Get Lit! 2011

Spokane’s literary festival emerges smaller but stronger.

Shortly after the 2010 Get Lit! festival, the EWU Press stopped its presses … forever. The Press had been the driving force behind the festival, and its demise left the event’s future in question. The question has been answered.

This week, Get Lit!

The MAC is just one of the festival’s many venues.

emerged from the shadows of doubt as a leaner, stronger festival. The schedule was halved and more events involved a fee, but there was still plenty of variety and most of the events remained free. The venues, including the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture and several college campuses, continued to be of the highest quality.

I was not able to attend any readings but was lucky enough to see two lively panels, the first with my youngest daughter. I also caught the finishing festivities across town at the MAC.

Waiting to be introduced.

             The panel discussion authors included Brenda Peterson, Jack Nisbet, Luke Baumgarten, Jordy Byrd and others.


The subject matter ranged from late night taxi rides to grieving beluga mothers. Between sessions there were numerous opportunities to talk with authors and see their work. Once again, it was an undeniable success. I believe the streamlined schedule will serve as a model for future festivals as well.

EWU-RP campus.

Riverpoint campus venue.
Phase 1 venue.

Next year’s theme is “Capture the World” and runs from April 11th – 15th. Hope to see everyone there.

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