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Two Nights In Lisbon

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Demonic Foes: My Twenty-Five Years as a Psychiatrist Investigating Possessions, Diabolic Attacks, and the Paranormal

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What Follows Is True: Crescent Hotel

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Saint Sebastian's Abyss

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Robert E. Lee and Me

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October 29, 10am, Saturday

Lauren Thomas

Fall Charcuterie Design Workshop


Join boho-chic lifestyle blogger and debut author Lauren Thomas, The Modern Hippie Table, as she demonstrates how to build beautiful themed charcuterie arrangements directly on your table. You'll find inspiration on how to incorporate traditional meats and cheeses with seasonal florals and other edibles tucked into the empty spaces. Limited seating.

Sponsored by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Saturday, Oct. 29, Roosevelt Thompson Library (38 Rahling Circle), 10am $15

Bhatt and Thomas will be on a free panel discussion at the Thompson Library the same day, 1pm


October 29, 4pm, Saturday

Vishwesh Bhatt

Evolving American South Cooking Workshop


James Beard award winner Vishwesh Bhatt captures the “evolving American South” in his debut cookbook, I Am From Here: Stories and Recipes From a Southern Chef.  Included in NPR’s ‘Books We Love in 2022’, this dazzling blend of stories, photos and recipes makes the compelling case for a Southern cuisine defined by inclusion, innovation and tradition. Bhatt will cook something “unpretentious, inventive and incredibly delicious” for the group to sample. Limited seating. Sponsored in part by Friends of Central Arkansas Library System

Saturday, Oct. 29, Roosevelt Thompson Library (38 Rahling Circle), 4pm $15

Bhatt and Thomas will be on a free panel discussion at the Thompson Library the same day, 1pm


October 20 - December 29
 Oliver Jeffers: 15 Years of Picturing Books

Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers: 15 Years of Picturing Books

An exhibition of more than 80 pieces from the author/illustrator who has sold more than 14 million books worldwide. You will know his work from The Day the Crayons Quit, The Day the Crayons Came Home, How to Catch A Star, Stuck, Here We Are and many more. More than 400 Jeffers books will be given away over the course of the exhibition. The exhibition is part of the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature  and was also featured at the Orlando Museum of Art.

Sponsored by John & Robyn Horn Foundation, the Windgate Foundation, The Rodger S. & Barbara Ann Kline Foundation. 

Thursday, Oct. 20 to Thursday, Dec. 29

Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library & Learning Center, regular library hours


For information regarding free book giveaways in conjunction with the exhibition, please contact childrenscurbside@cals.org

RECEPTION: October 20, 5PM, Thursday. EXHIBITION: October 7 - December 1
 Charly Palmer, Telling Stories exhibition reception

Charly Palmer

Charly Palmer, Telling Stories exhibition reception

After a day of programming for students at the Clinton Presidential Library, the extremely talented author/illustrator of The Legend of Gravity and several others will attend this fun reception. Palmer has even designed a cover for Time magazine. Charly Palmer, Telling Stories: Illustrations & New Works will be displayed at Hearne Fine Art from October 7 to December 1.

Sponsored in part by the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Center, Hearne Fine Art/Pyramid Art, Books & Little Rock Central High Tiger Foundation.

Hearne Fine Art

October 14 - January 28

Illustrated Arkansas: The Art of Comics

The Arkansas Illustrated exhibition features artists living and working in the State who have created or worked on print or digital comics and graphic novels. The exhibition will represent a wide range of illustration styles and media in the comics format. Some of the artists represented in the exhibition are: Gustav Carlson, Frank Fentress, Greg Fischer, Sean Fitzgibbon, Marko Head, Michael Jukes, Stephen Koch, Alex Langley, David Orr, Michael Tierney, and Freshawn Womack.

October 14, 2022 - January 28, 2023, Underground Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square  

CALS Roberts Library, regular gallery hours

October 21, 7 - 8:30pm, Friday

Serial Mom (film screening)

To get you in that John Waters mood…She's the perfect all-American parent: a great cook and homemaker, a devoted recycler, and a woman who'll literally kill to keep her children happy. Beverly Sutphin's murderous habits turn her into a media celebrity in John Waters' sharp-edged satire on family life, tabloid TV, video store customers who don't rewind, and other topics. Starring Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, and Matthew Lillard.

Ron Robinson Theater (120 River Market Ave.), 7-8:30pm

October 28, 8pm - 10:15pm, Friday

The Exorcist (film screening)

A visiting actress notices dramatic and dangerous changes in the behavior and physical make-up of her 12-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, a young priest at nearby Georgetown University begins to doubt his faith while dealing with his mother's terminal sickness. And, book-ending the story, a frail, elderly priest recognizes the necessity for a show-down with an old demonic enemy.

Friday, Oct. 28, Ron Robinson Theater, 8-10:15pm

October 29, 8pm - 9:30pm, Saturday

George Michael Reborn featuring Robert Bartko


On Oct. 29, the night before the 35th anniversary of the historic Faith album, the Six Bridges Book Festival transports you to The Edge of Heaven for a one-night-only performance of George Michael Reborn. This amazing must-see tribute to Wham! & George Michael stars Robert Bartko, who exudes the energy and passion of the superstar in the 80s and 90s. Robert’s spot-on looks, wardrobe, vocal range (no lip-syncing), dance moves, crowd interaction, and charisma leave audiences cheering for an encore. Close your eyes and you’ll swear you’re listening to the real deal. Amazing.

Bartko, a life-long fan of George Michael and Wham!, said that it was during his early high school years, when many began to point out a resemblance between the two. Bartko had a successful career as a solo recording artist and producer. Soon after the passing of his idol, he began dedicating his talents to pay tribute to the late superstar with an electrifying live show. He has thrilled audiences at clubs, concerts, private and corporate events, festivals and tribute shows throughout the country, including his recent sold-out “House of Blues” performance.

Doors open at 7pm and the show begins at 8pm. Tickets are $25 pre-event and $30 night of the show. Seating is general admission, so arrive early for the Freedom to choose the best seats. This tribute is sponsored by Meadors, Adams & Lee.

Saturday, Oct. 29, Ron Robinson Theater, 8pm

October 30, 6:30 - 9pm, Sunday

Classic in Context: The Shining (film screening)

Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer's block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and his son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack's writing goes nowhere and Danny's visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel's dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family.

Sunday, Oct. 30, Ron Robinson Theater, 6:30 - 9pm

October 20, 7 - 8:30pm, Thursday

Rooftop Party!

Kick into major Fest mode with this rooftop party, featuring electrifying tunes and a bold light display.

Sponsored by Pro Smart Print & Promo.

CALS Parking Deck Rooftop , 7-8:30pm

To RSVP for the party please email tlee@cals.org with "Rooftop Party RSVP" in subject line.

October 21, 6:30 - 9pm, Friday

Pub or Perish

One of the few events that has been around since the beginning of the Fest…this popular favorite features libations and literature shaken and stirred. What a mix! Limited open mic slots available.

Sponsored by Arkansas Times.

The Library Kitchen + Lounge (313 President Clinton Ave.), 6:30-9pm

October 22, 1 - 4pm, Saturday
 Book Cover by Design workshop w/ Robert Bean

Robert Bean

Book Cover by Design workshop w/ Robert Bean

Artist Robert Bean helps participants learn how text and images work together, why typography matters, and how color affects the viewer’s impression and emotions. Come up with your own imaginary book title, then draw and/or collage your book cover’s image and walk away with your own designed book cover (from a pulp fiction style look to something more modern and streamlined). No art experience required.

Sponsored by the Windgate Foundation

Roberts Library, Room 124, 1- 4pm


October 23, 4 - 5:30pm, Sunday

Pie Contest

The reemergence of pie. For the Traditional Pie Bake-Off and Recipe Swap be at the Root Café at 3:30pm with your best pie and copies of the recipe. Prizes will be awarded.

Sponsored in part by The Root Café.

The Root Café, 4-5:30pm

October 27, 5 - 6pm, Thursday
 Meet & Greet with Kathryn Crisp Greeley

Kathryn Crisp Greeley

Meet & Greet with Kathryn Crisp Greeley

The Collected Cottage: Gardening, Gatherings, and Collecting at Chestnut Cottage takes readers on an intimate tour inside the author’s lovingly curated house and garden.

Sponsored in part by At Home in Arkansas.

Providence Design (2314 Cantrell Road), 5-6pm

October 22, 10am-3pm, Saturday

Little Readers Rock @ Children's Library

LITTLE READERS ROCK at Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library & Learning Center

AMFA ArtStart! Put your art goggles on with Liz McMath to engage your imagination as you examine the whimsical Toys Designed by Artists collection from the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, and discover How to Spot an Artist with the book by Danielle Krysa. Sponsored in part by Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts. Main floor, 10-10:30am
Children’s Library & Learning Center

AMFA Art Garden Harness the power of the sun to create unique designs on nature print paper, and be guided through creating an origami lotus flower for the Art Garden community installation, part of the grand opening celebrations at the newly renovated Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts. This is a drop in activity. The Lawn, 10-11:30am. Sponsored in part by Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts.
Children’s Library & Learning Center

Tommy Terrific See Little Rock’s favorite magician for kids. Theater, 10:30-11am  
Children’s Library & Learning Center

Lunch Grab and Go from the front desk and then participate in a simultaneous food fun downstairs led by Little Readers Rock Co-Chair Sarah A. Morris. Front Desk and Downstairs Activity Room, 11am-12pm
Children’s Library & Learning Center

Charly Palmer, The Legend of Gravity The award-winning author/illustrator who grew up playing streetball in Milwaukee makes a special visit.  He studied art and design at the American Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute, both in Chicago. Sponsored in part by Clinton Presidential Center, Hearne Fine Art/Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing, Little Rock Central High School Tiger Foundation. Theater, 12pm
Children’s Library & Learning Center

Chinese Folk Tales & Fu Characters Ashley Wang, Co-Chair of Little Readers Rock will read an exciting Chinese Folk tale and then help students make a fun craft inspired by the tale. Downstairs Lab, 12:30pm
Children’s Library & Learning Center

Make your own Crayons Inspired by the Oliver Jeffers exhibition, staff from the Children’s Library and Learning Center teach kids to make crayons. Jeffers did the illustrations for the popular Crayon books. Downstairs Activity Room, 1pm
Children’s Library & Learning Center

Mask Making Don’t have a costume for the Costume Party & Parade? That’s ok! Build a mask here. Downstairs Lab, 1pm
Children’s Library & Learning Center

Costume Party & Parade  Calling all ghosts, princesses, cowboys, ballerinas, video game characters or anything your heart desires…come one and all for a spooktacular party and parade. Main Floor, 1:30-2:30pm
Children’s Library & Learning Center

mömandpöp To close the day, enjoy the boisterous concert by the energetic duo. Theater, 2:30-3pm
Children’s Library & Learning Center

Little Readers Rock will also have stations to play Go Fish, take a photo, and receive free books.

October 22, 4 - 5pm, Saturday

Teen Poetry Competition

Join us for an afternoon of poetry by young aspiring Central Arkansas poets.

*To win, entrants must perform their work. However, if an entrant does not wish to perform, they may still enter their work to be included in the 2023 Six Bridges Book Festival Zine to be released at the event.

Email: teenpoetrycontest@cals.org
In person: Main Library, Fourth Floor
Fax: (501)375-7451 c/o Katherine Blake
Posted Mail: Katherine Blake c/o Level 4,
100 S. Rock St, Little Rock, AR 72201

All entries must be submitted by Monday, October 10th @ 6 p.m. to be considered for inclusion in the contest to be held on Saturday, October 22nd @ 4PM.

Poems can be original or credited. Entrants may enter more than one work.

Main Library, Darragh Center, 4-5 p.m.

October 29, 9am - 3pm, Saturday

Six Bridges Market

New in 2022, the Fest brings more family fun to downtown, with games, crafts, roving characters, music, and special appearances.

Saturday, Oct. 29, River Market Pavilions, 9am - 3pm

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