6th Annual Literary Festival
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The Mace & Crown, Monday, September 26, 1983
Annual Literary Festival commences October 3rd
Beginning on Monday October 3, the Sixth Annual Old Dominion University Literary Festival will continue through October 6 and will host a variety of contemporary writers. The festival is free and open to the public and will begin with a fiction reading by novelist and short story writer Ann Beattie. The reading will take place at 8 p.m. in the BAL auditorium. Beattie is the writer of three short story collections, "Secrets and Surprises", "Distortions", and her latest entitled "The Burning House". In addition to these works she has published two novels, "Chilly Scenes of Winter" and "Falling in Place." She will speak on "Writing as an Unconscious Process" at 2 p.m. Tuesday October 4 in rooms 148-150 of Webb Center. Non-fiction author William Least Heat Moon will direct a "Conversation on Non fiction" at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday October 4 in rooms 148-150 of Webb Center. Least Heat Moon is the author of a current nationwide bestseller "Blue Highways" that has received critical acclaim as well. Least Heat Moon will read from his work Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. in BAL auditorium. Wednesday, October 5 offers a chance to learn some facts "On Screen-writing." This talk will be given by the "versatile" Charles Johnson. Johnson, in addition to being a fiction writer also was the host and co-producer of the PBS series "Charlie's Dad" and the author of the PBS Visions drama "Charlie Smith and the Fritter Tree". Johnson, a fiction editor for the Seattle Review, is also a professional cartoonist. He will be giving a fiction reading Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. in Kaufman Hall auditorium. His talk concerning screenwriting will be held that morning at 11 in rooms 148-150 of Webb Center. On Wednesday at 2 p.m., the poet Diane Ackerman will give a - reading. Ackerman's work is unique in it's quality to blend fact with fancy. Her first poetry collection, "The Planets: A Cosmic Pastoral," so impressed Carl Sagan that he employed her to do research for his COSMOS series. Her third and latest book of poems, "Lady Faustus," is a combination of her interests that range from learning how to fly to the discovery and knowledge of the worlds of possibility and curiosity. Thursday, October 6 presents a different aspect of writing. "The Book Business: An Editor's Viewpoint" is the title of the talk that will be given by Fran McCollough. McCollough is the Dial Press senior editor and previously spent 16 years as an editor for Harper & Row. She was the recipient of the Roger Klein Award for Creative Editing. McCoullough will discuss the workings of contemporary American publishing and answer questions from the audience. Carolyn Forche, whose latest poetry collection, "The Country Between Us" won the Lamont Poetry Selection of 1981 will also be featured Thursday. Forche', who was recently the subject of an article in "The Virginian Magazine" deals with the controversial subject of the people and country of El Salvador. "The Country Between Us" is her second collection of poetry and was inspired by her work as a journalist and human rights investigator in Europe and Central America. On Thursday afternoon at 12:30 Forche will give a talk "On Poetry" in rooms 148-150 of Webb Center. Her 8 p.m. reading in Kaufman Hall auditorium will conclude the festival. The ODU Literary Festival is sponsored by the Department of English, the Arts and Letters Public Service Program at ODU, the Activities Programming Board, the Virginia Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the Associated Writing Programs.