Pulitzer Prize-winning author Adam Johnson will be the 2018 keynote speaker at the Highland Park Literary Festival.
Johnson will speak to the public at a free event Feb. 22 at Highland Park High School. The event begins at 7 p.m.
Johnson was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for his novel, The Orphan Master’s Son, about his life in North Korea – a very timely topic.
The Highland Park Literary Festival, now in its 22nd year, seeks to inspire and encourage students to celebrate language in its artfully written, spoken, and sung forms. The two-day festival will offer students an assembly with the keynote speaker, a community event, and over 60 small group workshops connecting HPHS students with novelists, journalists, poets, storytellers, playwrights, screenwriters, and songwriters.
The festival also includes a student-run Open Mic Nite where students share readings, musings, poetry and musical performances. The festival concludes with a student writing contest and awards breakfast.
The Highland Park Literary Festival is made possible with the cooperation of the HPHS English department faculty and by generous donations from La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas, HP Arts, HPHS PTA, and HPISD families.