Only two days until we get to meet and hear from these amazing authors and musicians!
A bouquet of thanks to our friends and supporters Charlotte Center for Literary Arts, who let us post on their blog this week about Saturday’s festival. Take a look: https://www.charlottelit.org/blog/chancellor-center-city-lit-festival-2019/
While you’re on Charlotte Lit’s site, have a look at all of the many ways they support the Charlotte literary community: calendar, classes, events, 4x4CLT poster series. Becoming a member of this nonprofit gem is easy, with a range of affordable options.
Charlotte Lit, we salute you!
Thanks so much to The Charlotte Post and Ashley Mahoney for featuring the Center City Literary Festival on its The Creatives podcast. Patrice Gopo, a Charlotte-area writer who is one of our invited authors this year, talks about her book All the Colors We Will See and all things literary with Bryn Chancellor, UNCC professor and one of the festival’s organizers.
Take a listen!
DAYTIME AUTHORS AND PERFORMERS
World of Creations
Mark West marionette puppets
PLUS: fun creativity stations
Plus live music by the Mark Larson Combo
We are still finalizing the schedule of the day’s events, but we are happy to have joining us three children’s authors: Janaka Bowman Lewis, Tia Capers, and Lisa Williams Kline. They will be sharing their work with attendees. We also will have a live puppet show.
Janaka Bowman Lewis is the author of the children’s books Bold Nia Marie Passes the Test and Brown All Over. Dr. Lewis also is associate professor of English at UNC Charlotte, where her research interests include African American literature of the nineteenth century (specifically narrative studies), and African American women’s writing. She is a native of Augusta, Georgia and a graduate of Duke University and Northwestern University.
Tia Capers is an award-winning poet and freelance author of Delicious Rainbow Thoughts, The Soul of a Butterfly, Nadia’s Jewelry Box, Nadia’s Loose Tooth, and Nadia’s Green Day Festival, the last book to be released in her Nadia’s Adventures series of children’s books. Tia is also the author of Nadia’s Coloring & Activity Book. She is a Miami, Florida, native and currently resides in North Carolina with her family. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). When not writing, Tia facilitates her KLEENE Spirit Writing Workshops and volunteers in the local elementary schools and other organizations in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. She has enjoyed sharing her children’s books with thousands of children throughout the country and looks forward to sharing them with children world-wide. She is co-owner of Heart-Head Publishing.
Lisa Williams Kline is the author of several middle-grade novels, including Eleanor Hill, winner of the North Carolina Juvenile Literature Award; The Princesses of Atlantis; Write Before Your Eyes; and the Sisters in All Seasons series. A graduate of Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill, she worked for several years writing and researching public television programs for UNC-TV in Chapel Hill and as a freelance writer. She lives in Davidson, NC.
With a month away from the festival, we’re shifting into high gear on planning for this year’s Center City Literary Festival on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
We’re still finalizing schedules and information about the daytime children’s events, so we will be posting more soon in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
For now, here are a flier and information about the stellar evening lineup: Jill McCorkle, Gary Jackson, Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams, Paula Martinac, and Siobhán Campbell.
A mighty thanks to all who came out to the 2017 Center City Literary Festival! The day was filled with puppetry, storytelling from authors Shelby Bach, Tia Capers, Janaka Lewis, B. Edward Swift, and Connie Williams, literary-themed arts and crafts, and lots of happy young faces! In the evening, we kicked off with a lively reception and then heard some fantastic readings from our authors Nikky Finney, Eduardo C. Corral, Dustin M. Hoffman, and Bryn Chancellor, all of which reminded us of the importance of literature in our lives.
Here is what one attendee shared afterward:
“The whole experience delivered such a surprise gift—I hadn’t expected to be so deeply moved. The writers reconstituted my writing will—threw buckets of water my way—and reminded me how dehydrated I’d become. The presenters reminded me that language is how we reconnect with ourselves. When we make the effort to articulate those pieces that make us uniquely human, our words “ping” others. Collectively we learn that we’re not alone—we get “re-membered.” Isn’t that a big part of what writing’s all about? Nikky spoke of how writers “save” something. I know that last night saved a part of me.”
We couldn’t agree more. Thanks to all—participants, audience, and organizers—for creating such an experience.
Some photos from the day:
And photos from the evening!