Q: Why Lewis?
A. C. S. Lewis was a twentieth-century British scholar and author whose writings in many genres are still bestsellers today, including the beloved children’s series The Chronicles of Narnia. Local interest in Lewis continues to be fueled by national interest—including major films of The Chronicles of Narnia—and each year collaborators enthusiastically explore ways of engaging with Lewis’s many works in a broad range of genres. Schools and libraries enjoy the opportunity for students to interact with great literature, while performing artists embrace the chance to present a subject of interest to a broad audience—including the annual children’s performance of the Narnia musical, now a local tradition much like The Nutcracker in other communities. Meanwhile, churches and other study groups welcome the discussions raised by Lewis’s religious perspective. All of this draws regional, national and international attention from fans of Lewis, many of whom return annually for festival events.