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orcas island lit fest

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About

The mission of the Orcas Island Literary Festival is to bring together people who love to read books with the authors who love to write them. April 13 to 15, 2018, festival goers will be able to participate in dynamic panel discussions, writing workshops, and our lit crawl, featuring exciting new literary voices, New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer-prize winning authors, beloved regional writers, award-winning poets, and publishers on beautiful Orcas Island.
 

VenueS

The Orcas Island Lit Festival is in partnership with Orcas Center. The majority of featured panel conversations and the Book Fair will all take place at Orcas Center, on Center Stage or in the Black Box. Our Preferred Bookseller and sponsor, Darvill's, will have books available in the lobby. The Festival's Friday evening Lit Walk will take place in the village of Eastsound, along with Battle of The Genres at Odd fellows Hall and our Eco-Sapiens panel at Seaview Theatre.

TICKETS

Weekend Festival Passes are $70. There are only a handful of Full Weekend Festival Passes available so please buy yours asap. Saturday 1-Day Tix are available for $35 (does NOT include the Saturday Main Evening Event or the Battle Of The Genres). Sunday 1-Day passes are $25. Please check our Facebook page for promos. Family Fest admittance is free. Battle of the Genres is a separately ticketed evening event ($10) and will take place at Odd Fellows Hall. Purchase tickets online.

 

REGISTRATION

Attendees and authors may check in at registration. Registration is available starting Friday at noon-4p at the Orcas Center lobby, but it is not necessary to register or check-in early. All Friday events are free. When you come to your Saturday events, bring your printed tix or give your name to our volunteers and they will give you a festival wrist band.

 

LUNCH & BOOK FAIR BISTRO

Festivalgoers may purchase lunch on-site in the Book Fair Bistro at Orcas Center from Harmony Chai and Cocina Latina. Mountain Wave Roasters will be pouring espresso in the Black Box Lobby at Orcas Center.

 

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Support The Literary Arts ON ORCAS

The Orcas Island Literary Festival is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to an annual world-class literary festival on Orcas Island organized by passionate volunteers. However, we can only succeed with the help of our fellow islanders and sponsors. The commitment by private citizens and the long-valued philanthropic notion of noblesse oblige is a long-standing tradition on our island and it is the thing that will make the festival a true success for years to come. To become a festival patron, please donate to our cause. 

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Offerings

Workshops

Exclusive writing workshops with respected authors, editors and book whisperers.  

 

AUTHOR PANELS + READINGS

Meet your current favorite authors and poets and future ones, too. See our paperless program and schedule with listings of all panels, conversations and events.

 

Family programming

Meet children authors and enjoy readings, unique kid literary activities, and public readings by kids, for kids in connection with our Orcas Island Public Library.

 

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Immerse yourself in one of our intimate literary conversations, dynamic panels, our lit walk or more.

 

BUSINESS SPONSORS

A great way to support a shoulder-season festival that benefits Orcas Island local merchants, regional travel organizations, authors, and the readers who love them.  

 

BOOK FAIR TABLES

Publishers, presses, authors and literary retreats and organizations may purchase table space in our festival book fair hosted at Orcas Center, our main venue.

 

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IN PARTNERSHIP WITH:

OUR FOUNDING CIRCLE patronS:

MEDIA SPONSOR:

gold patronS:

 

silver patrons:

 

Bronze Patrons + iN-KIND DONORS:

 

PREFERRED BOOKSELLER & SPONSOR:

PLEASE VISIT OUR SPONSORS PAGE TO SEE MORE OF OUR SPONSORS AND THE PEOPLE HELPING US CREATE OUR FESTIVAL.

 
 
Books are a uniquely portable magic.
— Stephen King
 
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