23rd Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival
Saturday, October 12, 2019


7:30-8:00 a.m.


           Glenview Mansion, 603 Edmonston Drive. Rockville, MD 20851

           Friends of the Library will be selling books from 9:00 am. – 5:00 p.m.

8:30-10:30 a.m.

A Film Screening of The Joy Luck Club (1993)

Adapted from Amy Tan’s 1989 novel and starring Tsai Chin, France Nuyen, Lisa Lu, and Chinh. Screenplay adapted by Amy Tan and Ronald Bass. The film was selected as one of the year’s Ten Best by the National Board of Review.

9:20-10:50 a.m.

Morning Workshops

    •    “It’s All About Us: Diversity in Speculative Fiction” (Fiction)
           Tara Campbell
    •    “Making Memoir Matter” (Non-Fiction)
           Alexandra Zapruder
    •    “Where Do I Begin?” (Fiction/Non-Fiction)
           Mary Kay Zuravleff

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

           Roberta S. Mandrekas, President, F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc.

Amy Tan in Conversation with Special Guest Mark Childress

12:00-12:45 p.m.


12:45-2:15 p.m.

Awards Ceremony

    •    Recognition of Montgomery County High School Fitzgerald Scholars
           Davina T. Smith – English Teacher, Montgomery County Public Schools
    •    Presentation of the Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Student Short Story Contest Winner
           Davina T. Smith
    •    Presentation of the Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Contest Winner
           Nathanael Brown
    •    Presentation of the Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature
           Roberta S. Mandrekas
    •    Introduction
           Mark Childress

2019 Recipient: Amy Tan

Followed by acceptance & reading

2:30-3:15 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

           David S. Brown, “Southern Sympathies: Maryland and the Making of F. Scott Fitzgerald”

3:15-5:00 p.m.

Bus Tour of Fitzgerald’s Haunts in Rockville

           Eileen McGuckian

3:30-5:00 p.m.

Afternoon Workshops

    •    “Narrating F. Scott Fitzgerald: Challenges and Opportunities”
           C. James Moore
    •    “After the Past Begins: Writing the Memoir and Reaching the Mountain of Amazement” (Non-Fiction)
           E. Ethelbert Miller
    •    “The Voice in Micro-Stories” (Fiction/Non-Fiction)
           Caroline Bock

Book signing at 5:00 p.m.