News & Announcements

Experience the Best Part of 2020 All Over Again

Can’t wait until October, check out the highlights and panels you might have missed from the 2020 Six Bridges Book Festival. One of the (few) perks of having a virtual event is that everything was recorded for posterity, and you can experience it again and again. Check out a variety of sessions, including authors of both local and national acclaim,


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Speaker Series Explores Wizardry, Ghosts, and the Creation of a Culture

Six Bridges Book Festival welcomes C. M. Waggoner, author of The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry; Nell Irvin Painter, author of Creating Black Americans; and Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Ghost Variations, for a series of author talks this spring. These virtual events are free and open to the public,


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Registration is open for the 17th Annual Six Bridges Book Festival

Book lovers from around the state and beyond can register for Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) Six Bridges Book Festival held October 8-18. The library system’s annual festival brings thousands of attendees together each year to participate in a variety of book talks, workshops, and live poetry events. The festival is virtual this year with most sessions taking place live via Zoom.


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2020 Six Bridges Book Festival Postponed

Due to concerns regarding the COVID-19, CALS has made the decision to postpone the Fest until the fall. We hope all will understand. CALS is currently closed until at least May 11, with all public programs suspended at least through May 9.

We had a terrific event planned for April, and we certainly thank everyone for their work.


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Six Bridges Book Festival Brings New Vision for Annual Festival

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

Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) presents the seventeenth annual Six Bridges Book Festival, April 23-26. More than 60 award-winning and best-selling authors, including some whose work has been adapted for the big and small screen, will discuss wide-ranging topics and genres from comedy to thrillers,


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The Library Book Author Booked at CALS

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) will host New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean (The Library Book, The Orchid Thief) on September 28 to give the 2019 Fred K. Darragh Jr. Lecture, part of the CALS Speaker Series. Orlean will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. at CALS Ron Robinson Theater,


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Introducing Six Bridges: CALS Announces Changes for Literary Festival

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is announcing a new name for the Arkansas Literary Festival: Six Bridges Book Festival. Named for the six bridges that connect the downtowns in Little Rock and North Little Rock, the festival will have a new focus, bridging communities and bringing people together. The library will actively solicit input from a variety of demographic groups with the goal of offering a more widely appealing festival.


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CALS one of 78 organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Big Read Grant

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is a recipient of a $14,900 grant to host the NEA Big Read: CALS. An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.


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Lit Feast at Lit Fest

The added “A” stands for “appetizing.” From April 18-28, five area restaurants will offer specials inspired by four of the fest authors’ books. The participating restaurants and the dishes they will be preparing are:

Allsopp & Chapple Restaurant + Bar

Barbecued Pork Chops and Ham Slices served with Deviled Eggs,


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Wordsworth Books Is the Official Bookseller of the 2019 Lit Fest


The Arkansas Literary Festival is proud to partner with Wordsworth Books, the official bookseller of the 2019 Lit Fest.

All Festival author/panel discussions will be followed by a book signing. During the Festival, books will be available for purchase at each session and at the Festival book store located on the first floor of the Main Library.


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