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Orcas Island Literary Festival

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Orcas Center

917 Mount Baker Road

Eastsound, WA 98245

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The mission of the Orcas Island Literary Festival is to bring together people who love to read books with the authors who love to write them. April 13 to 15, 2018, festival goers will be able to participate in dynamic panel discussions, writing workshops, and our lit crawl, featuring New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer-prize winning authors, beloved regional writers, poets, and publishers on beautiful Orcas Island. Family + kid book activities and authors will also be present.

More info at www.oilf.org.

Weekend Festival Passes holders also receive discounts at the following Orcas Island merchants with their tickets and an emailed code that will arrive in their email inbox:

Outlook Inn- 10% off guest rooms
Doe Bay Resort - 10 to 20% off cabins, yurts and rentals
NovelLab.co- $20 off online or in-person writing workshops
Island Art Flow-$5 off private or custom group art class
Orcas Athletics & Crossfit -20% off day passes
Doe Bay Wine Co.-10% off wine and other products
Orcas Lodging Association Member Hotels-10% off guest rooms
Kenmore Air-10% off flights to the San Juan Islands
Girl Meets Dirt-Buy 3 get one free
Mount Baker Farm-20% off campsites and tent rentals, and 10% off all guest rooms
Outer Island Expeditions and Orcas Island Eclipse Charters-20% discount to both
Pebble Cove Inn & Farm - 10% off
A Massage By The Sea - $10 off healing massages or services 60 minutes +


Specific Times And Authors For All Panels + Conversations Will Be Confirmed In The Next Few Weeks.


Evolution, Ecology, Eco-Sapiens: Regional award-winning authors, Thor Hanson and Jonathan White, lead a lively discussion about the evolution of ecology and its intersection with our human culture, ancient and new.

Young Adult Author’s Panel: Beloved YA authors Martha Brockenbrough, Jennifer Longo and more, share their work and their writing journey with all ages.

Lit Walk: Critically-acclaimed writers and emerging voices read their work at charming venues throughout Eastsound Village. Venues will include The Barnacle, The Kitchen, Darvill's Bookstore, Doe Bay Wine Company and more.


Please note that Weekend Festival passes do not include admission to the Saturday night Battle Of The Genres. Battle of The Genres is a separately ticketed event ($10)

The Cultural Divide in Fact & Fiction: Pulitzer prize winners Gilbert King and Adam Johnson, along with New York Times Bestseller Tara Conklin passionately discuss their work in fiction and biographies.

Book To Film: Award-winning actress Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings, Reaching for the Moon, Homeland), author Willy Vlautin (Motel Life, Lean on Pete), Pulitzer-winner Gilbert King (Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall), and filmmakers discuss the challenges of adapting books into film.

The Evolution of Love, Identity, and Relationships in Contemporary Novels: New York Times bestsellers, Robin Sloan and Jamie Attenberg, join award-winning and highly praised authors Scott Hutchins and Kim Fu for a fascinating discussion on everything from gender identity to relationships with sentient and non-sentient identities.

On The Run: Critically-acclaimed suspense-thriller masters Victor Lavalle, Willie Vlautin, Urban Waite, and Samuel W. Gailey contemplate the creating of their popular noir and Grit Lit stories about characters on the run from their past, present, and often times, pure evil.

#METOO: Powerful readings and discussions by critically-acclaimed authors on the highly-charged #MeToo movement, including discussions on sexual assault, misogyny, and the gender power divide.

Family Fest: Come participate in our free Saturday Family Fest with costumed cast members from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, readings by children’s authors and kids, an eco-inspired coloring station, refreshments and more. See details at our Family Fest page. We recommend you print a free Family Fest Ticket for this event.

This Is The Place: Women Writing About Home: Editor and contributor Margot Kahn, writers Tara Conklin, Elisabeth Eaves, Jane Wong, and Maya Jewell Zeller discuss their highly praised new anthology of powerful, nonfiction essays on race, sexuality and politics.

The Art Of Memoir: Memoirist Iris Graville and top book whisperers and editors discuss the experience and emotional challenges of writing the compelling memoir and share advice on the craft.

Writing the Unspeakable: With award-winning poets Kevin Clark, Jill McCabe Johnson, Tina Schumann. As writers, we often take risks, push boundaries, and give voice to "dangerous" ideas and volatile situations that can upset and even threaten relationships, society, and individual psyches. In this panel, we’ll discuss dilemmas surrounding some of the following hot-button topics: Mental illness, Sexual assault, Racism, Personal lives of friends and family, Authorial appropriation, Balancing compassion with honesty and transcending our own fears

The Art Of Editing
The Artful Editors (Naomi Kim Eagleson, Todd Summar, and Jonathan Starke) discuss how to work with a developmental editor to produce your best manuscript, and book whisperer and editor Ayn Gailey shares how she helps authors earn critical acclaim, garner top agents, and earn spots on the NY Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestseller lists.

Battle of the Genres: Emceed by Jennifer Brennock, this Saturday night event is destined to be more epic than any of the battles taught in your dusty lit class in college, Battle of the Genres awards the least prestigious prize in literature. Yup, all lit and lit lovers are at the mercy of satire in this half-improv, half-spelling bee event that pits poet against proser against (worst of all) dramatist. Let’s raise a glass and our skirts to that sly mistress who has seduced us all: lit. [NOTE: THE BATTLE OF THE GENRES IS A SEPARATELY TICKETED ($10) EVENT WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE SATURDAY EVENING. IT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE WEEKEND PASS.]

All ticket holders are required to show up 10 minutes in advance of all panel conservations to reserve seating or seats may be transferred to the waiting list.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

There are no minimum age requirements for panel discussions, or workshops! We have programming for all ages. No ID required except at The Barnacle tavern on our Lit Walk.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Orcas Island is only accessible by Washington State Ferry or Sea Plane or Private Plane. If you book a flight with Kenmore Air, you can use the promo code OILF2018 for 10% off your flight.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

We'd love to hear from you. You can reach us at info@oilf.org

What's the refund policy?

There are no refunds. However, tickets are transferrable. You may gift or sell your ticket to a friend.

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Orcas Center

917 Mount Baker Road

Eastsound, WA 98245

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