Poetry Conference in Eureka, April 4-6, 2017

Arkansas poets still have time to register for the Lucidity Poetry Conference scheduled for April 4-6 at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center.

Activities begin at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4 and will conclude Thursday evening with a final awards banquet.

Featured speakers will be Jim Barton, president of the National […]

UA Program in Creative Writing and Translation Distinguished Reader Claudia Rankine October 27

Thursday, October 27 at 7:00pm acclaimed author Claudia Rankine is the 2006 Distinguished Reader for the U of A Program in Creative Writing and Translation. She is best known for her book of poetry Citizen: An American Lyric. She lives in California and is the Aerol Arnold Chair in the University of Southern California […]

True Lit: Rare Books from Crystal Bridges at Fayetteville Festival 2016

During True Lit Literary Festival October 25 at 6:00pm, in partnership with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Library, a selection of rare books, will be on display at the Fayetteville Public Library, Walker Room. Following a presentation by Valerie Sallis, Interim Library Director, patrons will see some classics that have endured to be reinterpreted through the generations—like Herman Melville’s Moby Dick in its 1930 deluxe edition illustrated by Rockwell Kent. Other rare books are more obscure relics of now forgotten authors who were popular in their time, but all are unique volumes with an interesting tale to tell.

The Library at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art supports the research and interest needs of scholars, students, educators, museum visitors, and community members who wish to know more about American art and culture. The browsing collection includes art reference books, artist monographs, exhibition and auction catalogs, and current periodicals. The Library also holds special collection materials—including rare books and archives—that are available for research by appointment. The Library is located on the Museum’s third floor and is accessible to guests during the Museum’s public hours.

The True Lit Festival is free and open to the public the week of October 18- October 27. See TrueLitfest.com for detailed information and schedule.

True Lit Festival 2016 with UA Press Spotlight Author Linda Williams Palmer

The True Lit Festival 2016 begins October 18 with Linda Williams Palmer’s evening discussion and presentation of her original sketches, Champion Trees of Arkansas: An Artist’s Journey which captures the beauty of our Arkansas hills and plains. Champion Trees of Arkansas is a UA Press Spotlight beginning at 6:00 pm in the Walker Room of the Fayetteville Public Library. It is free and open to the public. A book sale and signing follows the presentation.

May brings Books in Bloom in Eureka Springs

Books in Bloom Literary Festival: a Celebration for Writers and Readers was established in 2005 by the Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation to promote the value of books and reading. The Festival provides an opportunity for the public to meet authors and to hear them speak about their work and various aspects of writing and publishing. Please join us!

Fayetteville’s Literary Festival October 1-5, 2014

True Lit Big Hit

Mary Shelley and friend. (He liked to read.)

A big Thanks and Congratulations to the Fayetteville Library staff and all the other people and organizations that worked to present the very first True Lit Literary Festival.

The undertaking combined the Library’s traditional Ozark Writers Live with other book-related events into a fantastic four-day event that brought readers and writers together to celebrate their love of books.

Computers have made the physical process of writing books easier, and digital books have made the collection of them more portable, but they can never replace the visceral delight of a that printed object “occupying several sheets of paper fastened together so as to compose a material whole.”

Additional thanks to Lisa Sharp and Nightbird Books for being on hand to sell the work of True Lit’s participating authors.

Reminder to book lovers: don’t forget to support your local independent booksellers.

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ? Marcus Tullius Cicero

“So many books, so little time.” ? Frank Zappa

“My education was neglected, yet I was passionately fond of reading.”
– Mary Shelley, Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” ? Jane Austen

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ? Jorge Luis Borges

You can read more quotations on reading at Good Reads.

True Lit Off To Great Start

Jack Gantos entertains his audience at the Fayetteville Library on the first day of True Lit, September 6, 2013

Jack Gantos started the True Lit Literary Festival at the Fayetteville Library off with a description of his writing life that had his audience in helpless laughter, Every writer could wish to be as […]

Barbara Youree To Speak on Historical Fiction at Fayetteville Library

Barbara Youree

Barbara Youree, author of award-winning narrative nonfiction and ten historical romances, will speak on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the Fayetteville Library Literary Festival. She will discuss the techniques for writing historical fiction and narrative nonfiction that bring stories to life.

Her two latest novels Race to Glory and Heart at War, […]

Molly Giles Returns to Fayetteville Public Library

Molly Giles

When you think sharp-edged short stories, think Molly Giles. Want to read a contemporary, tightly structured tale? Pick up Molly Giles. Need a story with heart and soul and commonplace people? Read Molly Giles.

On Thursday, September 5 Giles will be at the Fayetteville Public Library for a full day craft workshop […]