In January 2018 a group of twelve local people gathered to discuss a possibility of a town literary festival that would also promote diversity. This group of teachers, writers, librarians, booksellers and activists had long discussions on how to represent the vibrancy of Exeter’s literary scene. They humbly present you with two options: a festival each April and a walking trail map of literary hot spots in downtown Exeter.
Join us for a Friday night kick-off party, followed by a day-long schedule of events on Saturday, including exciting keynote speakers, book launches, author talks, children’s programming, art exhibits and more at downtown locations (Town Hall, Water Street Bookstore, A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words, Exeter Public Library).
Highlights will include a cosplay ball, Joe Hill reading, keynote from Dan Brown, a “Breakfast with Owen” book group discussing John Irving’s best seller A Prayer for Owen Meany, a talk (with birthday cake!) about two of our hidden gems: feminist Tabitha Tenney (Female Quixotism, 1801) and abolitionist poet James Monroe Whitfield (America and Other Poems, 1853). The LitFest concludes with a gala poetry reading at the Word Barn.
Full schedule and more details to be posted soon! Want to help offset our costs? Donate here!