After a two year hiatus, the Prairie Gate Literary Festival returns tonight through Saturday, and will feature four prominent authors in readings, a group forum and workshops on the campus of the University of Minnesota Morris. Peter Bremer with the Briggs Library on campus helped organize the event and told the KMRS Community Connection that they were trying to bring a variety of authors that would appeal to a broad audience.
“It’s all about diversity. We don’t want to bring in just all poets, or all non-fiction people, or all novelists,” said Bremer. “We want to have something for everybody. We want to try to represent people’s interests out there, and people’s interests are really varied. So, that’s what really shaped the people we brought in, was making sure we had diversity.”
Tonight’s festival activities will feature readings by Sarah Stonich, best-selling author of “These Granite Islands,” and Winnipeg poet Ariel Gordon, author of “Treed: Walking in Canada’s Urban Forests.” It will be held 7 to 9 p.m. in the Briggs Library.
Friday’s events feature a panel with all four authors talking about their journey to becoming a writer from 4 to 5 p.m. at Briggs. More author readings will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Briggs, and will feature Bill Willingham, creator of the award-winning graphic novel series Fables, and poet Alan Shapiro, author of “Life Pig” and “Night, the Republic.”
The festival concludes Saturday with workshops at the Student Center running at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. All events are free and will feature refreshments.