Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Festival of Faith and Writing

Greetings from the English Department at Calvin College! We invite you to join us for the 2010 Festival of Faith & Writing, which will take place at Calvin on April 15-17, 2010. Please feel free to forward this invitation to your colleagues-or to students in your department who may be interested in attending. We would love to have them join us. The line-up for 2010 includes novelists Wally Lamb and Stephen Carter, poets Fanny Howe and Mary Karr, children’s writers Kate DiCamillo and Avi, non-fiction writer Parker Palmer, award-winning illustrator E.B. Lewis, and emerging voices Dara Horn (The World to Come), Stephanie Kallos (Broken for You), and Peter Manseau, whose first novel, Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter, won the Jewish National Book Award.

The Festival brings together authors, readers, professors, publishers, illustrators, musicians, playwrights, and screenwriters who have one thing have in common: a quest to understand how faith shapes art. The presenters-from a variety of backgrounds and faith traditions-are representative of the diverse world of perspectives within which much of modern literature dwells. They come together at Calvin to explore and celebrate the many connections between faith and writing.    

You will find the online registration form-as well as the list of over 60 authors who will be presenting lectures, workshops, interviews, and readings-at http://www.calvin.edu/festival. 

We encourage your students to attend at the special half-price rate of $80 for the entire conference. Professors who bring six or more registered students to the Festival will receive a free registration. Please call the Festival office at 616.526.6770 to take advantage of this offer.  We look forward to greeting you at the Festival in April. If you have any questions, please call the Festival office at 616.526.6770 or send an e-mail to ffw@calvin.edu.

Susan Felch, Don Hettinga, Deb Rienstra, and Lew Klatt                   
Professors of English, Festival 2010 Planning Committee

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