Our Annual Meeting was held December 10th, 2020 from 5:30 to 6 as a Zoom session.

F SCOTT FITZGERALD LITERARY FESTIVAL NEWS

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Our 2021 Honoree will be distinguished author 
John Edgar Wideman
You can listen to a recent Interview (5-3-21) with Festival Committee board member Larry Matthews ("Matthews and Friends" ) at:
https://pod.co/impact-radio-usa/matthews-and-friends-5-3-21

Larry Matthews' interview with  lauded author John Edgar is also written up and can be read at: the link below. 

Wideman talks race, short stories, and why he doesn’t care to be known as a great American writer. 

http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/index.php/features/an-interview-with-john-edgar-wideman
Coming Events 

September 17

At 7 pm on n September 17, Professor Quentin Miller of Suffolk University will facilitate a Montgomery County Library book discussion of John Edgar Wideman's book Brothers & Keepers.

September 24

Starting at 6 pm on the evening of September 24, Fitzgerald's 125th birthday, the Festival will show "Gatsby in Connecticut," a documentary about Fitzgerald's time in Westport, Connecticut, and how it influenced The Great Gatsby.

Following the film, there will be a discussion with the film's producer and Robert Williams and Fitzgerald scholar film participant Walter Raubicheck.

October 29

The Writer's Center will host a free event:

Readings in Tribute to John Edgar Wideman

October 29 @ 7:00 PM EDT - 8:00 PM EDT

More at https://www.writer.org/event/wideman/ where you can register.

For a short briefing on the Festival go to: Briefing.

Past Events

May 20
Our recent event was  the evening of May 20th when the festival had a Members Meeting from 5:30 to 6 followed, from  to 6 to 7,  by  a free, virtual program featuring Kirk Curnett, managing editor or the F Scott Fitzgerald Review. Curnett, chair of the English Department at Troy University, will discuss his new book, All of the Belles: The Montgomery Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald.  

 

Recent Gatsby Coverage (BBC)

The Great Gatsby is synonymous with parties, glitz and glamour – but this is just one of many misunderstandings about the book that began from its first publication.

"Of all the reviews, even the most enthusiastic, not one had the slightest idea what the book was about" – F Scott Fitzgerald

 

 Read a BBC article: The world's most misunderstood novel

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210209-the-worlds-most-misunderstood-novel

The 24th Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival and the 1st "Virtual" version went very well. Barbara Kingsolver was a great honoree -- her Master Class and reading/remarks were great and she transcended the on-line constraints and projected a feeling of warmth & immediacy.
If you missed it don't despair, the committee is "Zoom Meeting" to begin preparations for our 25th festival. Watch this page for announcements and updates. Meanwhile, revisit some of Fitzgerald's great novels and short stories or watch one of the movie versions. A particular fav of "ours" is the 2009 Oscar-winning version of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. Or view our 7'45" video history of the Festival.
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