Public Radio Invites You To The 2013 Arkansas Literary Festival

Apr 8, 2013

10th Annual Arkansas Literary Festival

KUAR FM89 and KLRE Classical 90.5 invite you to join the stations of UALR Public Radio for the 10th annual Arkansas Literary Festival, Arkansas's premier gathering of readers and writers. The festival features more than 80 authors from Arkansas and around the world.

The Arkansas Literary Festival has expanded to more than 80 authors in locations on both sides of the river from Thursday, April 18 to Sunday, April 21.


The Central Arkansas Library System’s Main Library campus, CALS’ Children's Library and Learning Center, 4800 10th St., and other locations in the River Market District and Argenta Arts District are the sites for a stimulating mix of sessions, panels, performances, workshops and opportunities to meet authors from around the world. Most events are free and open to the public.


Events during the festival include cooking demonstrations, films and plays and Spoken Word LIVE!, a city-wide poetry competition. Panels and workshops will cover topics such as fiction, memoir, screenwriting, poetry and erotica. KUAR News Director, Michael Hibblen, will moderate a panel at 4 p.m. April 20 titled Lone Star Borders with National Book Award finalist Domingo Martinez and Oxford American editor Roger D. Hodge.

Children’s events will range from story time on the lawn of the Governor's Mansion and a visit to the Arkansas Arts Center Artmobile to “Superhero Activity Afternoon,” a time of play and crafts for the younger hero set. Festival sessions for children will take place at venues downtown and at the new Children’s Library on 10th Street.

Festival authors include locals such as Richard Ford, Kevin Brockmeier and Sam Calvin Brown. Nationally-recognized authors at the Arkansas Literary Festival range from novelists to poets and cookbook authors and essayists who have won a variety of distinguished awards, such as the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Pulitzer Prize for Journalism, International Griffin Prize for Poetry. Many of the presenters' works have been translated into multiple languages and made into films.