By: David Hiscoe
It is all too easy to find dire complaints about the decline of reading in the popular press.
But recent research shows that, in fact, participation in literary activities is on the upswing throughout the United States as more readers engage stories through traditional printed books, on their Kindles and iPads, and through new genres ranging from narrative-driven video games to simulation environments.
On April 3-6, thousands of readers will come together at the 2014 North Carolina Literary Festival on NC State University’s Centennial Campus to explore and celebrate the enduring love of authors and their work. The festival will feature readings, panels, demonstrations, and lectures from approximately 100 writers and artists with local, national, and international reputations.
The NC Literary Festival is hosted on a rotating basis by the academic libraries at NC State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina. The event is free and open to the public.
Explore our best authors—and the future of reading
As it has since 2002, the NC Literary Festival will provide the area’s premier event at which audiences can hear, see, and interact with their favorite writers and artists. This year, however, the Festival will also expand its popular traditional format by also spotlighting emerging non-traditional genres and new ways to engage stories through this year’s theme: The Future of Reading.
In addition to programs on fiction, non-fiction, young adult literature, poetry, and drama, the Festival will allow readers to experience and learn more about how transformative art forms such as graphic novels, comic books, and video games are shaping our literary experiences—and how new technologies such as e-readers and online publishing are changing how we encounter new ways to enjoy storytelling.
The young readers of the future and their parents will be especially interested in a series of parent workshops and technology and reading activities for children presented by NC State’s College of Education.
Enjoy storytelling in the “library of the future”
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The majority of the NC Literary Festival will be held in NC State’s new James B. Hunt Jr. Library.
As the “face of NC State in the 21st century,” this new space has generated international attention for its iconic architecture, its transformative technologies, and its simulation and large-scale visualization spaces that encourage and enable new forms of storytelling.
The Hunt Library will serve as the festival’s thematic centerpiece, inspiring conversations about the future of reading and reading-based technologies.
For more information
The NC Literary Festival’s lineup of authors and programs will be released in January 2014. More information can be found on the Festival’s official website.
Initial laureate sponsors for the 2014 NC Literary Festival include PNC and the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources that has administered grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act.