2017 arkansas literary festival

Authors Galore

Tickets Available for Lit Fest Meet & Greets

The Central Arkansas Library System's 14th annual Arkansas Literary Festival has two exclusive opportunities for literature lovers to meet Festival presenters. Starting Wednesday, March 15, tickets will be available online for Easier, Faster, Fresher featuring Robyn Stone and for Author! Author! Event details are listed below.

Easier, Faster, Fresher

Date and Time: Thursday, April 27, 3:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15 | Purchase now »
Location: 300 Third Tower, 300 East 3rd St., Little Rock
Try another take on the traditional. Robyn Stone, author of Add a Pinch: Easier, Faster, Fresher Southern Classics, will demonstrate her recipe for strawberry shortcakes in this cooking demonstration. Limited seating.

Author! Author!

Date and Time: Friday, April 28, 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25 in advance, $40 at the door | Purchase now »
Location: Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock
Toast the Festival authors at the fête featuring hors d'oeuvres and libations. Books will be available for purchase during this party geared for adults.

2017 arkansas literary festival

2017 Festival Authors Announced

February 13, 2017

Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award winners, filmmakers, comedians, and artists are among the diverse roster of presenters who will be providing sessions at the 14th annual Arkansas Literary Festival, April 27-30, 2017. The Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) Main Library campus and many other Little Rock venues are the sites for a stimulating mix of sessions, panels, special events, performances, workshops, presentations, book sales, book signings, and opportunities to meet authors. Most events are free and open to the public.

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Fiction & Fact

The Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) has received one of seventeen national grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for Fiction & Fact: A War Dialogue with Veterans, a two-year project to be offered beginning in Fall 2016. The project provides opportunities for veterans to participate in any of four distinct units and reflect on the war and homecoming experiences through facilitated discussions based on different humanities sources: books, art, film, museum exhibits, oral histories, and blogs.

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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.

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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.

Mail Your Donation

Contributions are always welcome in any form. 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.

About Us

The Arkansas Literary Festival is a project of the Central Arkansas Library System. The Festival's mission is to encourage the development of a more literate populace.

A group of dedicated volunteers assists Festival Coordinator Brad Mooy with planning the Festival. Committee chairs include Kevin Brockmeier, Talent Committee; Susan Santa Cruz & Dana Downes, Festival Guides; Amy Bradley-Hole, Moderators; Katherine Stewart, SWAG; Seth Eli Barlow, Author! Author!; and Jennifer White, WITS.

Festival Coordinator: Brad Mooy

Central Arkansas Library System

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