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Northwood University hosting LitFest 2009 with poets, authors and pie

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CEDAR HILL – A scholar with a new book about the sources of everyday happiness, two award-winning poets with books in Spanish and English and one of the nation's top performance poets are coming to Northwood University Oct. 20th to participate in LitFest 2009: Eat Pie and Poetry.

The event is free, and co-sponsored by Northwood and WordSpace, a Dallas-based organization dedicated to the promotion and presentation of imaginative writing.


"Over the years, the Northwood LitFest has brought many excellent writers to the campus, including nationally recognized poet Isabel Nathaniel and award-winning writer Ben Fountain recently featured in Malcolm Gladwell's essay on genius in The New Yorker,” said LitFest chair and Northwood professor Martha Heimberg. “We always have great attendance -- and students love the performance poets and fiction writers.”


Leading off the sixth annual literary festival is Dr. Willard Spiegelman, reading in Northwood's chapel at 11 a.m. Oct. 20. Dr.  Spiegelman, the Duwain E. Hughes Jr. Distinguished Professor of English at Southern Methodist University, has written Seven Pleasures: Essays on Ordinary Happiness, published this spring by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Spiegel will read from his new work, which seeks to define "real Happiness” and examines the possibilities for achieving it without recourse to the "Happiness industries" – religion and pharmacology. Dr. Spiegelman, who also is the editor of SMU's Southwest Review literary quarterly – explores seven activities that lead to a sense of well-being – dancing, reading, walking, looking listening, swimming and writing.


Readings begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 in Lambert Commons, at 1114 W. FM 1382, with free cobbler, root beer, tea and coffee.

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