- August 3, 2017
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This weekend, the 6th annual Lewisburg Literary Festival will take place in the heart of downtown Lewisburg, WV. LiveGreenbrier recently connected with one of the founders of the event, Josh Baldwin, President of Havenbrook Media, to discuss his thoughts and insight into the popular event.
1. LG – What inspired the Literary Festival?
JB – “The Lewisburg Literary Festival began 6 years ago when
Aaron Maxwell of Harmony Ridge Gallery and myself had the idea of
basing a festival around literature and art. It was important to us from the beginning to make the event free and open to the public, and six years later we have stayed true to that founding tenet.”
2. LG – How has the local reception been towards the event?
JB – “Our Mainstage events remain popular with festival goers. We
typically fill Carnegie Hall, WV for most of our speakers and people enjoy
the casual atmosphere of being able to not only enjoy the presentations, but also meet and greets with authors and book signings. We’ve had some special writers over the years — Jeanette Walls, writer of The Glass Castle, Kathryn Stockett, Homer Hickam,and Garth Stein, to name a few. This year we are proud to present WV-native Morgan Spurlock, whose new film Super Size Me 2 will premier at Toronto Film Festivals this year, and the Iranian writer Azar Nafisi.”
3. LG – What have been some of your favorite highlights of past years?
JB – “Some of the highlights for me include the first year when Jerry West spoke about his memoir and some of the awesome street art we had in the early years. Hopefully we can bring that back! I really enjoy having up and coming writers like Matthew Neill Null, who I think we will see great things from in the coming years.”
4. LG – What is one aspect that you are anticipating for this year’s event?
JB – Every year we do a late night event—Hunter S. Thomspson look-alike contest, improv comedy, poetry readings, etc—and this year we are doing an Tribute concert to Bob Dylan, the Nobel Prize winner for Literature last year. As a musician I’m really looking forward to that concert.
To learn more about the Lewisburg Literary Festival, please visit: http://www.lewisburgliteraryfestival.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/LewisburgLiteraryFestival/
Previous highlights from years past – Jeanette Walls, author of The Glass Castlewhose memoir-turned-feature film will premier in theaters this month, Poetry Jam, and Tom Angleberger, author of books like Origami Yoda with two of his fans.