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Kent Haruf Literary Celebration 2017

Kent Haruf Literary Celebration
September 22 – 24, 2017
Salida SteamPlant Event Center
Salida, CO  81201

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Formal Registration will begin in January, 2017. Cost of Celebration is $100 per person.
Space is limited to 200 attendees.

Preliminary Schedule:

Friday, September 22   3:00 – 5:00 Registration

Saturday, September 23

8:00 – 9:00     Breakfast Buffet and Continued Registration

9:00 – 10:15   Plenary Speech; Chris Outcalt, biographer    Kent Haruf:  the Man and His Work

10:30 – 12:00 noon     Morning Presentations followed by Group Discussions
Session 1:  The Haruf World:  A Writer’s Evolving Vision—Beginning, Middle, End
(The Tie That Binds/Plainsong/Our Souls At Night)

OR

          Session 2:  Community/Family/Women’s Relationships in Small Town Spaces
(Plainsong/Eventide/Benediction)

12:00 – 1:30   Lunch on own

1:30 – 2:00     Afternoon Presentation; Sue Hodson, Curator of Kent Haruf Literary Manuscripts at The Huntington Library
Kent Haruf:  A Sense of Place

2:00 – 3:30    Afternoon Sessions
Session 1:  Kent Haruf:  A Writer’s Craft—Grounded in Geography and Culture of Colorado

OR

          Session 2:  Kent Haruf:  A Writer’s Art—Creative Writing, Exploring Haruf’s Treatment of Place

3:30 – 5:00    Flashmob Reading/Cocktails and Appetizers

5:00 – 7:00    Evening Meal on own

7:30           The Chalk Horse Theater Presents HarufSpeak:  An Adaptation of Selected Haruf Writings

Sunday, September 24

9:00 – 11:30   Buffet Breakfast, Highlights, Q and A with Cathy Haruf

2:00           The Chalk Horse Theater Presents HarufSpeak:  An Adaptation of Selected Haruf Writings
This Literary Celebration was established by Kent’s widow, Cathy, and a Committee who wished to host an event that would honor Kent and his work. We are hoping it will be an annual event.

We knew Kent as a humble, generous, kind, talented gentleman. He was always interested in the person he was talking to, a trait that led him to develop authentic characters and share lasting friendships.

This Celebration is for listening, learning, creating, sharing, enjoying each others’ company and basking in the joy of remembering and honoring Kent’s words.

We hope you can join us for this inaugural event!

KHLC Planning Committee
Contact Person:  Lisa Marvel:  thebookhavenlisa@gmail.com OR 719-539-9629.


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