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Arkansas Literary Festival: Roman Muradov

The sixteenth annual Arkansas Literary Festival will take place April 25-28, 2019.

Artist Roman Muradov Finds the Secret of the Creative Process in On Doing Nothing

The title of Roman Muradov’s latest book, On Doing Nothing: Finding Inspiration in Idleness, might suggest that this 96-page book will be a whimsical ode to downtime on the couch,

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Arkansas Literary Festival: Dorie Greenspan

Award-winning Cookbook Author Creates Community through Cooking

From talking to Dorie Greenspan, you would never know she is one of the most celebrated and awarded cookbook authors in America. Her writing is as good as her recipes, but she is disarmingly down-to earth about her talents.

“I’ve had no formal training as a writer and never expected that I’d ever become one,” Greenspan says.

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Podcast: Rex & Paul Review the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame Awards

This time on Chewing the Fat, Rex and Paul chew the fat on the morning after the third annual Arkansas Food Hall of Fame induction event. They carry on about how hard it is to be on the selection committee and all the wonderful food they get to eat and nice people they get to meet and try to make people feel sorry for them,

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Arkansas Literary Festival: Maurice Carlos Ruffin

The sixteenth annual Arkansas Literary Festival will take place April 25-28, 2019.

Maurice Carlos Ruffin brings witty humor to dystopian satire of race relations in his debut novel

We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin tells the story of an African-American father who is a successful lawyer in an alternative world that has discovered a surgical method for “demelanization.” For sufficient cash,

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Lit Fest Sweet 16: Literary Luminaries, Chefs’ Specials, Music and More


Notable authors, including Pulitzer Prize and James Beard Award winners, television producers, artists, and one of the Little Rock Nine are among the diverse roster of presenters who will be providing sessions at the Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) sixteenth annual Arkansas Literary Festival, April 25-28, 2019. Events will be held at CALS Library Square and many other Little Rock venues.

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Enter Now for the Teen Poetry Contest at the Arkansas Literary Festival

Our annual Teen Poetry Contest has been a part of the Arkansas Literary Festival for years. Anyone who has seen the contest can tell you that watching the young writers present their work is memorable. The creativity, courage, and talent on display never fail to make an impression on the audience.

What to expect when you enter

All the teens gather at Main Library to perform their poems,

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Arkansas Filmmaker Spotlight: Dr. Jesse Burks

As part of the Arkansas Filmmaker Spotlight Series, the Arkansas Cinema Society will screen his shorts One Please and Cured as well as a preview screening of Odd Happenings in a Tiny Tent.  The mission of the Arkansas Filmmaker Spotlight Series is to not only highlight the work of the local talent in Arkansas but also allow them the opportunity to screen the films that inspired their work and share their inspirations with their community.

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