The Six Bridges Book Festival is reinventing itself for 2020 as a virtual celebration, coming to you live online Oct. 8-18. 

Now in its 17th year, this popular Little Rock event will host more than 50 authors and presenters in a wide variety of online panels and programs brought to you by the Central Arkansas Library System and area supporters.

National Book Award winner Tim O’Brien will appear along with noteworthy writers including:

  • Rob Hart, author of dystopian thriller "The Warehouse"

  • Emmy-winning director and award-winning author Jeffrey Blount

  • Afia Atakora, author of debut historical novel "Conjure Women"

  • Chef-authors from Food Network and NPR Katherine Alford and Kathy Gunst

  • R. Eric Thomas, humorist, storyteller and LGBTQ+ advocate

  • Journalist Bonnie Tsui discussing her latest book "Why We Swim"

  • Young adult Latina author and CNN producer Mayra Cuevas

  • Dan Piepenbring, co-author with Prince of his posthumously published memoir

  • Eminem biographer and bestselling author Anthony Bozza

The festival offers funny and fascinating panels with well-known authors, experts and rising talents covering faith, civil rights, crime, immigration, food, romance, poetry and much more.

The virtual festival will also include many hands-on contests and activities for adults and kids.

Anyone can enter an “edible book” with cakes or other foods for the Tasty Reads contest, while poetry lovers can compete in a Cento Poetry Contest. Classics in Context will return with a free online discussion and screening of beloved rabbit epic "Watership Down." And adults can hear about how to join national storytelling initiative “PBS American Portrait” to tell their own stories as part of the American tapestry.

Children and youth can enjoy:

  • Animal yoga

  • Crafts and cooking demos

  • Storytime with Garbo Hearne

  • Ashley Franklin, author of picture book "Not Quite Snow White"

  • Alternate-history pirate adventures with author Barry Wolverton 

  • Ernesto Cisneros, author of a moving middle-grade novel of family immigration

  • Presentations from Arkansas PBS and the Arkansas Arts Center

  • Writers in the Schools (WITS) by virtual programming

Physical distancing won’t stop the Six Bridges Book Festival from bringing its laundry list of delights safely to online festivalgoers. Even better, the festival’s online incarnation this year will allow audiences from all over the world to enjoy these free offerings. Join CALS and the festival via Zoom to gather with your friends, neighbors and guests from all over in a 10-day extravaganza of books, ideas, food and fun. 

For an updated schedule, instructions for attending and contact information, visit the festival website.


Six Bridges Book Festival, a project of the Central Arkansas Library System, is supported in part by the Arkansas Humanities Council, the Arkansas State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.