Look Back at the 2022 Six Bridges Book Festival

Thank you to all attendees, authors, moderators, sponsors, partners, donors, committee chairs, committee members, publicists, media helpers, WITS schools, students, volunteers, contest entrants, contest voters, CALS staff members, and anyone we forgot to mention, who helped make the 2022 Festival a banquet for the mind. If you missed anything this year, you should be able to catch up with the information below.

YouTube Video Playlist

(1) Phillip Rex Huddleston, (2) Garbo Hearne, (3) Charly Palmer, (4) Kimberla Lawson Roby, (5) John A. Kirk, (6) Chris Pavone, (7) Brooks Blevins & John A. Kirk, (8) Sean Fitzgibbon & Sofia Warren, (9) Kim Fu & Kevin Brockmeier, (10) James Gavin & Janis F. Kearney, (11) Ronnie Williams, (12) Khentrul Lodrö T’hayé, (13) Lan Samantha Chang & Oscar Hokeah, (14) Richard Gallagher, (15) Maud Newton, (16) Megan Kate Nelson, (17) Sam Quinones, (18) Eli Cranor & Marcie Rendon, (19) Kimberla Lawson Roby & Claudia Gray, (20) Sean Thor Conroe & Zain Khalid, (21) GennaRose Nethercott & Annie Hartnett, (22) Toya Wolfe, (23) Bitty Martin, (24) Omotara James & J. Estanislao Lopez, (25) Xochitl Gonzalez & Stewart O’Nan, (26) Emma Kennedy, (27) Daniel Black, (28) Robin Stevens, (29) Jorge L. Contreras, (30) Aamina Ahmad & Akil Kumarasamy, (31) Colin Edward Woodward, (32) Ty Seidule, (33) Anne Simon, (34) Classic in Context Discussion w/ John Hornor Jacobs

2022 Classics in Context Selection

Each year, the Six Bridges Book Festival asks the public to choose a classic text which will be the subject of a featured presentation at the next year’s Festival. This year, 20 books written by a variety of authors and representing the spectrum of styles, genres, and time periods were in the running. Only one book, however, will be the 2022 Classic in Context: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange.

Every single title except one of the 23 choices received votes. Plus, we saw a huge increase in voting!  Thank you to those who participated.

Final Results:

  1. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange
  2. Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
  3. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  4. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  5. Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup
  6. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  7. Frankenstein by Mary Shelly
  8. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  9. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  10. Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow

CALS/Root Cafe Pie Contest

The reemergence of pie. This year, CALS and The Root Cafe teamed up for a traditional pie back-off and recipe swap.

Best in Show: Spiked s’mores pie – Carey

Blue Ribbons (in no particular order):

  • Spiked s’mores pie – Carey
  • Jalapeño apple pie – Carissa
  • Salted caramel chocolate pecan pie – Carissa
  • Coconut cream pie – Cody
  • Banafee pie – Erica

Red Ribbons (in no particular order):

  • Sweet potato crème brûlée tart – Erika
  • Maple pumpkin chai – Kristin
  • Pastrami Reuben pie – Ken
  • Forrest berry lemon merengue pie –  Julia
  • Cider caramel apple pie – Erica

Best Lookin’:

  • Spiked s’more pie – Carey
  • Cider caramel apple pie – Erica