LitFest 2012 gets under way at 6 p.m. today with local avid readers giving literary reviews at Bookwalter Winery in Richland.
Sharing the podium at About the Book will be Hank Sauer, Chris Sivula, Steve Ard, Scott Shinsato, Liz Hawkins, Barbara Nadeau and Art Klym.
Affiliated with Columbia Basin College and supported by community sponsors, LitFest annually offers author presentations, book signings, workshops, readings, recitations and writing contests -- all free to the public.
Throughout the next five months, award-winning authors and poets will appear on the CBC campus.
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On the heels of the event is the Poetry Out Loud youth competition at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at the CBC Theatre, and then Feb. 22 there will be a presentation by Kim Addonizio, known widely as America's exciting and edgy poet.
Appearing in the spring will be Augusten Burroughs, praised for his Running With Scissors; Heather Sharfeddin, author of Sweetwater Burning and other well-read western novels; and Garth Stein, who penned highly popular The Art of Racing in the Rain.
Among the works to be discussed at the kick-off event at Bookwalter are The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg, /i>The Charge of the Light Brigade by Cecil Woodham-Smith and Doomsday Book by Connie Willis.
For a complete listing of the 10 free 2012 events that celebrate books, go to columbiabasin.edu/litfest or pick up a schedule at any area library.