The 2021 Provincetown Book Festival will be joined by these distinguished authors:
Robert Jones, Jr., Paul Lisicky, Francine Prose to appear at the Provincetown Book Festival
Robert Jones, Jr., acclaimed author of the historical novel, The Prophets, Paul Lisicky, author of the Provincetown memoir Later: My Life at the Edge of the World, and novelist Francine Prose, author of twenty novels including her most recent, The Vix en, will appear live and in person at the fifth Provincetown Book Festival, a weekend of literary events for readers, writers, and book lovers of all kinds. The Provincetown Book Festival takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 17 – 19, 2021. All events are free and open to the public. All events are held at the Provincetown Public Library.
The Provincetown Book Festival opens on Friday night, September 17, with a reading and reception for the recipient of the Rose Dorothea Award, given annually by the Board of Library Trustees to a person with a strong connection to the Outer Cape who has made a significant contribution through the written word. The 2021 recipient is performance artist and writer Karen Finley.
Other featured authors include poet January Gill O’Neil and Boston poet laureate Porsha Olayiwola. They will be joined by novelists Joshua Henkin, author of Washington Heights, Mona Awad, author of All’s Well, and Heidi Pitlor, author of Impersonation. Historian Kerri Greenidge, author of Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter, novelist and essayist Aminatta Forna, author of the essay collection, The Window Seat, and poet Rajiv Mohabir, author of the new memoir, Antiman, will also appear at the Festival.
“We have a wonderfully diverse line-up this year,” said Nan Cinnater, Director of the Provincetown Book Festival and Lead Librarian at the Provincetown Library. “We are featuring lots of non-fiction writers in addition to poets and novelists. We have a number of LGBTQ authors and authors of different races and ethnicities. Some are connected to Provincetown and some aren’t. But all of them are outstanding writers!”
Among the featured non-fiction authors are Aaron Lecklider, author of Love’s Next Meeting: the Forgotten History of Homosexuality and the Left in American Culture; Jennifer De Leon, author of the essay collection, White Space: Essays on Culture, Race, and Writing; and Maya Shanbhag Lang, author of the recent memoir, What We Carry. Two more novelists – Hanna Halperin, author of the debut novel Something Wild and Lynne Hugo, author of The Book of Carol Sue – round out the program.
On Saturday and Sunday, there will be a giant used book sale on the Provincetown Library lawn. On Saturday, September 18, at 9:00 a.m., a number of local writers will read from their work in “Reading Local,” a special program curated by a “mystery judge” who is a published author.