Nationally acclaimed writer Lauren Groff, author of three novels and one short story collection, will give the keynote address at the sixth annual Writer’s Block Festival on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Tim Faulkner Gallery in Portland.
An event organized by Louisville Literary Arts, the goal is to celebrate literature and the craft of writing through a range of activities — from panels and readings to workshops and a book fair.
Groff will make her only regional appearance at the festival as a guest of UofL’s Anne and William Axton Reading Series. Her three novels — “The Monsters of Temptation,” “Arcadia” and “Fates and Furies” — and her short story collection “Delicate Edible Birds” all have garnered high praise from the likes of The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle and even Stephen King.
She’ll give the keynote address from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Faulkner Gallery in a session that is free and open to the public. Her newest novel, “Fates and Furies,” will be discussed at an earlier session that runs from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Most of the day’s panels and book discussions are also free of charge, and a highlight includes a town hall discussion on publishing by Ellyn Lichvar (The Louisville Review), Kristen Miller (Sarabande Press), David Domine (author), Bethany Griffin (author) and Alice Speilburg (literary agent) from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
The Writer’s Block Festival actually kicks off Friday, Nov. 4, with an InKY Reading Series at 7 p.m. at The Bard’s Town. The event features poet Maggie Smith and Iowa Writers Workshop director Lan Samantha Chang.
The only cost of the festival is for the craft workshops for writers interested in learning more from pros. Pre-registration for those is online, and the fee is $35.