Fairy tales are universal... even the stories that Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published in the 19th century have ancient roots. Little Red Riding Hood, for example, has counterparts in Africa and Asia, as well as Europe. There is an Iranian Sleeping Beauty. In our own time, fairy tales have been adapted and retold by feminist authors like Angela Carter and the poet Anne Sexton, as well as by authors such as Helen Oyeyemi, interested in exploring the ways in which race and gender are coded and represented in these enduring tales.
The Deep Water Literary Fest 2019 will present a fairy tale extravaganza, based on the stories collected by the Brothers Grimm, and 20th century interpretations. As with 2018 the festival will utilize multiple spaces around Narrowsburg, including buildings not typically associated with the arts. The readings will be augmented by artists, dancers, musicians, and actors.
By tapping into the talents of both local artists and authors as well as national figures, the Deep Water Literary Fest supports the community while also elevating the arts in a small river town. In 2017 the Deep Water Literary Fest was able to attract major figures of arts and letters, such as journalist Masha Gessen, actor Mark Ruffalo, and Booker Prize winner Marlon James as well as working closely with local artists, such as Morgan Puett, Thomas Bosket, and regional theater company NACL, to create a blueprint for future festivals.