Jane Hamilton Headlines 2019 Washington Island Lit Fest

One of Wisconsin’s most heralded authors, Jane Hamilton, will be the keynote speaker at the Washington Island Literary Festival, Sept. 19-22, at the Trueblood Performing Arts Center.

Hamilton is the author of The Excellent Lombards; The Book of Ruth, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for first fiction; and A Map of the World, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and one of the top 10 books of the year according to Entertainment Weekly, Publishers

Weekly, the Miami Herald and People.

We are honored to have a writer of such distinction at our Literary Festival,” said co-chair Elizabeth Sachs. “Each year, as the festival grows, we have drawn writers with Midwestern and national and international acclaim who recognize the unique venue we offer.”

The 2019 author lineup also includes Rebecca Makai (The Great Believers), Bao Phi (A Thousand Stars), Scott Russell Sanders (Earth Works: Selected Essays) and Luis Alberto Urrea (House of Broken Angels). This year’s theme, Generational, carries through the authors’ works and the festival’s workshops, panel discussions and more.

Learn more and register – for one day or the entire four-day festival – at


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