Celebrate WordFest at The Mount
WordFest at The Mount, the three-year-old literary festival held at Edith Wharton’s Berkshire home, will take place this year from September 5 to 21. Public events will include a series of free readings by writers and poets with ties to the Berkshire region. The festival will culminate with two major events: the Berkshire premier of ‘Literary Death Match’ on Friday, September 20, and a free public reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mark Strand on Saturday, September 21.
“With the intent of hosting more free programs, we have reshaped WordFest to encourage an even broader audience than in previous years,” said Susan Wissler, executive director of
The Mount. “The September festival, in which we showcase regional and national talent, marks the official celebration of our year-round commitment to quality literary programming at The Mount.”
In recent years, The Mount has become the literary hub of the Berkshires. The cultural non-profit regularly hosts esteemed writers–including novelists, poets, biographers, scholars, and journalists–for readings and discussions. Its 21-year-old Summer Lecture Series program has routinely sold out; other literary programs throughout the year have also drawn significant audiences.
This year’s WordFest at The Mount will kick off with an event on Thursday, September 5, featuring Christian Phiffer and Rambling Poets, followed by two more readings on successive Thursdays. The festival will culminate with two special weekend events on September 20 and 21. All events will be held at the Mount, located at 2 Plunkett Street in Lenox, Mass. For a full schedule of events, more information or to make reservations, visit EdithWharton.org or call 413-551-5100.