All Things LiteraryGAMBIER, Ohio (November 9, 2012)
The Kenyon Review Literary Festival brings acclaimed novelist Nicole Krauss to Kenyon on Saturday to discuss her novel The History of Love.
Krauss, also the author of Great House and Man Walks Into a Room, will deliver the Denham Sutcliffe Memorial Lecture at 8:00 p.m. in Rosse Hall. Her talk is the capstone of the literary festival, which includes a magazine fair and book sale, a reading by writer E.J. Levy, and speakers who will address the themes of cultural ownership, theft, and restoration.
The literary festival this year is a part a year-long symposium at Kenyon called Art and Identity: The Holocaust and Cultural Ownership in the 21st Century. The symposium deals with the restoration of art looted during war and genocide.
The New York Times has called Krauss one of the country's most important novelists. The History of Love won the Saroyan Prize for International Literature and France's Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger.
Here is a schedule of other literary festival events:
· Empty Bowls Dinner, 5:00-7:00 p.m., on Friday at Peirce Hall. Those who attend the simple dinner are invited to bid on hand-crafted ceramic bowls with proceeds to benefit Food for the Hungry, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting hunger in Knox County. Suggested donations are $8 for adults and $5 for children.
· A lecture on "Nazi Art Looting: Culture, Barbarism, and the Quest for Identity among Perpetrators, Victims, and Their Heirs" by Jonathan Petropoulos, chair of the Department of History at Claremont McKenna College and author of Art as Politics in the Third Reich, The Faustian Bargain: The Art World in Nazi Germany, and Royals and the Reich: The Princes von Hessen in Nazi Germany. 8:00 p.m., on Friday. Gund Gallery, Community Foundation Theater.
· Council of Literary Magazines and Presses Midwest Literary Magazine Fair and Book Sale, starting at 10:00 a.m. and continuing all day Saturday at the College Bookstore. The sale continues from :008 a.m. to noon on Sunday.
· Discussion on cultural ownership, classical antiquity and current affairs at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Gund Gallery Community Foundation Theater. The discussion will be led by Joan Breton Connelly, professor of classics and art history at New York University, and Claire Lyons, acting senior curator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum.
· A reading by E. J. Levy at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at the College Bookstore. Levy writes fiction and essays and is the author of the short-story collection Love, In Theory.
All literary festival events are free, and the public is encouraged to attend. To learn more, call 740-427-5389.
The literary festival is sponsored by Denham Sutcliffe Memorial Lecture Series, Ohio Arts Council, First-Knox National Bank, Ariel Corporation, Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Kenyon College Library, Kenyon College Bookstore, Kenyon College Craft Center, Kenyon Academic Partnership, Paragraphs Bookstore.