Thursday, October 18, 11:30 a.m.
Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, Rockville


FOLMC hosts the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival opening lecture with Lisa Lucas, executive director of the National Book Foundation. Lucas is the first woman and African-American to lead the non-profit foundation that hands out the prestigious National Book Awards. An advocate for diversity and inclusivity in publishing, and for inspiring the next generations of readers, she calls herself a cheerleader for literature.

Copies of F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival honoree Richard Russo’s books will be available for purchase. Professor, screenwriter and Pulitzer-winning author of eight novels, including Nobody’s Fool and Empire Falls, Russo recently penned a collection of essays, The Destiny Thief. Click here to register for the Literary Festival. In coming months, MCPL will host a number of book discussions on Russo’s works.

The luncheon following the lecture offers an opportunity to continue a personal dialog with the speaker. Ridgewells caters lunch from a pre-selected menu.

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In addition to the lecture, take time to enjoy the Mansion at Strathmore stunning grounds and unique gift shop. The Mansion is a lovely Neo-Georgian colonial-revival built in 1899. The Mansion’s spacious galleries house an array of works in every medium.  The outdoor sculpture garden displays commissioned and donated sculptures by various local and national artists.  Click here to view the current list of exhibitions.

Note:  FOLMC, F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival, and Strathmore members in good standing receive reduced ticket prices. All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.