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About the Festival
The Hillside Theater
The 12th annual Spring Green Literary Festival will be held September 11 & 12, 2009 at the Hillside School and Theater on Frank Lloyd Wright's 600-acre estate, Taliesin, just south of Spring Green, Wisconsin.
This year the festival features Tony Earley, Jim the Boy, Hillary Jordan, Mudbound, and Ben Percy, Refresh, Refresh.
The festival begins at 7:00 p.m. on Friday evening, September 11 at the Gard Theater on Jefferson Street in downtown Spring Green. Authors talk about their books and read from their most recent novels. The program runs two hours. It is free and open to the public.
On Saturday morning, September 12, the festival opens at 8:30 a.m. with registration and continental breakfast. Lectures begin at 9:00a.m. Each author speaks to his own writing and creative process. This year's authors, using fiction and memoir, raise the issue of identity--be it appropriated, deemed irrelevant, or concealed.
At noon, a catered lunch is served in the magnificent dining room of Hillside School, followed by a book singing by the authors. Books will be for sale at the time of registration, or readers may bring their own copies for autographing. Registrants are encouraged to read the books in advance of the festival in order to fully engage with the authors.
Author Max Garland
Beginning at 1:30 p.m. the registrants split into three small groups. Each group will spend the afternoon having a face-to-face conversation with authors Tony Earley and Hillary Jordan, spending half the time with each.
Anthropologist and writer Yi-Fu Tuan
Or, up to twenty registrants can choose to attend the entire afternoon in a Writers Workshop led by Ben Percy. The workshop offers writers a chance to receive expert feedback on their writing from an established professional. At 4:00 p.m. attendees will regather in the theater for closing festivities. Adjournment is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.
The cost to attend is $55. This covers the festival program plus a continental breakfast and a catered lunch in the Fellowship Dining Room on Saturday. An additional fee of $30 is required for the Writers Workshop. The fee for students is $25 for the day plus $25 for the Writers Workshop. Details on workshop requirements are sent with the registration packet.
Signing up early, before June 15, 2009, saves you $15. Student fees stay the same, since they are already discounted. Reserving your place now is strongly encouraged, due to the intimate nature of Hillside School.
Online registration adds a $2 PayPal access fee.
Here are the ways to register:
Featured books for 2009
Jim the Boy, by Tony Earley
Mudbound, by Hillary Jordan
Refresh, Refresh, by Ben Percy
How do I purchase the books?
Tony Earley's Jim the Boy was published in 2002 and can be found in hardback and paperback. Check your local bookstore or library for a copy.
Mudbound, by Hillary Jordan, was published in 2008 and available in bookstores now. The paperback edition will be available on March 17, 2009. Check your local bookstore or library for a copy.
Ben Percy's Refresh, Refresh was published in October of 2007 and is in its second printing. Check your local bookstore or library for a copy.
If you are coming from outside the area, you can find your independent bookseller on-line through Booksense.com. Booksense.com has an easy-to-use locator of independent booksellers near you.
Statements from Spring Green Literary Festival registrants about the Festival:
For more information on the book clubs and discussions, see our News and Events page
Spring Green Literary Festival
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