Literary Celebration

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Kent Haruf Literary Celebration
September 22 – 24, 2017

Salida SteamPlant Event Center
Salida, CO  81201

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Cost of Celebration is $100 per person.
Space is limited to 200 attendees.

Preliminary Schedule:

Friday, Sept. 22

3:30 – 5:00  Registration

Saturday, Sept. 23

8:00 – 9:00  Breakfast Buffet    (Registration Continued)

9:00  Plenary Speech  Kent Haruf: The Man and His Work—Chris Outcalt

10:30 – 12:00  Morning Sessions—Select One
The Haruf World:  a Writer’s Evolving Vision—Beginning, Middle, End
  The Tie That Binds/Plainsong/Our Souls At Night
      Or
Community/Family/Women’s Relationships in small town spaces
   Plainsong/Eventide/Benediction

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch on your own in Salida

1:30 Group Meeting—Kent Haruf: A Sense of Place—Sue Hodson, Curator of Literary Manuscripts at The Huntington Library in San Marino, CA

2:00 – 3:30  Afternoon Sessions—Select One
Kent Haruf:  A Writer’s Craft—Grounded in the Geography and Culture of Colorado
                                              Or
Kent Haruf:  A Writer’s Art—Creative Writing Session Exploring Haruf’s Treatment of Place, facilitated by BK Loren

3:30 – 5:00  Flashmob Reading/Cocktails and Appetizers

5:00 – 7:00  Dinner on your own in Salida

7:30  The Chalk Horse Theater Presents HarufSpeak: An Adaptation of Selected Haruf Writings

Sunday, Sept. 24

9:00 – 10:30  Buffet Breakfast   Highlights and Q and A with Cathy Haruf

2:00  Chalk Horse Theater Presents HarufSpeak: An Adaptation of Selected Haruf Writings

Need a place to stay during the Celebration? See the Salida Lodging Guide.


This Literary Celebration was established by Kent’s widow, Cathy, and a Committee who wished to host an event that would honor Kent and his work. We are hoping it will be an annual event.

We knew Kent as a humble, generous, kind, talented gentleman. He was always interested in the person he was talking to, a trait that led him to develop authentic characters and share lasting friendships.

This Celebration is for listening, learning, creating, sharing, enjoying each others’ company and basking in the joy of remembering and honoring Kent’s words.

We hope you can join us for this inaugural event!

KHLC Planning Committee

Contact Person:  Lisa Marvel:  thebookhavenlisa@gmail.com OR 719-539-9629.

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