Acclaimed author Mark Salzman will bring his varied experiences to Highland Park this week as the keynote speaker for the 18th annual Highland Park Literary Festival.
Salzman will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday in the main auditorium at Highland Park High School. The event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a book signing.
Salzman is perhaps best known for the memoir Iron & Silk, about his work as an English teacher and martial-arts student in China. The book was adapted into a movie in 1990 in which Salzman starred as himself.
The bulk of the festival activities will take place on Feb. 27-28, including keynote assemblies for HPHS students featuring Salzman (seniors and juniors) along with fellow authors Joaquin Zihuatanejo (sophomores) and John Owhonda (freshmen).
The final day of the event will include student writing workshops in a variety of genres, along with an open-mic night for students. The festival also includes a student writing contest in the spring.