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 2021 Provincetown Book Festival will be joined by these distinguished authors:

Robert Jones Jr. is a writer from New York City. The Prophets is his debut novel. (More)

Aaron Lecklider is a cultural historian whose work focuses on the history of sexuality, class, race, and gender in the twentieth-century United States. His most recent book is Love’s Next Meeting: The Forgotten History of Homosexuality and the Left in American Culture(More)

Mona Awad is the author of Bunny, named a Best Book of 2019 by TIME, Vogue, and the New York Public Library (More)

Jennifer De Leon is author of the YA novel Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From and the essay collection White Space: Essays on Culture, Race, & Writing (More)


Hanna Halperin

Hanna Halperin’s stories have been published in the Kenyon Review, n+1, New Ohio Review, Joyland, and others.  (More)

Heidi Pitlor

Heidi Pitlor is the author of the novels The BirthdaysThe Daylight Marriage, which was optioned for film, and Impersonation. (More)

Rajiv Mohabir

Rajiv Mohabir’s memoir ANTIMAN (Restless Books 2021) received the 2019 Restless Books’ New Immigrant Writing Prize. (More)

Lynne Hugo

Lynne Hugo is a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship recipient. Her most recent books are The Testament of Harold’s Wife and The Book of CarolSue.  (More)

Latest News!

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.

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.