Whether searching for something interesting to read, the chance to rub elbows with published authors, information about the process of writing and publishing or simply a good home for stories or poems, Frostburgâ€™s 10th annual Independent Literature Festival will have the answer. Organized by Frostburg State Universityâ€™s Center for Literary Arts, the entire event is open to the public free of charge.
Publishers, editors and authors from nearly 30 boutique publishing houses and literary magazines will come together in downtown Frostburg for this yearâ€™s â€śIndie Lit Fest,â€ť which begins on the evening of Friday, Oct. 14, and continues all day Saturday, Oct. 15.
Friday nightâ€™s events begin with a 5:30 p.m. reception and refreshments at the Center for Literary Arts, 22 E. Main St. A reading follows at6:30 p.m. in Main Street Books, 2 E. Main St. After the reading, a panel discussion among writers and their editors will be held at 7:30 p.m.in the Frostburg branch of the Allegany County Library System, 65 E. Main St.
Saturdayâ€™s schedule runs from 10:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. An all-day book fair will be held in the Lyric Theatre, 20 E. Main St., featuring books and magazines for sale, with many authors available for signatures. Readings and panel discussions will be held throughout the day across the downtown Frostburg area. Detailed schedules will be available in the Frostburg Center for Literary Arts.
Aspiring authors of every genre will meet potential publishers, editors and published authors. They will also find more than a dozen panels and discussions dedicated to the artistic process of writing and the business of submitting works for publication.
This yearâ€™s panels include â€śPublishing 101: A Primer on Sending Work Outâ€ť; â€śYoung Adult Genre,â€ť with young local readers who will take questions from writers about their literary tastes; â€śAfter Violence: The Poetics of Trauma and Resistance,â€ť led by Susana H. Case, published poet and New York Institute of Technology professor of behavioral sciences; â€śIntersection of the Muses,â€ť which features a discussion about writers using other artistic modes as inspiration; roundtables and panels on various genres of fiction; and much more.
The 2016 Independent Literature Festival has been made possible through the generous support of AmeriCorps, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Allegany Arts Council, FSUâ€™s Lewis J. Ort Library, the city of Frostburg, the Allegany County Library System and the Community Trust Foundation.
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Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.
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