Spalding will hold its writing festival Nov. 16-23

Spalding University’s Festival of Contemporary Writing will be held Nov. 16-23 at the Brown Hotel, 335 W. Broadway, and at Spalding University, 845 S. Third St.

The festival will feature readings by Spalding faculty, guests and alumni of the university’s brief-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing program.

Molly Peacock, author of the best-selling biography The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life’s Work at 72, will give a public presentation at 6 p.m. Nov. 20, at the Brown Hotel, 335 W. Broadway. The evening with Peacock is free, ticketless and open to the public. A book signing follows.

The events are free, with the exception of the Nov. 17 book launch gala for This I Believe Kentucky, a compilation of 60 essays written by an array of Kentuckians, from well-known professionals to nurses, farmers, students, firefighters, teachers and social workers.

Bob Edwards, host of the public radio show Bob Edwards Weekend, will interview Spalding faculty members and book contributors Dianne Aprile, Sena Jeter Naslund and Silas House; Spalding President Tori Murden McClure; and Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X. Walker. McClure and Walker are alumni of the Master of Fine Arts program.

Tickets for this event, hosted by Bob Edwards, are $20 and available at thisibelieve.org and at the door.

The festival will open Nov. 16 with a reading of recently published books by Spalding faculty in the school’s Egan Leadership Center, 901 S. Fourth St., from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The celebration will continue with readings on Nov. 18, 20, 21, 22 and 23.

For a complete schedule, visit spalding.edu/mfa. For more information, call 873-4400 or 800-896-8941, ext. 4400, or send an email to mfa@spalding.edu.

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