Some big literary names have been booked into Eastern Washington University's Get Lit! Festival April 11-15:
- Susan Orlean, author of "The Orchid Thief" and the just-released "Rin Tin Tin: Life and Legend," the biography of the famous movie dog. The latter is poised to be one of the bestselling books of the season.
- Colson Whitehead, author of "Sag Harbor," "The Intuitionist" and the new "Zone One," an ironic take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel.
- Ted Kooser, former U.S. Poet Laureate.
- Rick Bass, author of "The Wild Marsh" and many other meditative books about the West and its natural history.
- Lois Lowry, the Newberry Award-winning young adult author.
- Steve Almond, author of "Candyfreak" and "God Bless America: Stories."
- Jess Walter, Spokane novelist and National Book Award finalist.
This impressive lineup makes the Festival Pass look like an excellent option at $45. You can get them via Ticketswest outlets beginning Nov. 4. Individual tickets won't go on sale until Jan. 2.