Orcas Island Lit Festival

April 13-15
All Day
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Admission Information:

Adult Weekend Pass $65 + $5.68 Fee , Sat. moring kids Free

This inaugural festival is in association with the Orcas Island Center for the Arts, which will host the Lit Fest’s Bookfair and featured line-up of panels and readings, with additional workshops and offsite activities to take place throughout Orcas Island.

The mission of the Orcas Island Lit Fest is to bring together people who love to read books with the authors who love to write them. The Lit Fest is inviting a select group of authors to beautiful Orcas Island to join local and regional writers in sharing their art, wisdom, and know-how. 

The Orcas Island Lit Fest (OILF) is a celebration of literature, poetry and non-fiction writing. Festivalgoers have the opportunity to attend readings, panel discussions, and writers’ workshops hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning writers, critically-acclaimed authors, and beloved regional and emerging writers.  

Participants can also attend book signings, grab a bite to eat and peruse the exhibits at our lively and interactive Book Fair at Orcas Center that runs throughout the weekend.

The festival will kick off Friday night with a Lit Walk and open mic night at locations around quaint Eastsound Village.  More than 30 critically-acclaimed writers and emerging voices will read their work on between 7:30 and 8:15 p.m. at various charming venues throughout Eastsound Village. Stop by Doe Bay Wine Company to have a glass of wine and listen to the authors: Kevin Clarke, Carolyne Wright, Jessica Gigot & Jennifer Brennock. Seating is limited, we recommend arriving early. 

Saturday morning, the Kid Lit Fest will host Thor Hanson and readings by characters in costumes and the Book Fair opens at the Orcas Center for the Arts, featuring exhibits by literary journals, independent presses and featured publishers. 

Writers' workshops will also be happening at various locations around the island during the morning. Two tracks of moderated panel discussions begin Saturday afternoon, featuring invited artists, thought leaders, and publishing professionals.

On Saturday evening, the Lit Fest's marquee event takes place on the Orcas Center's main stage, with readings by our award-winning lineup of invited authors. 

Afterward, things get a bit more raucous at the Battle of the Genres gala after party.  Sunday morning is day two of the workshop program, and more fantastic panels to attend at the Orcas Center, all of it capped off with a final closing event at the Book Fair.  

Festival tickets are available on Eventbrite, Stranger Tickets and at www.oilf.org