion for literature and learning.


Our slate of presenters represents such talent and accomplishments. Across book talks and readings, workshops, conversations and interviews, demonstrations, and even a storytime and craft, you will meet successful authors and illustrators who are eager to share their published and personal stories. Each presenter will be introduced by Doug Grad, owner of Doug Grad Literary Agency, Inc. and a true author advocate. Doug "speaks the language" and will aptly set the stage for presenters and attendees alike.


And what better place to convene kindred literary spirits than Marblehead’s newly renovated Abbot Public Library! Having recently reopened just before our Festival, new and refreshed spaces are the perfect venues for each Festival speaker session. Shuttle service will be available to and from the library. 


A gathering of authors and readers could not be complete without books, and the 2024 Literary Festival is pleased to be partnering with Copper Dog Books, a North Shore bookseller and dedicated community partner. This invested team is graciously coordinating our Festival’s book sales and signing. Many thanks to Copper Dog Books for their behind-the-scenes and on-site assistance.


Come celebrate! Engage with this vibrant spectrum of voices and perspectives. Pull up a chair, make new connections, and be part of the Festival! 

Friday, July 5, 2024

Location: Abbot Public Library 235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA

10:30 am


Alexander R. Brash

An Autobiographical Duet

11:00 am


Laurie Stolarz

Square One: Beginning a New Novel

or Fictional Story

1:00 pm


Enzo Surin and
January O’Neil

A Poetry Reading with Enzo Surin

and January O’Neil

2:30 pm


Judith Nies interviewed by Claire Keyes

New Trends in Nonfiction Writing

and Publishing

4:00 pm


David Roper

Thinking of Writing a Book?

So, What’s Your Story?

Saturday, July 6, 2024

Location: Abbot Public Library 235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA

10:30 am


E.B. Goodale

The Art of Picture Book Illustration: Printmaking in Action

11:00 am


Phyllis Karas

The Importance of Research in Writing Both Fiction and Nonfiction:
What I Learned While Telling My Own Story

1:00 pm


Carolyn Mackler

Writing Across Ages

2:30 pm


Eric Jay Dolin

Left For Dead: Shipwreck, Treachery, and Survival at the Edge of the World

3:30 pm


Kevin Carey

Working the First Person Illusion in Middle Grade Fiction and Beyond

4:00 pm


Dian Seidel Interviewed by Claire Keyes

Retirement? A Memoir of Reinvention

and Adventure

Sunday, July 7, 2024

Location: Abbot Public Library 235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA

10:30 am


Hank Phillippi Ryan & Kristy Woodson Harvey

A Fireside Chat with Hank Phillippi Ryan and Kristy Woodson Harvey

11:30 am


Cynthia Platt

Growing Stories. Growing Your Voice. Storytime & Craft

1:00 pm


Julia Glass & Katherine Howe with Susan Walker

In Their Own Words: Q&A with

Julia Glass & Katherine Howe

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