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.

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.

One of the featured authors this year is none other than “The Truffle Kingpin of New York City”, Ian Purkayastha. Ian Purkayastha is the author of Truffle Boy: My Unexpected Journey Through the Exotic Food Underground and the creator and owner of Regalis Foods. He lives in New York City and works with more than 300 of North America’s finest chefs.

Ian is the don of these culinary delicacies, with eleven years in the “truffle dealing” business, selling his prized finds to 90% of the fine dining restaurants in New York. Watch this video to learn more about his art and passion of finding, handling, and delivering the perfect truffles to only those places that make magic.


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