Mark your calendars, book fiends. The premier gathering of readers and writers in the state has is a go, with programming going virtual this fall. 

The 17th annual Six Bridges Book Festival is slated to begin on Thursday, Oct. 8, but the dates may be exteded beyond the original weekend dates to accomodate the new virtual format. More info on that to come.

One thing that will remain the same, however, is the diverse lineup of writers from bestsellers and Emmy winners to poets and comedians. 

Here's a small portion of the authors you can expect to hear from: 

  • Tim O’Brien, author of "The Things They Carried"
  • Jacqueline Woodson, author of "Brown Girl Dreaming"
  • Rob Hart, author of "The Warehouse"
  • Trenton Lee Stewart, author of "The Mysterious Benedict Society"
  • Alia Volz, essayist and author of "Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco"
  • Shaun O’Neale, winner of "Master Chef" season 7 and author of "My Modern American Table"
  • Jerry Mitchell, reporter and author of "Race Against Time: A Reporters Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era"

More information about the schedule will be available in the coming weeks at SixBridgesBookFestival.org. For more information, contact Tameka Lee at (501) 918-3048 or email tlee@cals.org.

While you're at it, read more about how the Six Bridges Book Festival is looking toward the future.