writers in peace and war

The great themes in the narrative of humankind’s experience on this planet have not changed in thousands of years–love, peace, war, faith–how to live with honor and compassion in the face of apparently impossible choices. One of those ever-present verities is the seemingly tidal pattern of peace and war in our shared history.

The 32nd Annual Old Dominion University Literary Festival will use the light of literature to examine the theme of war and peace. Perhaps Einstein was right when he said that “as long as there are sovereign nations possessing great power, war is inevitable.” But Buckminster Fuller may also have been right when he remarked that “either man is obsolete or war is.” In literature we look not for answers but for ways of experiencing the world and opening our minds to new patterns of seeing. In this way, literature legislates to the individual heart, potentially changing the world one soul at a time.

The writers, visual artists and photographers who share their stories with you this year will attempt to map out the complex landscape from World War II through the present. Our community in Hampton Roads–as deeply as any community in the United States–feels the effects and after-effects of conflict around the world. Our hope is that the four days between October 6-9 will be a time where our voices rise up, writers and readers, speakers and listeners alike, to create a new way of looking at who we are and where we might be heading.

Literature is a conversation. We invite you to share in it.

~ Michael Pearson and Janet Peery, 2009 Festival Directors

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Brochure: 32nd Annual Literary Festival, 2009: Writers in Peace and War, Shara Weber

Steve Almond, 32nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, Steve Almond

President's Lecture Series: Mark Bowden, 32nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, Mark Bowden

Norton Girault, 32nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, Norton Girault

Joyce Hoffmann, 32nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, Joyce Hoffmann

Panel: Torture in the Age of Terrorism, Joyce Hoffmann (Moderator), Brian Turner, Nick Turse, and Jacob Weisberg

Luisa A. Igloria, 32nd Annual ODU Annual Literary Festival, Luisa A. Igloria

Jane Mayer, 32nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, Jane Mayer

Lesléa Newman, 32nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, Lesléa Newman

Farah Nosh, 32nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, Farah Nosh

Jon Pineda, 32nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, Jon Pineda

Jim Sheeler, 32nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, Jim Sheeler

Dalia Sofer, 32nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, Dalia Sofer

Brian Turner, 32nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, Brian Turner

Nick Turse, 32nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, Nick Turse

Jacob Weisberg, 32nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, Jacob Weisberg

Writers in Community Veterans' Stories, 32nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, Writers in Community