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The 2018 Lake Forest Literary Festival:
Novelist and essayist Evan Lavender-Smith reads his essay “Sleep Study” at the Lake Forest Literary Festival, March 26th, 2018.
Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer in Residence Christine Larusso reads from her winning poetry manuscript MAR, with an introduction by Plonsker Prize judge Carmen Giménez Smith, at the Lake Forest Literary Festival on March 27th, 2018.
Poet Carmen Giménez Smith reads from her work at the Lake Forest Literary Festival, March 27th, 2018.
Bruce Holsinger, historical novelist and scholar of medieval English literature, delivers his keynote lecture, “Plague, Pomp, and Poverty: Remaking Medieval London,” at the Lake Forest Literary Festival, March 28th, 2018.
Monday, March 26
: Prose Reading by Evan Lavender-Smith 4:00 p.m.:Mar262018 Literary Festival
Tuesday, March 27
Wednesday, March 28
: Fiction Workshop by Professor Bruce Holsinger 12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.:Mar28Fiction and the Alchemy of Research
: Fiction Workshop led by historical novelist Susanna Calkins 4:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.:Mar28Framing Fiction Around Historical Questions
: Plague, Pomp, and Poverty: Remaking Medieval London 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.:Mar28Lecture by Bruce Holsinger
Events sponsored by the Department of English, the Print and Digital Publishing Program, the Center for Chicago Programs, and the Department of Theater.
The thirteenth incarnation of the annual Lake Forest Literary Festival is a celebration of American stories, from the Thoreauvian story Mark Edmundson has to tell about the unfulfilled possibilities of American idealism to the literary horror of Brian Evenson and the ghost stories of Lake Forest College alumna Emily Cappetini ’09, to the inventive feminist circus story told in the first novel of Meg Whiteford, this year’s Plonsker Prize winner, to the “novel you can walk through” of Alana and Lance Olsen.
This year’s festival included events with Second City’s Kelly Leonard, poet Quarysh Ali Lansana, and translator Stanley Lombardo.
The 2015 annual lit fest, themed “DIG IT!,” ran from March 23 through March 26 and included a visit from DIG actress and playwright Regina Taylor.