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English

2017 Lake Forest Literary Festival

The thirteenth incarnation of the annual Lake Forest Literary Festival is a celebration of American stories, from the Thoreauvian story Mark Edmundson has to tell about the unfulfilled possibilities of American idealism to the literary horror of Brian Evenson and  the ghost stories of Lake Forest College alumna Emily Cappetini ’09, to the inventive feminist circus story told in the first novel of Meg Whiteford, this year’s Plonsker Prize winner, to the “novel you can walk through” of Alana and Lance Olsen.

The annual Lake Forest Literary Festival welcomes writers, artists, filmmakers, and other creative thinkers to the College for readings, workshops, and student discussions.

Since 2004, we’ve welcomed everyone from John Waters to Shelley Jackson to William Gass. Add in the the annual Plonsker Prize winner, and you’ve got an annual recipe for wonderful word soup, dynamic literary entrees, and the best dessert of all: the time to listen, read, and think.

Thursday, March 2

Monday, March 20

  • Mar
    20
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    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.: Mark Edmundson is a professor of English at the University of Virginia.
    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