There will be more than 80 presenters in venues on both sides of the river this year at the festival from April 18-21, not to mention a slew of cool new sessions, panels, special events, performances, workshops, book sales and signings. Most of the events are free and open to the public.
Here are just a few of the authors scheduled to make appearances at the festival:
- Richard Ford, author of "Canada"
- Sylvia Day, author of "Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel"
- Ben Fountain, author of "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk"
- Karen Russell, author of "Swamplandia!"
- Ayana Mathis, author of "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie"
- Domingo Martinez, author of "The Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir"
- Da Chen, author of "My Last Empress"
- CD Wright, author of "One With Others" volume of poetry
- Pat More, author of "The Beautiful Lady: Our Lady of Guadalupe"
- Charles Todd, author of "The Walnut Tree"
This year’s Festival authors have won an impressive number and variety of distinguished awards, such as the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Pulitzer Prize for Journalism, James Beard Foundation Award, PEN/Hemingway Award, Newbery Honor, National Book Critics Circle Award and several National Book Award Finalists.
Attention adults: The festival include Author! Author!, a cocktail reception with the authors; food, wine, and spirits workshops; films; a play; and Spoken Word LIVE!, a city-wide poetry competition. Panels and workshops will highlight topics such as fiction, memoir, screenwriting, super hero psychology and law, the Warrior Writers Project, erotica and lots more.
Shortly after the festival, authors' Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana will appear at two events in May, in conjunction with the Literary Festival. On Thursday, May 2, the authors will headline a fundraising event, and on Friday, May 3, will do a book reading that is free and open to the public. Tickets to the fundraising event will be available online beginning March 1 at www.ArkansasLiteraryFestival.org.
Larry McMurtry has written more than 40 novels, biographies, and collections of essays, several of which have been made into award-winning feature films. McMurtry received the Pulitzer Prize for his novel "Lonesome Dove." Diana Ossana has pubished several short stories and numerous essays. She has collaborated with McMurtry on two novels and more than 30 feature film scripts. McMurty and Ossana received the Academy Award for their adaptation of Brokeback Mountain.
Get more information about the literary festival here.