Wednesday, March 10, 2010

University of Illinois Early Spring Literary Festival

The University of Illinois Early Spring Literary Festival, sponsored by the UIUC Creative Writing Program, Ninth Letter, and the Carr Reading series, starts next week. There will be many exciting panels, lectures, readings to celebrate creative writing and contemporary literature.

The festival kicks-off on Sunday, March 14 with the second installment of Stories & Beer, which will feature several local writers reading from their work as well as Ninth Letter and Hobart contributor, Bryan Furuness. Location: Iron Post in Urbana. Time: 4-6pm.

Ninth Letter is presenting a panel discussion/reading on Wednesday, March 17, Where We're At: Ninth Letter on Writing the Midwest. Location: Author's Corner, Illini Union Bookstore. Time: 2-3:15pm.

Here is the full schedule:

March 15th

11-12:15 Panel discussion: “The Next Decade in Book Culture: The Rise of the E-Book." Jane Ciabattari, Philip Graham, Harriett Green (University of Illinois Library), Martin Riker (Dalkey Archive Press)

2-3:15 Panel discussion: "Some Critical and Practical Issues in Translation Studies." Elizabeth Lowe, Patricia Phillips, Anastasia Lakhtikova, Reinhard Mayer

4:30 Reading: Eileen Favorite and Jane Ciabattari

March 16th

11-12 Presentation: Jane Ciabattari, The Art of the Book Review

3-4:15 Panel discussion: "The Truth of the Matter: On Creative Nonfiction and Literary Journalism." Christopher Benson, Jabari Asim, Audrey Petty, Steve Davenport

4:30 Reading: Manuel Martinez and Bayo Ojikutu

March 17th

11-12:15 Panel discussion: "Independent Publishing." Aaron Burch (Hobart), Peter Cole (Keyhole), Zach Dodson (Featherproof Books), Jacob S. Knabb (ACM: Another Chicago Magazine)

2-3:15 Panel Discussion: "Where We’re At: Ninth Letter on Writing the Midwest." Ashley Booth, Aaron Burch, Dana Burchfield, Brian Kornell, Micah Riecker. Jodee Stanley, moderator.

4:30 Reading: Philip Graham, LeAnne Howe, Jabari Asim, Michael Madonick

Unless otherwise noted, all events will be held at the Author's Corner, Illini Union Bookstore, 809 S. Wright St., Champaign. The festival events are free and open to the public.

Hope to see you there!

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