In 2019, the Fest has added more music, a makers alley, tracks for ease of digesting the program, a new official bookseller – WordsWorth Books (with a pop-up bookstore the two Saturdays before the Fest), new venues (Allsopp & Chapple Restaurant + Bar, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, and UA Little Rock Downtown), a mindfulness panel, a book club panel, a couple other mash-up sessions, the Lit Feast promotion, and additional sponsors.
We’ve scheduled most of the sessions at Library Square to make things more convenient, and provided some new bounce to the children’s events at Main with a read-a-thon, an interactive demonstration, games, book giveaways, and a costume contest. We’ve moved the popular teen poetry competition to Nexus Nook, and added more activities to the programming at the Children’s Library.
Once again, the Fest will feature outstanding authors…at last count they hail from 20 states, one district, and four other countries. Their awards and honors are stellar. In addition to being featured in sessions, panels and workshops, many are making the trek to area schools through the exceptional WITS program. This marks the fourth year for Classic in Context, with One Hundred Years of Solitude as this year’s selection. Please make sure to vote on what you’d like in 2020. Author! Author!, Little Readers Rock (with the Junior League) and the Equinox launch are back, as is the delicious pie contest. And, after last year’s roaring success, we’ve scheduled another gritty, late night concert. Beyond Library Square, you’ll find additional Fest events at some great offsite venues: Christ Episcopal Church, Stickyz, Eggshells, and The Root Café.
The Fest’s sponsors and volunteers truly mean so much to the event. Please thank them for supporting this worthwhile and wonderfully entertaining Fest.
Jama Best, Bryan Borland, Amy Bradley-Hole, Phyllis Britton, Kevin Brockmeier, Guy Choate, Jeff Condran, Amanda Copley, Anita Davis, Jan Emberton, Kirsten Fruchey, Madelyn Ganos, Lindsey Gray, Garbo Hearne, Phillip Huddleston, Larnie Hughes, Stacy Hurst, Whitney Hu, Betsy Johnson, Dana Kaye, Michelle Bailey Keahey, J.P. Langston, Stephanie Maxwell, Gary Miller, Beth Nelsen, Bob Razer, Marci B. Robertson, Stacy Sells, Kevin Stanbery, Elizabeth Stanley, Laura Stanley, Mia Stark, Ragan Sutterfield, Jessica Szenher, Denise Turlier, Nathan Vandiver, Greg Wagnon, Brittany Wheeler, Jennifer White, Mick Wiggins, Jeff Williams, Mary Remmel Wohlleb, Erin Wood, Melissa Woods