Literary Luncheon

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F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival Opening Lecture:  Lisa Lucas

Thursday, October 18, 11:30 a.m.
Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, Rockville

Opening the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival, FOLMC hosts Lisa Lucas, executive director of the National Book Foundation. Lucas is the first woman and African-American to lead the non-profit foundation that hands out the prestigious National Book Awards. An advocate for diversity and inclusivity in publishing, and for inspiring the next generation of readers, she calls herself a cheerleader for literature.

The centerpiece of the Literary Festival (October 18-20) is an awards presentation to acclaimed author Richard Russo on Saturday, October 20 at 12:45 p.m. at Richard Montgomery High School. Russo’s previous works include eight novels, two collections of short stories, and Elsewhere, a memoir. Russo received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls, which like Nobody’s Fool was adapted to film, in a multiple-award-winning HBO miniseries. Click here to register for the Festival that also includes writer-led workshops, a film screening of Nobody’s Fool, and book signings.

Leading up to this literary event, MCPL offers several programs related to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda Fitzgerald, and 2018 Festival Honoree Richard Russo. Note: events held at Twinbrook Library unless otherwise noted.

  • Tuesday, July 24 at 2:00 p.m. – Celebrating the Expressive Art (and birthday) of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald
  • Tuesday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. – The Book Discussion Group delves into Festival awardee Richard Russo’s book, Trajectory.
  • Monday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m., Rockville Memorial Library – Screening of Bernice Bobs Her Hair shown on F. Scott’s birthday.
  • Thursday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m. – National literary experts, authors, Festival organizers, and University of Maryland alumni Dr. Eleanor Heginbotham and Dr. Jackson Bryer discuss F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short stories and the love letters between F. Scott and Zelda.
  • Saturday, October 6 at 3:00 p.m. – Screening of Benjamin Button followed by discussion with members of the Festival planning committee.
  • Thursday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m. – Student finalists in the Festival Short Story Writing Contest read and discuss their work.

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Note:  FOLMC, F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival, and Strathmore members in good standing receive reduced ticket prices. All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.