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A dozen internationally renowned writers and artists will be on campus and in the community Oct. 3-7 for the 28th Annual ODU Literary Festival, titled "Crossings."

Acclaimed novelist Tobias Wolff, author of "This Boy's Life" and the National Book Award finalist "In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War," will speak at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building auditorium under the auspices of the festival and the President's Lecture Series.

Other festival headliners include Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novelist Art Spiegelman and Susan Orlean, whose book "The Orchid Thief" was made into the film "Adaptation."

Siegelman, the author of "Maus: A Survivor's Tale," "Maus II: From Mauschwitz to the Catskills," both based on his parents' experiences as concentration-camp survivors, and his Sept. 11 tribute, "In the Shadow of No Towers," will speak at 8 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Granby Theater, 421 Granby St., Norfolk.

Orlean, who is a staff writer at The New Yorker, will speak at 8 p.m. Oct. 5 in Chandler Recital Hall of the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams and her father, poet Miller Williams, close out the festival with a joint performance at 8 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Granby Theater. Tickets are required for this event, which benefits the ODU Writers-in-Community Program. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 683-5305. All other Literary Festival events are free.

"In essence, literature is an experience that goes beyond definition. Provocative poems, plays, performance pieces, and works of nonfiction and fiction cross boundaries, shaping their own definitions in the process," co-directors Michael Pearson and Brian Silberman note in a statement about the festival. "We hope for this year's Literary Festival to be an experience in which you will be led into new territories, guided across genres, shown the shifting boundaries between forms. Great writers, artists and performers will be your guides. ..."

The full schedule follows:
Oct. 3 - Designer Rudy VanderLans, 5 p.m., University Gallery, 350 W. 21st St., Norfolk. Performance artist Reno, 8 p.m., Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Center.
Oct. 4 - Novelist and ODU faculty member Sheri Reynolds, 2 p.m., River Rooms, Webb Center. Graphic novelist Art Spiegelman, 8 p.m., Granby Theater.
Oct. 5 - Poets and ODU faculty members Peter Meinke and Luisa Igloria, 2 p.m., Newport News Room, Webb Center. Nonfiction writer Susan Orlean, 8 p.m., Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Center.
Oct. 6 - Fiction writer Daphne Kalotay, 2 p.m., Newport News Room, Webb Center. Novelist Tobias Wolff, 7:30 p.m., MGB auditorium.
Oct. 7 - Poet Tom Ellis, 2 p.m. Newport News Room, Webb Center. Singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams and poet Miller Williams, 8 p.m., Granby Theater.

Tickets for this performance are available at the door or in advance at the Arts and Letters box office, located in the Diehn Center atrium. They may also be purchased by calling 683-5305.

The festival is funded in part by the Virginia Commission on the Arts and the Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities. More information is available online at www.odu.edu/litfest or by calling 683-4770.

This article was posted on: September 20, 2005

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