October 12, 2022

F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival Returns as In-Person Event to Honor Author Richard Powers on Saturday, Oct. 15, in Rockville

The 26th annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival, one of the premiere literary festivals in the nation, will return as in-person event on Saturday, Oct. 15, in Rockville by presenting its annual Award for Achievement in American Literature to acclaimed author Richard Powers. The festival will be held on at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Rockville with this year’s theme of "Stories and the More-Than-Human."

The festival will feature a keynote talk by Alice McDermott and morning and afternoon writing workshops. There will be events leading up to the featured day throughout the preceding week.

Information on the event, including how to register, can be found at https://www.fscottfestival.org/registration.

On the evening of Friday, Oct. 14, at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival and The Writer’s Center will present readings in tribute to Mr. Powers and the Festival’s theme. The readings will feature Hugo and Nebula Award-winning science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson and novelists Priyanka Champaneri and Eugenia Kim. Mr. Powers will speak at the event. For details and to register, use the Festival website and go to the center button for the Writer’s Center event.

Mr. Powers is an award-winning American author of more than 20 books. His novels have been praised by critics and the public alike for their exploration of the complex relationship between modern science and humankind. His works include Plowing the Dark (2000), a National Book Award finalist; The Echo Maker (2006), which won the National Book Award; and The Overstory, (2019), which won the Pulitzer Prize. Powers’s latest novel, Bewilderment (2021), was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Award.

The F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference’s partners and sponsors include the City of Rockville, the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Montgomery County Public Libraries, The Writer’s Center and Assisting Hands Home Care.

Previously honorees have included William Styron, Joyce Carol Oates, Norman Mailer, Michael Durda, Richard Ford, Maxine Hong Kingston, Richard Russo and John Updike.