Charlotte Literary Festival

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 3, 2007

The Charlotte Literary Festival will be Aug. 11 and 12, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., in Marshall Park and Blake Hotel in Uptown Charlotte.
Among those scheduled to speak is Catherine Coulter, New York Times bestselling romance author. She will speak on Saturday at 3 p.m.; tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Robert Wilcox, writer of several novels dealing with America’s wars, will accompany her. Both authors will sign books on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Zane, a top-selling African-American author, will speak Sunday at 3 p.m.; tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Festival goers can also meet Essence bestselling authors Donna Hill, Mary B. Morrison, Francis Ray, Omar Tyree, Michelle Bowen, Cheris Hodges and more.
Natural Awakenings workshops will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Blake Hotel. Topics include writing grant proposals, creative writing for children, going green, resume and job search tips, marketing your book and more.
Second Harvest Food Bank will collect non-perishable goods as part of the festival.
On Sunday at 3:30 p.m., a Remembering and Empowering ceremony will remember those who have lost their lives to domestic violence. A number of speakers, some survivors of domestic violence, will speak about the problem.
An Author’s Lane will feature more than 30 authors of all genres who will sell and sign their books.
A Kid’s Corner will offer games, storytelling, clowns, reading and more.
Entertainment will be provided both days on the main stage in Marshall Park and feature teen pop with Nu-Tren, the McClintock Presbyterian Church Gospel Choir, AudioForm (jazz, funk and soul) and an Elvis impersonator.
Many of the workshops and speaking engagements carry a fee. For ticket information call Kelley Eaves at 704-287-7653 or check the festival Web site,
The festival, sponsored by RealEyes Bookstore, area media outlets and others, has a complete schedule online at the above-mentioned Web site.