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The 17th Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival   

          2013 - Honoree

Robert Olen ButlerPulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler will receive the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature at the 17th Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival, Saturday, October 26, 2013, at the Rockville campus of Montgomery College. 


Robert Olen Butler is the author of 14 novels, six books of short stories, and a collection of his lectures on the creative process, From Where You Dream.  His first volume of short stories, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.  His work has been translated into 19 languages, and he has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two National Magazine Awards in Fiction, and two Pushcart Prizes.  His newest novel, The Star of Istanbul, was recently published by Mysterious Press.


The 2013 F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival, sponsored by the City of Rockville, Montgomery College, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc., will also feature “The Lost Trip of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, Or, How to Build a Novel from ‘Hole in History,’” a talk by R. Clifton Spargo, author of the recently published novel, Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, which the Washington Post praised as “the one version of the story that resists the temptation to glamorize Scott and Zelda out of their humanity.”  Other events at the Festival include screenings of the 1949 and 1974 films of The Great Gatsby, followed by a panel discussion, “Which is the Greater Gatsby?” comparing the 1949 and 1974 versions with the 2013 Baz Luhrmann film, moderated by Michael Dirda and featuring prominent area cinema experts Murray Horwitz, Bob Mondello, and Jane Horwitz. 


Also in the day’s offerings will be writing workshops taught by E. Ethelbert Miller (memoir), James Grady (mystery/thriller), Merrill Leffler (poetry), and Alan Cheuse (fiction); a writing workshop taught by Robert Olen Butler; the announcement of the winners of the annual F. Scott Fitzgerald  Short Story Contest; and a reading by Robert Olen Butler. 

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 Sponsored by F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival, Inc. in partnership with 
the City of Rockville
 and Montgomery College. Sponsors include 
Peerless Rockville Historic Preservation Ltd.
, and
F. Scott Fitzgerald Society 

 Updated 10/2013


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