“Remembering Fran Dalton” & Newburyport Literary Festival on the Morning Show, March 9thMarch 6, 2023
“Remembering Fran Dalton” & Newburyport Literary Festival
On this week’s episode, Mary Jacobsen talks with playwright and theatrical producer and director Anna Smulowitz and Newburyport Literary Festival founder Vicki Hendrickson about upcoming cultural events.
Smulowitz discusses “Fran Dalton Remembered: Tribute to an Artist, Friend, and Courageous Human Being,” to be held at the Firehouse Center for the Arts on March 23rd at 7 p.m. The event is produced by the Actors Studio for Women’s HERstory month.
The event will feature a slide presentation of Dalton’s photos and “Stories to Share,” told by a panel of Dalton’s friends, which Smulowitz will moderate. Jabberwocky Books will be on hand to sell copies of “Images of Life, Change, and Beauty,” compiled by Dalton’s lifelong friends, Colleen and Frank Stiriti.
Information on the event can be found at www.firehouse.org. Tickets will be $20 or $15 for seniors and students. Proceeds will benefit the Newburyport Arts Collective.
Hendrickson talks about the origins of the Newburyport Literary Festival, which has hosted hundreds of authors and thousands of participants over its 18 year history, and will discuss how integral the engagement of the Newburyport community has been to its success.
This year’s Festival will take place April 28th – 30th, and will be a hybrid of in-person events on Friday and Saturday and virtual events on Sunday.
Friday evening’s kickoff event at the Firehouse Center will feature longtime Festival favorite, local author Andre Dubus III, in conversation with 2023 Festival Honoree, Peter Orner, Director of Creative Writing at Dartmouth College and author of short stories, novels, and essays, whose newest release, “Still No Word From You,” has been longlisted for the 2023 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay.
Other featured writers will include nonfiction authors Alan Lightman, M.G. Barlow, Dr. Karen Fine, and Dr. Katherine Sharp Landdeck and fiction authors Kai Harris, Rebecca Makkai, William Martin, and Yvette Lisa Ndlovu, among many others.