40th Annual Notre Dame Literary Festival to take place Feb. 5-8



The Notre Dame Literary Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a variety of literary offerings Feb. 5 to 8 (Monday to Thursday). This years theme,Now Youre the Metaphor,seeks to inspire students to approach their own lives as a work of art in which they are the writer.

A diverse group of guest authors will be featured in a series of workshops and readings in venues across campus. All festival events are free and open to the public.

This years schedule is as follows:

  • Lolita Hernandez, who writes on the subject of labor and is the author of a collection of short stories titledAutopsy of an Engine and Other Stories from the Cadillac Plant,will be featured Feb. 5, at 10:30 a.m. in 210 McKenna Hall and at 8 p.m. in the LaFortune Student Center ballroom.
  • Nathalie Handal, a Palestinian poet, playwright, writer, director and producer, has worked on more than 20 theatrical and film productions worldwide and is the author of two poetry CDs,Traveling RoomsandSpell,and two books of poetry,The Never FieldandThe Lives of Rain.She also will be featured on Feb. 5, in a workshop at 4 p.m. in 306 LaFortune and in a reading at 7 p.m. in the LaFortune ballroom.
  • Hal Sirowitz, the former poet laureate of Queens New York, is the author of four books of poetry:Mother Said,My Therapist Said,Before, During and AfterandFather Said. __ On Feb. 6, he will hold a writing workshop at 4 p.m. in LaFortunes McNeill Room, and he will read from his work at 8 p.m. in the Oak Room of the South Dining Hall.
  • David Rakoff, an essayist and humorist, is the author of two collections,FraudandDont Get Too Comfortable.He also is writer-at-large for GQ magazine, a correspondent for Outside magazine and a regular contributor to Public Radio International’sThis American Lifeand The New York Times Magazine. He will present a reading of his work at 8 p.m. Feb. 7 in the LaFortune ballroom.
  • Anne Elizabeth Moore is a freelance writer and advocate of independent media sources fromChicago. Her work has appeared in The Onion, the Chicago Reader, The Bitch, The Stranger, The Progressive, the Journal of Popular Culture and Punk Planet, among others. On Feb. 8,Moorewill hold a writing workshop at 3 p.m. in LaFortunes Notre Dame Room, and she will read from her work at 6:30 p.m. in 129 DeBartolo Hall.
  • Dave Eggers, founder of the independent book publishing house McSweeneys, is the author of a memoir,A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,two novels,You Shall Know Our Velocity!andWhat is the What,and a story collection,How We Are Hungry.He has established a group called 826Valencia, which fights the steady removal of the arts from American public schools by exposing children to creative writing in workshops and in their own classrooms. He will hold a workshop at 4 p.m. Feb. 8 in LaFortunes Notre Dame Room and read from his latest work and other selections at 8 that evening in 101 DeBartolo Hall.

More information on this years authors can be found on the Web at http://www.nd.edu/~sub/ndlf.html .

Sponsored by Notre Dame’s Student Union Board in conjunction with the Institute for Latino Studies, the literary festival 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.

_ Contact: Patrick Vassel, Student Union Board, 574-631-7757, sub@nd.edu

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