Writer James Salter will be the guest of honor at the 18th annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Festival Oct. 16-18. (Photo by Corina Arranz. Courtesy of Knopf) Writer James Salter will be the guest of honor at the 18th annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Festival, Oct. 16-18. (Photo by Corina Arranz. Courtesy of Knopf)

As America’s military engagements in the Mideast drag on, our historians, novelists and poets continue to reflect on the nature of battle.

That confluence of literature and war will the subject of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival in Rockville, Oct. 16-18. The festival, which has been expanded this year, will feature a variety of readings, lectures and workshops conducted in partnership with the Bethesda Writer’s Center and the Friends of the Montgomery County Public Library.

The celebrated writer James Salter — a graduate of West Point and a former Air Force pilot — will read from his work and receive the Fitzgerald Award for Achievement in American Literature on Saturday evening. Earlier in the day, Salter will teach a writing workshop open to the public. (Register here)

Salter, who served in the Korean War, wrote about his combat experience in his first novel, “The Hunters” (1957). He has gone on to write many more novels, short stories and works of nonfiction. He has won the PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN/Malamud Award and the Rhea Award.

In 2013, reviewing “All That Is” — his first novel in almost 35 years — Lisa Zeidner wrote that the story provides “what Salter has always offered: a plaintive, impressionistic look at how we live in time, how little we ever understand about the amorphous shape of our own lives.”

Other highlights of the festival will include a panel discussion with Alice McDermott, Jim Lehrer, Roger Rosenblatt and Tim Denevi about Fitzgerald’s work.

Ron Capps, founder and director of the Veterans Writing Project, along with VWP instructors Dario DiBattista and James Mathews, and fellow veterans Katey Schultz and Kayla Williams will present a panel discussion called “Writing the War Experience.”

This year marks the 18th annual Fitzgerald festival. Some of the events are free; others require tickets. For more information call 301-309-9461 or visit the Web site.