Thursday, April 4, 2013

Announcing the 2013 Festival Readings!
All readings listed below are free and open to the public.
Patricia McCormick & Emily Danforth
McCormick is the author of five powerful novels with varied subjects, ranging from the psychological suspense of Purple Heart (2009), to teenage substance abuse in My Brother’s Keeper (2006). Joining her will be Danforth, whose debut novel, The Miseducation of Cameron Post(2012), was recently a finalist for the William C. Morris YA debut award. Join us for what is sure to be a powerful reading by these two young adult authors. Saturday, April 13, 11:30 a.m., Downtown Public Library.
The Reading Public A Community Reading
The literary community in Spokane is vibrant, nationally recognized, and growing all the time. In fact, it's growing so quickly that you may have trouble keeping track of who's who. To showcase some of our local talent, this reading will feature three writers living and working in Spokane, with the opportunity for other local writers to take the stage during an open mic.. Saturday, April 13, 12:30 p.m., Red Lion Hotel at the Park, Manito/Audubon Room, Lobby Level.

Jim Lynch & Joe Wilkins 
From urban underbellies to Big Sky dreaming, writers have always sought to capture the true essence of the Northwest. In their writing, both Lynch and Wilkins take us on a journey through the Northwest with humor and heart, through familiar landscapes that local readers will particularly appreciate. Saturday, April 13, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Red Lion Hotel at the Park, Manito/Audubon Room, Lobby Level.

Lidia Yuknavitch
Yuknavitch writes to give voice to the maligned and the silenced. In her writing, she is adept at exploring what it means to be human, drawing on her personal experience as well as creating complex, flawed, and fascinating characters. Saturday, April 13, 3:00-4:00 p.m, Red Lion Hotel at the Park, Manito/Audubon Room, Lobby Level.

Sherril Jaffe & Sharma Shields
The line between the real and the fantastic is a blurry one. In their writing, 2011 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction winner, Jaffe, and Spokane writer, Shields, utilize humor, empathy, and wit to dazzling effect, exploring the strange, the disturbing, and the profound. Saturday, April 13, 4:00-5:00 p.m, Red Lion Hotel at the Park, Manito/Audubon Room, Lobby Level.

A Conversation with Shawn Vestal & Jess Walter Moderated by Sam Ligon
A conversation between the authors and the audience will be facilitated by fiction writer and associate professor of creative writing at EWU, Sam Ligon. Ligon, who edits the literary journal Willow Springs, also had a hand in shaping many of the stories in both We Live In Water andGodforsaken Idaho. Join this trio of writers and friends for captivating stories, insight into the writing process, and certainly many laughs.Saturday, April 13, 5:00 p.m., Barrister Winery, Suggested $5 donation.
For more information on these readings, click here and scroll down to the Saturday, April 13th heading.
Don't Forget to Register for Workshops!
Visit and type in "Get Lit"
The Voice is a Muscle with Lidia Yuknavitch
In this workshop we will tease out the wide varieties of voice strategies available to prose writers and practice the fine art of building voices that no one can forget. In the process we will develop a series of metaphors that match the voices you call forth in your writing. You will go home hearing voices in the best of ways. 
Saturday, April 13, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Red Lion Hotel at the Park, Willow 1.
Literary Collage with David Shields
Shields's work often defies strict categorization and challenges other writers to break free from the constraints of tradition and of their genres. His highly controversial manifesto, Reality Hunger (2010), is a collage of hundreds of quotes from un-cited sources, from surrealist painters to hip hop artists. On the topic of appropriation, Shields says, "Art is a conversation between and among artists, not a patent office." Saturday, April 13, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Red Lion Hotel at the Park, Riverside 1.
Graphic Novel Workshop with Dr. Sean Agriss
This graphic novel workshop considers the place of the genre in the academic canon. For beginners and intermediates that either want to start reading or creating graphic novels, this workshop will investigate the history and development of the graphic novel, will introduce essential "must read" graphic novels, and will explore possible benefits of using graphic novels as teaching tools. Saturday, April 13, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Red Lion Hotel at the Park, Riverside 2.
Registration will open starting March 1. Space is limited to 20 people per session, so pre-registration is recommended. (We will also allow day-of registration, as space allows.) Registration cost is $20 for students with ID, and $30 general. Learn more about these and other writing workshops or pre-register by visiting the Get Lit! website. You can also pre-register by clicking the workshop titles above.
Author Spotlight: Lidia Yuknavitch
Join Yuknavitch for her workshop and reading on Saturday, April 13.
Lidia Yuknavitch

Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of three short fiction collections: Real to Reel (2003), Liberty’s Excess (2000), and Her Other Mouths (1997), as well as the novel Dora: A Headcase. She is also the author of the award-winning memoir, The Chronology of Water (2011). In addition to teaching writing, literature, film, and Women’s Studies in Oregon, Yuknavitch has created the Eugene-based magazine “two girls review,” and a press in Portland called Chiasmus Press. 

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