ECTC celebrates love of words with Litfest

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 Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is devoting an entire week to “LitFest! 2013: A Festival for the Love of Words.”

Starting Monday, April 8, the college’s English Department, Fine Arts and Humanities Division and Multicultural Committee are celebrating words and literature with a variety of educational and entertaining events. 

Events begin at 2 p.m. April 8 with an opening gala and games, door prizes and refreshments. All of the events will be held in Room 112 of the James S. Owen (administration) Building and are free and open to the public. Throughout the week, guests are invited to browse through a gallery of “About the Author” posters designed by student contestants. There will also be inspirational displays and intermittent showings of literary films.

A lecture about “Wizard of Oz” will be open to the public at 6 p.m. April 9. ECTC History Professor Doug Cantrell will reveal the political allegory in the classic Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Faculty will present “There and Way Back Again: The Hobbit, Beowulf, and Anglo-Saxon Culture” at 6 p.m. April 10. The presentation will look at Anglo-Saxon culture and lore in J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic work, “The Hobbit.”

The Heartland Review, ECTC’s literary publication, will host a literary reading at 6 p.m. April 11. The reading is part of a monthly series of featured readers and always begins with an open-mic session during which audience members are encouraged to read excerpts of their own writing or of writing that they love.

ECTC faculty, staff and students will host a Coffeehouse Chat at noon, Friday, April 12. In casual conversation led by English Department students, guests are engaged in literary topics and treated to a jolt of java.

For more information, contact Maggie Brown at mbrown0303@kctcs.edu.