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Banned Books Week Writing Contest

Aspiring young writers, perk up. The Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) Arkansas Literary Festival will celebrate Banned Books Week, September 21-27, by focusing on the bestselling book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Included in the celebration are the Perks Letter Writing Contest for high school students in Pulaski and Perry Counties.

Entries in the Perks Letter Writing Contest must be written as a letter addressed to a friend and will be accepted from September 1-18. The writing contest features a $250 prize, and the winning entry will be selected based on creativity, humor, flow, and originality. The winner of the writing contest will be announced at Perks, Missives, & Lux Melancholia, the conclusion of the Festival's Banned Books Week celebration on Thursday, September 25, in the CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, including rules and guidelines, click here »

Mary Roach at the Literary Festival

Mary Roach has been called "America's funniest science writer" by the Washington Times. Those who saw her at the 2014 Literary Festival might have to agree.

Ms. Roach's appearance was sponsored by ProSmartPrinting.

Tales from the South – Literary Festival Edition

The first event of the 2014 Arkansas Literary Festival was a return visit to Argenta for another edition of Tales from the South. The podcast of the show, featuring Lea Clyburn, Susan Elder, and Jay Grelen, is now online. Check it out!

Thank You for Your Support in 2014

The 2014 Arkansas Literary Festival has come to a close. We'd like to thank the authors and presenters who offered their talent and expertise, the volunteers who gave their time and labor, and the supporters who provided financial support. Most importantly, we thank the people of Central Arkansas and visitors from around the country who attended this year – the Festival would not be possible without your continued support.

Stay tuned as we continue to offer cultural and literary events throughout the year, and soon we'll announce dates for the 2015 Arkansas Literary Festival.