Arkansas Literary Festival Brings Readers to Little Rock


by Lisa Fischer

This is the event that even non-readers have interest in. It’s the yearly Arkansas Literary Festival that draws attendees from all over, including people wanting a glimpse into the lives of their favorite authors and curious types who want to go to free events. (Most are free). The festival says its mission is “to encourage the development of a more literate populace.” It is put on by the Central Arkansas Library System.

Interested in learning more about puff pastry? Then you’re in luck with King Arthur Flour’s head bread baker. You can get baking tips and hear the author, Martin Philip, read from his book, Breaking Bread. Think you’re more inclined to Lego builds and build your own Legos? They have that, too. There will be live performances from the Arkansas Arts Center’s Tell A Tale Troupe and students can learn about fake news with Darcy Pattison’s true, non-political story The Nantucket Sea Monster.

The fun doesn’t stop there. There will be opportunities to adopt animals, hear the tricks to using a duck-caller, and a chance to learn how to write from the author of The Geek’s Guide to the Writing Life. If you want to know where the smart people are chillin’ that weekend, check out the crossword and sudoku puzzle competition.

Check out for specific information regarding the events, the location and if there is any cost. Eat in the River Market, ride the trolley and just people watch. You’ll see parts of our city that you might miss otherwise. This is one of the few events in Central Arkansas that attracts people of all ages, all to encourage reading. That’s a win for Little Rock.

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