The 2009-2010 Lannan Foundation Readings & Conversations series is now posted. While it wouldn't be fair to play favorites and mention some highlights from next season, I can definitely say that it's worth perusing.
For those of you who haven't been to one of these programs yet, you should try one out. The format is laid-back, with the featured writer reading his or her works, followed by a short conversation that ranges all over the place. Often funny and insightful, these conversations are a great way to get to know a writer better or to get more information about a favorite work. Best of all, these programs are all on Wednesday evenings and under ten dollars. They'll neither interfere with your weekend plans, nor hurt your bank account.
Lannan authors are the "rock stars" of literature, and to get a ticket there is usually a long line at the Lensic early on ticket day. Most sell out the day they go on sale. You can buy tickets online, but you’d be missing the early morning camaraderie of the literary conversations in line. While I've never been able to attend every program in a season, I always like to pick a few ahead of time. It's a great way to enjoy favorite writers, explore familiar writers, and be surprised by new writers. Also, it's a very pleasant way to spend a Wednesday evening.