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Literary Festival 2013

2013 Greater Reading Literary Festival at Alvernia

The 2013 Greater Reading Literary Festival at Alvernia University kicks off Oct. 5 with a presentation of Paris at the Pagoda. The festival continues for three weeks featuring events that range from the annual inter-college poetry contest to the always popular Masquerade Bash. Alvernia has 13 events planned for the annual month-long festival, from October 5 through October 25, 2013.

The festival is packed with many unique events including entertainment, award-winning authors, and workshops or panel discussions. All events are hosted by Alvernia University at the Reading campus and are free and open to the public. The festival is part of the countywide Reading Reads program.

Please contact Sue Guay at or call 610.796.8344 with questions.

Calendar of Events

Saturday, October 5
The Pagoda Writer's Club presents an interactive workshop, Paris at the Pagoda, with featured speakers Dr. Harry Serio & Betsy Chapman. (The Reading Pagoda, 1 p.m.)

Monday, October 7
Laura Schroff will discuss her book, "An Invisible Thread," the true story of an 11-year old panhandler, a busy sales executive, and an unlikely meeting with destiny. (NEW LOCATION: Francis Hall Theater, 6:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, October 8
Dr. Bongrae Seok, associate professor of philosophy at Alvernia University, will lecture on the body and its amazing contribution to the moral mind as featured in his book "Embodied Moral Psychology & Confucian Philosophy." (Franco Library, 1 PM)

Wednesday, October 9
Slam poet, Kyla Lacey, who infuses comedy into her showcase of her real life situations will perform. (Crusader Cafe, 7 p.m.)

Thursday, October 10
Phyllis Kornfeld, author of "Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America," has been conducting visual arts programs with incarcerated men and women for 30 years - from county jail to death row - in 18 institutions in seven states. (Franco Library, 1 p.m.)

Tuesday, October 15
Chuck Gallagher & Kirk Lawrence-Howard will perform the play "Trumbo" based on the blacklisted screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo. (Bernardine Lecture Hall, 1 p.m.)

Wednesday, October 16
Berks County native Chip Kidd will talk about his life as a graphic designer, including his classic creation for the Jurassic Park movie poster. (Bernardine Lecture Hall, 2 p.m.)

Friday, October 18
Original readings and acts will be presented during the monthly meeting of the AU Writers’ Series hosted by Dr. Bierowski. (Franco Library, 2 PM)

Monday, October 21
Somali "land pirates" kidnap victim, Jessica Buchanan & husband Erik Landemalm, discuss her kidnapping and rescue as a defining, spiritual experience as told in her book "Impossible Odds." (McGlinn Center, 6:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, October 22
Local, freelance outdoor author Bob Ballantyne will give a presentation on his book "Woodlands, Waterways, and Mother Nature." (Franco Library, 6 p.m.)

Wednesday, October 23
Join students, faculty and staff for the annual inter-college poetry contest at Alvernia University hosted by Dr. Law. (Franco Library, 2 p.m.)

Thursday, October 24
Award-winning author Gale Martin will be making an appearance to discuss her witty women's fiction book "Grace Unexpected." (Franco Library, 1 p.m.)

Friday, October 25
Alvernia’s 4th Annual Masquerade Bash includes food, a costume contest and prizes as well as an Alumni VIP lounge. (Crusader Café, 7 p.m.)