Six Bridges Book Festival

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) presents the nineteenth annual Six Bridges Book Festival, October 20–30. Named for the six bridges that connect the downtowns in Little Rock and North Little Rock, the Festival bridges communities and brings people together. CALS actively solicits input from a variety of demographic groups with the goal of offering a diverse, inclusive, and widely appealing festival.

The 11-day event celebrates reading, literacy, stories, and wordsmithing. Scores of nationally known authors converge on the city to offer panels on a wide variety of topics, from cooking demonstrations to award-winning comedy. Authors also venture out into the community for efforts such as Writers in the Schools (WITS), bringing the joy of writing to hundreds of students in central Arkansas.

Since the festival’s inception, the program has been an important showcase for writers known nationally and internationally as well as locally based talent. Presenters from past festivals include five-time James Beard Award winner Dorie Greenspan, Sebastian Junger, Catherine Coulter, Congressman John Lewis, Issa Rae, and critically acclaimed Arkansas authors such as Kevin Brockmeier and Trenton Lee Stewart.

About the Six Bridges Book Festival

The Six Bridges Book Festival, a project of the Central Arkansas Library System, is supported in part by the Arkansas Humanities Council and made possible in part by the Arkansas State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Junior League of Little Rock/Little Readers Rock is a partner for the Festival’s family events.

For more information about the Six Bridges Book Festival, contact Brad Mooy at or (501) 918-3098. To volunteer at the Festival, contact Polly Deems at or (501) 918-3085.

2023 Festival Submissions

We will be accepting submissions for the 2023 Six Bridges Book Festival from January 1, 2023 through April 15, 2023. More details to come soon!