For an event just turning 2, the Durango Public Library Literary Festival already landed an A-list author who would be the envy of more-established bookfests.
“An Evening with Emily Giffin” will kick off the library's second annual festival tonight, and there's a full day of book talk to follow Saturday.
Giffin is the New York Times best-selling author of several novels, including Something Borrowed, Heart of the Matter, Something Blue, Love the One You're With and Baby Proof. Something Borrowed became a Warner Bros. film starring Kate Hudson and Jon Krasinski.
Saturday's schedule will open with a performance by storyteller Joe Hayes, author of such children's books as The Gum-Chewing Rattler and The Day It Snowed Tortillas/El dia que nevo tortilla: Folk Tales Retold by Joe Hayes.
Hayes reads his stories in both English and Spanish and has won countless awards in the Southwest and nationwide for his books.
Hayes' performance will be followed by a local authors fair with Reid Ross, Melanie Milburn, Beth Green, Holli Pfau, Jurgen Herbst and Jerri Lincoln. The festival will conclude with a panel discussion called “The Future of the Book,” as local literati discuss the future of printed books, digitization and publishing. The panel discussion will include extensive question-and-answer opportunities for the audience.
The panelists will be library Director Andy White; Fort Lewis College communications professor Leslie Blood; local authors Suzanne Tyrpak and Katherine Leiner; and Michelle Sulka, a sales manager for Random House. The panel will be moderated by Durango Herald Arts & Entertainment Editor Ted Holteen.
The festival is the library's addition to the Durango Showcase of the Arts, which will continue through Sept. 25 and include a full schedule of events in the visual and performing arts.