Chatham University

Wild Thing, You Make My Heart Sing:

The Essay in the 21st Century

Bridges to Other Worlds
Annual Literary Festival
November 3-5, 2011
Chatham University, Shadyside Campus

Thursday, November 3, 2011
Welker Room, James Laughlin Music Hall
8:00 p.m. John Balaban, "Go Out One Day. . ."
In celebration of Chatham's Global Focus Year of Vietnam, John Balaban will discuss Vietnamese literary culture and read from some of his celebrated translations.

Friday, November 4, 2011
All events below are in Mellon Board Room unless otherwise noted
8:30 a.m. Bookfair opens, continental breakfast
9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks: Sheryl St. Germain
Director, Chatham University MFA Program in Creative Writing
9:15 a.m. Keynote address: Phillip Lopate:
"The Future of the Essay"
Introduction: Margaret Lehr Whitford
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. "Let Us Go Then, You and I": Travel Writing

12:30-2:00 p.m. Lunch with Faith Adiele
Reading followed by a book signing
(Box lunches may be purchased ahead of time for $10.00.)
2:15-3:45 p.m. Scat-singing Structure: Lyric and Formally Adventurous Nonfiction 4:00-5:15 p.m. Dinty Moore and Michele Morano
Reading followed by book signing
5:15-7:30 p.m. Dinner on your own
7:30-8:30 p.m. Phillip Lopate
Reading followed by book signing and reception

Saturday, November 5, 2011
All events below are in Mellon Board Room unless otherwise noted
9:00-11:30 a.m. Small Group Seminars (Registration required: $50 for non-Chatham students)

12:00-2:00 p.m. Lunch with Barbara Hurd and Lori Jakiela
Reading followed by book signing.
(Box lunches may be purchased ahead of time for $10.00.)
2:15-3:45 p.m. The Memoir: Four Perspectives 4:00-5:15 p.m. The Natural Imagination: Writing Nature 5:30-6:30 p.m. Between Song and Story: Essays for the 21st Century
Chatham MFA in Creative Writing alumni readings from the newly released Autumn House anthology 6:30 p.m. Final Reception and Book signing

To reserve a lunch for Friday or Saturday or to reserve a place for one of the small seminars if you are not a Chatham student or alumnus, contact Debbie Juran at djuran@chatham.edu. Deadline is October 15.

For more information about the festival in general, contact Sheryl St. Germain at sstgermain@chatham.edu.

All events except for the small group seminars are free and open to the public.