True Lit Big Hit

Mary Shelley and her immortal creation.
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.

Maeve Maddox writes about popular culture, English usage, and education. Her most recent books are WORD RAGE, a guide to peaceful coexistence as American English-speakers, and THE FABERGE FLUTE, a cozy mystery set in 1980s London.

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