Three authors reveal the stories behind

their unforgettable memoirs

ROCKPORT — Three of our region’s favorite authors have agreed to summon the same candor, wit and grit they used to write their unforgettable memoirs to speak with us about what it has been like to publish candid and personal material. And, yes, there are stories yet to tell.

Literary Cape Ann is thrilled to announce that Andre Dubus III, Benjamin Anastas and Steve Almond will appear in person at the Shalin Liu Performance Center at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 19. Their memoirs — “William Stoner and the Battle for the Inner Life” by Steve Almond; “Townie” by Andre Dubus III; and “Too Good to be True” by Benjamin Anastas — are powerful, unflinching and critically acclaimed. Sometimes witty, sometimes wrenching, the memoirs are thought-provoking page-turners worthy of a deep dive. Literary Cape Ann is proud to present this discussion to Cape Ann. Admission is free of charge, but seating is limited due to the ongoing pandemic. Those who wish to attend should bring masks and proof of vaccination, should these items still be required.

On the cusp of spring and the reopening of Cape Ann after extended and careful COVID precautions, Literary Cape Ann joins with readers and residents in welcoming this special literary treat. The authors’ books will be on sale after the discussion, and all three authors will sign books. Those interested are invited to visit LCA’s Facebook page to view a recording of the event.

Literary Cape Ann extends a very special thank you to the authors for their generosity, to Shalin Liu Performance Center for offering its beautiful space, to The Bookstore of Gloucester for helping to promote the event and selling the authors’ books, and to Literary Cape Ann’s longtime sponsors: SUN Engineering in Danvers, Bach Builders in Gloucester and the Institution for Savings. Since the closing of Toad Hall independent bookstore in Rockport, Literary Cape Ann has continued to provide information and events that support and reinforce the value and importance of the literary arts.

More about the authors:

Benjamin Anastas

Benjamin Anastas is the author of the novels “An Underachiever’s Diary” (Dial Press) and “The Faithful Narrative of a Pastor’s Disappearance” (FSG). His memoir, “Too Good to Be True “(Little A), was a national bestseller, and his short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review and Yale Review, where it was awarded the annual Smart Family Prize for Fiction. 

His journalism, essays and reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, Harper’s, Bookforum, the Oxford American, and “The Best American Essays” anthology. He teaches literature and writing at Bennington College and is the fiction editor at the Bennington Review. He is from Cape Ann and his late father, Peter Anastas, is also known for his fiction and nonfiction.

Steve Almond

Steve Almond is the author of a dozen books, including New York Times bestsellers “Candyfreak” and “Against Football.” His new novel, “All the Secrets of the World,” [] will be published in April by Zando Books, and has been optioned for television by 20th Century Fox. He’s the recipient of an NEA grant for 2022 and teaches at Harvard and Wesleyan. His stories have been published in the “Best American Short Stories,” the “Best American Mysteries” and “Best American Erotica,” and his essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Magazine.

Andre Dubus III

Andre Dubus III’s seven books include the New York Times’ bestsellers “House of Sand and Fog,” “The Garden of Last Days” and his memoir, “Townie.” His most recent novel, “Gone So Long,” has been named on many “Best Books” lists, including The Boston Globe’s “Twenty Best Books of 2018.” His new novel, “Such Kindness,” is forthcoming in 2023, and his essay collection, “Ghost Dogs,” will be released in 2024. Dubus has been a finalist for the National Book Award, and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for Fiction, two Pushcart Prizes, and is a recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His books are published in over 25 languages, and he teaches full time at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

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