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Get Lit! Turns 20

Published: April 19, 2018

SPOKANE, Washington -  Eastern Washington University's Get Lit! Festival, a weeklong celebration of reading and writing, is excited to present its 20th anniversary lineup of authors and activities.

The 2018 festival runs April 23-29 at venues around Spokane and the EWU main campus in Cheney. Most of the events are free and open to the public.   Here are just a few of the headlining authors who will be participating:

Below are just a few of our most anticipated events. Make sure to follow us on social media and visit for a detailed schedule.

20th Anniversary Celebration
We'll be kicking off the festival with a 90's themed reading to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Get Lit!. This event will also be the official release for our anniversary anthology published by Willow Springs Books and made possible in part by a generous grant from Spokane Arts. The reading will take place at 7 p.m., Monday, April 23, in the beautiful new third-floor event space in the downtown branch of the Spokane Public Library. The line-up will include EWU alumnus Jess Walter, Chelsea Martin, Hanif Abdurraqib, Juan Carlos Reyes, Leah Sottile and Nance Van Winckel. Authors will read their own original 90's themed fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite 90's styles to help celebrate.   Anne Lamott
The most anticipated event this year is an evening with best-selling author Anne Lamott. She is the author of more than 30 books, including the legendary Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life. Lamott's most recent book is Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy. Lamott will be giving a talk that will include a reading from her latest book, followed by audience Q&A. Tickets are $30 plus fees through Tickets West.  New Writing Workshops This year Get Lit! Programs is launching a new set of writing workshops that will allow attendees to bring their own writing to be discussed in an intimate group setting. These workshops will be $20, and writers must submit their work ahead of time as we will be selecting 8-10 participants for each workshop. The workshop leaders will be Hanif Abdurraqib (poetry), Alexis M. Smith (fiction) and Leah Sottile (nonfiction). These workshops will take place Tuesday, April 24, at Auntie's Bookstore.

Comic Contest
Get Lit! is also excited to feature many local comic creators at the festival this year, including Derrick Freeland, Tiffany Patterson, Chelsea Martin and Simeone Mills. These folks will be creating special Get Lit! comics that will be on sale during their festival events. They will also be helping us run a contest for local writers and artists to try their hand at creating a comic postcard, which will be printed and sold during the festival!

Songwriters Show
Local legend Marshall McLean will be doing a special acoustic show during the festival. In between each song McLean will discuss the craft of songwriting, his personal writing process and where he finds his inspiration.

West Side Writers
Writers from Seattle will be making the trek across the pass to read their work for audiences at Auntie's Bookstore. These writers include Kevin Craft, Montreux Rotholtz and Donna Miscolta.

New Festival Hub
Get Lit! Programs is very excited to unveil our new festival hub, the Montvale Events Center! All of our Saturday events (with the exception of Anne Lamott's evening reading at the beautiful Bing Crosby Theater) will take place at the Montvale Events Center. We will have readings, craft classes (our Saturday writing workshops have a new name!), poetry slams, children's activities, book signings, panel discussions and a mini vendor fair featuring local artists, organizations and small presses. River City Brewing will be on hand to serve up some cold ones, DOMA will be serving coffee and the Montvale Events Center will offer cocktails inspired by our festival authors!

Again, please keep checking for an updated schedule.

We're thrilled to announce that this year's festival art was designed by Spokane's own Chris Bovey!


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