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Jack Kerouac Festival Attracts Bestselling Authors to Lowell


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Literary Events Highlighting Beat Poet’s Legacy Feature Banks, Hood, Shreve, Dubus and More

Thursday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 3

WHAT:  In celebration of Jack Kerouac’s legacy, Lowell welcomes bestselling authors ߝ Anita Shreve, Russell Banks, Ann Hood, Tom Perrotta and Andre Dubus III ߝ as well as talented local poets, novelists, musicians and artists for a four-day literary festival. Tours on foot and by bus will offer Kerouac fans a firsthand look at the places Kerouac frequented and featured in his writing. The Jack Kerouac Literary Festival event highlights include:

  • Alan Lightman (“Einstein’s Dreams”), an MIT professor of humanities and physics, will read from his book “Mr.g: A Novel about the Creation” on Thursday, Sept. 30, 3:30 p.m., Alumni Hall, UML North, 84 University Ave., Lowell.
  • Russell Banks (“Continental Drift,” “Affliction,” “The Sweet Hereafter”) will discuss Kerouac’s literary influence, as well as read from and sign his own books on Thursday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m. at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center.  Banks’ history with Kerouac includes hosting the writer and his entourage for a weekend in the 1960s.
  • Author and UMass Lowell English professor Andre Dubus III will moderate a panel discussion with Shreve (“A Change in Altitude,” “The Weight of Water”), Hood (“The Red Thread”) and Perrotta (“The Abstinence Teacher”) on “Art and Commerce” on Saturday, Oct. 2, 4:30 p.m. at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell.
  • Dennis McNally (“Desolate Angel: Jack Kerouac, the Beat Generation and America,” “A Long Strange Trip: The Inside Story of the Grateful Dead”) will discuss “Jack Kerouac and the American Bohemian Tradition” on Friday, Oct.1, noon, O’Leary Library Auditorium, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell (this event will be repeated at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Lowell National Park Visitor Center).

Most events are free and all are open to the public. The festival is presented by Lowell Celebrates Kerouac!, the Cultural Organization of Lowell, UMass Lowell and Lowell National Historical Park.

WHERE:   Various locations throughout Lowell. More information and a full schedule of events is available at and

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