Love of literature is focus of festival

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Students from across the region have descended on Youngstown State University for its annual English Festival.

Now in its 36th year, the event brings together about 3,000 middle and high schoolers from 200 schools.

The teens are required to read books on the festival’s book list to attend. Once there, they get the chance to speak with the authors about literature.

This year, more than 10 authors spoke with the students about literature. Among them was CJ Bott, an anti-bullying advocate.

The goal of the festival is to foster a love of literature in the teens.

“This is a celebration. The idea is to really honor books and honor writing and to get kids excited about them. Not just to do them as part of the curriculum but to see their value in learning and in their lives,” said festival spokesperson Gary Salvner.

The English Festival continues Friday at Kilcawley Center on the campus of YSU.

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