While book lovers and other literary types tend to be solitary types, there’s one kind of event that can bring them together to enjoy one another’s company. And that’s a literary festival. At the end of April, the Central Arkansas Library System will present the annual Arkansas Literary Festival, the crowning jewel of the state’s literary scene.
This year, the festival will be held April 25-28, on Library Square in downtown Little Rock.
Over 50 authors and presenters are schedule to make it to Little Rock for the Arkansas Literary Festival. From Pulitzer Prize winners to James Beard Award winners, the author list is packed with can’t-miss literary figures.
A number of special events will be going on during the literary festival. One of the highlights will be the “Author! Author!” welcoming party for all of the presenters. There will be a curated maker’s fair this year on Library Square. Stroll around to see the various happenings and visit local shops during your down time. You can also enjoy “Four Quarter Guitar,” which will feature the musical stylings of Isaac Alexander and Joshua Asante, followed by Bonnie Montgomery and her guitarist.
Of course, the main event is the authors themselves. The festival is highlighting a range of authors, from literary novelists to cookbook authors. There will be illustrated memoirs, like the one from Elizabeth Eckford, a member of the Little Rock Nine, and graphic novels, as well as fiction and nonfiction works.
Here are five of the authors/presenters who we are looking forward to seeing:
Kevin Brockmeier
Brockmeier is a Little Rock resident who is the author of eight books and one upcoming collection of 100 short ghost stories. His most recent book is A Few Second of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of Seventh Grade.
Anita Davis
Davis is an Arkansas native and founder of the ESSE Purse Museum & Store in Little Rock’s SOMA neighborhood. She’s also the author ofWhat’s Inside?: A Century of Women and Handbags, 1900-1999.
Dorie Greenspan
Greenspan is a New York Times Magazine columnist and a five-time James Beard Award winner. She is bringing her cookbook Everyday Dorieto Little Rock this year.
Joe David Rice
The former state tourism director, Joe David Rice is now a fixture at AY Magazine, serving as our travel editor. He’s also the author of Arkansas Backstories, the second volume of which comes out this year.
Esmé Weijun Wang
Named by Granta as one of the “Best of Young American Novelists,” Wang is one to keep your eye on. She’s the author of The Collected Schizophrenias: Essaysand the novel The Border of Paradise.
Check out the Arkansas Literary Festival website for the full list of authors.
READ MORE: Read about last year’s Arkansas Literary Festival!