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the perks of being a wallflower

Banned Books Week Writing Contest

Aspiring young writers, perk up. The Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) Arkansas Literary Festival will celebrate Banned Books Week, September 21-27, by focusing on the bestselling book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Included in the celebration are the Perks Letter Writing Contest for high school students in Pulaski and Perry Counties.

For more information, including rules and guidelines, click here »

the perks of being a wallflower

Perks, Missives, & Lux Melancholia

This collaboration of the Arkansas Literary Festival and Arkansas Sounds will feature a screening of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and a concert by Scoop Slone and the Infinite, Thursday, September 25, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the CALS Ron Robinson Theater. The winner of the Banned Books Perks Letter Writing Contest will also be announced.

Sponsored by the Fred Darragh Jr. Foundation, this event event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here »


Mary Roach at the Literary Festival

Mary Roach has been called "America's funniest science writer" by the Washington Times. Those who saw her at the 2014 Literary Festival might have to agree.

Ms. Roach's appearance was sponsored by ProSmartPrinting.


Thank You for Your Support in 2014

The 2014 Arkansas Literary Festival has come to a close. We'd like to thank the authors and presenters who offered their talent and expertise, the volunteers who gave their time and labor, and the supporters who provided financial support. Most importantly, we thank the people of Central Arkansas and visitors from around the country who attended this year – the Festival would not be possible without your continued support.

Stay tuned as we continue to offer cultural and literary events throughout the year, and soon we'll announce dates for the 2015 Arkansas Literary Festival.