EIU preps ‘Lions in Winter’ literary fest
With an editors’ panel, book fair, refreshments and rap music, Eastern Illinois Univeristy’s annual “Lions in Winter” literary festival is gearing up for its two-day event set for Jan. 27-28, open to students and the public.
Highlighting Eastern Illinois University’s roster are readings designed for all ages — from a 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 keynote reading with Laura van den Berg and a 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 reading with writers Jerald Walker, James Davis May and Erica Wright; to a free Saturday morning children’s story hour with Janice Harrington.
With the exception of the children’s story hour, slated for EIU’s Booth Library, all festival events are scheduled for the on-campus Doudna Fine Arts Center, with varying prices. General admission before the festival costs $40 and includes continental breakfast and lunch; talks throughout the day, and an editors’ panel in the afternoon. Coles County Art Council members can obtain a discount price of $30 by contacting the Doudna Fine Arts Center Box Office.
While general admission on the day of the event is $50, high school and college student participation and EIU faculty attendance is free, with an optional $10 to include lunch.
Certain presentations require advance registration; participants can also join activities on-site at the fair itself. For full details on signup, visit www.lionsinwinter.org/registration/ where information on local area hotels is also posted. Questions can be directed to Daiva Markelis at email@example.com or EIU’s English department at 217-581-2428.