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Roxane Gay to headline Get Lit! on Saturday


For as long Get Lit! has been around, which is more than two decades now, Eastern Washington University's annual celebration of all things literary has been one of the Inland Northwest's most prestigious events.

From Salman Rushdie and Kurt Vonnegut to Bell Hooks and Jane Smiley, acclaimed writers of all persuasions have descended upon Spokane to share their views — and their works — with readers and writers alike.

At 7 p.m. on Saturday, Roxane Gay will join the list. Gay, the author and New York Times contributing op-ed writer, will headline the event "An Evening With Roxane Gay" at the Bing Crosby Theatre.

In a review of Gay's collection of essays, "Bad Feminist," writer Morgan Jenkins wrote, " 'Bad Feminist' made me believe that I could be honest by saying that I do not have all the answers but I am still going to challenge myself and others with my questions and my hypotheses. The book allowed me to be comfortable in the mindset of the unknown, demonstrating how, despite what society might force upon me as a black woman, I as well as my work can be irresolute and dazzling all at once."

Should be an interesting evening. Get Lit! events typically are.

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