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2017 Arkansas Literary Festival

Authors Galore: Tickets Available for Lit Fest Meet & Greets

March 15, 2017

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!

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2017 Arkansas Literary Festival

Award Winners and Noted Authors Lead Roster of Literary Festival Authors

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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National Book Awards Recognize Lit Fest Authors

September 29, 2016

Eight authors who have appeared at the Arkansas Literary Festival have been included in the 2016 National Book Awards longlist. 2016 Lit Fest alums Chris Bachelder (The Throwback Special), Garth Greenwell (What Belongs to You), and Karan Mahajan (The Association of Small Bombs) – along with 2013 Lit Fest author Lydia Millet (Sweet Lamb of Heaven) – have been listed for works of fiction.

Poet and 2016 Lit Fest presenter Kevin Young has been included in the Poetry category for his latest collection, Blue Laws.

And, 2014 Lit Fest authors Representative John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell are among those in consideration for the Young People's Literature Award for March: Book Three.

Congratulations are also due to 2015 Lit Fest author Thomas Pierce (Hall of Small Mammals) who has been selected for the National Book Awards 2016 "5 Under 35" list.

Banned Books Week Writing Contest

Banned Books Week 2016 Writing Contest Winner

October 13, 2016

David Montieth’s story, A Tale Unwoven, won the Banned Books Week 2016 writing contest.

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Banned Books Week Writing Contest

Banned Books Week 2016 Writing Contest

August 22, 2016

The Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) Arkansas Literary Festival will hold a Banned Books Week writing contest based on the classic, A Thousand and One Nights, also known as the Arabian Nights beginning Thursday, September 1. All entries must be received by Monday, September 19. Contest entries will be accepted via mail and e-mail.

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Kevin Young Tabbed as Director of Schomburg Center in New York

August 19, 2016

Award-winning poet and 2016 Lit Fest presenter Kevin Young has been named the next Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library. The Schomburg Center The Schomburg Center is "recognized as one of the leading institutions focusing exclusively on African-American, African Diaspora, and African experiences." More info »

Congratulations, Kevin!

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Rashod Ollison Featured on Arts & Letters

May 12, 2016

On the latest edition of KUAR's Arts & Letters, Rashod Ollison discusses his recently published memoir, Soul Serenade: Rhythm, Blues, & Coming of Age Through Vinyl. A native of Hot Springs, Ollison was a featured speaker at the 2016 Literary Festival. To hear the complete episode, click here »

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2016 Lit Fest Author Wins James Beard Award

May 4, 2016

Toni Tipton-Martin, a featured author at the 2016 Arkansas Literary Festival, has been awarded the 2016 James Beard Award in the category of Reference and Scholarship for her book, The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks.

Congratulations Toni!

2017 Festival Dates

April 24, 2016

The 2017 Arkansas Literary Festival will be held April 27-30, 2017, at the Central Arkansas Library System's Main Library campus and other venues in and around Little Rock.

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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