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Jack Kerouac Literary Festival Brings Acclaimed Writers to Lowell


Additional media contact: Joseph Cutrufo, Cultural Organization of Lowell, 978-446-7162 or

Four-Day Lineup of Events Features Nationally Known Authors Tom Perrotta, Anita Shreve, Dennis McNally, Russell Banks, Andre Dubus III

LOWELL, Mass. ߝ The city of Lowell is pleased to announce the Jack Kerouac Literary Festival, which will take place Thursday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 3 throughout downtown Lowell and feature poetry readings, live music, tours of Kerouac’s Lowell and exploration of the Beat Generation icon’s influence on next-generation writers.

The festival lineup includes a reading and book-signing by Russell Banks (“Continental Drift,” “The Reserve”) on Thursday; presentations by Dennis McNally, author of books on the Beat Generation, Kerouac and the Grateful Dead, on Friday and Saturday; and a discussion of art and commerce on Saturday at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center with Ann Hood (“The Red Thread”), Tom Perrotta (“Election,” “The Abstinence Teacher”) and Anita Shreve (“A Change in Altitude,” “The Weight of Water”), moderated by UMass Lowell’s Andre Dubus III (“House of Sand and Fog,” “The Garden of Last Days”).

On Saturday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m., Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! will commemorate its 25th anniversary and receive a citation from the City of Lowell at an event at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center that will also feature readings of Kerouac’s work, slam poetry by Free Verse and live music by Gypsy jazz trio Ameranouche. 

The Jack Kerouac Festival is presented by Lowell Celebrates Kerouac!, the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL), UMass Lowell and the Lowell National Historic Park with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

All events are open to the public and most are free. For more information, including details on volunteer opportunities and a schedule of events, visit or contact Joseph Cutrufo at or 978-674-1482 or Suzzanne Cromwell at or 978-674-1483.

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