Kerouac fans, your chance to hang out in Jack's beautiful hometown of Lowell, MA, and experience a tour of our favorite author's bars, poetry readings at Jack's gravesite, music by David Amram, and a host of other happening events is fast approaching (October 6-10). If you don't yet have reservations at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, their phone number is 800-321-2211. Mention Lowell Celebrates Kerouac. It might be too late, in which case you can still get a room somewhere nearby. Last year we stayed in Chelmsford, and it was a quick drive into Lowell. This year we scored a room at the aforementioned establishment, which we stayed in three years ago. It's a great place in a perfect location.
Click here for the LCK 2011 schedule.
Here's your extra incentive for attending this year. If you come up to me during the weekend and whisper "Rumpelstiltskin," I'll give you a free copy of my book, The Beat Handbook: 100 Days of Kerouactions.
We'll also be reading from Book of Sketches at Jack's grave (videography and subsequent YouTube posting included), drinking some 16-year-old Bushmills, and leaving a copy of the book there, so that's one other chance you have to score a free copy (signed, of course). If you're there when we're there, we'll put you in the video (click here for proof from 2009).
If you're a Kerouac fan, you'll be there. Period. No car? Hitchhike. No money? Don't need any - events are free. No lodging? Sleep under a tree. No food? Dumpster dive.
A real beat would not let anything get in the way of attending Lowell Celebrates Kerouac.
See you in Lowell.