Category: Newburyport


the bluff

This picture is of the bluff where Laney lived with her grandmother. Of course, the one in the book is made up but this is the one I based it upon. This bluff exists in the lake where I grew, a place where I felt most free and also most trapped. As a child, I lived in the woods, the water, the mountains. As … Read More the bluff

Newburyport Literary Festival — April 26th & 27th

I am in love with the Newburyport Literary FestivalĀ for so many reasons, not the least of which is that it is truly a celebration of readers and writers. It all begins tonight with the opening ceremony and dinner with the authors. I will be at both, celebrating my buddy, Matthew Quick, who is this year’s honoree. Then, bright and early, tomorrow morning I have … Read More Newburyport Literary Festival — April 26th & 27th

Sixth Annual Newburyport Literary Festival

I am so lucky to live in a town (or a town neighboring to a town) which values literature and reading so much that each year for the past six years it holds an annual literary festival. Today began for me with reading for Paul Harding’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel Tinkers. The auditorium was packed and the first thing I learned about Harding, which I … Read More Sixth Annual Newburyport Literary Festival

Townie, by Andre Dubus III

After she finished reading Andre Dubus III’s new memoir Townie one of my friends called me and asked, “Is this book as good as I think it is or is it just that I grew up around all of these places he writes about?” I told her that while place is certainly important in the book, the book is exactly as good as she … Read More Townie, by Andre Dubus III

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