Mid-Continent Public Library’s “LitUP” festival will play host to several authors and artists, this weekend.
The daylong festival, taking place on Saturday, will be broken into two parts, where visitors can meet with published experts in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual arts. Prior to each session, an author will give a keynote address.
The first address, given by Gayle Forman, author of “If I stay,” will kick off the day, and Jacqueline Woodson, author of “Brown Girl Dreaming,” will lead the second half. Forman’s novel was made into a film in 2014.
Visitors can also look forward to numerous hands-on workshops and a poetry slam led by local rapper Royce “Sauce” Handy.
The day will end with a recognition of the winners of the LitUP Creative Contest. Teen artists submitted works of visual and written art earlier this year to hopefully be included in an anthology of LitUp artists and writers. This year’s contest drew more than 400 entries.
Last year’s festival saw more than 700 teens participate, and the library hopes for an even larger turnout this year. Teens can register at mymcpl.org/LitUpFest.