Get Lit at the Beach

Readers meet writers at Get Lit at the Beach, an annual gathering featuring prominent authors each May. Attendees have the opportunity to meet best-selling and award-winning authors, often including writers whose works have been developed into movies or television programs. Weekend activities begin with a reception featuring the featured authors on Friday evening. Saturday’s full day of events includes author presentations, book signings and an evening keynote dinner presentation. The weekend concludes with a moderated question and answer discussion featuring all the festival authors on Sunday morning.

Featured authors have included Diana Abu-Jaber, whose books have won much recognition including Birds of Paradise being named one of the top books of the year by NPR, the Washington Post and the Oregonian; and her novel Origin being named one of the best books of the year by the LA Times, the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Post. Other popular guest authors included veteran Time Magazine book critic Lev Grossman, known for his Magicians trilogy, all of which landed on the New York Times best-seller list and are now the basis for a SyFy series; decorated Marine Corps veteran Karl Marlantes, who penned Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War, which also garnered a spot in the New York Times best-seller top ten list; and writer-illustrator James Owen, who has generated two dozen Starchild comics and authored the best-selling series The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica. Terry Brooks, author of the popular Shannara novels on which the MTV series is based, is a popular host of the festival and is usually present to meet and greet attendees to all events.

Get Lit at the Beach is presented by the Tolovana Arts Colony. For more information, call (206) 914-1255, visit or email

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