Friday, February 15 is the last day to save 15 percent on passes for headlining events at the 2013 Get Lit! Festival.
Get Lit! is an annual literary event organized primarily by Eastern Washington University (EWU) that brings local authors and poets from the Spokane area such as Jess Walter or Frank Zafiro together with nationally known writers such as Joyce Carol Oates or Colson Whitehead for readings, workshops, and other activities at various locations in Spokane and Cheney.
According to the Get Lit! website, "The Get Lit! Festival began in 1998 as a one-day marathon of literary readings sponsored by EWU Press and EWU's Department of Creative Writing. Then The Spokesman-Review lovingly called it 'the little literary festival that could,' and they were right.
"By 2004, the audience had swelled to 10,000 people from Spokane and the surrounding region. More recently, The Spokesman-Review referred to the festival as the literary equivalent to nationally recognized sporting events: Hoopfest and Bloomsday.
"The Get Lit! Festival is a weeklong celebration that connects the community with local, new, and nationally-known writers. The Get Lit! Festival has become an integral part of the artistic and cultural landscape of the Inland Northwest and beyond.
"As Harold Augenbraum, the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation said, 'There are two national literary capitals, Spokane and New York.'"
On Thursday, February 14, the official Get Lit! Programs Twitter feed reminded people in the Spokane area that time is running out to purchase a pass for only $36.25 (plus $7.75 in service fees, bringing the total up to $44).
Ordinarily, passes cost $45 plus service fees (for a total of $52.75). The discount offer represents a savings of $8.75, which could be put toward a new book by a local author or a festival T-shirt.
According to the Get Lit! website, "Festival passes gain admission for the following headlining events: Kim Barnes and Jonathan Evison; Joyce Carol Oates, Jaimy Gordon, and David Shields; Major Jackson and Robert Wrigley; and the kids/youth headliner on Sunday, April 14. The festival pass is $45, saving you $15-20 off individual ticket costs and service fees."
The festival doesn't officially start until April 8. However, Get Lit! Programs sponsor other events throughout the year, such as a reading by the poet Tom Wayman on Friday, February 22 at EWU's Riverpoint Campus location near downtown Spokane.
According to the official Get Lit! blog, "Get Lit! Programs and Eastern Washington University's Visiting Writers Series are pleased to announce author Tom Wayman will be reading in the Phase 1 Auditorium at Riverpoint this Friday, February 22, at 7:30 p.m. The event will be free and open to the public.
"Wayman is the author of 18 collections of poetry, two collections of short stories, and the novel 'Woodstock Rising'. He'll be sharing work from his latest collection of poetry, 'Dirty Snow'."
To order discounted festival passes online, book lovers in the Spokane area should go to the TicketsWest website and enter the promotional code "getlit". Currently, TicketsWest offers free shipping for those who would prefer to receive their passes in the mail.