The conversation dovetails with Moody’s latest collection of music-inspired essays, “On Celestial Music: And Other Adventures in Listening.”
Other festival highlights include a poetry performance by Anne Waldman, co-founder of the Jack Kerouac writing school at Naropa University; performances, readings and film screenings by Kerouac contemporary David Amram, a composer and conductor; and a talk by Methuen author Jay Atkinson, who retraced Kerouac’s legendary “On the Road” journey and chronicled it in “Paradise Road.”
Festival-goers might also relish a chance to get out of the lecture hall and hit the pavement just as Kerouac himself did, with an “Off the Road” tour of pubs visited by Kerouac in his days in Lowell and guided tours by foot and by bus of notable Kerouac sites. Millner says people often forget that Kerouac wrote continually about the city of Lowell, talking in his works about the factories and the Merrimack River.
“It’s easy to move around Lowell, and stop, read a passage from Kerouac and watch the whole city sort of transform,” he says.
Staff writer Katie Lovett contributed to this report.
IF YOU GO
What: Jack Kerouac Literary Festival and “Beat Generation”
Where: UMass Lowell campus, Merrimack Reperatory Theatre and venues throughout Lowell
When: Today through Sunday
Cost: Most events are free; tickets for “Beat Generation” start at $40
Learn more: lowellcelebrateskerouac.org, MRT.org, 978-654-4678
Tonight at 8 p.m.
Saturday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.