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.

In this salon ‘You Can’t Handle the Truth! Fiction vs. Nonfiction Smack-Down,’ nonfiction guru Richard Froude squares off against fictionista Joanna Ruocco in this smack down between two opposing (or are they?) forces. They talk about how truth finds its way into our work as writers of both fiction and nonfiction, and whether one genre actually does a better job of transmitting it—whatever the truth may be.