Omaha’s Lit Fest: an intimate setting for writers and readers

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October 11th, 2011

Omaha, NE – This week, the seventh annual (downtown) Omaha Lit Fest kicks off, and it’s an eclectic collection of events.

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“A lot of it just comes from my own particular inclinations and ideas,” said director Timothy Schaffert. “So, it’s idiosyncratic in that way.”

The (downtown) Omaha Lit Fest runs October 13-15.

Omaha’s festival kicks off with a panel discussion featuring local journalists who’ll talk about covering arts and culture in Omaha. In fact, there are quite a few art-related events on the lit fest line-up.

“Friday night, we have our big art show and party,” Schaffert said. “And among the art exhibits, is one called Possessions: literary characters and the things they carried, in which artists have interpreted various objects from literature.”

The festival also includes workshops on self-publishing and designing book covers, as well as book signings and discussions with a number of local authors. It concludes with an evening discussion with author Terese Svoboda, who’s launching her new novel, Bohemian Girl. Svoboda grew up in western Nebraska and now lives in New York City. Schaffert says Omaha’s Lit Fest is made up of intimate-setting events that are not just about the writers, but also about the readers.

“I like our event because it’s an opportunity for people to really have a chance to get close to these writers,” he said. “You’re not just a number in a crowd, but you actually have an opportunity to talk to them about their works.”

The (downtown) Omaha Lit Fest kicks off Thursday at 5pm and runs through Saturday night. Most of the events take place at the downtown branch of the Omaha Public Libraries, as well as the Kaneko in the Old Market.

For a full schedule of events, click here.

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