Guest blog by the Central Arkansas Library System
Books are calm and quiet—white pages, black type—but on those pages, the words are loud, influential, bold and colorful, encouraging us to dream and daring us to be unapologetic in our pursuit of excellence.
Each year, the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) hosts the Arkansas Literary Festival, an homage to the power of words.
Now in its fifteenth year, the festival has established a reputation for celebrating all things literary, from remarkable works of fiction and fantasy to factual accounts of history-making icons and transformative cultural moments.
April 26-29, more than 70 authors, including Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award winners, filmmakers, and artists, will converge in downtown Little Rock for Arkansas’s premier literary event. Select festival programs include: The Queen of Rockabilly (April 26) with legendary singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist Wanda Jackson; An Evening with Sebastian Junger (April 28), featuring The Perfect Storm author, journalist, documentary filmmaker, and Academy Award nominee; and Classic in Context (April 29), highlighting the life and work of Maya Angelou with a discussion of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and a screening of the film And Still I Rise. There’s also a full lineup of activities for children and teens at CALS Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library & Learning Center and CALS Main Library.
Many of the festival events are free, but the full schedule, including ticketing information, is available here.