The Lighthouse Lit Fest Book Fair began last year on a whim, says Lighthouse Writers Workshop director Michael Henry of the annual festival’s culminating event. “We thought maybe we could sell some books by partnering with the Tattered Cover and highlight the authors we have teaching here at Lit Fest, as well as the students of Lighthouse,” he explains. “And it’s growing: This year, other organizations will have speakers, and we’re also working with some of the Colorado Book Award finalists.”
The three-day fair, which tops off two weeks of in-depth workshops and literary events at Lighthouse, not only offers a Tattered Cover pop-up store, but also a morning-to-evening slate of diverse readings, featuring poetry, fiction, regional writing and everyone from local genre writers Mario Acevedo and Jason Heller to Missouri Review editor Michael Nye, all under a tent on the Lighthouse grounds.
“It’s just really a fun, celebratory, all-day party,” Henry says. And it’s also good PR for attracting a literary constituency that doesn’t necessarily write: “There’s a large reading audience out there, and we’re looking for new ways to embrace those folks and engage them. We give them easy access to writers so they can learn about the craft of writing and hear good literature.”
The Lit Fest Book Fair runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, today through Saturday; admission is free. Lighthouse Writers Workshop is at 1515 Race Street; for information, visit lighthousewriters.org or call 303-297-1185.
June 20-22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 2013