Stepping outside on a typical Petoskey afternoon in mid-October, you might first notice the crisp autumnal air on the tip of your nose, or the colored leaves drizzling the sidewalks with brightness, or the final attempts of the sun to break through the impending winter sky; but doubtless, whatever it is you notice first, youll know youre in the North. And for the fifth year running, this particularly magical time in the North country has seen an equally magical collaboration of scholars, artists, and churches, along with local retail and hospitality, to produce a month-long program of theatre, music, art, lectures, debates, and even a dedicated series of pub nights. What is it, you might wonder, that brings this remarkable cross-section of events and people together? Well, C.S. Lewis, of course.
The British academic and author is perhaps most famous for creating the Chronicles of Narnia series in the 1950s, and the book Mere Christianity, the best-seller that was adapted from a series of radio talks on the BBC during World War II. C.S. Lewis has captured the attention of Northern Michigan locals and, increasingly, visitors from the Midwest and the wider U.S. and Canada during the annual C.S. Lewis Festival, which drew nearly 4,000 participants to Petoskey last year. With a full slate of events this year focused around the 2005 PBS Documentary The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life, numbers are expected to increase yet again.