Award Winners and Noted Authors Lead Roster of Literary Festival Authors

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.

The Arkansas Literary Festival, the premier gathering of readers and writers in Arkansas, includes more than 70 presenters who have achieved national and international acclaim. Panels and sessions are facilitated by authors and illustrators from across the country and cover genres and topics such as nature, crime, science fiction, classic literature, southern culture, social commentary, physics, and religion.

Many of the presenters have worked for highly-regarded institutions such as CBS News, Yale University, and the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Two of the featured authors have also had their works adapted for television: Natalie Baszile's Queen Sugar and Therese Anne Fowler's Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald.

Special events for adults include Author! Author!, a cocktail reception with the authors, on Friday, April 28, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $40 at the door, and go on sale at beginning March 15.

The Festival is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Junior League of Little Rock/Little Readers Rock for the events at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library and Learning Center, 4800 W. 10th Street. Festival sessions for children will also take place in the Youth Services Department at the Main Library, 100 Rock Street.

In addition to programming at CALS locations, the Festival will also provide presentations by several authors for Pulaski county elementary, middle, and senior high schools, and area colleges through the Writers in the Schools (WITS) initiative.

This year's Festival authors have won an impressive number and variety of distinguished awards and fellowships such as the Pulitzer Prize, the Coretta Scott King Honor, the NAACP Image Award, the O. Henry Prize, the Peabody Award, the Emmy Award, the Jane Addams Peace Honor, the Sankae Award of Japan, the Nebula Award, the Sturgeon Award, the Tiptree Award, the Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers, the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, the International Latino Book Award, the Mississippi Author Award for Fiction, the California Book Award, and the Spur Award from Western Writers of America.

The work of this year's Festival authors has been featured in notable publications including:

Support for the Literary Festival is provided by sponsors including the Arkansas Humanities Council; Friends of Central Arkansas Library System (FOCAL); Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau; Arkansas Democrat Gazette; the Department of Arkansas Heritage; Fred K. Darragh Jr. Foundation; KUAR FM 89.1; ProSmart; Capital Hotel; Christ Episcopal Church; Clinton Presidential Center; MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History; Oxford American; University of Arkansas at Little Rock Department of English; Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP; Arkansas Times; Esse Purse Museum; Gibbs Magnet Elementary School; Hampton Inn Downtown; Jewish Federation of Arkansas; Rockefeller Elementary; Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center; University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service; Museum of Discovery; City of Little Rock; Consulate General of Israel to the Southwest; Henderson State University; Hendrix College Project Pericles Program; Historic Arkansas Museum; Kent Walker Artisan Cheese; Literacy Action of Central Arkansas; Mayor Mark Stodola; Mollie Savage Memorial/CALS; Parkview Arts & Science Magnet High School; Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing/Hearne Fine Art; Rebel Kettle Brewing Company; The Root Café; Sibling Rivalry Press; Dogtown Poetry on Demand; Romito, Inc.; Bob Razer; Bill Spivey; and Mick Wiggins. The Arkansas Literary Festival is supported in part by funds from the Arkansas Arts Council, the Arkansas Humanities Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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.

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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