Words Matter

The joys of the Get Lit! Festival offer a welcome literary respite in a noisy world

The Inland Northwest loves to read. That's obvious, given our awesome bookstores, the popular Visiting Writers series put together by our region's colleges and universities and the outsized talent displayed by our local writers. And every year, the Get Lit! Festival brings readers and writers together to celebrate all the wonderful things words can do: entertain, inform, engage, even enrage.

This year's festival brings an impressive group of writers to town to take part in some of Get Lit!'s tried-and-true attractions (hello, Pie & Whiskey) as well as new events like the fest-opening "Inspired Happy Hour." The festival's interim director, Kate Peterson, says that Get Lit! intentionally paired fiction and nonfiction authors and poets and prose writers for readings and discussions, so getting out of your comfort zone and discovering new works should be easier than ever.

So sit back and enjoy some interviews with this year's featured authors, as well as a few suggestions for must-see events over the course of the week, and prepare to dive deep into the wonderful world of words.

For a complete schedule and more information, visit GetLitFestival.org.

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About The Author

Dan Nailen

Dan Nailen is the managing editor of the Inlander, where he oversees coverage of arts and culture. He's previously written and edited for The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City Weekly, Missoula Independent, Salt Lake Magazine, The Oregonian and KUER-FM. He grew up seeing the country in an Air Force family and studied...