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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 Wednesday, Oct. 7

11 a.m. Panel Discussion: Torture in the Age of Terrorism, University Village Bookstore

  • Moderated by Joyce Hoffmann, award-winning journalist, author, ODU professor and former public editor of The Virginian-Pilot. Panelists include soldier-poet Brian Turner, journalist Nick Turse and Jacob Weisberg, writer and editor-in-chief of the Slate Group, a unit of the Washington Post Co.

2 p.m. Jim Sheeler, University Village Bookstore

  • Sheeler won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for "Final Salute," a story that chronicles the Iraq war through the eyes of a Marine casualty notification officer and the families he touched.

4 p.m.  Brian Turner, University Village Bookstore

  • Turner is a soldier-poet whose debut book of poems, "Here, Bullet," won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award, the New York Times Editor's Choice selection, the 2006 Pen Center USA Best in the West award and the 2007 Poets Prize, among others. Turner served seven years in the U.S. Army, including one year as an infantry team leader in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. Prior to that, he was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999-2000 with the 10th Mountain Division.

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

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

  • Nosh is an award-winning photographer who has worked in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Syria, the West Bank, Gaza and Egypt. Her work has appeared in leading international publications, including the New York Times, Time and Newsweek. Nosh, who has worked frequently in Iraq since 2002, focuses her work on the war's civilian impact, and considers her work to humanitarian awareness.

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 7, 2009

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