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Lit Fest: The Weekend Your Parents Warned You About

October 1, 2015

I hope you’re all nursed your Deb Ball hangovers, because it’s time for what is undoubtedly the most uninhibited weekend of debauchery on campus: the annual Kenyon Review Literary Festival.

And it’s alcohol-free, motherfuckers.

Lit Fest is the kind of party your parents warned you about before college. “You don’t want that,” they said as they wagged their reproachful fingers, covered in paper-cuts from turning pages of newspapers and encyclopedias. “It’s just modern prose, poetry, and non-fiction. That stuff will ruin your life.”

Worse, it might inspire you to be an English major (sorry, Mom!!!!!!).

And who’s the ringleader of this three-ring shit show? The badboy of literary nonfiction himself, Roger Rosenblatt. Rosenblatt has written 17 books, including Making Toast and Kayak Morning, and has penned fiction, nonfiction, plays, essays, and award-winning journalism. Rosenblatt is the 15th recipient of the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement, and is the keynote speaker for Lit Fest. He will deliver his speech on Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. in Brandi Recital Hall.

Drooling yet? But wait – there’s more!

Lit Fest kicks off on Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. in Peirce Lounge with readings by Tarfia Faizullah and David James Poissant, winners of the 2015 GLCA New Writers Awards for Poetry and Fiction.

(Caution: first two rows WILL get wet.)

12 p.m.: Book sale in front of the bookstore! Like waiting for the bartender to get you a cup of Miller, except less sticky, less crowded, more expensive, and way better than waiting half an hour for a cup of foam.

From 2 to 3 p.m., students can attend a panel on New Journalism at the bookstore. Tory Weber, associate director of programs at KR, said that the panel seemed like a good opportunity since Rosenblatt is renowned for his journalism as well as fiction and nonfiction. That’s right. New Journalism. I bet you thought Kenyon kids were too smart for that shit. Guess again.

Then, at 3:30 p.m. come to Cheever room where Professor of English Andrew Grace and 2014-2016 KR Fellow Melinda Moustakis will read their work. (set to “Trap Queen,” obvi).

If that doesn’t whet your whistle, I don’t know what will.

Have a great weekend, y’all. Come to Lit Fest.

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