Translating Life into Literature with Pete Fortenbaugh


In his recently released novella, The Monday after Father’s Day, author Pete Fortenbaugh presents a fictional community of complex characters, exploring transcendent themes of religion, race, and community through the eyes of his eight-year-old protagonist. Informed by the close friendships he made while living and working as a carpenter on isolated Tangier Island, Fortenbaugh’s work spotlights life in small communities sustained by the Bay. In this talk, Fortenbaugh will share his process for translating his experiences in the Chesapeake into a fictionalized world, as well as excerpts from the novella.   


This talk is part of the Chesapeake Perspectives Workshop Series, and sponsored by the Upper Shore Regional Folklife Center under the Maryland Traditions program of the Maryland State Arts Council. A limited number of complimentary copies of Fortenbaugh’s novella will be provided on a first come, first served basis courtesy of the Upper Shore Regional Folklife Center. Additional copies may be purchased through program registration.


CBMM Staff Lead: Senior Director of Engagement, Learning, & Interpretation, Jill Ferris,, 410-745-4986.

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