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12th Annual Newburyport Literary Festival

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March 15, 2017
April 28-29, 2017
NEWBURYPORT, Mass. – The twelfth annual Newburyport Literary Festival (NLF) will take place April 28-29, 2017 in various venues throughout downtown Newburyport, Massachusetts. This year the Festival will honor award-winning children’s author Jeff Kinney.
The Festival’s Opening Ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28 at the Old South Church in downtown Newburyport. Jeff Kinney will share some of the inspiration behind his Wimpy Kid insights and humor. In addition to a conversation with the moderator, Kinney will show a video from his recent world tour and take questions from the audience. Jeff will be available for a book signing after his presentation. Children are invited to bring their favorite Jeff Kinney book for signing. Book signing is limited to one book per person. This event promises to be a popular one and seating will be first come, first served so people are advised to come early to make sure they get a seat.
Dinner With the Authors immediately follows at the Masonic Center, 31 Green Street in downtown Newburyport. The Opening Ceremony is free of charge. Tickets for Dinner With the Authors are $50/person, available online at or by sending a check, made out to the Newburyport Literary Association, to the Newburyport Literary Association, Box 268, Newburyport, MA  01950. 
On Saturday, April 29, the Festival will be in full swing beginning at 8:30 a.m. with Coffee with the Poets. During the day, a wide range of distinguished short story writers, children's authors, biographers, nature writers, critics, screenwriters, poets, novelists, and journalists will read from and discuss their work. Andre Dubus III, Alfred Nicol, Midge Goldberg, Deborah Warren, Robert Mezey, Richard Russo, Will Schwalbe, Kate Clifford Larson, Ruth Franklin, Megan Marshall and Jennifer Haigh are among the 70 participating authors and poets.
For the most up-to-date Festival information, authors and events, please visit the Festival website,, friend us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter or Instagram.
The NLF is made possible through the generosity of our founding sponsors, the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank and the Institution for Savings. Additional support is provided by the Massachusetts Local Cultural Councils in Newburyport, Newbury and West Newbury.

The Newburyport Literary Festival (NLF), organized by the Newburyport Literary Association, annually celebrates reading and the love of books. For more information about the 2017 NLF, including authors and their work, please visit
Linda Carpino, (781) 492-1093