The Washington Island Writers’ Walk will be dedicated Sept. 21, 8:30 am, at the Trueblood Performing Arts Center, the main venue of the annual Washington Island Literary Festival (washingtonislandliteraryfestival.org). The 6.3-mile Writers’ Walk features six plaques located at special places on the island. Each is inscribed with what the festival committee judged to be some of the best prose or poetry by an author who appeared at each festival.
A new, free brochure – available at the Washington Island Ferry office and the Washington Island visitors’ centers – will provide a map of the walk and details about the featured authors and their works. Instead of walking to each plaque, participants may also bike, drive or rent an island scooter to travel to each location.
“The Writers’ Walk distills the many pages of written words by each year’s authors down to a quote of several sentences that captures the best of each literary festival,” said Elizabeth Sachs, co-chair of this year’s festival. “A new plaque will be added to the Writer’s Walk annually, chosen from the literature at each festival.”
The 2019 literary festival will feature leading Midwest authors Jane Hamilton, Rebecca Makkai, Luis Alberto Urrea, Bao Phi, Scott Russell Sanders and Paula Carter.