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Chattanooga Festival of Writers

UTC is cosponsoring the Chattanooga Festival of Writers on March 31 and April 1 at the Sheraton Read House in downtown Chattanooga.

A preliminary event will feature Jane Berz’ review of Elizabeth Kostova's sensational debut novel, The Historian, on Thursday, March 9, 6:30 p.m. at the Signal Mountain Public Library. All interested readers are invited.

According to the Arts and Education Council, producer of The Chattanooga Festival of Writers, "For 25 years the AEC has been producing the highly-esteemed biennial Conference on Southern Literature. Now, for the first time, the AEC will offer a literary event that focuses solely on the craft of writing, offering workshops and guest speakers that will appeal to both budding and seasoned writers of all ages and talents."

Elizabeth Kostova will be the keynote speaker on Friday night, March 31. Kostova made history when her inaugural book, The Historian, became the first debut novel to hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list during its first week in publication. Now the book is causing a sensation in bookstores worldwide, selling out even faster than The Da Vinci Code.

Kostova will join seven other authors for writing workshops on Saturday, April 1. The Jefferson Press Luncheon with Clyde Edgerton and Philip Gerard will conclude the event.

Writers will also work with Hamilton County public schools through Classroom Residencies and a
Creative Writing Workshop for teachers.

"This 2-day festival is for every person who has a story to tell and a book waiting to be written," says Jane Berz, co-chair of the festival. "This is also a weekend for those who simply enjoy the world of writers and reading."

March 8, 2006

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