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Inaugural WIT Festival

September 22 - September 25, 2022

10:00 am-6:00 pm ET

Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox, Massachusetts

Thank you to everyone who attended our inaugural WIT: Words, Ideas, and Thinkers Festival! We are so excited about the incredible response to our inaugural event and are proud to join the Berkshires community. Save the date for our 2023 festival taking place September 21-23! Additional details to come soon. Click here to be added to our mailing list.

If you are interested in making a donation in support of WIT and the Authors Guild Foundation’s mission to educate, support, and protect American writers, click here.

To learn more about joining the Authors Guild Foundation Giving Society and receiving early access to WIT Festival registration and other perks, click here.

Inaugural WIT Festival Main Sessions

When Religion Meets Science with Dan Brown
America and China: Comes the Moment with Simon Winchester and Admiral Harry Harris, U.S. Navy (Retired)
America Through Fiction with Geraldine Brooks and Roxana Robinson
Reexamining American History with David W. Blight and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
On Climate Change with Elizabeth Kolbert and Douglas Preston
Does the Supreme Court Have a Future? with Nikolas Bowie and Linda Greenhouse
Identity and Belonging with Ayad Akhtar and Susan Choi; Moderated by Marie Arana

Inaugural WIT Festival Pop-Up Events

Event: Letty Cottin Pogrebin reading from her memoir, Shanda: A Memoir of Shame and Secrecy, at The Bookstore in Lenox, MA
Performance: Wild Symphony: A Musical Performance and Reading with Dan Brown
Authors Guild Foundation Fundraising Event: A Play, A Pint, and A Picnic
Featuring a performance of Community Service, a comedic play written by Laura Pedersen and performed by Paula Ewin and David Rockefeller.

Special thanks to our inaugural WIT Festival partners and sponsors!

If you are interested in a partnership or sponsorship opportunity for our 2023 WIT Festival, please contact Lynn Boulger,, or Nikki Maniscalco,

Epic Sponsor


Anthology Sponsor

Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo

Biography Sponsors

Hans & Kate Morris
Pamela Pescosolido – The Bookloft
Hunter K. Runnette & Mark P. VandenBosch

Memoir Sponsors

Patrick Atkinson
Harper’s Magazine
Lapham’s Quarterly
Oaklins DeSilva & Phillips LLC
October Mountain Financial Advisors
Laura Pedersen
Penguin Random House
Mary Ann & Bruno Quinson
Roxana & Hamilton Robinson
Diana Rowan Rockefeller