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The life and literature of Jack Kerouac have been celebrated in a variety of mediums: from art to music, festivals to films. Now, the Beat Generation icon is once again being immortalized, in an entirely new genre.
On Thursday, August 21, 2003, the UMass Lowell English Department will sponsor Jack Kerouac Night at the Lowell Spinners LeLacheur Ballpark. The first 1000 patrons through the door that night will each receive limited edition Kerouac Bobblehead dolls.
According to Hilary Holladay, UMass Lowell English professor and director of the Kerouac Conference on Beat Literature, this partnership with the Spinners is a great way to acknowledge Lowell's literary heritage.
"We're honoring a renowned author who had a lifelong love of both Lowell and sports. It's fitting that we celebrate his talents with Kerouac Night at the ballpark, here in his hometown."
UMass Lowell has long been committed to promoting a better understanding and appreciation of Jack Kerouac's life and work. The University has a variety of programs commemorating the author, including Kerouac Scholarships, Kerouac Writer in Residence and the annual Kerouac Conference on Beat Literature.
In the fall, look for the Kerouac Conference on Beat Literature, a national scholarly symposium, held October 2- 3, 2003. This year's keynote speaker will be Regina Weinreich, who recently edited and wrote the introduction for Jack Kerouac's Book of Haikus (Viking 2003).