Symposium To Celebrate 1st Novel Authors


Among past winners of the James Jones First Novel prize speaking at the November symposium will be, from left, authors Louise Wareham, Mary Kay Zuravleff, Stephen Policoff and Robin Oliveira.

Symposium to celebrate 1st Novel authors

The lives of 24 writers have been changed after receiving the James Jones First Novel Prize in the past 24 years. Make plans now to attend the 2015 James Jones Literary Society Symposium to hear some of their stories while celebrating the legacy of James Jones.

The symposium will be held Thursday to Saturday, Nov. 5-7, on the Wilkes University campus, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Rooms at a group rate have been reserved at Genetti’s Hotel and Conference Center for members of the JJLS. Contact the hotel at 1-800-833-6152 to make reservations.  The reservations are held under “James Jones Literary Society.”  To register for symposium contact Joyce Anzalone at 570-408-4547 or

Program will be posted soon.  

Thursday, Nov. 5

5-7 p.m. opening reception in the hotel bar. Drinks and appetizers hosted by the Wilkes University Creative Writing Program.

7-9 p.m. Private screening (tentative) of From Here to Eternity: The Musical at the R/C Movies complex two blocks from the hotel. The stage production was recorded live in London with the cast of 33 accompanied by a 15-piece orchestra.

Friday, Nov. 6

■ 9 a.m. to noon, JJLS Board meeting, Miller meeting room, Henry Student Center, Wilkes University.

■ 1:30 to 5 p.m. Panels and writing workshops planned.

*Panels will include a discussion and book signings with past winners of the

James Jones First Novel Prize

■ 6-9 p.m. Banquet and readings by 2014 and 2015 James Jones First Novel winners in the ballroom, Henry Student Center, Wilkes University.

Saturday, Nov. 7

■ 9 a.m. to noon JJLS Board meeting.


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