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At the Deepest Point of the Delaware...

Join us for a magical three-day festival for people who love books, and the writers that inspire them, with a series of readings, performances, and a marathon, multi-venue reading of The Odyssey. 

High in the Sullivan Catskills...

Where eagles soar and shad come to spawn, we'll celebrate the power of words and the joy of reading with a series of free and ticketed events.

A Celebration Like No Other

From a panel of remarkable women in journalism, to a marathon reading of The Odyssey, to a meditation on sound, find your next great read in the beautiful river town of Narrowsburg.


Emily Wilson on Translating an Epic

Emily Wilson in conversation with Maria Dahvana Headley about the challenges and pleasures in translating an ancient text into English. Signing will follow. 

Fri 15 June, 7.30pm. 

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Masha Gessen and Nina Burleigh

Masha Gessen, winner of the 2017 National Book Award, and Nina Burleigh, National Politics corr. for Newsweek  talk with WNYC senior editor and co-host of Trump, Inc., Andrea Bernstein

Sat 16 June, 7pm. 

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A.M.Homes reads from Days of Awe

 The author of the novels, This Book Will Save Your Life, Music For Torching, The End of Alice, and Jack, discusses her new collection of short stories, Days of Awe.  

Sat 16 June, 1.45pm. 

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Bella Bathurst on the meaning of Sound

The award winning author talks about her new book, Sound, in which a 12-year span of deafness serves as a conduit to explore science, music and silence. 

Friday 15 June 6.45pm

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The Odyssey: A Marathon Reading & Performance

Experience one of the 24 books of The Odyssey, each read by a different reader, supported by artists and performers in 12 Narrowsburg venues. See below and schedule.

Penny Arcade in Longing Lasts Longer

Performance legend Penny Arcade brings her hit show, Longing Lasts Longer, to the Deep Water Literary Fest. 

Sat 16 June 9pm

Tickets available here.

Jake Shears

Meet founding member of The Scissor Sisters, the glam rock-meets-dance pop band that would record a string of hits (and the  best-selling album in the UK with their 2004 debut). Shears will read from his new memoir, Boys Keep Swinging

Fri 15 June, 8.30pm

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Nancy Princenthal

Local author and veteran art critic, Nancy Princenthal, talks about her 2016 Pen Award-winning biography, Agnes Martin: Her Life and Work.

Friday 15 June at 6pm

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Dominique Hellsten & Craig Ketter Perform Phèdre

Launching Day 2 of our Odyssey marathon, the dramatic soprano, Dominique Hellsten, accompanied by Craig Ketter on piano, will perform "Phèdre," by the French-Lebanese composer, Naji Hakim. A cantata,  around 15 minutes in length, it tells the ancient Greek myth of Phaedra who falls in love with her stepson, Hippolytus. 

Dominique Hellsten is a Swedish-born  soprano with a wide-ranging repertoire from the late 18th through 21st centuries. Her approach to performance has made her a favorite with audiences in the UK, the US and her native Sweden. She is the Artistic Director and Founder of The Ullmann Project.

Craig Ketter is rapidly distinguishing himself as a leading pianist of his generation, performing as soloist and chamber musician throughout the world. Known for playing with powerhouse sonority combined with long-lined, dulcet lyricism, his solo concerts have taken him to across the United States and Canada.

Cocktails & Poetry On Main

To celebrate the opening night of the festival, wander Main Street's many boutique stores, each offering a tailored Odysseus-themed cocktail (think a briny Poseidon Martini, or a tempestuous Calypso). Poets will read from their work at Mayer Wasner from 5.30-6.30pm

Poets: Hafizah Geter, Matt Carpenter, Bob Keiber, Thomas March, and Elizabeth Senja Spackman.



The Odyssey: A Marathon

An Epic Tale Retold, Relay-Style

For the inaugural Deep Water Literary Festival, Emily Wilson will kick off a 12-hour reading (over two days) of the  second-oldest existing work of Western literature. Each section will have a signature presentation synthesizing readings with art and video installations.  Beginning at Narrowsburg Union, a former high school, Wilson will read the first two books, before attendees will move on to the Library where Dylan Baker will continue with book three.  Audiences will be able to join in at any stage, or stay for each stage; those who complete thee-quarters or more (18  books of 24) will receive a festival t-shirt and a One Grand Books gift card.  See schedule below for full listings of each section, or follow Deep Water Festival on Facebook for updates 

Venues and performers  in order



The Narrowsburg Union, 7 Erie Ave.

Emily Wilson with Morgan Puett and Marc Switko

(Note: doors open at 10am)


Narrowsburg Library

Dylan Baker and Cara Francis with Kathryn Andrews


Chi Hive, 22 Main St.

Lucy Taylor and Kameron Neal, with piano by Kazzrie Jaxen; and   

Becky Ann Baker with Thomas Bosket.


Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St.

Philip Goodwin with Amy Yoes; Thomas March with Rodger Belknap.


256 Bridge St.

NACL  and  Tannis Kowalchuk  


Maison Bergogne, 226 Bridge St.

Tilda Swinton


St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 31 Erie Ave.

Marlon James


Tusten Heritage Community Garden, De Mauro Ln (behind library)

Debbie Fisher Palmarini  with Jordan Nassar



Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St.

Emily Wilson with soprano Dominique Hellsten;  Mark Ruffalo, with Andrew Ondrejcak; Stephanie Weeks with Rodney Harder.


Emerald Ballroom, 40 Main St.

Penny Arcade


Mayer Wasner, 58 Main St.

Maria Dahvana Headley 


The Narrowsburg Union, 7 Erie Ave.

Laurie Gwen Shapiro ; Kristin Worrall and Jake Shears 


The Laundrette, 20 5th St.

Sophia Skiles ; Ryan Ward and Ken Luck


The Platform, Main St

Hafizah Geter

A Vision in Neon

To celebrate Emily Wilson's new translation, four quotes from the text have been crafted in neon  by Moon Signs, and will be suspended in the windows of Main Street vendors. 


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