2014 Events

In Concert: Grace & the Victory Riders
Friday, May 16, 7:30 p.m.

Grace & the Victory Riders combine world flavors and rhythms with pop songwriting and a message of social consciousness. Grace is a singer-songwriter who has been influenced by her travels all over the world; she has lived in Africa, India, Jamaica, North America, and Europe. Her journey eventually brought her to Paris, where she first gained a following. Her band played more than 150 concerts in France and her album Hall of Mirrors went Gold. Her next album, Made For Change, will be released in the U.S. on Jimmy Buffett’s label, Mailboat. Twenty Summers is proud to host her first appearance with the Victory Riders in this country.

A Night of Theater
Saturday, May 17, 8 p.m.

Academy Award–winning writer-performer-filmmaker James Lecesne will perform his one-man show, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey. The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey is the story of about what happens when a community fails to protect one who dares to express his difference, and how that failure can allow the bully to win. In reviewing the novel, Publisher’s Weekly wrote: “Lecesne turns out a stunner of a first novel, using a deliberately leisurely pace to develop a view of a small town NJ community – and then shattering it.”
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James Lecesne (Producer/Playwright/Author/Activist) has been telling stories for over twenty-five years and using story as the basis for social change. He is co-founder of The Trevor Project, the only national crisis intervention and suicide prevention Lifeline for LGBT and Questioning youth, and he wrote the screenplay for the Academy Award winning short film, Trevor, which inspired founding of the organization. James created several one-person shows including One Man Band, Word of Mouth, (NY Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award) and The Road Home: Stories of Children of War, which was presented at the Asia Society in NYC and at also the International Peace Initiative at the Hague. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, he founded The After The Storm Foundation, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to offering assistance to the youth of New Orleans, and he is the executive producer of the documentary film, After the Storm. For Television he adapted Armistead Maupin’s Further Tales of the City (Emmy nomination) and was a writer on the TV show Will & Grace. He is the author of three novels for young adults including The Letter Q, an anthology of letters that Queer writers wrote to their younger selves. He currently teaches Story & Structure to documentary filmmakers at the New York Film Academy.

Take Three: A Trio of Novelists Read and Talk
Friday, May 23, 7 p.m.

Bestselling novelists Andre Dubus III, Julia Glass, and Edward Kelsey Moore read from and talk about their new novels.
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Andre Dubus III is the author of six books, including the New York Times bestsellers House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days, and a memoir, Townie. His most recent book, Dirty Love, published in the fall of 2013, was a New York Times “Notable Book” selection, a New York Times “Editors’ Choice,” a 2013 “Notable Fiction” choice from The Washington Post, and a Kirkus Reviews “Starred Best Book of 2013.” Dubus has been a finalist for the National Book Award and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Magazine Award for Fiction, two Pushcart Prizes, and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His books are published in over twenty-five languages, and he teaches full-time at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Fontaine, a modern dancer, and their three children.

Julia Glass is the author of the novels And the Dark Sacred Night, The Widower’s Tale, The Whole World Over, and the National Book Award–winning Three Junes, as well as the Kindle Single “Chairs in the Rafters.” Her third book, I See You Everywhere, a collection of linked stories, won the 2009 SUNY John Gardner Fiction Award. She has also won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Other awards for her fiction include the Sense of Place Award, the Tobias Wolff Award, and the Pirate’s Alley Medal for Best Novella. Her essays have been widely anthologized, most recently in Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book, edited by Sean Manning, and in Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers, edited by Eleanor Henderson and Anna Solomon. Also a teacher of creative writing workshops at programs ranging from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown to the M.F.A. program at Brooklyn College, Julia lives with her two sons and their father on the North Shore of Massachusetts.

Edward Kelsey Moore is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat, which was awarded the 2014 First Novelist Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was chosen as a 2013 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. It was also named a 2014 Illinois Reads book by the Illinois Reading Council. Moore’s essays and short fiction have appeared in The New York Times and a number of literary magazines, including Ninth Letter, Indiana Review, African American Review, and Inkwell. His short fiction has been featured on Chicago Public Radio’s Stories on Stage series. In addition to his writing, Edward maintains a career as a professional cellist, performing with a number of ensembles, including the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra. A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Edward lives in Chicago with his partner of many years. He is currently at work on his second novel.

A Day of Words
Saturday, May 24, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Join Julia Glass, National Book Award–winning author, as she moderates readings and informal conversations with nine accomplished writers: Scott Challener, Jill Ciment, Rebecca Goldstein, Amy Hempel, Daniel Johnson, Valerie Martin, Steven Pinker, Leslie Shipman, and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan. The day will culminate in a celebration of the late Provincetown bard Stanley Kunitz, whose poem “Route Six” was the source of our name.
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10:00 a.m. Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, author of the food memoir A Tiger in the Kitchen and editor of the new fiction anthology Singapore Noir, will talk about and read from her work.

11:00 a.m. Poets Scott Challener, Daniel Johnson, and Leslie Shipman will share their work.

The next two sessions will highlight creative partnerships.

12:00 noon. Award-winning fiction writers Jill Ciment and Amy Hempel will discuss their collaboration on a novel they are writing for their late friend Katherine Russell Rich, as well as work of their own.

1:30 p.m. Renowned (and married) writers Rebecca Goldstein and Steven Pinker will talk about the challenges and rewards of a literary household. Goldstein will also discuss her new book, Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away; Pinker will offer a sneak peek at work in progress.

3:00 p.m. Novelist Valerie Martin will read from and discuss her acclaimed new book—a maritime thriller—The Ghost of the Mary Celeste.

4:00 p.m. A tribute to the late Stanley Kunitz, longtime poet laureate of Provincetown and a muse to Twenty Summers (our name comes from his poem “Route Six”). Poets Challener, Johnson, and Shipman will talk about his life and read from his work.
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Scott Challener holds an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers. His work has appeared in collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston’s Words from the Walk program, as well as in Gulf Coast, Narrative Magazine, The Rumpus, Mississippi Review, and elsewhere. He teaches poetry workshops at Grub Street and expository and creative writing courses at Boston University’s Metropolitan College and Northeastern University’s College for Professional Studies. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in English at Rutgers University. He lives in the Fort Point Channel area of South Boston with his partner, Amy Beckhusen, and their two children, Annalise and Gabriel.

Jill Ciment was born in Montreal. She is the author of Small Claims, a collection of short stories and novellas, the memoir Hale a Life, and four novels: The Law of Falling Bodies, Teeth of the Dog, The Tattoo Artist, and Heroic Measures. She has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a NEA Japan Fellowship Prize, two New York State Fellowships for the Arts, the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Love Like That, a film adaptation of Heroic Measures, starring Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton, will be in theaters this fall.  Ciment is a professor at the University of Florida.  She lives in Gainesville, Florida, and Brooklyn, New York.

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein is a philosopher and a novelist and the author of ten books. Her novels include The Mind-Body Problem, Properties of Light: A Novel of Love, Betrayal and Quantum Physics, and 36 Arguments for The Existence of God: A Work of Fiction.  She is also the author of Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel, named one of the best science books of 2005 by Discover magazine, and the award-winning Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity. Her latest book is Plato at The Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away. Goldstein has been received numerous honors, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. In 1996 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, popularly known as the “genius” prize.  She has also been named the Humanist of the Year by the American Humanist Association and Free-thought Heroine by the Freedom from Religion Foundation. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is visiting Professor of Philosophy at New College of the Humanities in London.

Amy Hempel is the author of four story collections and the recipient of awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the United States Artists Foundation, and the Academy of Arts and Letters. Her work has been published in Harper’s, Vanity Fair, Tin House, GQ, and many other magazines and journals. The New York Times named Hempel’s Collected Stories one of the 10 best books of 2007, and it won the Ambassador Book Award for best fiction of the year. In 2008 and 2009, the REA Award and PEN/Malamud Award for the Short Story followed. She teaches at Harvard and Bennington.

Daniel Johnson is a poet. His book How to Catch a Falling Knife won the Kinereth Gensler Award in 2010. The collection explores Johnson’s Rust Belt roots and states, “To catch a falling knife, / you have to double-doubt / the knife.” In connection with the book’s release, Johnson has performed an illuminated version of the text involving poetry, original music, and the found home movies of William Bradley, a World War II–era Fuller Brush salesman from Davenport, Iowa. Johnson’s poetry has appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies including Best American Poetry 2007, The Iowa Review, The Boston Review, American Letters & Commentary, and I Have My Own Song for It: Modern Poems of Ohio. He is the founding executive director of 826 Boston, a youth writing center that is part of the national network founded by writer Dave Eggers. Johnson lives with his wife and children in Boston’s Roslindale neighborhood.

Valerie Martin is the author of ten novels, including Trespass, Mary Reilly, Italian Fever, and Property, three collections of short fiction, and a biography of St. Francis of Assisi, titled Salvation. She has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as the Kafka Prize (for Mary Reilly) and Britain’s Orange Prize (for Property). Among others, Martin’s last novel, The Confessions of Edward Day was a New York Times notable book for 2009. Her latest books are a novel, The Ghost of the Mary Celeste, and a middle-grade reader, Anton and Cecil: Cats at Sea, cowritten with her niece Lisa Martin. Valerie Martin has taught in many writing programs. She resides in Dutchess County, New York, and teaches currently at Mount Holyoke College.

Steven Pinker is an experimental psychologist and one of the world’s foremost writers on language, mind, and human nature. Currently Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, Pinker has also taught at Stanford and MIT. His research on visual cognition and the psychology of language has won prizes from the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and the American Psychological Association. He has also received seven honorary doctorates, several teaching awards at MIT and Harvard, and numerous prizes for his books The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, and The Blank Slate. He is chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary and often writes for the New York Times, Time, and the New Republic. He has been named Humanist of the Year and has appeared on such prominent lists as Prospect magazine’s “The World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals,” Foreign Policy‘s “100 Global Thinkers,” and Time‘s “The 100 Most Influential People in the World Today.”

Leslie Shipman is a poet whose work has appeared in a number of journals, including Bomb, The Kenyon Review, Mid-American Review, Bellingham Review, Cortland Review, and The Laurel Review, and was anthologized in Best New Poets 2005. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was the Alan Collins Tuition Scholar in Poetry at the Breadloaf Writers Conference. She serves on the board of directors of Kore Press and is the director of programs for the National Book Foundation.

Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan is the author of A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family. A native of Singapore, she is working on her second book, a novel, and is the editor of the just-released Singapore Noir, an anthology of noir fiction set in Singapore. She has worked as a staff writer covering fashion and culture at the Wall Street Journal, In Style, and the Baltimore Sun. Her writing on travel and food has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Paris Review, Bon Appetit, and Food & Wine. She has won major grants from the National Arts Council of Singapore and has  has been an artist in residence at Yaddo, Hawthornden Castle, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. She lives in Brooklyn.

A Night of Music: In Concert with Jennifer Knapp
Saturday, May 24, 7:30 p.m.

Jennifer Knapp was at the height of her career when she did what most would consider unthinkable: she took a seven-year hiatus, looking to reclaim a part of herself that felt lost in her success. But that period of soul-searching made her songwriting more honest than ever. After her highly anticipated return Letting Go, she has solidified a loyal fan base through remarkably accessible songwriting that bridges across genres. Her transition from Contemporary Christian Music to mainstream folk rock has made her a lightning rod for controversy, but her unique ability to speak gracefully to music lovers from all walks of life fills a void in the unlikely intersection between the faith and LGBT communities. Today we find Jennifer experiencing a personal renaissance with a much broader platform than ever before: recording a new album and becoming one of the foremost advocates for LGBT people of faith. She will be showcasing her new material at Twenty Summers.

Classes from the Cape School of Art
Sunday, May 25–Friday, May 30

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The Cape School of Art will offer classes in the en plein air style of Charles Hawthorne, who opened the barn as an art school back in 1907. For details on how to participate, visit the Cape School online.

An Evening of Classical Music
Saturday, May 31, 7:30 p.m.

“Rich and Strange: A Celebration of the Sea in Music and Words” will feature The Broken Consort and The Arneis Quartet performing musical compositions that span two thousand years. Writers M.T. Anderson, Joshua Prager, and Julia Glass will read excerpts from immortal works about the sea, from Ovid to Henry Beston. Sponsored by Gregory Maguire; produced by M.T. Anderson; to be broadcast by NPR.
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Arneis Quartet, praised for its “beautiful sound” (Beijing Global Times), is proving to be one of the finest emerging ensembles of its generation. While exploring the standard repertoire, the quartet is also committed to the works of contemporary composers. Arneis Quartet received a grant from Meet the Composer to promote works they premiered during the 2010-2011 season. They also performed works of Jonathan Berger and Brian Ferneyhough at the 2011 Beijing Modern Music Festival and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Future collaborations include new works written for them by composers Andrew List, Scott Ordway, and members of the Boston Composers Coalition. The quartet’s four members all teach: on the faculties of Boston University, Brookline Public Schools, and the Chestnut Hill School, and as a coach for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. In collaboration with Emmanuel Music‘s Community Connections, Arneis Quartet also participates in outreach programs that include performance, master classes, and collaborations with schoolchildren. They have worked with music students at the Boston Arts Academy, Perkins School for the Blind, and the Boston Public Schools.

The Broken Consort is an exuberant, experimental, and committed professional medieval and contemporary chamber music ensemble based in Boston. The Boston Musical Intelligencer praised their work as “early music turned early magic.” They have performed in Boston, Cleveland, New York City, Tucson, Phoenix, Houston, Atlanta, Baltimore, and Vancouver. The Broken Consort is equally invested in educational and charitable activities, dedicated to bringing early music and new music to the general public and those who are usually not drawn to the repertoire. They seek to challenge mainstream audience perceptions of classical and chamber music performance. They have presented performance lectures at Harvard University and Arizona State University, worked with a number of K–12 schools, and have established a series of prison outreach programs in Plymouth County Correctional Facilities.

An Evening of Writerly Conversation
Thursday, June 5, 7:00 p.m.
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“Fantasy, Reality, and Bookcraft: The Art of World Building.” Come hear Gregory Maguire, author of the Oz-inspired series The Wicked Years, and National Book Award–winning young-adult author M. T. Anderson (Feed; The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing) discuss their lives, their craft, and their upcoming books in a staged conversation moderated by Katherine Howe, New York Times bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane.
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Katherine Howe is the author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane,a novel of the Salem witch trials that debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list and was named one of USA Today’s Top Ten Books of 2009. Her second bestselling novel, The House of Velvet and Glass, visited Boston in the aftermath of the Titanic sinking. Summer 2014 will see the release of her third novel, a thriller for young adults called Conversion,< which explores a Massachusetts prep school in the grip of a mysterious illness. Her research on witchcraft has been collected in a primary-source reader for Penguin Classics called The Penguin Book of Witches, which will be published on Halloween 2014. She is completing her fourth novel, a New York City ghost story for young adults called The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen, for release in summer 2015. She has discussed her historical fiction writing on “Good Morning America,” on “CBS This Morning,” on the History Channel, and she hosted “Salem: Unmasking the Devil” for the National Geographic Channel US and UK. Most recently, she appeared in the WGN special “Salem: Witches Are Real.” Her fiction has been translated into more than 20 languages. In Spring 2015 she will be the visiting writer-in-residence at Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina, where she will begin work on her fifth novel. A native Texan, she lives in New England and upstate New York, where she teaches at Cornell.

Gregory Maguire writes for children, teens, and adults. Among his 34 titles, his best-known work is Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, which inspired the Broadway musical of the same name. His adult novel Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister became an ABC TV movie. He helped found and for 25 years codirected Children’s Literature New England, a nonprofit advocating the significance of literature in the lives of children. He has also taught graduate school as well as (for one year only) seventh and eighth grades. Maguire is occasional reviewer for the New York Times Book Review, has written and performed material on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and he has been featured in a New York Times Magazine profile and in a segment on “Oprah.” Maguire’s work has been translated into several dozen languages, and his most recent five novels have all landed on the New York Times bestseller lists. His forthcoming novel, Egg & Spoon—intended as a crossover novel for tweens, teens, and adults—is set in Tsarist Russia, though the motivating principle behind it is an examination of the costs and rewards of sharing, whether it be called communism, communitarianism, ethical humanism or charity. He lives in New England and in France with his husband, the painter Andy Newman, and their three children.

M. T. Anderson is the author of several novels for middle-graders and young adults, including the satirical Feed (2002), a National Book Award finalist and winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize, and The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: The Pox Party, a Gothic novel set in 18th-century Boston, which won the National Book Award for Young People in 2006. His short fiction has appeared in Conjunctions, The Northwest Review, and other journals; his nonfiction in periodicals including the New York Times, The Improper Bostonian, and BBC Music. Anderson is currently at work on a nonfiction book about the dramatic story behind Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony and on a graphic novel titled Yvain, based on Chrétien de Troyes’s 12th-century epic The Knight of the Lion. He divides his time between the sofa and the floor.

The Hawthorne Barn: A Century of Art
Saturday, June 7, 10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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In the first of two symposia addressing the legacy of the Hawthorne Barn, Josephine Del Deo, an art historian who has lived in Provincetown since 1950, will speak about artist Charles Hawthorne and his founding of the Cape School of Art. David Dunlap, New York Times reporter and creator of a remarkable online testament to Ptown’s art history will speak about other illustrious artists who worked in the barn. The second panel, moderated by art critic Karen Wilkin, will focus on the great artist Hans Hofmann, who worked and taught in the barn after Hawthorne died. Hofmann experts in attendance will include Marcelle Polednik (director of MOCA Jacksonville), Lucinda Barnes (chief curator of the Berkeley Museum), and Tina Dickey (author of Color Creates Light). This event is sponsored by the Hans Hofmann Trust.
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James R. Bakker is the president of PAAM, president of the Cape and Islands Historical Association, chair of the Town of Provincetown Visitor Services Board and of the Provincetown Art Commission, and previous executive director of the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum.He is also an auctioneer, art dealer, appraiser, consultant and independent curator specializing in American paintings and prints and a member of the Antiques Dealers’ Association of America. He opened the doors to his first antiques shop at the age of fifteen; over the next forty-five years, he had galleries in Littleton, Cambridge, and Boston. Currently he maintains a gallery in Provincetown, where he also resides. Over the past two decades, Bakker has curated numerous museum exhibitions, many with a focus on Provincetown artists. He wrote the chapter “Charles Webster Hawthorne Founds the Cape Cod School of Art” in the The Tides of Provincetown: Pivotal Years in America’s Oldest Continuous Art Colony (1899-2011), published by the New Britain Museum of American Art to accompany their landmark traveling exhibition of the same title.

Lucinda Barnes is chief curator and director of programs and collections at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Before coming to Berkeley in 2001, Barnes served as curator of collections at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, and she has held senior curatorial posts at the Newport Harbor Art Museum (now the Orange County Museum of Art) and the University Art Museum, California State University Long Beach. Barnes has organized numerous exhibitions at numerous museums and has lectured widely, most recently about the internationally renowned Hans Hofmann collection at BAM/PFA. In 2002–2004, Barnes’s exhibition “Hans Hofmann: The UC Berkeley Art Museum Collection” toured to the Akron Art Museum, McNay Art Museum, Des Moines Art Center, and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Barnes is currently working on “Hofmann by Hofmann,” opening at BAM/PFA in July 2014, and a major Hofmann exhibition scheduled to tour in Europe in late 2016 and 2017.

Josephine C. Del Deo (often writing as Josephine Breen Del Deo) is a longtime resident of Provincetown who has enjoyed a prolific writing career spanning poetry, fiction, biography, art history, essays, and plays. She has also been active in a number of significant achievements in local conservation, such as the preservation of 3,000 acres of the Province Lands for the Cape Cod National Seashore in 1961; the preservation and establishment of the Provincetown Heritage Museum (now the Provincetown Public Library) in 1976; and the initial effort, as committee chair, to designate a portion of Provincetown as a Historic District. This initiative, launched in the 1970s, was finally completed by others on behalf of the town in 2003. Her work in art history produced a definitive biography of the Provincetown artist Ross Moffett,  one of Charles W. Hawthorne’s  favorite students, and she has published numerous essays about other area artists, including George Yater, Victor and Charles De Carlo, Mary Hackett, the “Indiana Boys,” Philip Malicoat, Bruce McKain, Oliver Chaffee, William and Lucy L’Engle. Her essay “Ross Moffett and the Modernist Tradition” was included in The Tides of Provincetown, the exhibition catalogue produced for the New Britain Museum of American Art exhibit in 2011. Her personal memoir of dune life on the back shore of Provincetown and Truro  between l953 and 2003, entitled The Watch at Peaked Hill, will be published in 2015.

Salvatore Del Deo is an artist and a longtime community leader in Provincetown. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1928, and began his artistic education at the Rhode Island School of Design. In 1945, at theVesper George School of Art, he met Henry Hensche, a protégé of Charles W. Hawthorne. Hensche’s remarkable approach to portraiture convinced Del Deo to enroll in the Cape School of Art, where he studied for three years. In 1953, after subsequent study in New York at the Art Students’ League and a stint in the U.S. Army, he returned to Provincetown, where he met and married his wife, Josephine. A resident since then, he has had a long association with PAAM as a contributing member, vice president, and trustee, initiating classes for children there in 1965. He was also a founding member of the Provincetown Group Gallery and, along with his wife, of the Fine Arts Work Center in 1964. As an artist, Salvatore Del Deo has exhibited in Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., and widely on Cape Cod. His work is in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian Institution, the art museums at Williams College and Smith College, Harvard’s Houghton Library, PAAM, and the Cape Cod Museum of Art. Since 1992, he has been represented in Provincetown by the Berta Walker Gallery.

Tina Dickey, artist, author, and filmmaker, studied painting with former students of Hans Hofmann prior to conducting an oral history, now in the Archives of American Art, and exhibited with them at Copenhagen City Gallery in 1993 (USA on Paper). During her nine years as editor of the Hans Hofmann Catalogue Raisonné (1997–2006), she was chief research consultant for the PBS documentary Hans Hofmann: Artist/Teacher, Teacher/Artist (2002), while editing the journals of painter Myron Stout. She has contributed to numerous books and exhibition catalogs related to Hofmann and his former students in the United States, Canada, Spain, and Germany. Her manuscript on Hofmann’s teaching, Color Creates Light: Studies with Hans Hofmann, was published in 2011.  She is producing and directing an international series of four feature-length independent art documentaries on interrelated master artists; the first, Paint Until Dawn, will be released to festivals in 2015.

David Dunlap is the author and photographer of a building-by-building guide to Provincetown’s history, Building Provincetown, which is available online and in print. He wrote the text of the “Historic Provincetown Walking Tour” map. He lives in Manhattan and has covered architecture and landmarks as a New York Times reporter since 1981.

Dr. Marcelle Polednik is director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville. Prior to her present appointment, she served as the chief curator of the Monterey Museum of Art and as assistant curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She holds a Ph.D. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. Dr. Polednik is a published scholar and has curated numerous modern and contemporary art exhibitions. Most recently, she authored “In Search of Equipoise: Hofmann’s Artistic Negotiations, 1940–58” for the three-volume Hans Hofmann Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings (Lund Humphries, 2014).

Karen Wilkin is a New York–based independent curator and critic specializing in 20th-century modernism. She is the author of monographs on Stuart Davis, David Smith, Anthony Caro, Kenneth Noland, Helen Frankenthaler, Giorgio Morandi, Hans Hofmann, and Georges Braque, and has organized exhibitions of the work of these artists, among others, internationally. She is the contributing editor for art for the Hudson Review and a regular contributor to the New Criterion and the Wall Street Journal. Wilkin also teaches in the MFA program of the New York Studio School. Her recent projects include the traveling exhibition American Vanguards: John Graham, Stuart Davis, Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning and Their Circle, 1927–1942 (in collaboration with William C. Agee and Irving Sandler), which was chosen as “best show of 2012” by the Boston Globe, and Hans Hofmann: Magnum Opus (with William C. Agee), a retrospective for the Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern in Germany.

In concert: Sarah McKenzie
Saturday, June 7, 7:30 p.m.

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Sarah McKenzie is an Australian jazz vocalist and pianist whose album Close Your Eyes won Best Jazz Album at the 2012 ARIA Awards (the Australian Grammys). She has performed throughout Australia and Europe and will perform with the Boston Pops on June 12. At Twenty Summers, she will be showcasing material from her new album, produced by Brian Bacchus (who also produces Norah Jones).

A Day of Storytelling
Saturday, June 14, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
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Twenty Summers founder and author Joshua Prager and author Eric Marcus will moderate a day of stories that revolve around secrets and “coming out.” Our storytellers include politician Corey Johnson, author Jane Isay, and prison-reform activist Michael Jewell, who was formerly on death row in the Texas prison system. Sponsored by Chris Buck.
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Melanie Braverman is a writer and visual artist. She is the author of the novel East Justice and the poetry collection Red, for which she received the Publishers Triangle Poetry Award. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Poetry, American Poetry Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review. Her artwork is in the permanent collection of New York’s Leslie-Lohman Museum, and she is working on a forthcoming exhibition at AMP Gallery in Provincetown.

Jane Isay is the author of Walking on Eggshells: Navigating the Delicate Relationship Between Grown Children and Parents, Mom Still Likes You Best: The Unfinished Business Between Siblings, and Secrets and Lies: Surviving the Truths That Change Our Lives. She has lectured on these subjects across the country and appeared on network TV and NPR. She is also the author/editor of You Are My Witness: The Living Words of Rabbi Marshall T. Meyers. Before becoming a writer, Isay was an editor for more than 40 years, publishing a broad range of nonfiction, with a special focus on psychology, at Yale University Press, Basic Books, Addison-Wesley, Grosset Books, and ultimately as editor in chief of Harcourt. Over the years, she worked on books by such esteemed authors as Robert J. Lifton, Howard Gardner, Alice Miller, and Mary Pipher. For over a decade, Isay chaired the Association of American Publishers’ Freedom to Read Committee. She has served on boards of directors of a number of nonprofit publishers and chaired the board of The New Press while sharing her expertise at publishing courses and panels in New York and around the country. She lives in Manhattan.

Christine Horovitz is the owner of Kiss and Makeup, a skin care, hair care, and cosmetics store and spa for men and women in Provincetown. She is currently writing her first book, about her life growing up with a gender disorder and the journey to becoming transgender. In the early 1990s, she moved to Provincetown, where she met her husband. Together for fourteen years, they built a life in Rhode Island until Horovitz was widowed by his accidental death. She relocated to Provincetown five years ago.

Michael Jewell is the president of TX-CURE (Texas Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants), an inmate/inmate family support group founded in 1972. Jewell, who made parole from the TDCJ-ID on June 11, 2010, after serving 40 consecutive years on a life sentence, is eminently qualified to speak on the pros and cons (no pun intended) of the Texas prison system. A fourth-grade dropout from Anderson, Indiana, Jewell went to juvenile reform school five times and later, as an adult, was incarcerated three times, the final time for armed robbery and murder. He was on death row for three years before his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment per the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Furman v. Georgia (1973). In prison, Jewell became an avid reader and developed a love of literature. Reading the great thinkers, from Plato to the cartoon sage Pogo, he became a “writ-writer,”an activist for prison reform. He now lobbies actively for prisoners’ rights.

Corey Johnson was elected a New York City Councilmember in November 2013; he represents the communities of Manhattan’s West Side. Raised in a union household where his mother, a homeless services provider, and his father, a Teamster, instilled in him the values of community service and political engagement, Corey first came to national attention in 2000, on the front page of The New York Times, as a trailblazer for LGBT youth. As the captain of his high school football team, when he took the courageous step of coming out publicly, he kept not only his position of leadership but also the support of his school and teammates. In 2005 Corey joined Community Board 4, eventually rising to chair the board. He negotiated for thousands of new units of permanent affordable family housing, educational scholarships for underserved children, and pressured New York State to protect our watershed from hydrofracking. He has advocated for protection of parkland and public recreational facilities, reducing class sizes in public school, and restoring the mayor’s proposed cuts to senior centers and meal programs. He was also influential in the approval of two new public schools to be built on New York City’s West Side.

Eric Marcus was recently appointed senior director for Loss and Bereavement Programs at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a national nonprofit dedicated to funding research, educating about suicide prevention, and providing help to those who have experienced a suicide loss. For the 25 years prior, Eric worked as a journalist, primarily writing books. He is the author of Why Suicide? Questions & Answers About Suicide, Suicide Prevention, and Coping with the Suicide of Someone You Know as well as several other books, including Is It A Choice?, Making Gay History, and What If? He is also coauthor of Breaking the Surface, the #1 New York Times bestselling autobiography of Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis, and of Coming Out to Play, the autobiography of Major League Soccer player Robbie Rogers, which will be published in November by Penguin Books. In addition, Marcus has written articles and columns for the New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, Newsweek, and the New Jersey Star-Ledger.He is a former associate producer for both “Good Morning America” and “CBS This Morning.”

Steven Petrow, also known as Mr. Manners, is a respected journalist and the go-to source for modern manners. He is often cited in the New York Times, People, and Time, as well as on NPR. His usually gentle, often humorous, but always insightful advice has made him a nationally recognized expert. The author of five etiquette books, Petrow writes the “Civilities” column for the Washington Post; “Manners Hero” for Parade; and “Medical Manners” for Everyday Health. Previously, he penned the New York Times’s “Civil Behavior” column. He is also the former president of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association.

Andrew Sullivan was born in August 1963 and grew up in East Grinstead, West Sussex, England. He attended Reigate Grammar School, and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he took a First in Modern History and Modern Languages. He was also President of the Oxford Union, and spent his summer vacations as an actor in the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.

In 1984, he won a Harkness Fellowship to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and earned a Masters degree in Public Administration in 1986. In his summers, he interned as an editorial writer at The Daily Telegraph in London, and at the Centre For Policy Studies, Margaret Thatcher’s informal think-tank, where he wrote a policy paper on the environment, called ‘Greening The Tories.’ In the summer of 1985, he travelled through thirty of the United States. He then went on to get a PhD from Harvard’s Government Department with a doctorate called ‘Intimations Pursued: The Voice of Practice in the Conversation of Michael Oakeshott.’ It won the Government Department Prize for a dissertation in political science, and was published in 2008.

From 1991 – 1996, he was the editor of The New Republic, bringing its circulation to a record 103,000 and, alongside predecessor Rick Hertzberg, winning three National Magazine Awards in his tenure. He was named editor of the year by Adweek in 1996. From 1996 – 2000 he devoted his time to writing for the New York Times Magazine, a weekly column for The Sunday Times in London, and to the campaign for marriage equality for gay couples.

In 1989, Sullivan wrote the first national cover-story in favor of marriage equality, and subsequently an essay, “The Politics of Homosexuality” in The New Republic in 1993, an article the Nation called the most influential of the decade in the gay rights movement. In 1995, he published his first book, “Virtually Normal,” a case for marriage equality, which was translated into a five languages. He testified against the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, edited an anthology, “Same-Sex Marriage: Pro and Con” and toured the country campaigning on the issue. His second book, ‘Love Undetectable: Notes on Friendship, Sex, and Survival,’ was published in 1998 in the United States and Britain. Sullivan tested positive for HIV in 1993, and remains in good health. In 2006, he published “The Conservative Soul,” a critique of the direction of the American right in the new millennium. In 2007, he was one of the first political writers to champion the presidential campaign of Barack Obama and his cover-story for the Atlantic, “Why Obama Matters”, was regarded as a mile-stone in that campaign’s messaging.

Sullivan calls himself a conservative still, is a practicing Catholic, but has been an enthusiastic supporter (and occasional critic) of Obama since 2007. Sullivan appears regularly on the Colbert Report and Real Time with Bill Maher on television and continues his weekly column for the Sunday Times. He lives with his husband and two hound dogs in New York City and Provincetown, Massachusetts.

In Concert: Kaki King
Saturday, June 14, 7:30 p.m.
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Kaki King, named by Rolling Stone in 2006 as one of The New Guitar Gods and hailed as “a genre unto herself,” is a true iconoclast, a visionary musician/artist whose singular work rightly stands out among the easily formatted. Over her decade-long career thus far, the Brooklyn-based guitarist/composer has recorded five extraordinarily diverse and distinctive LPs, performed with such icons as Foo Fighters, Timbaland, and The Mountain Goats; contributed to a variety of film and TV soundtracks (from Golden Globe–nominated work on Sean Penn’s Into The Wild to the score of the acclaimed 2007 drama August Rush); and played to ever-growing audiences on innumerable world tours. Beginning with 2002’s Everybody Loves You—to date, her only fully acoustic guitar recording—King has expanded and reconceived the role of the solo instrumental artist, constantly kicking at the boundaries of what’s expected.


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