Orcas Island Lit Festival attracts lineup of award-winning and best-selling authors in its third year

The Orcas Island Lit Fest released its list of its 2020 featured artists January 31, 2020. Highlights include Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Timothy Egan, two-time Washington State Book Award winner Nicola Griffith, international best-selling author Arthur Phillips and best-selling award-winning author Luis Alberto Urrea. Other celebrated featured artists headlining this spring’s festival include award-winning  sci-fi and fantasy writer Kij Johnson and Whiting Award-winning poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips.

The festival, slated for April 17-19, 2020, will start off Friday night with a Lit Walk held at multiple venues around the village of Eastsound, followed by two days of panels, readings and a book fair hosted at the Orcas Center for the Performing Arts. The OILF Kids’ Fest, a free community-focused event, will take place Saturday morning at the Orcas Island Library.

“We are truly honored to host such a prestigious lineup in our third year,” said Jule Treneer, co-founder of the Orcas Island Lit Fest. “In addition to our featured artists, we’ll be welcoming over 50 phenomenal writers from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, folks like memoirist Claire Dederer, award-winning novelist Joan Frank and author and naturalist Lyanda Lynn Haupt. A remarkable lineup for a one-of-a-kind event.”

“We're passionate about bringing forth great conversations about great writing,” added Scott Hutchins, Orcas Island Lit Fest co-founder and vice president.  “Smart discussions, unforgettable readings, literary fun, live music, all in a majestic setting––the Orcas Island Lit Fest has it all.”

About the Orcas Island Lit Fest

The Orcas Island Lit Fest (OILF) is an annual celebration of literature and community held in an inspiringly beautiful place. OILF brings together renowned authors and avid readers, visitors and locals, for three days of panels, readings and events that highlight the vibrant literary culture of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. From Pulitzer Prize-winners to gifted new voices, our festival lineup represents the finest in contemporary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and more. The Orcas Island Lit Fest is an opportunity to engage with world-class writers and their work in an intimate, inclusive setting that welcomes everyone who loves books.

Detailed information about OILF and this year’s headlining authors, as well as a link to purchase tickets, can be found on the festival website: oilf.org. OILF news and updates are also available on our Facebook and Instagram pages.


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