Washington Island Lit Fest Announces Author Slate

The Washington Island Literary Festival Committee announced the festival’s 2018 slate of authors who reflect the festival’s theme of “Words on Water.” The 6th Annual Festival will be held Sept. 13-16 at the Trueblood Performing Arts Center and various locations throughout the island.

“All of the authors invited to this year’s festival have made clean water a major theme of their fiction, nonfiction or poetry,” said Elizabeth Sachs, the chair of this year’s festival.

Lead authors are Jeff Goodell and Bonnie Jo Campbell. Goodell is a contributing editor to Rolling Stone magazine, who focuses on energy and environmental issues. He will discuss his new book, The

Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities and the Remaking of the Civilized World, a New York Times Critics Top Book of 2017.

Campbell is a winner of the Eudora Welty Ephemera Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her novel, which is her focus for the festival, Once Upon A River is the story of a 16-year-old girl who embarks on a river odyssey through rural Michigan to find her vanished mother.

Other authors and their works include poet Marion Boyer, The Clock Of The Long Now; novelist Kirk Landers, Alone on the Shield; novelist Jean Pendziwol, The Lightkeeper’s Daughters; essayist Dick Purinton, Words On Water; and novelist and memoirist Douglas Wood, Deep Woods, Wild Waters. For more information or to register visit


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