This October and November marks the tenth annual C.S. Lewis Festival in Northern Michigan. The theme this year is C.S. Lewis in the Public Square. The kickoff weekend on October 26 and 27 will feature Mickey Maudlin of HarperCollins Publishers, Dr. Christopher Mitchell of the Wade Center at Wheaton College, bestselling author Sarah Arthur and Dr. Peter Schakel of Hope College.
Mickey Maudlin’s Manthei Speaker Series address is titled, “C.S. Lewis and Today’s Reader.” Free and open to the public, the Manthei Speaker Series will take place on Friday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 122 of the Administration Building at North Central Michigan College, in Petoskey. Mitchell, Arthur and Schakel will provide commentary.
On Saturday, October 27, the Saturday Seminar will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the North Central Michigan College Library Conference Center. Participants may register for either the full day ($50) or half the day ($30) from the Festival’s Web site at www.cslewisfestival.org. Speakers Maudlin, Mitchell, Arthur and Schakel will deepen the exploration of “C.S. Lewis and Today’s Reader.”
Also joining the Festival this year is playwright Mark St. Germain, whose play Freud’s Last Session about a fictional meeting between C.S. Lewis and psychologist Sigmund Freud ran in New York for two years. Local actors will perform a staged reading of Freud’s Last Session on Thursday, November 15, at 7 p.m. at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey.
With St. Germain in town, the C.S. Lewis Festival will host its first ever Scriptwriting Contest. Local writers will compete to have their plays staged on November 16 at 7 p.m. at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, and to meet Mark St. Germain afterward. Those interested in entering the contest can find information in the “Community” section of the C.S. Lewis Festival Web site www.cslewisfestival.org.
C.S. Lewis Festival book discussions this year will focus on The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. Visit the C.S. Lewis Festival Web site for a list of discussion dates and locations.
The C.S. Lewis Festival is a donor-supported nonprofit organization. The C.S. Lewis Festival is an annual exploration of the life and works of the author of the popular Chronicles of Narnia and represents a collaboration of the arts and education communities in Northern Michigan. For further information, visit www.cslewisfestival.org