As we approach the Six Bridges Book Festival, we’ve been thrilled to talk to several authors, including Ross King, Mary Roach, Nichole Perkins, Adrian Miller, Felipe Milo, Rachel Mikva, Walter Ruby, and Sabeeha Rehman.
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,
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.
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.
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,
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,
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.
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.
Because we know you like to read, and because we imagine you might like to hear one of your favorite authors, we wanted to reach out to you. As you probably can guess, wellknown authors often have very high speaking fees, think $10,000 to $100,000+. As the Fest’s budget is very small, ordinarily the Fest does not offer speaking fees. This makes it difficult to recruit many high-profile authors. With the help of some remarkable volunteers, the Fest has had some amazing good fortune over the years, yet realistically we know that some authors we’d like to feature (and think you would like too) will never come for travel and lodging only.
That’s where you come in. Book clubs are filled with passionate readers. And some of you might be willing to help us with this goal. Chairs Susan Santa Cruz and Gael Sammartino are already “off and running” with several pledges from book club members. We hope you’ll consider donating. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made to CALS Foundation, and sent to 100 Rock Street, Little Rock, AR 72201. Please designate “Book Club Campaign” in your check’s memo section.
For anyone who donates, later down the line we’ll be sending a short list of authors we think might be able to be secured with funds raised. If you donate, you will get to vote on these, and possibly hear the author at the Fest. We hope you’ll consider this.
Any donation is appreciated. Thanks for your consideration and we hope to see you at the 2020 Fest (April 23-26)!
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