William Gass chosen for first annual Tradition of Literary Excellence Award

September 29, 2014

From the St. Louis Literary Consortium:  Writer William Gass has been chosen as the recipient of the first annual Tradition of Literary Excellence Award. The award, which was created and is funded by the Municipal Commission of Arts & Letters in University City, is given “to honor the work of a living local author whose literary achievement has won national and international acclaim and, in so doing, has contributed to the distinction of the St. Louis area, upholding its tradition as a center of literary excellence.”

Gass, who turns 90 this year, is a prolific and influential writer of short stories, novels, essays, and literary criticism who is admired by readers around the world. Currently, he is the David May Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at Washington University. He joined the philosophy department at Washington University in 1969 and founded the International Writers Center in 1990, which he directed until his retirement in 2000. He was the first recipient of the PEN/Nabokov Award for Lifetime Achievement, and he won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism an unprecedented three times.

Gass will receive the Tradition of Literary Excellence Award on Friday evening, October 10, 2014, at a party celebrating the launch of Lit in the Lou, a new book festival set in the heart of University City. The event will take place on the fifth floor of University City’s historic city hall at 7:30 p.m. and will mark the opening of the three-day festival. The award will be conferred by Mayor Shelley Welsch of University City, after which Gass is expected to read from his work. In addition to honoring Gass, the literary community will also recognize two local student winners of the Library of Congress Letters About Literature contest.

The public is invited to attend the launch party/awards ceremony and may purchase tickets ($25/person) at Brown Paper Tickets and through the website (stllit.blogspot.com) of the St. Louis Literary Consortium, organizers of Lit in the Lou. All other festival activities, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11 and Sunday, October 12, are free and open to the public. Outdoor activities are slated for Saturday in U. City’s Ackert Park and along Ackert Walkway, with more readings and book signings to be held in Loop shops and restaurants and at the University City Public Library. The event will conclude with additional workshops and panel discussions on Sunday. Lit in the Lou is an STL250 event.

To find out more about the Lit in the Lou Book Festival, visit stllit.blogspot.com, or contact Kristina Blank Makansi at kbmakansi@blankslatepress.com, 314.363.4546. And to support Lit in the Lou with a financial donation, check out: www.indiegogo.com/projects/lit-in-the-lou-a-new-book-
festival-for-st-louis

Book festival opens in the Loop, October 10-12

September 21, 2014

Print

The Saint Louis Literary Consortium (SLLC) is delighted to announce that planning is underway for LIT IN THE LOU—a book festival celebrating “all things literary” in the St. Louis region. The event is set for October 10–12, 2014, and will take place in the heart of the Delmar Loop, in University City. With author readings, book signings, writing workshops, vendor displays, family activities, music, and food, LIT IN THE LOU promises a fun time for readers and writers of all ages.

“Each year, cities big and small across the U.S. host wonderful book festivals, celebrating books and showcas- ing the literary contributions of their native sons and daughters. With this city’s strong representation on the contemporary literary scene and its rich literary heritage, there’s no reason St. Louis should not have its own festival,” Winnie Sullivan, SLLC member said.

Festivities will open with a gala kickoff Friday evening, during which the Tradition of Literary Excellence Award (funded by the U. City Arts & Letters Commission) will be given to a prominent St. Louis area writer and the two student winners of the Library of Congress Letters About Literature contest will be recognized. Outdoor festival activities are slated for Saturday in U. City’s Ackert Park, with more readings and book sign- ings to be held in Loop restaurants and bookstores. The event will conclude with additional workshops and panel discussions on Sunday.

The Saint Louis Literary Consortium was formed by five local literary organizations—the St. Louis Poetry Center, the St. Louis Writers Guild, PenUltimate Press, Blank Slate Press, and Walrus Publishing—to celebrate and promote the literary arts in the Saint Louis area. The consortium expects to open its membership soon to literary organizations and book-related businesses around the St. Louis area.

To find out more about the LIT IN THE LOU Book Festival, including details on how you can be involved, visit http://stllit.blogspot.com, or contact Kristina Blank Makansi at kbmakansi@blankslatepress.com, 314.363.4546.

Public sculptures get extended stay in U City

September 21, 2014
realeden

“Eden” by Michael Aaron Williams

realrecollection

“Recollection” by Caitlin Penny

The 2014 Sculpture collaborations between University City and Washington University in St. Louis were given approval to stay at their sites till March, 2015.  Approval was given by the University City Parks Commission at their July meeting, and the Municipal Commission on Arts & Letters of University City voted their approval at their September meeting.  Originally the sculptures were scheduled to come down on September 1. “Recollection” by Caitlin Penny is at Kaufman Park,  near the Green Center.  “Eden” by Michael Aaron Williams is on Wilson Avenue (near Shaftesbury).  A digital map to both sculptures is available here.


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.