11:30 a.m., October 27, 2016

At the Strathmore Mansion

10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County

Opening the 20th annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival, whose theme this year is “Humor and Satire,” the Literary Luncheon will feature a talk by Alexandra Petri.

“The Funny Thing About News”


Alexandra Petri writes the ComPost blog for the Post, offering a lighter take on the news and opinions of the day. She is the 2014 O. Henry International Pun Champion. A native Washingtonian whose father was a congressman, she attended National Cathedral School and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard University, Petri says that, in her youth, she spent hours reading (“a lot of Thurber”) and writing. At age eight, she penned a Shakespeare comic book with cat characters: “Romeow and Mewliet—and the Catpulets.” At age 11, she attempted a play: Helen of Troy’s No Good, Very Bad Day. Dave Barry calls her “the funniest person in Washington. This is all the more impressive when you consider that Congress is also located there.” Petri will discuss her debut book, A Field Guide To Awkward Silences (2015), in which she turns her satirical eye on her own life detailing how interesting things start to happen when you stop caring what people think.

Talk begins at 11:30, followed by lunch at 12:30

Tickets: Lunch & Talk: $20 (members); $25 (non-members)

Talk only: $15 (members); $20 (non-members)

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