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BRISTOL, Tenn., April 3, 2014 – The Buechner (Beek-ner) Institute at King University
will be hosting the third annual BuechnerFest at Queens University and Myers Park
Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C., May 29-31, 2014. BuechnerFest will feature an enjoyable
three days of engagement with the work of the award-winning writer and Presbyterian
minister Frederick Buechner.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Buechner and his work in a stimulating
setting with a group of like-minded folks,” said Dale Brown, director of the Buechner
Institute and chair of the English department at King University. “We are really
excited about the possibilities of this event and grateful for the remarkable guests
who will be involved.”
The symposium offers something for both long-time readers of Buechner and people who
may have never read Buechner, but are interested in conversations that center on contemporary
issues related to faith and culture.
The daily schedule of BuechnerFest will feature presentations, discussions, and opportunities
for taking in the local landscape. “We have put together a kind of thoughtful vacation
for those who would enjoy reading, talking, and celebrating a few days of challenge
and relaxation,” said Brown.
The Institute will be branching out this year to include sessions devoted to the ways
in which Fred Buechner’s work has influenced others. Novelist Doug Worgul and poet
Tony Abbott will talk about how Buechner has motivated their own thinking and writing.
Others will lead discussions on Buechner’s memoirs, novels, and essays. A dramatic
presentation, “The Birth,” will be featured on Friday evening, and singer/songwriter
John McCutcheon will wrap up the event on Saturday evening. Both of these events will
be free and open to the public.
Other leading presenters will include several members of the Buechner Institute National
Advisory Board including Tony Abbott, Dale Brown, Jennifer Holberg, Gary Hudson, and
“This is a way to keep Fred’s work in the foreground and to let people know what we
are up to at the Buechner Institute. Members of our regional, national, and student
boards will direct the three days of conversation and merriment. We think this will
be our best Fest ever, and we are grateful to our team in Charlotte for their work
on this edition,” Brown said.
Registration for the event is $125, $75 for senior citizens (65 and over), and $50
for students. Housing is available at Queens University at a rate of $40 for a single
room and $60 for a double room. Rooms are standard dorm rooms with shared facilities.
The deadline for requesting housing on Queens’ campus is May 1. Other hotels nearby
are offering special Buechnerfest rates.
For registration information and event itinerary for BuechnerFest, visit http://buechnerfest.king.edu or contact Dale Brown at 423.652.4156 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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