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A sampling of events

April 22, 2012
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A taste of festival

A sampling of the 2012 Newburyport Literary Festival. All events are free.

FRIDAY:

6 p.m. Firehouse Center for the Arts, opening ceremony. WGBH’s Ron Della Chiesa and John Lennon biographer Tim Riley discuss the lyrical voice in popular music.

SATURDAY:

8:30 a.m. Central Congregational Church Social Hall. Five members of the Powow River Poets group will read new works.

9 a.m. Firehouse Center for the Arts. Singer-songwriter Christine Lavin sings and talks about her autobiography and her upcoming children’s book.

10:30 a.m. Newburyport Public Library. “Remembering Sammy’’ author Barbara Walsh talks about her picture book for children 4-8, addressing the loss of a beloved pet.

11 a.m. Old South Church Social Hall, Fenway Park’s 100th Anniversary: A talk with authors Richard Johnson and Bill Nowlin.

11 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Church. Andre Dubus III reads from “Townie,’’ his acclaimed memoir of growing up in the Merrimack Valley.

1 p.m. Old South Church. Novelists Anita Diamant, Margaret George, and Anne Easter Smith to discuss the challenges of writing about women in history.

2:30 p.m. Old South Church Social Hall. Aine Greaney reads from her new novel, “Dance Lessons.’’

4 p.m. Firehouse Center for the Arts, “The Jazz Poetry of Robert Pinsky.’’ Pinsky makes art with jazz musicians John Lockwood, Bob Moses, and Stan Strickland.

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