The Provincetown Book Festival

Save The Date! September 17 - September 19, 2021

September 17th - 19th, 2021

The Provincetown Book Festival

September 17-19, 2021

The Provincetown Book Festival

September 17th, 18th, & 19th, 2021

The Provincetown Book Festival



The 2021 Provincetown Book Festival

Three days of literary events for readers, writers, and book lovers of all kinds

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 17 – 19

All events are free and open to the public.

The Provincetown Book Festival is sponsored by the Provincetown Public Library

The 2019 Provincetown Book Festival was joined by these distinguished authors:

Andre Dubus III is the author of seven books: The Cage Keeper and Other StoriesBluesman, and the New York Times bestsellers, House of Sand and FogThe Garden of Last Days, and his memoir, Townie, and his most recent book Gone So Long. (More)

Christopher Castellani is the author of Leading Men, featured in Publishers Weekly, People, Interview, Entertainment Weekly, and the New York Times. (More)

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. (More)

Casey Gerald is the author of the memoir There Will Be No Miracles Here, 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. (More)


Jabari Asim

Jabari Asim’s 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. (More)

Kim McLarin

Kim McLarin is the author of the critically-acclaimed novels Taming It Down, Meeting of the Waters, and Jump at the Sun, and of the memoir Divorce Dog: Motherhood, Men, & Midlife. Her most recent book is Womanish: A Grown Black Woman Speaks on Life and Love.  (More)

Julia Phillips

Julia Phillips is a Fulbright fellow whose writing has appeared in Glimmer TrainThe AtlanticSlate, and The Moscow Times(More)

Elizabeth Bradfield

Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of Toward Antarctica, an innovating lyric travelogue of photographs and writing.  (More)

Whitney Scharer

Whitney Scharer is the author of The Age of Light, her first novel, based on the life of pioneering photographer Lee Miller.  It 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. (More)

Latest News!

Volunteers Needed for Provincetown Book Festival September 17 – 19

Volunteers are needed to help out at the Provincetown Book Festival, Friday, September 13 – Sunday, September 15. Volunteers can sign up for as little as two hours, and be in the middle of an exciting literary event. All volunteers will receive a free Book Festival T-shirt. For more information, or to sign up, contact Nan Cinnater, Lead Librarian at the Provincetown Public Library, 508-487-7094 or

The exciting literary lineup includes Andre Dubus III, Christopher Castellani, Jabari Asim and Kim McLarin. Details of the program are available on the website at Volunteers can hobnob with these and other authors in the green room (while also replenishing the coffee), take tickets, sell T-shirts and totes, or work at the giant outdoor book sale. There is a special need for a couple of moderately techie individuals who can hook up a microphone or run a video camera.

“The Provincetown Book Festival is sponsored by the Provincetown Library, but it is also very much a community effort,” said Nan Cinnater, Lead Librarian. The Festival is not only supported by major sponsors such as the Provincetown Tourism Fund, Friends of the Provincetown Library, Bay State Cruise Company and Cape Air, but also by bookstores, local B & B’s, and other small businesses. Not least of all, the Festival runs on book-loving and library-loving volunteers. “The need is greater than ever this year,” Cinnater said. “Come help out and have some fun.”

The Fourth Annual Provincetown Book Festival

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 has yet to be chosen.

On Saturday and Sunday, there will be a giant book sale on the Library lawn. On Saturday at 9:00 a.m., six local authors will read from their work in “Reading Local,” a special program curated by members of the Festival Advisory Committee. This will be followed by a session on New Writing for New Media, with Instagram artist Trent Preszler and podcast writer Helen Ellis.

For more information about who’s coming check out our Author and Speakers page.

Late-breaking news!

We are pleased to announce that novelist Julia Glass, author most recently of The House Among the Trees, will serve as moderator for the conversation between Amy Bloom and Curtis Sittenfeld at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, September 15.


Sophia Starmack, poet and author of the collection The Wild Rabbit, has joined us as moderator of the program, “Writing in Difficult Times” on Sunday at 12:30.


And let’s hear it for the librarians! Anna Nielsen, Youth Services Librarian for the Wellfleet Public Library, will moderate “Writing for Young People” on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

Please note that “Just Cook It!” the demonstration by Justin Chapple and Tom Acitelli which takes place at 2:30 on Saturday conflicts with other programs, specifically “”Two Women Poets” at 1:00 and “Saints, Priests and Demi-gods” at 2:30. You must choose! There is limited seating for Justin and Tom’s demo, so choose wisely and make your reservations early.