Thursday, October 18, 2007

JackFest! A Marathon Reading of Kerouac's On The Road

Just heard about this, thanks to an item in Creative Loafing -- a marathon reading of Jack Kerouac's On the Road, this Friday, 10/19, at USF-St. Petersburg. The event is sponsored by the school's Division of Languages, Literature and Writing, and the Tampa Bay Writers Network.

Here's the story from CL:

More than half a century ago, Jack Kerouac sat down at his typewriter with a pot of coffee, a pile of Benzadrine and a head full of ideas. Three weeks later, he'd finished a semi-autobiographical tale about the spontaneous road trips he took with his friends across 1950's America, what was soon to become a literary staple for generations of disaffected American youths, not to mention one of the classics of 20th-century American literature. This Friday, various luminaries from around the Bay area celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of On the Road in a similarly energetic, balls-out fashion with JackFest!, a 12-hour marathon reading of the book hosted by the Tampa Bay Writers Network and USF-St. Petersburg's Division of Languages, Literature and Writing. Clove cigarettes not included. Fri., Oct. 19, noon-midnight, USF-St. Petersburg, in the courtyard flanked by Snell and Williams houses on Second Avenue S. (between Fifth and Sixth avenues), St. Petersburg, free admission, 727-873-4873.

1 comment:

Turner Publishing said...

I'm writing to see if you'd like a complimentary copy of our title, Historic Photos of Tampa by Ralph Brower for possible review consideration on your blog. These 10 x 10 book tells the pictorial narrative of Tampa through culled-from-the-archives photography and informative text and captions. If you reply to this email or give me a call at the number posted below, I'll send you one out today (but please provide a physical address - we ship UPS). Thanks, and I hope to hear from you soon.

Rachel P