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Kent Haruf Literary Celebration

September 29, 2019

The second Kent Haruf Literary Celebration is honoring the award-winning novelist who lived in Salida until his death in 2014. All proceeds go to the Kent Haruf Scholarship.

Registration begins May 1, 2019 and ENDS Sept. 15, 2019.

Need a place to stay during the Celebration? See the Salida Lodging Guide.

Looking for a restaurant?  See the Salida Dining Guide.


This Literary Celebration was established by Kent’s wife, Cathy, and a Committee who wished to host an event that would honor Kent and his work.

We knew Kent as a humble, generous, kind, talented gentleman. He was always interested in the person he was talking to, a trait that led him to develop authentic characters and share lasting friendships.

This Celebration is for listening, learning, creating, sharing, enjoying each others’ company and basking in the joy of remembering and honoring Kent’s words.

We hope you can join us for this literary event!

Schedule: Sunday, September 29th

8:00—9:00–breakfast in SteamPlant Ballroom

9:15-10:45—speaker and Q&A—Greg Schwipps, Professor of English, DePauw University, author of What This River Keeps. “How Haruf Teaches a Place: What a Writer Can Learn About Setting from Haruf Novels, and What One Writer Learned from the Man Himself”

11:15—12:45– Creative Writing Workshop—Sorel Haruf, English Teacher from Tara Performing Arts Waldorf High School


11:15—12:45— Speaker and Q&A — Ramazan Yigit, studied Political Science at Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey. “Kent’s Community Through a Kurdish Immigrant’s Eyes”


2:00 pm—Stage production, The Tie That Binds, Carol Samson, Director, Theater


September 29, 2019
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SteamPlant Event Center