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Alan Jacobs

Wheaton College

ALAN JACOBS is the Clyde S. Kilby Professor of English at Wheaton College in Illinois. His most recent books are The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Wayfaring: Essays Pleasant and Unpleasant (Eerdmans, 2010). He is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and has been teaching at Wheaton College since 1984. He serves as parish Catechist at All Souls’ Anglican Church in Wheaton. He and his wife Teri have been married for thirty years and have one son, Wesley, who is a freshman at Wheaton.
His keynote is titled “Distinguo!”

David Downing

Elizabethtown College

DAVID DOWNING is the R. W. Schlosser Professor of English at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, where he teaches creative and professional writing. Downing is the author of four award-winning books on C.S. Lewis: Planets in Peril (1992), The Most Reluctant Convert (2002), Into the Region of Awe: Mysticism in C.S. Lewis (2005) and Into the Wardrobe (2005). Downing recently published a historical novel about C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, Looking for the King: An Inklings Novel ( He is a regular blogger at and an editorial consultant on Lewis for Cambridge University Press, Blackwells Books, and a half dozen other university presses and scholarly journals.

Ron Reed

Playwright and founder of the Pacific Theatre in 1984.

RON REED is the Artistic Director of Pacific Theatre in Vancouver, Canada, which he founded in 1984 after graduating with an MFA in acting from the California Institute of the Arts. Ron has written twenty plays which have had over fifty productions in Canada and the United States. Nominated five times for Vancouver's Jessie Richardson Award as an actor (Cotton Patch Gospel, God's Man in Texas, Shadowlands, A Man For All Seasons, Mourning Dove), he has also been nominated for Canada's Siminovitch Prize in Theatre and the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Perfoming Arts. Of special interest to Lewis & Friends is his play A Bright Particular Star about Lilia MacDonald, which received very favorable reviews. Ron lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with his wife Carole and (from time to time) their two daughters, Thea and Katie, and writes about film on his Soul Food Movies blog.