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2021 Festival Guide Published

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At one point this year I wondered if fingers could actually start bleeding from typing? Yes, that is a touch dramatic. I still need to Google it, though.

It has definitely been another interesting year, which forced us to dig a little deeper, and solve new challenges,

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2021 Six Bridges Book Festival Author Lineup Announced

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) presents the eighteenth annual Six Bridges Book Festival, October 21–31. The Festival features more than 70 award-winning and bestselling authors representing genres from history to graphic novels, from fantasy to romance, from children’s books to thrillers. Most events are free and virtual, accessible via Zoom.

Presenters include Jacqueline Woodson,

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Literary Festival Update Friday, April 26

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Mitchell S. Jackson’s appearance has been cancelled. Julie Rieger will appear at 10:00 a.m. as previously scheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Literary Festival Update, April 25

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Chigozie Obioma will not appear at this year’s Literary Festival Saturday, April 27, at 4:00 p.m. Maurice Carlos Ruffin and Pitchaya Sudbanthad will appear as previously scheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Arkansas Literary Festival: Pitchaya Sudbanthad

A Globe-traveling Novelist Explores Home in Bangkok Wakes to Rain

 Pitchaya Sudbanthad’s debut novel is a multi-layered meditation on place and the idea of home, based on the shifting faces of the city of Bangkok over many decades. Bangkok Wakes To Rain is peopled with many characters and interweaves plotlines across decades,

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Arkansas Literary Festival: Laurie Friedman

A childhood in Pine Bluff inspires her books for the wonder years

Is there anything worse than having your little sister loudly announce at your 13th birthday party that you have a huge crush on the new boy next door . . . in front of him?

Maybe. What if your parents then cancel your reservations for summer sleep-away camp,

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Arkansas Literary Festival: Mary Laura Philpott

Philpott brings her Emmy-award-winning sense of humor to her debut memoir

Mary Laura Philpott’s I Miss You When I Blink (Simon & Schuster, April 2019) is a memoir-in-essays prompted by her struggle with an identity crisis in the middle of a seemingly ‘perfect’ life. The author’s wry confessions are sure to bring laughs of recognition from readers.

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Arkansas Literary Festival: Ian S. Port

Rock and Roll Electrifies an Instant Classic, The Birth of Loud


The Birth of Loud is an unforgettable journey through the golden age of rock and roll, peopled with working class heroes, rebels, and eccentrics. Author Ian S. Port uses the parallel lives of guitarist Les Paul and music engineer Leo Fender to trace the process of the invention of the “loud” electric guitar.

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