2007-12-21 / Community

Literary Arts Festival Set For June

After a successful inaugural

Literary Arts Festival in April 2007, the Rockaway Music & Arts Council (RMAC), in association with the Rockaway Artists Alliance and the Rockaway Theatre Company, will sponsor a joint Literary Arts and Film Festival in 2008 at Ft. Tilden in Gateway National Park on June 7 and 8.

Authors, editors, publishers, agents, booksellers and filmmakers are all invited to join the Rockaway community and visitors from throughout the Greater New York area for this weekend celebration of the written word in books and film.

Panel discussions, book signings and sales, writing workshops, poetry readings, refreshments and musical entertainment will all happen on Sunday, June 8, in the art galleries of the Rockaway Artists Alliance between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Films by locally based or visiting filmmakers will be shown in the Rockaway Theatre Company's Post Theater on Saturday evening, June 7, and Sunday evening, June 8.

If you're a writer with books to sell or present, or you've written for film or stage, or you're involved in other ways in the world of writing, books and film, we welcome your participation.

To join the festival, contact Stu Mirsky by replying to this e-mail or calling 718-634-0577.

Planned panel discussions currently include:

The Challenge of Locally Based Journalism

Noir Fiction

The Urban Experience

Writing in the Shadow of the Holocaust

Food for Thought (writing about what's edible or potable)

Children's Literature

Cracking the Publishing Glass Ceiling (how to do it!)

Shaping Our World (the art of landscaping)

Mirsky says that the festival officials are open to other ideas for panel discussions, as well, and he urges anybody interested to contact him to let him know. It's early enough so that nothing is written in stone!

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