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Lit Fest journeys 'Between Worlds' (4/1-10)

This year's Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) Literary Festival is April 1-10, 2011, and the theme, "Between Worlds," will explore immigration and its representation in literature.

The featured headliner is Chitra Divakaruni, an award-winning author and poet, whose work often centers on the immigrant experience of women. Divakaruni's most recent novel, One Amazing Thing (2010), deals with the precarious situation of nine people trapped inside an Indian visa office following an earthquake. The book has been called "a fable for our time." Divakaruni will visit with English classes and read for the public on April 7 in Thiry Auditorium.

OLLU's Writer-in-Residence Sandra Cisneros will kick off the Literary Festival on April 1 with a performance during High School Day in front of hundreds of area students. The event is free and open to the public. Cisneros is currently working on a collection of fiction, a book on writing titled Writing in My Pajamas, and a children's book.

New talent at this year's Lit Fest includes Gabriela Garcia Medina an international spoken word artist and award-winning poet. A graduate of UCLA's School of Theatre and Film, Gabriela is an author, actress, spoken word artist, poet and an all-around performer. She will perform on April 5 in Thiry Auditorium. Her performance is sponsored by the University Programming Council.

OLLU's Visiting Writer Andrew Porter, who is an associate professor of creative writing at Trinity University, will read on April 6. Porter's short story collection, The Theory of Light and Matter, won the 2007 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. The stories in this collection take place across the country and deal with characters looking for the meaning in their lives.

Visit the OLLU Lit Fest website at www.ollusa.edu/LitFest for the latest details and more on this year's authors.

Thank you to our festival sponsors the Richard and Joyce Harris Sapience Foundation.

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