arkansas literary festival 2017

2017 Arkansas Literary Festival in the the News

The slate of authors and presenters scheduled to appear at the 2017 Arkansas Literary Festival was announced Monday, February 13. Thanks to the editors at Little Rock Soireé and at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for giving special notice to our festival lineup! Since the announcement, two of the authors scheduled for the 2017 Festival have made news of their own.

Ian Purkayastha, author of the memoir Truffle Boy, is featured in the current issue of Garden & Gun magazine.

And, Juan Martinez's new collection of short stories, Best Worst American, has been published. For the full slate of authors and presenters coming to Little Rock in April, visit

roosevelt thompson library

Construction Updates, including a reopening date for Thompson Library

Roosevelt Thompson Library will reopen to the public Wednesday, March 8. Construction continues at Fletcher Library. For more on this and other construction updates, click here »

fiction & fact: a war dialogue

Book Group for Veterans: Fiction and Fact Applications Now Available

The Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) has received one of seventeen national grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for Fiction & Fact: A War Dialogue with Veterans, a two-year project to be offered beginning in Fall 2016. More info »


Listen to Radio CALS on KABF 88.3 Each Wednesday

Catch Radio CALS, a weekly half-hour radio show on KABF 88.3 FM, each Wednesday from 6-6:30 p.m. Radio CALS features music and stories about Arkansas from the collections of the Butler Center, the CALS Arkansas history department, as well as news of CALS programs and services. Listen live on or subscribe to our podcast iTunes | Google Play .