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Exeter LitFest

March 31 to April 1, 2023

Sat., April 1st, afternoon of local authors

noon-5pm, Exeter Town Hall

Keynote at noon

(free & open to the public)

Full schedule below

Rabia Chaudry

2023 Keynote Author

Rabia Chaudry is an attorney, advocate, and author of the New York Times bestselling book Adnan’s Story and Executive Producer of a four-part HBO documentary series The Case Against Adnan Syed. Rabia is also co-producer and co-host of the podcasts; The 45thThe Hidden DjinnNighty Night, and Undisclosed.

She will discuss and sign her new book Fatty Fatty Boom Boom: A Memoir of Food, Fat and Family at LitFest. 


2023 Exeter LitFest

Saturday 12 - 5 PM at Exeter Town Hall


12-12:45 Downstairs Keynote:

Rabia Chaudry, author of Fatty Fatty Boom Boom & Adnan’s Story.

Followed by book signing 12:45 – 1:30


1:00 to 1:45 PM Upstairs:

POETRY READING: Diannely Antigua and Ralph Sneeden, with a tribute to the late Exeter poet, Harvey Shepard. Moderated by Todd Hearon.


2:00 to 2:45 PM Downstairs:

Keith O’Brien, author of Paradise Falls:

The True Story of an Environmental Catastrophe, in conversation with The Rev. Heidi Carrington Heath.


2:00 to 2:45 PM Upstairs:

Arts in Action: Celebrating Poetic Possibilities

Exeter High School teachers Dennis Magliozzi and Kristina Peterson. Listen to a selection of high school students share their slam and spoken word poetry.

Intro by Jack Herney.


3:00 to 3:45 PM Downstairs:

Memory and Mystery

Novelists Annie Hartnett, author of Unlikely Animals, and Lara Prescott, author of The Secrets We Kept. Moderated by Katie Henderson Adams.


3:00 to 3:45 PM Upstairs:

Preserving Family Histories

with June Fabre, James Nealon, and Tom Tufts. Moderated by Renay Allen.


4:00- 4:45 PM Downstairs:

Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, author of The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey Into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred.

Moderated by Frances Johnson.

Plus check out events for kids and teens all day Saturday at the Exeter Public Library!


Friday, March 31,  cocktail-mixer fundraiser w/ live jazz by the Dave Limina Trio

"Exeter Goes Gatsby"

1920's garb highly encouraged

7-9pm, Mila, 1 Franklin St, Exeter



Local Lodging 

The Inn at the Bandstand

The Hampton Inn

The Exeter Inn

The Fairfield Inn 


In Exeter right now? Take a Literary Walking Tour!

(self-paced with the IZI app)

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