Notre Dame Literary Festival to take place Feb. 14-17

Author: Shannon Chapla


The authors ofThe Nanny Diaries,a Notre Dame mystery writer/philosopher and a graduate of the University will be among the featured authors at the 38th annual Notre Dame Literary Festival.

TitledThe Road Less Traveled,the festival is free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

Formerly the Sophomore Literary Festival, the event, sponsored by the Student Union Board (SUB), has a national reputation for attracting distinguished authors, including past participants Gwendolyn Brooks, Joseph Heller, Ken Kesey, Norman Mailer, Arthur Miller, Joyce Carol Oates, Kurt Vonnegut and Tennessee Williams.

The detailed schedule of presentations and workshops is as follows:

  • Feb. 14, 3 p.m., McNeill Room in the LaFortune Student Center A mystery writing workshop will be led by Ralph McInerny, professor of philosophy at Notre Dame and author of more than two dozen scholarly books and 50 novels, including theNotre Dame Mysteriesseries andFather Dowlingmysteries.The workshop is open to Notre Dame students only.
  • Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m., in the Oak Room of the South Dining Hall Todd Tucker, a Notre Dame alumnus, will present his work, which includesNotre Dame Game DayandNotre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan.Tuckers travel writing has appeared in national publications including, Historic Traveler and Inside Sports.The presentation will be followed by a reception.
  • Feb. 15, 3 p.m., in the McNeill Room of LaFortune An authors panel will include McInerny and James Conroyd Martin, author ofPush Not the River,a novel based on the diary of Anna Berezowska, a Polish countess who lived through the rise and fall of the Third of May Constitution.
  • Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., in Washington Hall Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, former Manhattan nannies and authors ofThe Nanny Diaries,will discuss their best-selling book, a social satire that takes a humorous look at the inner workings of an affluent, dysfunctional New York City family through the eyes of their sons nanny.McLaughlin and Kraus, also the authors ofCitizen Girl,have appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Today, Entertainment Tonight, and The View.A reception will follow the presentation.
  • Feb. 16, 7 to 10 p.m., in the LaFortune Ballroom Original performance night will feature students, faculty and staff presenting their original poetry, prose, monologues and songs in a casual atmosphere
  • Feb. 17, 4 p.m., in the McNeill Room of LaFortune A childrens literature writing workshop will be led by Mick Foley, professional wrestler turned best-selling author.Foley gained national fame with the World Wrestling Federation in the late 1990s as a three-time World Champion.His autobiography,Have a Nice Day!was No. 1 on the New York Times Bestseller List in 1999, and the sequel,Foley is Good,debuted at No. 1 two years later.Foley also is the author of three best-selling childrens books and a novel.The workshop is open to Notre Dame students only.
  • Feb. 17, 8 p.m., in Washington Hall Foley will lead a presentation for members of the Notre Dame, Saint Marys and Holy Cross communities, with a reception to follow.
    The SUB strives to enhance undergraduate student life by providing student services and social, intellectual and cultural opportunities.

Contact : Jimmy Flaherty, board manager, SUB, 574-631-7757

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