Get Lit! Box Office

Most events at the Get Lit! Festival are free and open to the public. The information below shows details for the few events that require a ticket.

To Purchase Tickets

The cost for individual tickets for the following headliners is $15 for the general public, and free to all high school & college students with ID. (Doors open a half hour before.) Tickets will be available through all TicketsWest outlets: in person, via phone at 1-800-325-SEAT or online at

Festival Passes

By purchasing a festival pass, attendees can save up to 10% on the cost of tickets, as compared to buying them individually for each event plus ticket fees. The cost of the festival pass is $40, which will gain admission to the headlining events at the Bing on Friday 4/11, Saturday 4/12, and Sunday 4/13. 

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In Conversation with Anthony Doerr and William T. Vollmann
Bing Crosby Theater
Friday, April 11
7 p.m.
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National Book Award winner William T. Vollmann has written over 20 books of fiction and nonfiction and has traveled across the world to write about everything from the Afghan muhajadin at war with the Soviets to the Bosnian War to the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, among many other stories. His dedication to authenticity in his work, along with his fearless willingness to explore taboo subjects, have earned the respect and adoration of countless readers. Joining him will be Anthony Doerr, author of five books of fiction and nonfiction, including the forthcoming novel All The Light We Cannot See (May 2014), which has been called a "dazzling, epic work of fiction" by fellow author Jess Walter. The novel, set during World War II, explores the lives of a blind French girl and an orphaned German boy, whose paths collide as they try to survive the war. Each author will speak about their work and read selections, with Q&A and book signing to follow.

For more information on William T. Vollmann click here. For Anthony Doerr, click here     

An Evening with Chitra Divakaruni 
with Gregory Spatz
Bing Crosby Theater
Saturday, April 12
7 p.m.
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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author, poet, activist and teacher. Her books have been translated into 29 languages, and her work has appeared in over a hundred magazines and anthologies, including The New Yorker, Atlantic Magazine, and Best American Short Stories. Her 2013 novel, Oleander Girl, has been called a "a superbly well-plotted, charming, yet hard-hitting novel of family, marriage, and class, a veritable Indian Jane Austen novel" (Booklist, starred review) and was an Oprah's Book Club recommendation. Several of her novels and stories have been made into films and plays. She has won an American Book Award and a Light of India award, among many others. Her themes include the Indian experience, contemporary America, women, immigration, history, myth, and the joys and challenges of living in a multi-cultural world.

For more information about Chitra Divakaruni click here

Poetry Headliner: George Bilgere 
with Nance Van Winckel
Bing Crosby Theater
Sunday, April 13
11:30 a.m.
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George Bilgere, author of six collections of poetry, has been called the “cheeky nephew of Billy Collins, brash blunt brother of Tony Hoagland” by fellow poet Mark Halliday. His newest book, Imperial, has been hailed as funny, wry, surprising, fresh, and more, with “the perfect pacing and wicked aplomb of a comic raconteur.” (Elton Glaser)

Bilgere's poetry, while residing firmly in the every-day world of janitors, college students or siblings, is noted for its controlled poignancy and lucid free-verse line. The White Museum was awarded the 2009 Autumn House Poetry Prize. His third book, The Good Kiss (2002), won the University of Akron Poetry Award, judged and selected by Billy Collins. Bilgere has won numerous awards, including the Midland Authors Award, the May Swenson Poetry Award for his collection Haywire (2006), and a Pushcart Prize. He has received grants from the Witter Bynner Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Commission and the Ohio Arts Council.

Dorianne Laux has said that “Bilgere’s poems paint a picture of American life that is equal parts sadness, matter-of-fact-ness, and hilarity.” He is known for captivating audiences and for the rhythmic, colloquial speech of his poems, alive and swirling with the rich images of American life.

His poems have appeared in anthologies and journals including Poetry, Ploughshares, the Kenyon Review, Fulcrum, and the Best American Poetry series.

For more information about George Bilgere, click here.


Free Student Tickets
Students from any regional high school or college get in free to all headlining events when they show a current ID at the event box office. However, space is limited. The Bing Crosby Theater box office will open one hour before each Get Lit! event.

Advance student tickets will be available at the TicketsWest box office at the Spokane Arena (720 W. Mallon) leading up to the festival, but on the day of show, tickets will ONLY be available at the Bing Crosby Theater box office, which will open one hour before start time. Each student can receive one free ticket to each of three ticketed events (April 11, April 12, and April 13) per student ID.


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