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Posted on: September 3, 2019

Author Amy Tan to be Honored With F. Scott Fitzgerald Award

Annual Literary Festival to be Held Oct. 12

Rockville, Maryland, Sept. 3 — The F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival will honor “The Joy Luck Club” author Amy Tan, on Saturday, Oct. 12, with the 2019 F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature.

The award has been presented to some of America’s most distinguished writers, including Richard Russo, Annie Proulx, Norman Mailer, Pat Conroy, John Updike and Joyce Carol Oates.

During the awards ceremony, which begins at 12:45 p.m., Montgomery County High School Fitzgerald Scholars will be recognized and winners of the annual F. Scott Fitzgerald short story contest for students and adults will be announced.

The F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival — established in 1996 to celebrate the centenary of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s birth in the city where Fitzgerald, his wife and daughter are buried — is co-sponsored by the City of Rockville and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc. The festival is for writers, book lovers and Fitzgerald fans.

The festival’s activities, which take place over three days, will include writing workshops, a conversation between Tan and best-selling author Mark Childress, and a screening of “The Joy Luck Club.”

On Thursday, Oct. 10, the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County Literary Luncheon Series will host author Vaddey Ratner, who at 11:30 a.m. will deliver the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival opening lecture at Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Drive.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, local historian Eileen McGuckian will present on “F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Rockville: Rockville in the 1920s,” at Glenview Mansion, as part of the Glenview Mansion and Peerless Rockville Speaker Series. The mansion is at 603 Edmonston Drive.

At 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc., and The Writer’s Center will present “Readings in Tribute to Amy Tan and to Mothers, Daughters, and Families” at The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda.

The festival will be held at the Glenview Mansion, 603 Edmonston Drive. For more information, and to register, visit or call 301-309-9461.

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Marylou Berg
Director of Communication

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