‘Alternate history’ explored at Literary Festival

James Young, a writer of “alternate history” novels such as “Acts of War,” which imagines what would have happened if Hitler had not been defeated in World War II, will be the keynote speaker at the Metropolitan Community College-Longview Literary Festival on Oct. 27. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the campus’ Cultural Arts Center, 500 S.W. Longview Road, Lee’s Summit.

Young, a Missouri native, will speak at noon, and at 2 p.m., he will take part in a panel discussion on “History’s Tipping Points” with MCC history instructor Diane Boldt and Kansas City author Sean Demory.

The festival will include readings, other panel discussions, writing workshops and contests, open mic sessions and book sales and autographs. Session topics include writing short fiction, self-publishing, indie publishing, the writer’s life, the business of writing and working with editors.

More than 20 authors, editors and publishers are expected to take part. Participating authors will include Lindsey Martin-Bowen, Carl Rhoden, Linda Rodriquez and Dennis Young. Critique groups will attend as well.

Admission is free. For festival schedule, visit mcckc.edu/events/lv-literary.