Petoskey continues to honor an American legend, 56 years after his death.

The 17th Annual C.S. Lewis Festival began Thursday.

Lewis is best known for penning The Chronicles of Narnia series.

But, this festival is about so much more than his famous title.

Film producers, scholars and fans of his work will gather to discuss the author and his relationship with cinema.

“You are going to meet some great people, you are going to learn some things and you’re going to have fun doing it,” said Anne McDevitt, the executive director of the C.S. Lewis Festival. “It’s really fun we’re a great group of people.”

The festival continues with a luncheon Friday at noon at Stafford’s Perry Hotel and a dramatic reading of Lewis’ personal letters at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, there will be a seminar with two scholars who have studied Lewis’ work.

That event is taking place at Bay View’s Evelyn Hall from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.