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2018 Festival Schedule Announced

The Arkansas LiteraryFestival offers a mix of sessions, panels, special events, performances, workshops, book signings, and opportunities to meet authors. More than 70 authors, essayists, and illustrators—who have achieved national and international acclaim—represent an array of genres and will discuss topics such as science fiction, fantasy, crime, southern life, social commentary, science, women’s history, young adult and children's books. View the schedule now »

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Tickets On Sale Now!

A concert with the Queen of Rockabilly, a celebration of Maya Angelou, an evening with a world-renowned author, a tribute to a rock legend, an afternoon of artisanal baking – reserve your ticket to attend one or all of these now!

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Author Spotlight: Bryan Mealer

Grapes of Wrath meets Boogie Nights, in an interview with John Williams of the New York Times, that's how Bryan Mealer describes his new book The Kings of Big Spring, which chronicles his family history of faith and fortune. Learn more »

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2018 Festival Roster Announced

Notable authors, including Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award winners, filmmakers, singers, and artists are among the diverse roster of presenters who will be providing sessions at the Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) fifteenth annual Arkansas Literary Festival, April 26-29, 2018. More information »

Fiction & Fact

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has received one of seventeen national grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for Fiction & Fact: A War Dialogue with Veterans. 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.

In the spring of 2018, participating veterans will be discussing two war memoirs: Tobias Wolff's In Pharoah's Army: Memories of the Lost War and Brian Turner's My Life as a Foreign Country. Participants will also be invited to a special session with a guest author at this year's Lit Fest.

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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 Chris Beaumont, CALS Volunteer Coordinator, by email or by phone at 918-3085.

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 Susan Santa Cruz, Cathy Spivey, and Melissa Woods, Festival Guides; Amy Bradley-Hole, Moderators; and Jennifer White, WITS.

Festival Coordinator: Brad Mooy