LAKE FOREST – Lake Forest College is hosting its annual Literary Festival on March 26-28. The annual Lit Fest brings writers, poets, and other creative thinkers to Lake Forest College for public readings, workshops, and student discussions.
The 14th incarnation of the Lake Forest Literary Festival is a celebration of poetry and historical fiction, including these thought-provoking events:
Monday, March 26
- Prose Reading by Evan Lavender-Smith: The author of From Old Notebooks and Avatar opens the 2018 Lake Forest Literary Festival. Time: 4 p.m. Location: McCormick Auditorium, Johnson B, Middle Campus
Tuesday, March 27
- Poetry Reading by Christine Larusso: The 2017 Madeline P. Plonsker Residency Prize winner reads her work, which appears or is forthcoming in Narrative Magazine, The Literary Review, The Awl, Apogee, Sycamore Review, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and Pleiades. Time: 4 p.m. Location: Meyer Auditorium, Hotchkiss Hall, Middle Campus
- Poetry Reading by Carmen Giménez Smith: The author of Bring Down the Little Birds, a memoir, and five poetry collections, including the National Book Critics Circle nominee Milk and Filth and the forthcoming Cruel Futures, reads her work. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Meyer Auditorium, Hotchkiss Hall, Middle Campus
Wednesday, March 28
- Workshop by Bruce Holsinger: Fiction and the Alchemy of Research: Drawing on his own work as well as the writing of other authors in the historical fiction genre, award-winning novelist and literary scholar Bruce Holsinger discusses archival sources in conjunction with the imaginative passages they inspire. Time: Noon Location: Calvin Durand Hall, Middle Campus
- Workshop by Susanna Calkins: Framing Fiction Around Historical Questions: The author of a series of 17th-century mystery novels set in England leads this “Framing Fiction Around Historical Questions” writing workshop. Time: 4 p.m. Location: Calvin Durand Hall, Middle Campus
- Lecture: Plague, Pomp, and Poverty: Remaking Medieval London: In this lecture, Bruce Holsinger addresses the challenges of reimagining the London of Geoffrey Chaucer, John of Gaunt, and King Richard II through the lens of historical fiction. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Meyer Auditorium, Hotchkiss Hall, Middle Campus
All events are free and open to the public.
Submitted by Lake Forest College