The fourth annual Provincetown Book Festival is a weekend of literary events for readers, writers, and book lovers of all kinds, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 13 – 15, 2019. All events are free and open to the public. All events take place at the Provincetown Public Library.
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.