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Montgomery College to Host 16th Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference October 22 Event to Honor Author Maxine Hong Kingston

Montgomery College will host the 16th Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference on Saturday, October 22, 2011, at the Rockville Campus in the Theatre Arts Arena, located at 51 Mannakee Street. The conference, which runs 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., features a full day of workshops, book signings, a keynote address by National Public Radio book critic Maureen Corrigan and an awards presentation. This year’s Literary Award honoree is Maxine Hong Kingston, an award-winning American author.

The writing workshops–in the morning and afternoon sessions–are designed for emerg­ing and established creative fiction and non-fiction writers. Students over age 14 are welcome. Literary workshops are designed for the book lover who is not necessarily working on his or her own writing. A special literary-jazz work­shop will look at music in “The Great Gatsby,” with a special performance by jazz musician Pamela York.

The F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Confer­ence began in 1996 as a celebration of Fitzgerald’s birth. The annual event is held in Rockville because Fitzgerald, his wife Zelda, and his daughter are laid to rest in a local cemetery.

A major feature of the conference is the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Award given to an outstanding American writer. The award recipient attends the conference, giving a talk to participants and a master class for selected students. Maxine Hong Kingston is this year’s award honoree. She is the author of “The Woman Warrior,” “China Men,” “Tripmaster Monkey,” “The Fifth Book of Peace,” and “I Love a Broad Margin to My Life,” among other works. Ms. Kingston is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the presiden­tially conferred National Humanities Medal, and the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation. She previously served for many years as a senior lecturer for Creative Writing at University of California-Berkeley. She lives in California.

The keynote speaker, Maureen Corrigan, is a book critic for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air, a critic-in-residence and lecturer at Georgetown University and a columnist for the Washington Post’s Book World. She is a past winner of the Edgar Award for Criticism, presented by the Mystery Writers of America. Corrigan’s literary memoir “Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading!” was published in 2005.

Please visit for a detailed schedule of workshops, events, prices and registration information. The early registration deadline is Friday, September 16, 2011. To register by phone or by check, contact Linda Bishop at or 301-309-9461.

This annual conference is sponsored by the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc., in partnership with the City of Rockville and Montgomery College.

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