Thursday, March 11, 2010

U of I Literary Festival March 15-17

The University of Illinois Creative Writing Program and Carr Reading Series are sponsoring an "Early Spring Literary Festival" March 15-17. It will include authors reading their own work as well as panel discussions on various topics of current interest within the publishing industry.

Participating authors include Eileen Favorite, recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Fellowships for poetry and prose; Bayo Ojikutu, an alumnus of the department of political science and the author of two novels, one of which received the Washington Prize for Fiction and the Great American Book Award; Jane Ciabattari, the president of the National Book Critics Circle; and English Department faculty member and author Audrey Petty.

Topics for discussion include “The Next Decade in Book Culture: The Rise of the E-book,” "Some Critical and Practical Issues in Translation Studies,” "The Art of the Book Review,” “The Truth of the Matter: On Creative Nonfiction and Literary Journalism,” “Independent Publishing" and “Where We’re At: Ninth Letter on Writing the Midwest.”

For more information and the schedule, see this article or visit the Carr Reading Series site.


  1. Thanks, Julie, for including our festival in your blog. If you come to any of the events, please introduce yourself.

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Steve. I hope to get over there for some events (my friend Kathleen just sent another endorsement of Eileen Favorite, so maybe that would be a good session to start with) and I will try to introduce myself if I do.

    Please feel free to send me any other postings you think might be of interest. I feel the media support for authors in Central Illinois is not what it should be, so maybe we can all try a little harder to cast some light in that direction!