With Vicki Lindner, Catherine Hope, Robin Black, and Mario Acevedo

Art is the definition of subjectivity and the marketplace can be a fickle mistress. When he visited Lighthouse, Junot Díaz recommended that writers reject the “economy of approval,” but how do writers do that? Can the passion for art overcome the burn of criticism and rejection? Where do careers and financial concerns come in? This panel takes on what many writers don’t talk about—rejection, acceptance, criticism, holding true to your convictions, and enduring it all as artists. Our panelists will share their own tales of surviving the slings and arrows of this subjective art.

The literary salon has been a tradition at Lit Fest, featuring three or more speakers with varying perspectives on a theme, along with audience participation. We used to hold these informal and dynamic evenings in private rooms at restaurants around town, but now we repurpose the Lighthouse Grotto with mood lighting, food, and drink to give it a speakeasy glow. A tradition arose last year in which salon attendees gathered on the wraparound porch for drinks prior to the session.