After dying from heart failure at 44, F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby and The Jazz Age, among other canonized works of American fiction, was buried less than a mile from Rockville Town Square. His tombstone, inscribed with the final gasp of narration from Gatsby, peers over a relentless 13-lane intersection from behind a steel picket fence circling St. Mary’s Cemetery. Since 1996, as something of a nod to Fitzgerald’s loyalty in death, the City of Rockville has played host to the annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival. It aims to not only honor the life and works of Fitzgerald, but also to award and inspire contemporary writers, both renowned and emerging. This year’s overarching theme will be “Literature and War.” A series of readings, workshops, and literary classes—each costing an additional $10 to $25—will be offered throughout, culminating in the announcement of the winners of the festival’s local short story contest. Finally, James Salter—author of more than 20 books, including The Hunters, a novel that draws off his combat experience as a fighter pilot in the Korean War—will be presented with the 18th annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Award. Oct. 18 at the Montgomery County Executive Office Building. Free.