Omaha Lit Fest 2015: Science, Psych & Story


6:30-9:30 pm


the opening night party/exhibits
W. Dale Clark Library
(downtown branch, 215 S. 15th St)

free & open to public

Wired: the literary bent-wire art of Jay Cochrane

Featuring wire-and-book sculptures based on Gulliver’s Travels, Pride and Prejudice, Misery, Moby Dick, etc…

Pins & Needles: the paintings and drawings of Eric Post and Shari Post

Sometimes-tranquil, sometimes-restless portraits in oil and ink;

The Poetry Brothel

Again hosted by literary journal burntdistrict. The journal’s namesake, Omaha’s historic Burnt District, was infamous for its bordellos, gambling tables, and other unseemly underbellies in the 19th century. Relax in the brothel with your own intimate poetry


Phobia-inspired food and drink & whisky tastings


1-5 pm

panel discussions

conducted by lit fest director and author Timothy Schaffert
W. Dale Clark Library
(downtown branch, 215 S. 15th St)

1pm Diagnosis.

Featuring doctors/writers Bud Shaw (Last Night in the OR: A Transplant Surgeon’s Odyssey) and Lydia Kang (Catalyst). Shaw came to Nebraska in 1985 to start a new transplant program that quickly became one of the most respected transplant centers in the world. Kang’s background in medicine has inspired two YA sci-fi novels, scientific thrillers that explore a dark future of genetics.

2pm Treachery.

Authors discuss personal demons, social outcasts, and drastic measures. Featuring: Marilyn June Coffey (Thieves, Rascals & Sore Losers: The Unsettling History of the Dirty Deals That Helped Settle Nebraska); Douglas Vincent Wesselmann (Tales of the Master: The Book of Stone); Theodore Wheeler (On the River, Down Where They Found Willy Brown).

3pm Empathy.

Fiction writers Joy Castro (How Winter Began: Stories), Julie Iromuanya (Mr. and Mrs. Doctor) and Jennie Shortridge (Love Water Memory) discuss emotional depth in novels and stories, sentiment vs. sentimentality, and the process of exploring a character’s psychology on the page.

4pm “Station Eleven”: health, illness, and the end of the world.

Novelist Emily St John Mandel, author of the best-selling, National Book Award-finalist Station Eleven, with Timothy Schaffert, author of The Swan Gondola.

Omaha Public Library