Keynote Speaker: Scott Holman, Ph.D.: Jack Kerouac
Scott Holman holds a Ph.D. in English and currently teaches writing at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Program for Writing and Rhetoric. His research focuses on Jack Kerouac, the most renowned writer of the Beat Generation, and pays particularly close attention to the writing found in Kerouac’s preeminent novel, On the Road.
In addition to discussing the unique writing of On the Road, Scott’s keynote speech will also explain the book’s many connections to Colorado and the Denver area and further illustrate how, in many ways, the West was the impetus for the travels Kerouac records in his most famous book.
Saturday, August 4 – 11:00 a.m.
Featured Presenters: Lee and Jane Whiteley: The National Park-to-Park Highway
Lee Whiteley is a 4th generation Coloradan and now lives in Centennial. He is a graduate of Englewood High School and the University of Denver. He took a very early retirement from the City and County of Denver, where he was a computer programmer-analyst. Lee and wife Jane have authored five books on the transportation history in the West, including “then and now” books on traveling the Lincoln Highway, Yellowstone Highway, and the National Park-to-Park Highway. They are associate producers of the PBS documentary “Paving the Way: The National Park-to-Park Highway.”
Lee and Jane Whiteley, will present their fascinating talk: “The National Park-to-Park Highway: To and Through the National Parks of the West” in which they will present photos and scenes from the early days of auto travel between the National Parks of the American West.
Motoring To and Through the National Parks of the West in 1920
Following WWI, the “See America First” campaign and the increased use of automobiles prompted the National Park Service, with the help of AAA, to map, maintain, and signpost a road connecting the 12 national parks of the West. The result was the National Park-to-Park Highway, a 5,600-mile-long road that touched all states from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. This fully illustrated program will feature photographs taken during the 1920 dedication tour along the highway. The images show not only the diverse and majestic scenery but also the deplorable road conditions of this “Master Scenic Highway of America.”
Saturday, August 5 – 1:00 p.m.
Featured Presenters: Panel Discussion: Frankenstein Lives, 200 Years and Counting
Marc Beaudin is a poet, theatre director, scenic designer and author of the play, Frankenstein, Inc. – a modern adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel that examines the monstrous results of corporate science out of sync with nature. His latest book is the hitchhiking memoir Vagabond Song: Neo-Haibun from the Peregrine Journals. He lives in Livingston, Montana, where he is co-owner of Elk River Books (ABAA). More information is available at www.CrowVoice.com
Courtney E. Morgan
Courtney E. Morgan is the author of The Seven Autopsies of Nora Hanneman, published by FC2 in 2017. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she has also taught. She is a recipient of the Thompson Award for Western American Writing, and was long-listed for the Diana Woods Memorial Award at Lunch Ticket and Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Fiction. Morgan is the founder and managing editor of The Thought Erotic sexual culture journal and teaches at Lighthouse Writers Workshop and The Gathering Place women's shelter. She currently lives in Denver with her son and is working on a literary speculative novel. Visit her at courtneymorgan.com
Carrie Vaughn is best known for her New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. Her latest novels include a post-apocalyptic murder mystery, Bannerless, winner of the Philip K. Dick Award, and its sequel, The Wild Dead. She's written several other contemporary fantasy and young adult novels, as well as upwards of 80 short stories, two of which have been finalists for the Hugo Award. She's a contributor to the Wild Cards series of shared world superhero books edited by George R. R. Martin and a graduate of the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop. An Air Force brat, she survived her nomadic childhood and managed to put down roots in Boulder, Colorado. Visit her at carrievaughn.com
Gina Wencel has been a reference librarian for seven years at the Denver Public Library, Eugene Field Branch. Her focus is on general reference and children/teen materials. She serves on the Core Collection Steering Committee at DPL and was chosen to serve on the Horror Core Collection Committee. Other committees she has served on are the CLEL Bells (an annual recognition of five high-quality picture books) and the Best and Brightest of 2017 Children’s and Teen Materials, in which she also was a panelist discussing nonfiction teen books. Her passion is the macabre in literature, film, music and art. She has read widely within the canon of 19th Century British ghost stories as well as classic horror literature. Gina is also an actor, a writer and a singer with the band Odyle.
Frankenstein Lives: 200 Years and Counting, a panel discussion celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s monumental work Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. The panel will include Colorado authors Courtney E. Morgan and Carrie Vaughn and will field questions about Shelley’s and the book’s continuing impact on sci-fi, horror, fantasy and speculative fiction genres.
Other Special Events:
Demonstration and exhibit of letterpress printing and related book arts by the Englewood Letterpress Depot.
Examples of printed pieces from the Depot will be available for browsing by Fair goers.
Tom Parson is the Executive Director for the Depot project.
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