Saturday, June 30, 2012

Lit in the Sticks

Can a Pacific Northwest town of just 230 people support an literary festival? We’ll see in August, when the inaugural Mazama Festival of Books takes place in Mazama, Washington, located about 3.5 hours east of Seattle and even farther west from Spokane.

The Los Angeles Times reports that admission to this event, which is scheduled to take place on the weekend of August 18-19, will be free. “Its lineup so far leans heavily toward authors from the Pacific Northwest, led by Washington poet laureate Kathleen Flenniken,” Times writer Carolyn Kellogg explains. “Other authors include children’s book author and illustrator Erik Brooks, young-adult author Blake Nelson and memoirists Lidia Yuknavitch and Colleen Mondor. Also on the bill are the novelists Jim Lynch, Pauls Toutonghi, Ryan Boudinot and Danbert Nobacon -- the [last] of whom started out as a founding member of the anarchist pop group Chumbawumba, giving the literary festival its own little dose of rock ’n’ roll. Katherine Lanpher is on tap as an interviewer. Additional authors are expected to be announced in July.”

More festival information can be found here.


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