Literary fiction lovers from across the states will converge on Salida Sept. 27-29 to honor one of the country’s most celebrated hometown writers, Kent Haruf.

The event, hosted at the Salida SteamPlant Event Center, was established by Cathy Haruf, the late author’s wife, who wishes to honor Haruf’s enduring legacy in literature and the man himself.

The Kent Haruf Literary Celebration is limited to 200 attendees, and the cost is $150 per person. All proceeds go to the Kent Haruf Memorial Writing Scholarship.

Presenters include Mark Spragg, author of “Where Rivers Change Direction”; Sue Hodson, curator of literary collections for The Huntington Library, where all of Haruf’s literary papers are kept; Peter Brown, photographer who collaborated with Haruf on the photo/prose book “West of Last Chance”; Gregg Schwipps, English professor at DePauw University, and former student of Haruf’s; Haruf’s daughter, Sorel and Carol Samson, director and playwright who will direct a theatrical presentation of “The Tie That Binds.”

Learn more on YouTube. 

For more information, please contact Cathy Haruf, PO Box 1580, Salida, CO 81201, 719-221-0691, or by email at

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