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Literary Festival Events

It’s a festival for all! The 2024 Literary Festival starts with a celebration of the winners of the Literary Contest at 28 Mugford Street on July 4 and continues on July 5-7 at Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead with 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. Shuttle service will be available to and from the library.


The slate of presenters represents impressive 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.


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!

Thursday, July 4, 2024, 1:00 PM

Location: Unitarian Universalist Church 28 Mugford Street, Marblehead MA

Join us in Celebrating the Winners of the 2024 Literary Contest across
Adult and Student categories in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry,
featuring captivating readings from the honored works.

2023 Literary Winners

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Friday, July 5, 2024

Location: Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St, Marblehead, MA 01945

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 St, Marblehead, MA 01945

Sunday, July 7, 2024

Location: Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St, Marblehead, MA 01945

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

10:30 am


E.B. Goodale

The Art of Picture Book Illustration: Printmaking in Action

11:30 am


Phyllis Karas

Writers and Agents: A Conversation with

Phyllis Karas and Doug Grad

1:00 pm


Carolyn Mackler

Writing Across Ages

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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