Festival Schedule

Thursday, September 22

Pre-Festival Gatherings

7:00 p.m.
Kali VanBaale reading at Dragonfly books

8:30 p.m.
Poetry Slam, Elks Club

(Location for both: Downtown Decorah)


Friday, September 23

Luther College Campus

3:00pm - 4:00 p.m.
Registration, Center for Faith and Life (CFL)

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Opening Panel: Fiction Reading and Conversation
Charles Baxter and Jane Hamilton
Book Signing and Reception to Follow

7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Keynote Address: Erik Larson
“The Lost City of Me: Strange Odysseys in Nonfiction Writing”

9:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Book signing with Erik Larson and Festival Reception (cash bar)


Saturday, September 24

Luther College Campus

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Registration and Coffee (CFL)

10:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Bookfair, hosted by Luther College Bookshop
Participants include all featured authors from the festival and small presses and literary journals published in the region.

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
A Plenary Panel: The Limits of Genre
Three writers discuss the ways in which they challenge traditional conventions of writing nonfiction (Erik Larson), fiction (Cass Dalglish), and poetry (Carol Gilbertson).

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.
Coffee Break and Book Signings

Breakout Session I

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Lunch and Book Signings

Breakout Session II

1:15 - 2:30 p.m.

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Coffee Break and Author Signings

Breakout Session III

3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Closing Plenary: Craft Lecture by Bret Anthony Johnston
“Some Things that Will Make Writing Easier, and Some Things that Will Make Writing More Difficult”