"To read a writer is for me not merely to get an idea of what he says, but to go off with him and travel in his company." -- Andre Gide
Hay Festival Cartagena
January 26-29, 2006
"This Fiesta was born out of a conversation with the Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes, a regular guest at our Festival in Wales. He recommended Cartagena de Indias as the perfect home for a celebration of Latin American culture, and has guided the project to fruition." The guest of honor at the first Hay Festival Cartagena is Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Cairo International Book Fair
January 17-29, 2006
"Being always renovated and expanded, the Cairo International Book Fair currently occupies a high ranking coming next to the International Frankfurt Book Fair with respect to the number of books displayed, the involved publishers, and the number of visitors."
The Wordsworth Trust Weekend Arts and Book Festival
January 20-22, 2006
"The annual Weekend Arts and Book Festival is a residential course of lectures and workshops organised by the Wordsworth Trust. The Festival takes place at the Prince of Wales Hotel on the shores of the lake at Grasmere, just a hundred yards from Dove Cottage, the Wordsworth Muesum and the Jerwood Centre."
Winter Words Festival
January 26-29, 2006
"After the success of the inaugural Winter Words Festival, Pitlochry Festival Theatre will be playing host to Highland Perthshire's second literature festival...."
Key West Literary Seminar
"The Literature of Adventure, Travel, and Discovery"
January 5-8, 2006
Key West, Florida
"Travel to Key West in January, 2006 for a literary adventure. Join us for three days of readings, informal talks, panel discussions, intimate conversations and festive Key West parties as we bring together some of the most adventurous and well-traveled writers of our times."
17th Annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities
January 21-29, 2006
"Goals: To celebrate the life and work of 20th century writer, folklorist and anthropoligist, Zora Neale Hurston; to celebrate the significance of her hometown, Eatonville, Florida, known as the nation's oldest incorporated African American municipality; and to celebrate the cultural contributions people of African ancestry have made to the United States and world culture."
The Fifth Annual Stitching Stars Storytelling Festival
January 7, 2006
Historic Seney-Stovall Chapel, Athens, Georgia
"The name of our event was inspired by the book Stitching Stars : the Story Quilts of Harriet Powers, by Mary E. Lyons. Harriet Powers, an African American quilter, was born in captivity in Madison, County, GA in 1837. Powers later moved to Clarke County where she created two story-quilts which now hang in the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA."
Kearney Storytelling Festival
January 16-21, 2006
"Gather round and hear the stories as the Kearney Storytelling Festival celebrates a decade of storytelling with Winter Tales 2006...."
Cowboy Poetry Gathering
January 28-February 4, 2006
"The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is a week-long celebration of life in the rural West, featuring the contemporary and traditional arts that arise from lives lived caring for land and livestock, fixing fences and raising families. Poetry, music, stories, gear, film, photography, food – all contribute to the texture of an event that has become an annual ritual for thousands of people who value the people and cultures that live and work in the West."
The New York Times Arts and Leisure Weekend
January 5-9, 2006
The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)
"5 days of spectacular offers and events commemorating our 5th Anniversary. This year's celebration of the arts around the world is bigger and better than ever."
"Read books. They are good for us." -- Natalie Goldberg