Literary Festival

2012 Greater Reading Literary Festival at Alvernia

The 2012 Greater Reading Literary Festival at Alvernia University kicks off Oct. 8 with a presentation by John Updike Society co-founder and President Jim Plath. The festival continues for three weeks featuring events that range from the annual inter-college poetry contest to the always popular Masquerade Bash. Alvernia has 13 events planned for the annual month-long festival, from October 8 through October 26, 2012.

The festival is packed with many unique events including entertainment, award-winning authors, and workshops or panel discussions. All events are hosted by Alvernia University at the Reading campus and are free and open to the public. The festival is part of the countywide Reading Reads program.

Please contact Sue Guay at or call 610.796.8344 with questions.

Calendar of Events

Monday, October 8
Co-founder/president of the John Updike Society, Dr. Jim Plath will lecture on “Teaching Updike.” (McGlinn Conference Center, 4 PM)

Wednesday, October 10
National book award winner Jonathan Kozol presents Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation. (Physical Education Center, 7 PM)

Friday, October 12
Join the Alvernia community for the annual Alvernia Book Club meeting. (Franco Library, 6 PM)

Monday, October 15
International best-selling author and New York Times murder-mystery writer Tess Gerritsen speaks about where ideas come from and why creativity is hard work. (McGlinn Conference Center, 6:30 PM)

Tuesday, October 16
AU’s business department professors discuss their book Planning in Reverse. (Bernardine Lecture Hall, 2:30 PM)

Wednesday, October 17
Nationally touring poet, teaching artist and activist Lauren Zuniga performs her version of slam poetry. (Crusader Café, 7 PM)

Thursday, October 18
Key West author Brad Manard discusses Life Lessons, a book he co-authored with Captain Tony Tarracino. (McGlinn Conference Center, 6:30 PM)

Friday, October 19
Original readings and acts will be presented during the monthly meeting of the AU Writers’ Series hosted by Dr. Bierowski. (Franco Library, 2 PM)

Saturday, October 20
The Pagoda Writer’s Club presents an interactive workshop, “Paris at the Pagoda.” (The Reading Pagoda, 1 PM)

Monday, October 22
Drs. Radosh and Williams discuss how the truth is displayed, distorted, uncovered, or covered up in contemporary political ads in their lecture “Media and Politics.” (Bernardine Lecture Hall, 2 PM)

Wednesday, October 24
Join students, faculty and staff for the annual inter-college poetry contest at Alvernia University hosted by Dr. Law. (Franco Library, 2 PM)

Thursday, October 25
Former Gourmet Magazine editor Ian Knauer presents his memoir and cookbook The Farm. (Bernardine Lecture Hall, 6 PM)

Friday, October 26
Alvernia’s 3rd Annual Masquerade Bash includes food, a costume contest and prizes as well as an Alumni VIP lounge. (Crusader Café, 7 PM)

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