Frank X Walker Literary Festival to include community events

Published 9:28 am Saturday, October 22, 2022


The Danville Independent School District announced two Frank X Walker Literary Festival events during the Festival week, Oct. 24-28, that are free and open to the public. The Frank X Walker Literary Festival is an annual event celebrating authors and artists of color.

On Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Reading Room of the Boyle County Public Library, the Festival presents “Comics to Movies: An Exploration with Frank X Walker.” Walker will talk about his collection currently on exhibit in the library, and the upcoming Black Panther movie, “Wakanda Forever,” which opens on Nov. 11. He will be speaking specifically how the comic-book-turned-movies have shaped conversations about art, culture, science, fiction, representation, justice, fashion, comics, creativity and so much more.

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On Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Gravely Hall Performing Arts Center, there will be a Community Poetry Reading featuring Professor Walker and the winners of the Frank X Walker Literary Festival Student Poetry Contest. The event will be hosted by Danville Independent School District School Success and Equity Officer George Baker.

The festival will kick off Monday with the announcement of the winners of the Frank X Walker Literary Festival Student Poetry Contest. Other school-based events include readings and talks by community members and Danville Schools alumni, a middle and high school poetry reading by Walker, guided tours by the Norton Center for the Arts of the exhibit “We Were Here,” and a hip hop dance demonstration for middle school students.