Upcoming Events » 2010 Jack Kerouac Literary Festival

September 30, 2010
October 3, 2010
Depends on Event
Various Venues
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The Lowell Celebrates Kerouac organization presents the 2010 Jack Kerouac Literary Festival. Events will include readings by writers and poets, a keynote talk about Kerouac and bohemian culture by Dennis McNally and a panel discussion featuring the authors. The festival is presented by Lowell Celebrates Kerouac in partnership with the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL), the city of Lowell, UMass Lowell, Lowell National Historical Park and others. All events are open to the public and most are free. For details on event times and locations, visit the web site www.lowellcelebrateskerouac.org.

Thursday, September 30th

3:30 p.m. reading by Alan Lightman, novelist and physicist (MIT)
The author of “einstein’s dreams” will read from “meg: a novel about the creation”.
Alumni hall, UML North Campus, One University Avenue

4:00 p.m. “Lowell Blues” a film by Henry Ferrini.
Lowell National Historical Park (LNHP) Visitors Center–246 Market St.
(this is a daily, ongoing program of the LNHP.)

5:00 p.m.–6:45 p.m. Historic Kerouac Pubs Tour
Honoring the spirit of Jack Kerouac on his Lowell streets.
Begins at the Old Worthen Tavern on Worthen Street near city hall. Ends at cappy’s copper kettle–245 Central Street.
Opportunities for volunteer readings along the way.
Led by Mike Wurm. Contact Mike at 978-501-1201 if you wish to read.
*suggested $5.00 donation requested.

7:00 p.m. Opening Presentation: Russell Banks, noted american author and writer. (“continental drift”, the reserve) will talk about Jack Kerouac and read from his own fiction. A book signing will follow.
UML Inn and Conference Center. (formerly the Doubletree Hotel)
Admission: $10.00 (free to students and seniors)
contact paul_marion@uml.edu for reservations.

8:30 p.m. Music and Readings at Cappy’s Copper Kettle.
245 Central Street–about a five minute walk from the UML–cc.
Musician and composer David Amram, and Alan Crane, will perform with local musicians and selected readers.
Event coordinated by John McDermott

Friday, October 1st

9:30 a.m. Poetry and short prose competition
Lowell High School Freshman Academy Theater
43 french Street
(Use John Street entrance)

10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. Ongoing children’s book illustrators program
Brush Art Gallery. next to LNHP Visitors Center. 246 Market St.
Exhibit, receptions, artist talks, book signings featuring six illustrators: David Macaulay, Chris Vanallsburg, David Wiesner, Christopher Bing, Kelly Murphy, Matt Tavares.
Also involves third grade Lowell students’ work influenced by these artists.

Check the Brush Gallery for further details and additional information.

11:00 a.m. UML campus presentation: “Jack Kerouac and the American Bohemian Tradition.”
dennis mcnally, author of desolate angel: Jack Kerouac, the Beat Generation and America and a Long, Strange Trip: the Inside History of the Grateful Dead.
UML O’Leary Library. room 222.

3:00 p.m. A walk in Doctor Sax’s woods. Led by Margarita Turcotte.
Lowell – Dracut – Tyngsboro State Park. Directions available at earlier events.
(Sorry, not handicapped accessible.)

4:00 p.m. Lowell blues. LNHP Visitors Center.

6:30 p.m. Kerouac literary walking tour: “Ghosts of the Pawtucketville Night”
A tour of some of the sites of Jack Kerouac’s Doctor Sax.
Led by Roger Brunelle. Begins at Cumnock Hall, 31 University Avenue.
*Suggested donation of $5.00.

8:30 p.m. Urban Village Artist Series (UVAS) event. Performers:
Antje duvekot, poet and folk singer.
A winner of Boston Music Awards “Outstanding Folk Act of the Year.”
Andrew Schelling, poet/essayist/writer.
Instructor at the Naropa Institute/Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.
Samkhann C. Khoeun, editor and translator of the honored Cambodian book of poety and “O’ Maha Mount Dangrek”
Site TBA. Admission free

Saturday, October 2nd

8:30–11:00 a.m. Bus tour of the Kerouac sites of Lowell.
Led by Roger Brunelle.
Sign in at 8:15 a.m. tour departs at 8:30 from the LNHP Visitors Center, 246 Market Street. Includes stops in Centralville and Pawtucketville.
For reservations call 978-970-5000.

10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Ongoing children’s book illustrators event. Brush Gallery.

Reception from 1:00–4:00 p.m.
(see the Friday, October 1st entry for fuller details)

11:00 a.m. Commemorative at the commemorative. Kerouac Park on Bridge St.
An annual event to honor the life and legacy of Jack Kerouac.
*persons involved in the founding and early years of Lowell Celebrates Kerouac will offer some personal reflections on the 25th anniversary of the founding of LCK.
*The program will also include a tribute to the late Peter Orlovsky.

1:00–2:30 p.m. Theme speaker: “Jack Kerouac and the American Bohemian Tradition” by Dennis McNally.
Dennis McNally is the author of Desolate Angel: Jack Kerouac, the Beat Generation and America; and a long, strange trip–an inside history of the Grateful Dead.
A joint program presented by LCK and the Parker Lecture Series
LNHP Visitors Center Theater. 246 Market St.

Following the theme speaker a variety of program options will be offered:

3:00–4:00 p.m. Poetry readings: Maggie Dietz (“Perennial Fall”) and Sandra Lim (“Loveliest Grotesque”)–UML English department.
UML Inn and Conference Center – junior ballroom

3:00–4:00 p.m. Discussion with fiction writers David Daniel (“Coffin Dust”), Jay Atkinson (“Paradise Road”), and Steve O’Connor (“Smokestack Lightning”).
Dharma Buns–26 a Market St.

3:00–4:00 p.m. Prose and poetry: reading from the works of Jack Kerouac.
Award-winning poet, painter, and short story writer Mariliene Phipps-Kettlewell, and Kerouac’s brother-in-law, John Sampas, will read from the newly published book Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: “The Letters.”
Barnes & Noble. 151 Merrimack St.

4:00 p.m. Lowell blues. LNHP Visitors Center.

4:00–5:30 p.m. Open mike upstairs at the Worthen House.
Worthen Street near city hall. Bring your own work or the favorite of another.

4:30–6:00 p.m. “Art and Commerce” panel discussion.
Authors Anita Shreve (“A Change in Altitude”),
Ann Hood (“The Red Thread”) and
Tom Perrotta (“The Abstinence Teacher”).
Moderator: Andre Dubus (“The Garden of the Last Days”).
A book signing will follow.
UML Inn and Conference Center – junior ballroom.

5:45–6:45 p.m. Lowell Celebrates Kerouac exhibit/tour at the Pollard Library.
The Pollard Library will feature a 25 anniversary of LCK exhibit in the first floor alcove.
Tour led by Bill Walsh.
401 Merrimack St.

8:00 p.m. Event to present the Jack Kerouac center for creativity and celebrate 25 years of Lowell Celebrates Kerouac!
*Opening remarks from Lowell Celebrates Kerouac.
*Past (and present) presidents of LCK will offer their favorite Kerouac passages: Brian Foye, Richard Scott, Mark Hemenway, Lawrence Carradini, and Steve Edington.
Musical guest performance by Gypsy Trio Ameranouche
Suggested donation: $5.00 to help cover food and site costs.
UML Inn and Conference Center, 50 Warren street.

Sunday, October 3rd

9:00 a.m. “Mystic Jack” literary walking tour. Led by Roger Brunelle.
A tour of the sites of Kerouac’s visions of Gerard. Negins at the old St. Louis de France church building on w. 6th St. in Centralville.
Suggested donation of $5.00 requested

11:00 a.m. Two Kerouac related documentaries: “Grave Concerns” and “On the Trail: Jack Kerouac in Cheyenne.”
Join filmmakers Brent Mason (“Grave Concerns”) and Alan O’Hashi (“On the Trail…”) in viewing and discussing their respective works.
Dharma Buns–26 a Market Street.

1:30 p.m. A walking tour of the downtown Kerouac sites of Lowell.
Led by Roger Brunelle. Leaves from Dharma Buns.
$5.00 donation requested.

3:00 p.m. Amram jam at Cappy’s Copper Kettle.
Close out the weekend with David Amram.
Share a reading of your own with David providing back up on keyboard. Long time Kerouac friend, Billy Kounentzalis will also be on hand to share his reflections on Jack.

4:00 p.m. Lowell Blues. LNHP Visitors Center.

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