Discover the Fun and Joys of Reading at the Arkansas Literary Festival April 7-10

Kerry Kraus


If you’re one of those people who think reading isn’t fun, it’s time to rethink your ideas. A perfect way to do so is by attending the 8th Annual Arkansas Literary Festival, April 7-10 in Little Rock.

Some of the top authors in country lead the lineup including David Sedaris, Pioneer Woman blogger Ree Drummond (top photo), Isabel Wilkerson, and Arkansas’s own Kevin Brockmeier and the queen of the supernatural, Charlaine Harris. (middle photo) 

Food will be plentiful as cookbook authors and bakers Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito “whip up some sinfully delicious treats.” Also preparing some tasty concoctions are Elizabeth Heiskell, lead culinary instructor at the Viking School, who pairs with her friend Lee Richardson, executive chef at the Capital Hotel. Some tantalizing Southern dishes that are both simple and spectacular are going to be prepared.

Book Fiesta, a party for kids, introduces the 2011 fest children’s authors in an interactive way. Children can win prizes, including a piñata, and enjoy books about sports, heroes, Arkansas, science, and more. Authors include Matt de la Peña (bottom photo), Darcy Pattison, Carla McClafferty, Tom Paradise, and Linda Williams. Snacks and drinks served.

The Central Arkansas Main Library  and multiple venues in the River Market District in downtown Little Rock and Argenta Arts District in North Little Rock are where events take place. Admission to most session is free. Visit for a complete schedule and information on those with admission charges.


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