Coming Soon


Friday, October 20, 2017

7:00 p.m.

The Writer’s Center

4508 Walsh Street

Bethesda, Maryland 20815

(301) 654-8664


The F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc. and The Writer’s Center presents:

“Readings in Tribute to
Annie Proulx and Literature and the Environment”

Please join writers Francisco Goldman, Patricia Griffith and David Goodrich for a special evening at The Writer’s Center on Friday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. as they read selections from their work as tribute to Fitzgerald Award honoree, Annie Proulx, and to the theme of the 2017 F. Scott Fitzgerald Festival, “Literature and the Environment.” Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, please contact The Writer’s Center.

Francisco Goldman

Francisco Goldman is the author of four novels and two books of non-fiction. His books have been translated into 16 languages. His first novel, The Long Night of White Chickens (1993) won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction; his second novel, The Ordinary Seaman (1997) was a finalist for both the PEN/Faulkner Award and the International AIMPAC Dublin Literary Award ; his non-fiction The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop (2014) won the Index on Censorship T. R. Fyvel Book Award, the WOLA/Duke Human Rights Book Award and was shortlisted for the Ryszard Kapuscinski International Award for Literary Reportage; and the French translation of his novel Say Her Name (2011) won the Prix Femina Etranger. He is also the author of The Divine Husband: A Novel (2004), a finalist for The Believer Book Award and The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle (2013) for which he was awarded the 2017 Blue Metropolis Premio Azul. He has also received the 2017 Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award, and was also elected this year to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1998 and has been a fellow at the Cullman Center of the New York Public Library, and a Berlin Fellow. His journalism and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Harpers, and many other publications. He teaches one semester a year at Trinity College, Hartford, CT, where he is the Allan Smith Professor of Creative Writing and Literature, and spends the rest of the year in Mexico City, were he directs the Premio Aura Estrada.


Patricia Griffith Photo

Patricia Browning Griffith is the author of four novels.  The third, The World Around Midnight (1991), was named one of the 30 outstanding books of the year by the American Library Association.  Her other novels are The Future Is Not What It Used to Be (1970), Tennessee Blue (1981), and Supporting the Sky (1996). Her short stories have been published in Harper’s Magazine, The Paris Review, The Washingtonian, and elsewhere.  Two of her stories have been included in The O. Henry Prize Stories.  She has had plays produced in New York and Dallas and has written for the film industry.   Her stories and essays have appeared in Skin Deep:  Black Women and White Women Write About Race (1996), published by Doubleday and now a Vintage paperback, and in Dream Me Home Safely: Writers on Growing Up in America (2003), published by Houghton Mifflin for the benefit of the Children’s Defense Fund.  A film of her story “Night’s At O’Rear’s,” about a Texas car hop, was shown at The New York Film Festival in 1980. Until recently, Griffith was an Associate Professor at George Washington University where she taught Creative Writing and Contemporary Drama.  She has been a member of the Writer’s Center since its founding and taught there for eight years.  She is a former president and co-chair of the Board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.  She is currently working on a novel set in East Texas in the 1930s.



Dr. David Goodrich is the former Director of the Climate Observations Division for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He also served as Director of the Global Climate Observing System at the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Earlier research interests included the oceanography of Chesapeake Bay. David spent two years on a NOAA research vessel in the Bay, logging over 150 dives. David also taught science at Blair High School and currently coaches Rockville High School’s “It’s Academic” team.

After retirement in 2011, David rode by bicycle from Delaware to Oregon, talking to groups about climate change along the way. His most recent ride, from New Orleans through the Mississippi Delta, centers around the blues. His book about the ride to Oregon, entitled A Hole in the Wind: A Climate Scientist’s Bicycle Journey Across the US, released this June (2017) from Pegasus Books.