12th Annual C.S. Lewis Festival – 2014

Stafford’s would like to join the northern Michigan C. S. Lewis Festival in welcoming you to the annual month-long celebration. Events take place beginning October 23 through November 4, 2014 in the Petoskey area on Little Traverse Bay, including music & theater performances, school & library programs, scholarly lectures, community discussion groups, and more.

C. S. Lewis was a British scholar and author best known for his beloved children’s series The Chronicles of Narnia, including The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, considered the most popular children’s book of the twentieth century. He was also an articulate theologian who wrote the celebrated apologetic work Mere Christianity based on a series of BBC radio talks given during World War II, as well as the popular satire The Screwtape Letters. As a tutor at Oxford University and later as Chair of Medieval Studies at Magdalene College, Cambridge, he published various works of literary criticism that remain standard reading today.

Lewis’s lectures and writings touched the lives of millions during World War II and the decades that followed. One of those people was the American poet Joy Gresham, whom Lewis eventually married late in life. Their love story is chronicled in the 1993 motion picture Shadowlands starring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger. Lewis’s friends and colleagues in the university setting of Oxford included J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings, who finished that epic work largely due to Lewis’s affirmation of its worthiness.

2014 Events:

Book Discussion: The Great Divorce, by C.S. Lewis
Thursday, October 23, 6:30 p.m.
McLean and Eakin Booksellers

Luncheon with Emmy Award winning filmmakers Chip Duncan and David Crouse.
Friday, October 24, 12:00 p.m.
Stafford’s Bay View Inn, $25
Seating is limited. Reserve your seat today at cslewisfestival.org

Manthei Speaker Series – A Quest For Meaning: Myth, Imagination & Faith in the Lives and Literature of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien
Friday, October 24, 7:30 p.m.
Petoskey Middle School Auditorium

Saturday Seminar – A Quest For Meaning: Myth, Imagination & Faith in the Lives and Literature of C.S. Lewis
and J.R.R. Tolkien
Saturday, October 25, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
North Central Michigan College – Library Conference Center

Downtown Petoskey Trick or Treating with Narnia Activities
Saturday, October 25, 10 am

Narnia: The Musical, A theatrical performance for all ages.
Saturday, October 25, 7 pm & Sunday, October 26, 2 pm
John M. Hall Auditorium, Bay ViewSermon Series                        

Sunday, October 26, 8:45 and 11 am
Petoskey United Methodist Church, www.petoskeyumc.org

Just an Inkling – Pub Nights
Monday, October  27, November 3 and 10, 7 pm
Beard’s Brewery

Weekly pub nights at the Perry Hotel featuring readings, discussions and light-hearted debates of works by C. S. Lewis and friends. The Inklings by Humphrey Carpenter will be discussed.

Petoskey Film Theatre – The Voyage of The Dawn Treader
Wednesday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Carnegie Building, 231-758-3100

THE VOYAGE: C.S. Lewis, the “Dawn Treader” and the Moral Imagination
Thursday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Carnegie Building

Narnia Book Club with Art too!
Thursdays, November 6, 13 and 20, 3:25 to 5 pm
Petoskey Middle School Cafeteria

C. S. Lewis Writer’s Workshop
Monday, November 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Petoskey Middle School

Featuring area fifth grade writers reading their compositions and reflections on Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. All are welcome! A Must see!

C.S. Lewis Festival, Post Office Box 2026, Petoskey, MI 49770