The Six Bridges Book Festival (formerly the Arkansas Literary Festival), normally a spring staple, draws thousands of visitors from across the south to Little Rock to hear authors and presenters from around the world. This year, due to the pandemic, the festival has been rescheduled for October 8-18, and will now happen virtually via Zoom. Festival goers are asked to register their attendance for each event via the festival’s website and a Zoom link will be sent to each attendee’s email address.
With 10 days of programming and dozens of events, the festival has something for everyone, but here are the seven events we’re most excited about!
Megan Volpert, October 8, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Jordan Butler, M Shelly Conner, Kate Leland, and Randi M. Romo, all featured in the book, join editor Megan Volpert for a fashion-forward panel on Closet Cases: Queers on What We Wear, a book that collects artifacts that testify to the power of fashion as a verb as it unfolds the complex and lovely strategies governing what the LGBTQ+ community does to build authentic selves that are both comfortable and seen. Sponsored by ESSE Purse Museum. Register here.
Bissell & Brockmeier, October 8, 7-8 p.m.
Local author Kevin Brockmeier is a festival regular and this year he’s joined by Tom Bissell. With their two most recent collections of short stories, Bissell’s Creative Types and Brockmeier’s In The Ghost Variations, both authors explore the hilarious, poignant, and moving details that make life worth living. Register here.
Not Quite Snow White, October 10, 10-10:20 a.m.
Author Ashley Franklin shares Not Quite Snow White, her story of a young girl who is excited to audition for her school’s Snow White musical, but when she overhears her classmates say she is too tall, chubby, and brown to play Snow White, she questions whether she is right for the part. Register here.
Acker & Blount, October 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Washington DC native Camille Acker’s Training School for Negro Girls is a debut short-story collection that explores the irony and tragi-comedy of life for a cast of characters who call our nation’s capital home, while Jeffrey Blount’s The Emancipation of Evan Walls explores life in rural Virginia for a hero who is both hated for being black and for being not black enough. Register here.
Rage Baking Workshop, October 12, 7-8 p.m.
Seasoned pros Katherine Alford and Kathy Gunst attack the fall galette with apples and pears (and a savory twist) and the Marbled Chocolate and Vanilla Cookies from their must-have book Rage Baking. Both recipes have cool, approachable techniques. Sponsored by KUAR FM 89. Register here.
Kat Robinson, October 17, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Kat Robinson is the author of seven books on Arkansas food. Host of the Emmy-nominated documentary Make Room for Pie, Robinson specializes in documenting culinary history through her travel guides and cookbooks. The Arkansas fellow to the National Food and Beverage Museum has been cited as Arkansas’s food historian and expert by Food Network, Saveur, Eater, Atlas Obscura, Parade, and USA Today. The Little Rock native is a member of the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame Committee. Sponsored by Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, & Tourism. Register here.
Vaughn Scribner, October 18, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Vaughn Scribner is assistant professor of history at the University of Central Arkansas. He is the author of Inn Civility: Urban Taverns and Early American Civil Society and, most recently, Merpeople: A Human History, a book that sees Scribner tracing the long history of mermaids and mermen. From film to philosophy, church halls to coffee houses, ancient myth to modern science, Scribner shows that mermaids and tritons are – and always have been – everywhere. Register here.