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OLLU to host literary festival March 28-April 2

(March 14, 2006)--Sandra Cisneros, Robert Coover, John Phillip Santos and Demetria Martinez will headline Our Lady of the Lake University's (OLLU) first city-wide literary festival. Scheduled for March 28 to April 2, “Heart without Borders/Corazón sin Frontera”s will bring nationally recognized authors to the Alamo City.

Funded in part by Humanities Texas, the Alfred S. Gage Foundation and the Newman Family Charitable Trust of the San Antonio Area Foundation, the festival will feature a variety of events including readings by the authors, writing workshops, drama and an Open Mic Slam. For electronic media enthusiasts, Coover, an internationally acclaimed novelist, will exhibit a one-of-a-kind literary virtual experience. Complete with a mixed-media hologram, the virtual experience will blend mainstream electronic media with traditional literature.

“We want to generate a greater understanding and appreciation for contemporary literature,” Nan Cuba said , visiting professor of English at OLLU and festival coordinator. “`Heart without Borders/Corazón sin Fronteras' is truly about featuring all kinds of literature, from traditional to new media, and mixing it all together in one space. OLLU is pleased to bring a top-notch literary festival that will stimulate interaction between the authors, students and literary enthusiasts from across the city.”

Cisneros will launch the festival with a special reading of her works with a book signing to follow. Martinez also will read from her newly-released “Confessions of a Berlitz-Tape Chicana,” a collection of essays that gives voice to a tongue-tied generation through the author's deeply personal views on religion and culture. Santos, the first Latino Rhodes Scholar, will lead the Open Mic session as well as give readings throughout the festival.

All events are free unless otherwise noted. For a complete list of events, visit the Our Lady of the Lake University Web site or call (210) 434-6711, ext. 2091.

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