A diverse group of 11 authors from all over the United States will be giving readings at the Eastern Washington University Riverpoint Campus near downtown Spokane on Saturday, April 14 as part of the 2012 Get Lit! festival.
The marathon of readings begins at 10 a.m. with Spokane’s own crime fiction master Frank Zafiro and K.L.Cook. Zafiro will be reading a selection from his River City novel “And Every Man Has to Die.” Cook, who won the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction in 2010, will be reading from his short story collection “Love Songs for the Quarantined.”
Cook teaches creative writing and literature classes at Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona. According to the biography on his website, his work has appeared in numerous literary journals, magazines and anthologies such as “When I Was a Loser: Essays on (Barely) Surviving High School” and “Teachable Moments: Essays on Experiential Education.”
According to the Get Lit! website, “In Love Songs for the Quarantined, K.L. Cook’s characters are entrapped by fate and flaws: whooping cough forces a family into isolation and painful reflection; Clyde Barrow—of Bonnie and Clyde fame—arrives on a 13-year-old boy’s doorstep; and a man struggles with his masculine identity in a time of financial uncertainty.”
Zafiro is a prolific novelist and short story writer who has written numerous works set in River City, a fictional version of Spokane where Russian mobsters and stolen mummies help the local police stay busy. He is also the author of a suspense novel set in Spokane called “The Last Horseman.”
In an update on his blog posted on Thursday, March 29 Zafiro said, “This sounds like it’ll be pretty straightforward — a reading, about 30 minutes each. I don’t know K.L. Cook, but I’m looking forward to the invitation. Anyone who writes about Clyde Barrow has to have some crime fiction blood pumping through the veins, eh?”
As if readings by Zafiro and Cook aren’t sufficient reasons to spend a Saturday appreciating great writing, there will be nine more authors giving free readings at the Riverpoint Campus from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cristina Garcia and Jason Skipper will read from 11 a.m. to noon. The next hour will be devoted to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson. Also participating will be Julian Smith, David Wolman, Caitlin Horrocks, Lori Ostlund, Aaron Bobrow-Strain and Wendy Call.
According to the Get Lit! website, “The readings by each pair of authors will be followed by a brief Q&A and the authors will be available to sign books in the lobby outside the auditorium. All of the Saturday readings below will be held at the EWU Riverpoint campus in the Phase 1 building, room 122.”
The Phase 1 Building is located off of Spokane Falls Boulevard at 668 North Riverpoint Boulevard. For more information, please call (509) 359-6977. For information about parking during the event, please call (509) 368-6999.