Authors for 2019
Jane Hamilton, whose work includes The Excellent Lombards, The Book of Ruth, and A Map of the World
Rebecca Makkai, whose work includes The Great Believers, Music for Wartime, and The Hundred-Year House
Bao Phi, whose work includes Song I Sing, Last Name First, and Surviving the Translation
Scott Russell Sanders, whose works include Stone County: Then & Now, Dancing in Dreamtime, and Divine Animal
Luis Alberto Urrea, whose work includes The House of Broken Angels, The Water Museum, and The Hummingbird’s Daughter
2019 Theme: Generational
In our seventh season, we’ll explore:
The generation of the new from the old
The transitions, natural and unnatural, easy and onerous, between generations
What it takes to generate: to move, to grow, to evolve, to change
Creative Lab: Thursday, September 19, 2019
Workshops: Friday, September 20, 2019
Presentations: Saturday, September 21, 2019
Bunch and Closing Remarks: Sunday, September 22, 2019
What is the Washington Island Literary Festival?
The Washington Island Literary Festival is a moveable feast of writing, reading, discussion, and thought about the written word. Writers’ workshops, author panels and presentations, readings and parties are scheduled at various quaint, historic and beautiful venues around the Island. Participants have a unique opportunity to share time with prominent authors and dedicated readers in the intimate, friendly setting of Washington Island, a half-hour by ferry from the Door County mainland, in September’s color and warmth.
All our programs are small and intimate; this is our intention and our charm. Attendance at the Festival is limited to about 150 people. This is a comfortable house for the Trueblood Performing Arts Center, a fully-equipped facility which is the Festival’s home. Other venues include beautiful and historic locales such as the Island Dairy, the Hotel Washington, the Washington Island Farm Museum, and, for writers’ workshops, woodland or lake-side paths for inspiration, and a privately-owned boathouse opening to the panorama of Lake Michigan lapping at its door. Offering inns and guesthouses, beaches and beautiful byways to explore, and eateries which may feature local produce from organic Island farms, Washington Island is a permanent home to 700 residents. During “The Season,” it swells to host thousands of visitors and summer residents. Our Festival’s September dates provide the perfect “wind-down” set of days: an opportunity to enjoy the Island after the season has died down, as fall’s colors begin to tinge the landscape with peaceful beauty.
“Quality authors with opportunity to freely interact and learn from them. Beautiful settings enhance the entire experience.” –Ruth Gunnerson