Four members of the APRIL Festival staff. Click the photo to read my 2013 Genius Awards profile of the organization.
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  • Four members of the APRIL Festival staff. Click the photo to read my 2013 Genius Awards profile of the organization.

The APRIL Festival, Seattle's excellent independent literary festival, just announced their 2015 lineup, and it looks very promising. This year's writer-in-residence is Shya Scanlon, author of the upcoming Seattle-set novel The Guild of St. Cooper. He'll be joined by almost thirty authors and artists from Seattle and elsewhere, including Emily Kendall Frey, Sarah Galvin, Rebecca Brown, Wendy Xu, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, and drag queen Princess Charming.

There's a lot to be excited about in this year's lineup—moreso than last year's festival, even—including a reading with a Twin Peaks-themed cover band; Stranger Genius of literature Rebecca Brown performing a séance to summon the spirit of Alice B. Toklas; happy hour readings curated by local literary magazines Spartan and Poetry Northwest; a huge festival-ending book fair at the Hugo House; a breakfast reading; and the now-traditional APRIL event pitting a poet, a playwright, a novelist, and a drag queen against each other in a storytelling competition.

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Find the full schedule after the jump:

Tuesday, March 24

APRIL 2015 OPENING PARTY
Barboza, doors 7:30pm, reading at 8pm
Readings from Shya Scanlon, Emily Kendall Frey and Sarah Galvin.

Wednesday, March 25

APRIL HAPPY HOUR
Vermillion, 5:30pm
Hosted and curated by Poetry Northwest.

SÉANCE
Sorrento Hotel, doors 7:30pm, reading 8pm
Summoning the spirit of Alice B Toklas with Rebecca Brown, Joshua Beckman and musical accompaniment.

Thursday, March 26

APRIL HAPPY HOUR
Vermillion, 5:30pm
Hosted and curated by Spartan, featuring readings from Ann Teplick, Donna Miscolta, Erik Evenson, Jenny Hayes and Q. Lindsey Barrett. Spartan Issue 2 will be released at the event.

APRIL + VIGNETTES OFFSITE
Private location, RSVP available March 1. 7pm doors, Xu reads at 8:30, free
A night of visual art inspired by Wendy Xu’s You Are Not Dead (Cleveland State University Poetry Center).

Friday, March 27

A POET, A PLAYWRIGHT, A NOVELIST AND A DRAG QUEEN
co-presented with Washington Ensemble Theatre
Northwest Film Forum, 7:30pm doors, performance at 8, $7 in advance, $10 at the door
The third annual competitive storytelling event. With Robert Lashley, Elizabeth Heffron, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore and Princess Charming.

Saturday, March 28

APRIL CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
Location TBA, 1pm, free
Refreshments will be provided
Start (if you wake up late) your Saturday with readings from Mike Young, Hajara Quinn, Elissa Washuta and Michelle Penaloza.

A DAMN FINE READING! AND HOT!
Hugo House, 7:30 pm doors, reading at 8, $5 cash at the door
Celebrate the launch of APRIL Writer-in-Residence Shya Scanlon’s new book, The Guild of St. Cooper. Featuring readings from Matthew Simmons and Mary Miller, and music from David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks.”

Sunday, March 29

APRIL BOOK EXPO
Hugo House, 11 am – 5 pm, free
Our annual book fair, featuring more than 40 small presses from around the country.