English teachers are collecting items for baskets to be silently auctioned as part of the Save the Date: “Write You Are” Trivia night on Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. at the Webster Groves Masonic Hall.
The proceeds from this event will help fund the winter All Write Festival, which is a week-long celebration featuring local authors and students’ written work. It will begin Feb. 24, 2016.
“Right now we are focusing on Jonathan Franzen, the silent auction item collection and the Brian Selznick fundraiser, and then after these events we will start booking authors,” English teacher Rita Chapman said.
Franzen, Pulitzer prize winner and WGHS alumnus, will speak to seventh hour classes on Sept. 17, in the auditorium.
“Johnathan Franzen is a Webster graduate and a celebrated author, award winning New York Times Best Selling Author, so we are excited about that,” English teacher Katie Guymon said.
Franzen will also sell and autograph his new book “Purity” the same day at 7 p.m. at the Best Bank Books store. Admission is $35, and it includes a copy of the book.
“An Evening with Brian Selznick” will occur in the auditorium on Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m. Selznick will talk about his newest book, “The Marvels.” This event is sponsored by the Novel Neighbor, and some proceeds will go to the WGHS All Write.
“We are building on our successes from last year, by expanding the days of the festival and getting new writers,” English teacher Steve Leftridge said.