Next month, the Get Lit! Festival will serve up a great menu of local, new, and nationally recognized authors. Events include readings, youth events, poetry slams, expert panel discussions, and workshops to help aspiring writers. The festival runs April 10–15 at various venues around Spokane. This year’s theme is writers who “capture the world.”
Spokane’s own Sherry Jones will kick start Get Lit! 2012 with a reading on Tuesday, April 10, 7:00 p.m. at St. George’s High School theater. Jones’ first two novels, The Jewel of Medina and The Sword of Medina, are international best sellers about the life of A’isha bint Abi Bakr, who married the Muslim prophet Muhammad at age 9 and went on to become the most famous and influential woman in Islam. Her new book, Four Sisters, All Queens, which chronicles the lives of four sisters in 13th century Provence who became queens of France, England, Germany, and Italy, comes out in May 2012. In the meantime, you can check out her novella White Heart, about the famous French “White Queen” Blanche of Castille, available as an e-book through Simon & Shuster April 3.
Most Get Lit! events are free and open to the public, including Sherry Jones’ reading, poetry slams, the Pie and Whiskey reading (21 and over), numerous readings at Riverpoint and other area venues, and panels and talks. Headliner shows are $15 and workshops are $30 or $20 for students. Click here for a full schedule.
Susan Orlean (The Orchid Thief, which the film Adaptation was based on, and Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend) and Steve Almond (Candyfreak, Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life, and God Bless America), Thursday, April 12, 7:00 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater
Jess Walter (The Financial Lives of the Poets (currently being made into a movie), The Zero, and Citizen Vince) and Colson Whitehead (The Intuitionist, Sag Harbor, and Zone One), Friday, April 13, 7:00 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater
Lois Lowry (Number the Stars and The Giver) and The American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life Presentation of The Giver, Saturday, April 14, 7:00 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, free for all youth
Ted Kooser (Pulitzer prize winner and former Poet Laureate, author of the American Life in Poetry newspaper column), Sunday, April 15, 11:30 a.m., Lincoln Center
Rick Bass (Nashville Chrome, Why I Came West, Where the Sea Used to Be) and Stellarondo (Montana all-strings band), Saturday, April 14, 7:00 p.m., Masonic Temple
Tickets to headliner events are available through TicketsWest, 1-800-325-SEAT. A festival pass is available for just $45 and gets you in to all headliner events. Students from any regional high school or college get in free with school ID at the door, space permitting, or they can pick up tickets at college book stores prior to the events. You can register for workshops at spokaneparks.org or call 509-625-6200.