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Get Lit! Festival

Purchasing a Festival Pass includes admission to all Festival events as well as admission to our invite-only author reception, which includes hors d'oeuvres and beverages at 5pm on Friday, April 24th.

“Alice in Wonderland” theater production

Doors at 6:30 p.m., free to children 13 and under

One afternoon, as Alice sits in the hot sun, listening to her sister read a book, she sees something amazing—a White Rabbit dressed in clothes running around muttering to himself! Alice runs after him and tumbles down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world called Wonderland. There, Alice encounters Lewis Carroll’s enigmatic characters including the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts. To navigate through this tangled realm of misdirection and confusion, Alice must rely on her own sense of strength and logic.

Based on Lewis Carroll’s classic story ‘Alice in Wonderland’ this performance of curiosity and fantasy will delight audiences young  and old alike.  The small band of actors of Book-it Theatre bring to life the enigmatic characters of this much loved children's tale:  White Rabbit dressed in clothes; the smiling Cheshire Cat; the grumbling Queen of Hearts; questioning Alice, and many others.  This performance is sure to engage and delight students in the literary source from which the show originates. The performance is for all ages, appropriate for grades K-6. The performance runs under 45 minutes and includes an opportunity for Q&A from the audience afterward!

Parking at the Lincoln Center is free.


Into the Wilderness

Featuring Benjamin Percy and Sharma Shields

Doors at 6:30 p.m., free to students (with valid high school/college ID)

Benjamin Percy’s latest novel is The Dead Lands, a post-apocalyptic story loosely based on Lewis and Clark’s journey across the west. Percy is also the author of the novels Red Moon and The Wilding, as well as two story collections. His works have been published in GQ, Time, and The Wall Street Journal, among other places. Percy has taught at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Marquette University, and St. Olaf College, as well as the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University.

Sharma Shields is the author of the novel The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac and the short story collection Favorite Monster. The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac was selected as a recommended read by many publications, including Entertainment Weekly, O Magazine, and Vanity Fair, and Shields was selected by Entertainment Weekly as one of 25 “stars on the rise” in 2015. Her work has appeared in Electric Lit, The New York Times, Kenyon Review, and Iowa Review, among others. She currently lives in Spokane with her husband and two children.

Each author will read a selection of their work, and then share the stage to take audience questions. Book signing to follow.


In Conversation with Walter Kirn and Shawn Vestal

Doors at 6:30 p.m., free to students (with valid high school/college ID)

Walter Kirn is the author of the memoir Blood Will Out: A Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade. The book tells the story of his friendship with a man named Clark Rockefeller, who turned out to be a con artist named Christian Gerhartsreiter, who was later convicted of murder. The Gerhartsreiter case made national news with revelations of how a man claiming to be a member of the Rockefeller family had obtained money, status, and more by fooling those around him. Kirn traces the course of his friendship with the man from their initial meeting through the moment of revelation and the subsequent trial. Kirn has written seven other books, two of which -- Thumbsucker and Up in the Air -- were adapted into feature films. He is a contributing editor for Time and splits his time between Montana and California.

Shawn Vestal is the author of the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize-winning story collection Godforsaken Idaho, as well as a novel to be published in spring 2016. His works have appeared in Tin House, McSweeney's, Ecotone, The Southern Review, and numerous other journals. Vestal writes for Spokane’s Spokesman-Review and teaches in the MFA program at Eastern Washington University.

Each author will read a selection of their work, and then share the stage for conversation and audience questions. Book signing to follow.

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4/21/15 - 4/24/15

17th Annual Get Lit! Festival Pass

Tue 4/21/15 7:00 PM

17th Annual Get Lit! Festival: Alice in Wonderland

The Lincoln Center
Spokane, WA

Thu 4/23/15 7:00 PM

17th Annual Get Lit! Festival: Into the Wilderness

Fri 4/24/15 7:00 PM

17th Annual Get Lit! Festival: In Conversation with Walter Kirn & Shawn Vestal

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