Events

Literary Love on Orcas Island

My Body, My Voice 2019 panel w/authors Anna Quinn, Keetje Kuipers, Finn Menzies, Natalie Singer

My Body, My Voice 2019 panel w/authors Anna Quinn, Keetje Kuipers, Finn Menzies, Natalie Singer

One of our missions at the Outlook Inn is to support the arts on Orcas Island and help kids thrive in schools and out of schools. As part of that mission, we are the proud founding sponsors of the Orcas Island Lit Fest, which held its first literary festival for kids and adults in 2018, featuring Pulitzer Prize winning authors Adam Johnson and Gilbert King, as well as NY Times bestselling authors Jami Attenberg and Robin Sloan (Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore), award-winning actress Miranda Otto (Lord of The Rings, Homeland) and dozens of other emerging voices, and regional poets. The festival takes place every year in April and held its second festival this weekend to much praise. This year the NY Times bestselling author Therese Mailhot moved audiences, along with Judith Thurman, Matt Johnson and Eric Puchner.

Hope you get to experience this one-of-a-kind event on our beautiful island. If you do, remember to ask for the OILF room discount and book ahead—Outlook Inn has sold out every year.

Local authors Jonathan White + Thor Hanson featured

Local authors Jonathan White + Thor Hanson featured

THE ORCAS ISLAND LIT FEST MISSION

The Orcas Island Lit Fest (OILF) is an annual celebration of literature and community held in an inspiringly beautiful place. With the San Juan Islands as its backdrop, the festival brings together renowned authors and avid readers, visitors and locals, for three days of panels, readings and events that highlight the vibrant literary culture of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. From Pulitzer Prize winners to gifted new voices, featured artists from across the country represent the finest in contemporary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting and more. The Orcas Island Lit Fest is your opportunity to engage with world-class writers and their work in an intimate, inclusive setting that welcomes everyone who loves books.

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