2016 Schedule of Events

Author! Author!

Toast the Festival authors at this fete featuring hors d'oeuvres and libations. Books will be available for purchase during this party geared for adults. Tickets are $25 in advance and $40 at the door. Beginning March 15, order online here at arkansasliteraryfestival.org.
Main Library
Friday, April 15
7:00 p.m.

Poetry Powerhouses

Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo and National Book Award finalist Kevin Young combine for a poetry lover's must-see panel. Pardlo is sponsored by Christ Episcopal Church. Young is sponsored by Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language.
Christ Episcopal Church
Saturday, April 16
1:00 p.m.

Twilight at the Mansion

Tour the gardens at the Governor's Mansion, enjoy wine and cheese in the Grand Hall, and meet and greet Tim Wilhite, senior editor for The New Southern Living Garden Book. Tickets are $25. More information including how to purchase tickets is available at www.lrgardenclubs.wordpress.com. Sponsored by the Greater Little Rock Council of Garden Clubs.
Arkansas Governor's Mansion
Thursday, April 14
5:00 p.m.

15-Minute Escape

"Locked" in a room, participants must work together to find clues, solve puzzles, and find the final "escape" within 15 minutes. Escape rooms are not scary, but this one produced by Central Arkansas Escape Rooms will leave you with a burn in your brain and a thrill in your heart.

Main Library
Friday, April 15
noon–5:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 16
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

A Readers' Map of Arkansas Launch Party

This year marks the release of the state's new literary map, featuring the names and a representative title of more than 450 authors with a significant connection to Arkansas. Attend the official unveiling and be one of the first to see and own the frameable poster. Hear from the map's creators and from featured authors who will read favorite passages from Arkansas literature. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the Department of Arkansas Heritage.
Oxford American Annex
1300 Main St.
Tuesday, April 12
6:30 p.m.

How the Camel Got His Hump

In this charming Just So story by Rudyard Kipling, the lazy Camel, who has not yet "earned” his hump, lives in the Howling Desert and will do no work. The Horse, the Dog, and the Ox plead with him to do his part, but the "‘scruciatingly” idle Camel just says "Humph!” Finally, when the Djinn of all the Deserts rolls in on a cloud of magic dust, the Camel gets his just comeuppance and everyone learns a valuable lesson about hard work and cooperation.
Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center
Saturday, April 16
10:00 a.m.

Master Thriller

Gregg Hurwitz's thriller Orphan X is "an order-of-magnitude leap into stardom," according to David Baldacci. Internationally bestselling author Hurwitz is writing the screenplay adaptation of his new book for Warner Bros. and Bradley Cooper. He is the writer and co-producer of Naomi Watts' new film and Keanu Reeves' new television series. Hurwitz also excels at writing bestselling comic books for Marvel (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Penguin) and has even gone undercover into mind-control cults. Don't miss this one. Sponsored by Friends of Central Arkansas Libraries (FOCAL).
Ron Robinson Theater
Sunday, April 17
3:00 p.m.

Classic in Context: Anna Karenina

Go beyond the page with the Festival's exploration of the book chosen the #1 classic, according to The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books. Russian language and literature expert Nadja Berkovich provides wise insight that helps enrich the experience of the famed novel. After the session, stay and watch a film version of Tolstoy's story and vote on what you'd like to see in 2017.
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
Sunday, April 17
4:30 p.m.


We couldn't present so many great authors every year, most of them appearing free to the public, without the sustained effort and support of people like you. All forms of support are welcome and truly appreciated.


Volunteers are necessary to help with pre-festival marketing and planning, as well as festival coordination and operations management. If you'd like to volunteer your time and skill, please contact Angela Delaney, CALS Volunteer Coordinator, by email or by phone at 918-3095.

Make a Financial Donation

Financial contributions are always welcome. If you would like to send a check with your donation, please mail it to:

Arkansas Literary Festival
100 Rock St.
Little Rock, AR 72201

You may also make a secure online donation here (be sure to designate your gift for the Arkansas Literary Festival). This form is hosted on the Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) primary website; the Arkansas Literary Festival is a project of CALS.


Behind the Scenes

Festival Coordinator: Brad Mooy
Talent Chair: Kevin Brockmeier
Moderator Chair: Amy Bradley-Hole
Festival Guides Chair: Susan Santa Cruz
Hospitality: Literacy Action of Central Arkansas

Central Arkansas Library System

The Arkansas Literary Festival is a program of the Central Arkansas Library System
100 Rock St.   Little Rock, AR   72201