In Celebration of Books

On Friday, October 26, The Gunston School will host its annual “In Celebration of Books” Festival, where a keynote address is open to the general public, and thirteen visiting writers conduct writing workshops for Gunston students and parents. The day will kick off at 8:20 a.m. with a keynote address on “Fiction: Where It Takes Us, Where We’ll Take It” by award-winning novelist Roy Kesey.

Roy Kesey’s latest book is the novel Pacazo, winner of Word Riot’s 2012 Paula Anderson Book Award. His other books include the novella Nothing in the World, two historical guidebooks, and a short story collection called All Over, which made The L Magazine’s“Best Books of the Decade” list. His next book, a collection called Any Deadly Thing, will be published by Dzanc Books in February 2013. His short stories, essays, translations and poems have appeared in more than a hundred magazines and anthologies, including Best American Short Stories, The Robert Olen Butler Prize Anthology and New Sudden Fiction. He has won two Pushcart Prize Special Mentions, the Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in Fiction, and a 2010 prose fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He currently lives in Maryland with his wife and children.

Other featured writers include Laura Ambler (author, illustrator and screenwriter), Mala Burt (novelist), Anne Colwell (poet and fiction writer), Temple Cone (poetry), Jehanne Dubrow (poet), Barbara Esstman (novelist), Meredith Davies Hadaway (poet), Robert Mooney (short story writer, essayist and novelist), Richard Peabody (short story writer, poet and novelist), Nancy Taylor Robson (novelist), Laura van den Berg (short story writer) and Ellen Wise (poet).

The keynote address will be held in the school’s field house and is open to the public. The school is also hosting a used book sale for the general public and the school community, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school’s library. The visiting authors’ books will also be available for purchase. When the student workshop program concludes at 2:10, the authors will be available for book signing.

In photo: Keynote speaker and award-winning novelist Roy Kesey