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Literary Festival: A celebration of American stories

Prizewinning scholar and author Mark Edmundson is the featured speaker at this year’s annual Lake Forest Literary Festival, which welcomes writers, artists, filmmakers, and other creative thinkers to the College for readings, workshops, and student discussions, March 20-21.

The thirteenth incarnation of the festival is a celebration of American stories. Including these thought-provoking events:

Monday, March 20

  • Why Write—A Workshop with Mark Edmundson
    Edmundson will share his advice about the art of writing, based on his new book Why Write? (Bloomsbury Press 2016). Participants will have an opportunity to meet up close and personal with one of the most prolific and distinguished writers at work today. 
    Time: Noon
    Location: Calvin Durand Hall, Stuart Commons, Middle Campus
  • Fiction Reading with Emily Capettini
    Emily Capettini ’09 will read from her fiction and answer questions about the writing life of an English major beyond the College. She is the author of Thistle, a novella that won the Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Prize and an Assistant Professor of English at Indiana State University. 
    Time: 4 p.m.
    Location: Meyer Auditorium in Hotchkiss Hall, Middle Campus
  • In Defense of Ideals—A Talk by Mark Edmundson
    Edmundson will present a lecture based on his recent book, Self and Soul: A Defense of Ideals (Harvard UP 2015). A prizewinning scholar whose specialty is 19th century Romanticism, Edmundson has published widely on topics ranging from football and Freud to “the kings of rock and roll” and literature’s relationship to philosophy. Registration required.
    Time: 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Meyer Auditorium, Hotchkiss Hall, Middle Campus

Tuesday, March 21

  • Fiction Reading with Plonsker Prize Winner Meg Whiteford
    The 2016 Plonsker Prize winner and writer-in-residence Meg Whiteford will read from her prizewinning manuscript An Ordered World. Whiteford is a writer and performer from New York now living and working in Los Angeles. Her play, The Shapes We Make with Our Bodies, was published by Plays Inverse in 2015.
    Time: 4 p.m.
    Location: Meyer Auditorium, Hotchkiss Hall, Middle Campus
  • Fiction Reading with Brian Evenson
    Author of more than a dozen books of fiction, Brian Evenson’s work is notable for its mobility between the genres of literary fiction, science fiction, and horror; his 2009 novel Last Days won the American Library Association’s award for Best Horror Novel. The recipient of three O. Henry Prizes and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship will read from his work. 
    Time: 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Meyer Auditorium, Hotchkiss Hall, Middle Campus