The annual C. S. Lewis Festival is a month-long exploration of the life and works of C.S. Lewis held in Petoskey, MI. While Lewis is best known as the author of The Chronicles of Narnia, he was also a leading theological scholar whose works included Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters.
In an article from the Northern Express, Festival co-founder and Board of Directors President, David Crouse remembers the inception of the festival in 2002: “At the first planning meeting for the Festival, there were all these people who attended, far more than I ever imagined, and they represented this fascinating convergence of the arts, faith, and educational community of Northern Michigan. Nearly all of them had a close, intimate knowledge of Lewis’s work. All of this interest in a small community of 6,000.”
The festival is held over the next four weekends. It kicks off this weekend (Oct 26-28) with Dr. Jerry Root, Wheaton professor and Dr. Christopher Mitchell, of The Wade Center presenting The Question of God: C. S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life, for which there is also a PBS special.Other highlights include Narnia: The Musical, a gallery reception of Michael Morris’ Narnia inspired artwork, English Dinner & Theatre An Evening with Lewis featuring acclaimed English actor David Payne, a C.S. Lewis Juried Fine Art Exhibition & Reception, CS Lewis Writing Workshops and a host of panel presentations, lectures and other events – click for the full schedule!