If you happen to be in Casper this Friday and Saturday, check out the Equality State Book Festival at Casper College (and around town)! The Wyoming Humanities Council is proud to be a supporter of this year’s book festival, which features a number of interesting authors from around the state and nation (I, for one, am delighted to see creative nonfiction heavyweight Lee Gutkind and poet Ravi Shankar on the agenda!). Here is a description of this weekend’s events from the festival website:
This year we are featuring 16 authors and illustrators, including but not limited to, Jack Gantos, Larry Watson, Jaimee Wriston Colbert, Zak Pullen, Gene Gagliano, Ravi Shankar and John Vernon. To celebrate this year’s three Wyoming Arts Council fellowship winners, the Equality State Book Festival will also feature a reading by WAC fellowship judge Lee Gutkind and this year’s three WAC fellowship winners: Joel Burdess of Casper, Jayme Feary of Jackson, and Pam Galbreath of Laramie. They will be joined by Casper’s own Nina McConigley, winner of a 2010 Blanchan/Doubleday writing award from the Arts Council. She will read her fiction and serve as emcee at this event. The ever-popular George Vlastos will emcee our Friday night poetry slam at Metro Coffee–this is an event you don’t want to miss!
While many of the sessions are taking place at The Goodstein Foundation Library at Casper College, you won’t find everything by staying in the library. Reading is everywhere, and we’re teaming up with the Tate Geological Museum at Casper College to bring you several panels and discussions. Join Zak Pullen, Ray Troll, and Russell Hawley for a fun-filled illustrator’s panel that gets at the big challenges of drawing prehistoric critters. Wyoming’s fossil fortunes get further exploration with Tom Rea, Ilja Nieuwland, and the Tate Museum staff as they talk about Andrew Carnegie’s dinosaur and the appearance of dinosaurs in popular culture. And, of course, don’t miss out on seeing Dee the Mammoth and interactive tours of the Tate Museum, too. You dig?
On Saturday, head to the Natrona County Public Library to support Wyoming’s budding young authors along with Gene Gagliano, the Wyoming State Reading Council, and the Center for the Book, for the “Young Authors” and “Letters About Literature” awards. About 36 students will be on hand to be recognized for their accomplishments. Cookies, snacks, and punch will be served.
Visit the Equality State Book Festival website for author bios and detailed descriptions of the presentations and panels. See you there!