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Arkansas Literary Festival sets lineup

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published January 29, 2014 at 9:53 a.m. Updated January 29, 2014 at 10:11 a.m.


Books by authors who will be presenters during this year's Arkansas Literary Festival line a table during an announcement of the lineup Wednesday in Little Rock.

Organizers of the Arkansas Literary Festival on Wednesday announced the lineup for this year's event, which runs April 24-27 in locations around Little Rock.

More than 80 presenters are scheduled to speak, including featured authors Catherine Coulter, U.S. Rep. John Lewis and bestselling writers Mary Roach, Reshonda Tate Billingsley, Curtis Sittenfield and artist Kadir Nelson. Musician Rhett Miller, lead singer of the band the Old 97s, and education expert David L. Kirp will also be featured presenters.

The festival's scheduled presenters in total have won 10 Emmy awards, two Pulitzer Prizes, multiple National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and grants and scores of other honors, organizers said.

Most of the events and panels are free, but some require tickets.

Coulter, a romance and suspense writer who has penned dozens of New York Times bestsellers and has 70 million books in print, will lead a writing workshop during the event. Those tickets are $20.

And Miller will play a solo concert with tickets costing $20 or $25.

Lewis will speak on a free panel with Nate Powell and Andrew Aydin. The three collaborated on a best-selling graphic-novel memoir about Lewis' role in the civil rights movement.

Several children's events are also planned, including a treasure hunt on the lawn of the governor's mansion and a Lego exhibit.

A full list of the authors and presenters is available here.

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BOBBYAMPEZZAN says... January 29, 2014 at 11:37 a.m.

Catherine Coulter, Rhett Miller and Mary Roach — some pretty good gets.

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HM2 says... January 29, 2014 at 12:20 p.m.

Sounds more like an NAACP gathering.

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