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'Writers in Peace and War' is Theme for 2009 Literary Festival

"Writers in Peace and War" is the theme for ODU's 32nd Annual Literary Festival, which runs from Tuesday, Oct. 6, through Friday, Oct. 9.

Using the light of literature to examine the theme of war and peace, the writers, veterans, visual artists and photographers participating in this year's festival will share their stories in an attempt to map out the complex landscape from World War II through the present.

Events for Tuesday, Oct. 6

11 a.m. Norton Girault, University Village Bookstore

  • Norton Girault served on cruisers and destoryers in WWII and the Korean War. After retiring from the Navy as a captain, he taught English at Norfolk State University for 15 years. His stories, poems and essays have been published in Crescent Review, MSS, Snake Nation Review, Timbuktu, Long Story and other magazines. He's been a scholar at Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and a guest at Yaddo Writers' Colony. A vital member of the Hampton Roads literary community, he has participated in Old Dominion University writing courses for many years.

2 p.m. Writers in Community - Veterans' Stories, University Village Bookstore

  • Writers and veterans discuss the effect of literature and media on war - and viceversa - and share their own anecdotes of war.

4 p.m.  - Dalia Sofer, University Village Bookstore

  • Dalia Sofer, author of the award-winning novel "Septembers of Shiraz," was born in Iran and fled at the age of 10 to the United States with her family. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and has been a resident at Yaddo. A graduate of the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College, she lives in New York City.

7 p.m.  - Reception, Atrium of Diehn Fine & Performing Arts Building

7:30 p.m.  - Jane Mayer, Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Fine & Performing Arts Building

  • Jane Mayer joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 1995. She writes about politics for the magazine and has been covering the war on terror. Mayer was the 2008 winner of the John Chancellor Award for Journalistic Excellence, a 2009 finalist for the National Book award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is the author of the best-selling 2008 book, "The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals," which was chosen as one of the 10 best books of the year by The New York Times, The Economist, Salon and Bloomberg.

Mark Bowden, author of the international bestseller, "Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War," is the President's Lecture Series speaker. He will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 in the North Cafeteria of Webb University Center.

For a full schedule of events and list of participants, visit http://www.lib.odu.edu/litfest/32nd/index.htm.

Follow a live blog about the literary festival at www.altdaily.com.

The Old Dominion University Literary Festival is funded in part by the Norfolk Commission on Arts and Humanities.

This article was posted on: October 6, 2009

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