Archive for August, 2009

CNN spotlights Missouri Literary Festival author

Friday, August 21st, 2009

CNN has produced a feature on Brad Gooch, author of  “Flannery, A Life of Flannery O’Connor.” Gooch will appear at the Missouri Literary Festival in October.

“Flannery” is the most recent work by Gooch, who is also the author of “City Poet,” the acclaimed biography of Frank O’Hara.

Mary Flannery O’Connor wrote only two novels – “Wise Blood” and “The Violent Bear It Away” – and two short story collections – “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and “Everything That Rises Must Converge” – yet her influence on American literature and pop culture continues to resonate more than 4 decades after her death in 1964 from complications of lupus.

Gooch is the recipient of National Endowment for the Humanities and Guggenheim fellowships; he earned his PhD at Columbia University and is a professor of English at William Paterson University in New Jersey.

Gooch joins a selection of renowned novelists, poets, business writers, children’s writers and other authors in the Missouri Literary Festival, Oct. 2-4 at The Creamery Arts Center and Hammons Field in downtown Springfield, MO. The festival will feature public readings, book signings, live music, live arts performances, film, food and more.

Admission is $5 for adults and free to children 10 and under. Proceeds of the festival will go to support arts programming through Springfield Regional Arts Council, as well as local literacy efforts and scholarships for young writers.

Capitol Conspiracy author Bill Bernhardt joins festival lineup

Friday, August 21st, 2009

The Missouri Literary Festival is proud to announce the addition of New York Times bestselling author William Bernhardt to its list of participating writers.

A mystery writer, Bernhardt is the author more than 20 novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Capitol Conspiracy, Primary Justice, Murder One, Criminal Intent and Capitol Offense. His books have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. He is the only recipient of both the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award from the University of Scranton and the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award which is given “in recognition of an outstanding body of work that has profoundly influenced the way in which we understand ourselves and American society at large.”

One of the country’s most popular writing instructors and teaches writing workshops throughout the year. Bernhardt founded HAWK Publishing, which has published Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist N. Scott Momaday, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Janis Ian, and PBS newsman Jim Lehrer. A former trial attorney, Bernhardt has received numerous awards for his public service. He makes his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with his wife, Marcia and their children. For more information about William Bernhardt, his books, workshops and speaking engagements, please visit www.williambernhardt.com.

The Missouri Literary Festival, a Celebration of Arts, Literature and Literacy, is a nonprofit event focused on raising funds to benefit arts programming and literacy organizations. General admission will be $5 for ages 11 and up; children 10 and under get in free. Festival beneficiaries are Springfield Regional Arts Council, Ozarks Literacy Council, Family Literacy Centers of Springfield, the R-12 Title I Schools and the Writers Hall of Fame scholarship program.

Missouri Literary Festival issues call for performers

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

The Missouri Literary Festival is seeking singers, dancers and musicians to perform at the front gates of Hammons Field during the festival, slated for Oct. 2, 3 and 4. This event offers unparalleled public exposure for individuals, choirs, music combos, dance troupes and theater groups. The only requirements are that the performances be family-friendly and of the highest artistic quality.

 

Performances will be scheduled in half-hour increments with 15-minute breaks in between. Performances will run 1-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3; and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Youth performances will be heavily targeted on Saturday. For the Sunday program, festival organizers are particularly interested in booking church choirs, bell choirs and inspirational music in keeping with the Festival’s faith-based programs that day, including an appearance by renowned author, composer and speaker Jennifer Rothschild.

 

The festival invites all performers interested in volunteering their time and talent at this first-time event to contact Festival Chairman William Brandon Bowman at (417) 865-0450.

 

The Missouri Literary Festival, a Celebration of Arts, Literature and Literacy, is a nonprofit event focused on raising funds to benefit arts programming and literacy organizations. General admission will be $5 for ages 11 and up; children 10 and under get in free. Festival beneficiaries are Springfield Regional Arts Council, Ozarks Literacy Council, Family Literacy Centers of Springfield, the R-12 Title I Schools and the Writers Hall of Fame scholarship program.

Award-winning novelist Daniel Woodrell joins festival lineup

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

What does the Missouri Literary Festival have in common with Oscar-winning director Ang Lee?

 

Great taste in authors, for one.

 

The Missouri Literary Festival, slated for Oct. 2, 3 and 4 in Springfield, MO, is proud to announce award-winning novelist Daniel Woodrell as part of the festival lineup. Woodrell, author of Winter’s Bone and Tomato Red, also wrote Woe to Live On, which Ang Lee made into the film Ride With the Devil in 1999.

 

Woodrell’s five most recent novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and Tomato Red won the PEN West Award for the Novel in 1999. Winter’s Bone, his latest novel, won the Prix de la Mystere Critique in France and was one of five finalists for the 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Fiction.

 

Woodrell’s short stories have been widely published in various anthologies, and his work has appeared in Esquire, Gentleman’s Quarterly, Missouri Review, New Letters, Granta online, The Washington Post and The New York Times.

 

While Woe to Live On was the first of Woodrell’s novels to be adapted for the screen, it was not the last. Winter’s Bone was filmed in Forsyth, MO, by director Debra Granik in winter 2009. Ride With the Devil also was shot in Missouri.

 

The Missouri Literary Festival, a Celebration of Arts, Literature and Literacy, is a nonprofit event focused on raising funds to benefit arts programming and literacy organizations. General admission will be $5 for ages 11 and up; children 10 and under get in free. Festival beneficiaries are Springfield Regional Arts Council, Ozarks Literacy Council, Family Literacy Centers of Springfield, the R-12 Title I Schools and the Writers Hall of Fame scholarship program.