CALS Announces New Dates for 2020 Six Bridges Book Festival

CALS presents a stellar line-up for the seventeenth annual celebration of the written word

Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) seventeenth annual Six Bridges Book Festival has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 8, through Sunday, October 11, 2020. The event will still include popular events such as Author! Author!, Little Readers Rock (in partnership with the Junior League of Little Rock), and the teen poetry competition. CALS Speaker Series author Tim O’Brien and award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson, who was selected through the Festival’s first ever Book Club Campaign, are among the renowned roster of presenters. The full list of authors is available at

“We want to thank everyone for their patience as we’ve been busy adjusting and rebuilding in order to provide the memorable and exciting event Arkansas deserves,” said Brad Mooy, Six Bridges Book Festival Coordinator. “We’re pleased that so many of the authors have been able to make the transition to the fall. Of course, there have been some changes along the way, and we’ll likely have a few more, but we remain optimistic and look forward to the October communion.”

The following presenters are confirmed for October:

Camille Acker
Lyssa Kay Adams
Katherine Alford
Amir Ahmadi Arian
Afia Atakora
Mark Barr
Kay Barrett
Jeffrey Blount
Charlie Bolton
Anthony Bozza
Geoff Brock
Kevin Brockmeier
Casey Cep
Ernesto Cisneros
Jeff Condran
Cassandra King Conroy
Mayra Cuevas
William C. Davis
Jaquira Diaz
Virginia Walden Ford
Angela Garbacz
Kathy Gunst
Rob Hart
Lisa Howorth
Ty Jaeger
Stacey Jones
Daniel Kraus
Amanda Leduc
Alan Leeds
Hilary Leichter
Linsey Miller
Andrew Milson
Jerry Mitchell
Toby Muse
GennaRose Nethercott
Tim O’Brien
Patrick Oliver
Amy Peterson
Dan Piepenbring
Emily Roberson
Kat Robinson
Mark Saviers
Stephanie Storey
R. Eric Thomas
Bonnie Tsui
Padma Viswanathan
Megan Volpert
Alia Volz
Barry Wolverton
Jacqueline Woodson
Susan Zurenda

Confirmed programs include Writers in the Schools (WITS), Author! Author!, Little Readers Rock, the Teen Poetry Competition, Equinox Launch Party, Classics in Context, Let Them Eat Pie, and cooking workshops with Angela Garbacz (Perfectly Golden) and Katherine Alford and Kathy Gunst (Rage Baking).

Additional events include a book talk with Jennifer O’Brien (The Hospice Doctor’s Widow: A Journal) that will be held on September 17 and an Evening with Matteo Lane scheduled for November 20.

For more information about the 2020 Six Bridges Book Festival, contact Brad Mooy at To volunteer at the Festival, contact Polly Deems at

About the Six Bridges Book Festival

The Six Bridges Book Festival, a project of the Central Arkansas Library System, is sponsored in part by the Arkansas Humanities Council. A group of dedicated volunteers assists Festival Coordinator Brad Mooy with planning the Festival: Eliza Borne, Amy Bradley-Hole, Kevin Brockmeier, Guy Choate, Tom DeBlack, Polly Deems, Rettina Hill, Garbo Hearne, Michelle Bailey Keahey, Frederick McKindra, Brad Minnick, Katherine O’Brien, Susan Santa Cruz, Gael Sammartino, Mary Gay Shipley, Dorian Stuber, Betsy Johnson, Ginger Young, Marlena West, Nicole Smith, and Jennifer White.

Visit for special event tickets and the full schedule of events. For more information about the 2020 Six Bridges Book Festival, contact Brad Mooy at To volunteer at the Festival, contact Polly Deems at