Upwards of 10,000 people are expected to enjoy this year’s Arkansas Literary Festival, which begins Thursday in downtown Little Rock. The event has expanded significantly since the Central Arkansas Library System took it over six years ago, said Susan Gelé.
Gelé believes this year continues the Literary Festival’s tradition of hosting a mix of Arkansas and out-of-state authors and presenters, as well as an eclectic range of genres.
A varied program of events, hosted by both national and local names “isn’t always immediately apparent when you hear the words Arkansas Literary Festival,” said Gelé, who continued, “I think that’s one of the things that we do best.”
The festival kicks off at noon Thursday with a presentation about Johnny Cash at the Oxford American. Events, almost all of which are free, are scheduled throughout the weekend.
“We encourage people to try an author that they haven’t ever heard of before…and see if it might spark their interest,” Gelé said.