Cozy up, bookworms. The premier gathering of readers and writers in the state just released its lineup of authors and presenters, and it’s good.

The 16th annual Arkansas Literary Festival hosted by the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) kicks off on Thursday, April 25, and runs through Sunday, April 28 at various location throughout the city. The weekend will feature dozens of presenters ranging from Pulitzer Prize and James Beard Award winners and comedians to television producers and one of the Little Rock Nine, along with various workshops, panels and performances.

Here's a small portion of the lineup:

  • Elizabeth Eckford, member of the Little Rock Nine and author of "The Worst First Day"
  • Rick Bragg, author of "The Best Cook in the World"
  • Anita Davis, owner of Esse Purse Museum and author of "What’s Inside?: A Century of Women and Handbags, 1900–1999"
  • Esmé Wang, author of "The Collected Schizophrenias"
  • Barkley Thompson, author of "In the Midst of the City: The Gospel and God’s Politics"
  • Maurice Carlos Ruffin, author of "We Cast a Shadow"
  • Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, creators of "Smallville" and authors of "Double Exposure"

And if you're curious about the fest's events, here's a snapshot of what we've already put on our calendars.

  • Author! Author! | April 26, 7 p.m.
A cocktail reception with the authors. Tickets are $25 in advance and $40 at the door. Special rates are available for students and groups. Tickets will be available at the Lit Fest website beginning March 15.
  • Four Quarter Guitar | April 26, 10:30 p.m.
Loosely inspired by Ian S. Port’s "The Birth of Loud" about the “guitar-pioneering rivalry that shaped rock ‘n’ roll,” Isaac Alexander and Joshua Asante each take the stage, guitar in hand, followed by a mighty set featuring singer/songwriter Bonnie Montgomery and her guitarist. Tickets are $5 at the door.
  • Maker’s Alley | April 27, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
The Fest will “take it outdoors” this year with a curated maker’s fair at Library Square featuring Electric Ghost, Control, MilkDadd, Bangup Betty, Crying Weasel Vintage, Sean Sapp, Matthew Castellano of Gallery 360, Dower (Jack Lloyd), Luna Tick Designs and more. Music by DOT and Dazz & Brie from 5-6:30 p.m.


You can check out the full lineup here ((believe us, it is very full), and find the fest schedule here. For more information, call (501) 918-3098 or follow the fest on Facebook.