English

Lake Forest Literary Festival

Thursday, March 2

Monday, March 20

  • Mar
    20
    :
    Why Write – A Workshop with Mark Edmundson 12:00 p.m.:

    Attention all writers or would-be writers! Mark Edmundson will be hosting a noontime workshop to share his advice about the art of writing, based on his new book Why Write? (Bloomsbury Press 2016). Don’t miss this opportunity to meet “up close and personal” with one of the most prolific and distinguished writers at work today

  • Mar
    20
    :
    Fiction Reading with Emily Capettini 4:00 p.m.:
    As the opening act of the Lake Forest Literary Festival, English alumna Emily Capettini ’09 will join us to read from her fiction and to answer questions about the writing life of an English major beyond Lake Forest.
  • Mar
    20
    :
    “In Defense of Ideals” A talk by Mark Edmundson 7:30 p.m.:
    This 2017 Lake Forest Literary Festival event features a lecture titled “In Defense of Ideals,” based on Edmundson’s recent book Self and Soul: A Defense of Ideals (Harvard UP 2015).

Tuesday, March 21

Events sponsored by the Department of English, the Print and Digital Publishing Program, the Center for Chicago Programs, and the Department of Theater.


Previous Festivals

  • This year’s festival included events with Second City’s Kelly Leonard, poet Quarysh Ali Lansana, and translator Stanley Lombardo. 
  • The 2015 annual lit fest, themed “DIG IT!,” ran from March 23 through March 26 and included a visit from DIG actress and playwright Regina Taylor.
  • This Literary Festival’s theme was Translation. Featured guests included: Anne-Laure Tissut, a scholar and translator of American literature who teaches at the Université de Rouen; Eleni Sikelianos, the American poet and memoirist and winner of a New York Council for the Arts Translation Award; and Matthew Nye, the winner of the 2013-2014 Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writers Residency Award and Book Prize for his novel-in-progress, Pike and Bloom