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(downtown) Omaha Lit Fest

(downtown) Omaha Lit Fest
October 07, 2013
Under the Skin: Literary Obsessions & Cult Followings
During the ninth annual (downtown) Omaha Lit Fest, authors will delve into their own preoccupations, nervous habits, bad influences and literary obsessions. On October 18 and 19, nationally acclaimed writers will convene at W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St., to discuss the appeal of dangerous characters, the danger of appealing characters, the experimental, the sentimental, the personal, and the impersonal. Hosted by Omaha Public Library, the event features author panel discussions, an art exhibit and an opening night party. All events are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

In partnership with AIGA Nebraska, (downtown) Omaha Lit Fest kicks off Friday, Oct. 18, 6:30-9:30 p.m. with A Carnival of Souls: The Lit Fest opening-night party & exhibit. Designers from the Nebraska chapter of AIGA (the professional association for design) will exhibit their versions of classic movie posters from the golden age of low-budget horror films and drive-in theater. Their works will celebrate B-grade cult cinema, cheap thrills, exploitation and scary carnivals.

On Saturday, Oct. 19, there will be a series of panel discussions.

12:30 p.m. - Love/Hate: The villain as hero in contemporary fiction. Panel moderator Annasue Wilson sparked a national debate earlier this year with a controversial interview in Publishers Weekly on the topic of whether literary characters should be likable. Wilson will explore this topic with authors Kelly Braffet, Monica Drake, Alissa Nutting and Carolyn Turgeon.

1:30 p.m. - Obsessed: Research and biography. Authors discuss the rigorous, obsessive and sometimes unhealthy pursuit of their subjects. Panelists include Leo Adam Biga, Owen King, Timothy Schaffert and Mary K. Stillwell.

2:30 p.m. - Experiments: Writing around the mainstream. Authors talk about risk, invention, small-press publishing, dangerous subjects, and the literary underground. Panelists include Elwin Cotman, Brion Poloncic and Thom Sibbitt.

3:30 p.m. - Cinematic: Movies as subject, inspiration, and influence. Leo Adam Biga will moderate a panel on how movies shape a novelist’s vision. Panelists include Sean Doolittle, Monica Drake, Owen King and Carolyn Turgeon.

4:30 p.m. - Trigger Warnings: Writing about sex, perversion, and the politics of pleasure. Lit Fest’s semi-annual “writing about sex” panel will include Kelly Braffet, Elwin Cotman and Alissa Nutting.

5:30 p.m. - Book signings by Lit Fest authors.

The Omaha Lit Fest is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and has been supported and/or sponsored by a number of people and organizations. A full schedule of events is available at Visit for information about additional programs offered at Omaha Public Library’s 12 metro locations.
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