Archive for October, 2009

Saturday schedule change: Drury readings

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

The schedule of events for Saturday has changed from what appears in the printed program.

A Gathering of Local Writers: Readings of Original Works from Drury University, has been moved from 2-3 p.m. to 9-10 a.m. The location is unchanged. The event will be held in the Great Southern Bank Suite at Hammons Field.

Public, press invited to festival Opening Ceremony

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

The public and the working press are invited to attend the official opening ceremony for the inaugural Missouri Literary Festival, 10-10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at the Hammons Field Plaza (in front of the main gates).

Literary Festival Chairman William Brandon Bowman will serve as Master of Ceremonies. The opening ceremony is free and open to the public, and the program will run as follows:

Reverend Kenneth L. Chumbley, rector, Christ Episcopal Church

Welcome to Hammons Field and The Creamery Arts Center
Kirk Elmquist and Leah Hamilton Jenkins

Local and state dignitaries, including Jim Anderson, president of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce; David L. Coonrod, Greene County presiding commissioner; Dan Chiles, Springfield mayor pro tem; Greg Burris, Springfield city manager; Norma Champion, District 30 state senator; andCharlie Denison, District 135 state representative.

Missouri Literary Festival Trumpet Fanfare
composed by Dr. John Prescott and performed by Maestro Ron Spigelman and three trumpeters from the Springfield Symphony

Collective Ribbon Cutting

Declaration of Opening by William Brandon Bowman

Tickets to the Missouri Literary Festival are $5 for ages 11 and up, and children 10 and under get in free. A single ticket is good for the duration of the festival, which is held Oct. 2, 3 and 4, and the ticket must be presented at the gate each day. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Borders Books, the Library Center, the Library Station, The Creamery Arts Center and Hammons Field in Springfield.

To Read a Mockingbird schedule

Thursday, October 1st, 2009


9 a.m. Bucky Bowman (opener)
9:15 Greg Burris
9:30 Annie Busch
9:45 Harold Bengsch
11:15 Randy Russell
11:30 Jeff Jenkins
11:45 Gary Whitaker
Noon Leah Hamilton Jenkins
12:15 Moira Bailey
12:30 Lincoln Knauer
12:45 Kevin Henderson
1 Dr. Norm Ridder
1:15 Jean Sellars
1:30 Rep. Roy Blunt
1:45 Roseann Bentley
2 Louise Whall
2:15 Kirk Elmquist
2:30 Brett Miller
2:45 Pat Walker
3 David Harrison
3:15 Jan Horton
3:30 Charles Taylor
3:45 TBA
4 Randy Humphrey
4:15 Jeanne Duffey
4:30 Sally Baird
4:45 Regina Greer Cooper

Noon Dave Snider
12:15 Nancy Brown Dornan
12:30 Bucky Bowman
12:45 Michele Skalicky
1 Lorraine Sandstrom
1:15 David Carson
1:30 Ron Spigelman
1:45 TBA
2 John Sellars
2:15 Ken Knauer
2:30 Jane Sellars
2:45 Marilyn Quigley
3 Jenny Edwards
3:15 Jason Brown
3:30 Randy Stewart
3:45 Marci Bowling
4:00 Volunteers TBA
4:15 Volunteers TBA
4:30 Volunteers TBA
4:45 Volunteers TBA

To Read a Mockingbird: ‘outdoors, out loud and out of the box’

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Roy Blunt, Greg Burris, Norm Ridder and Ron Spigelman head the roster in marathon reading of To Kill a Mockingbird at inaugural Missouri Literary Festival

U.S. Representative Roy Blunt, Springfield City Manager Greg Burris, Springfield R-12 Schools Superintendent Dr. Norman Ridder and Springfield Symphony Music Director Ron Spigelman are among the volunteers who will take part in a marathon public reading of the classic American novel To Kill a Mockingbird at this weekend’s inaugural Missouri Literary Festival, representatives with the Festival announced today.

“We’re delighted that our congressman, our City Manager, the head of our school system and Springfield’s favorite Music Man will be joining us in this celebration of reading,” said event coordinator Kelly Knauer, an editor with TIME Books. “This public reading of Harper Lee’s beloved novel is mainly for fun: it’s outdoors, out loud, and out of the box. But there’s a serious message involved: reading is essential to our success as individuals and as a society.”

Volunteers will take turns reading the novel for 15 minutes each on the concourse of Hammons Field, the Festival venue. Knauer said the marathon, dubbed “To Read a Mockingbird,” will be “a moveable feast … attendees will drop in, sit a spell, and read along with copies of the text we’ll provide, before they move on to other Festival activities.”

Other volunteer readers include Greene County Commissioners Roseann Bentley and Harold Bengsch; Springfield Greene-County Library Director Regina Greer Cooper; Greene County Circuit Judge Jason Brown; KSMU radio announcers Michelle Skalicky and Randy Stewart; KY-3 meteorologist Dave Snider; Skinny Improv director Jeff Jenkins; and educators from Drury University, Missouri State University, Ozarks Technical College, Evangel University and Southwest Baptist University. The complete schedule of readers is available at the Festival Web site,

“We’ll be ‘reading the Bird’ from 9 to 5 on Saturday and from 12 to 5 on Sunday,” Knauer said. “We’ve kept a few reading slots open on Sunday to include volunteers from the public. But we’ll keep quiet on Saturday morning from 10 to 11:15, when two-time U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins will give a public reading at Hammons Field. When Billy Collins talks, even Atticus Finch listens.”

The Missouri Literary Festival, a Celebration of Arts, Literature and Literacy, is a nonprofit event focused on raising funds to benefit 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.