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      September 6, 2013


      15 West Mountain
      Fayetteville, Arkansas 72702

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      True Lit Fest September

      True Lit: Fayetteville's Literary Festival sponsored by the Friends of the Fayetteville Public Library and the Fayetteville Montessori School will be Thursday, September 5th through Sunday, September 8th at a variety of venues in Fayetteville. True Lit is a collaboration between multiple Fayetteville institutions interested in celebrating literary adventures for all ages. The four-day festival includes many events that are free and open to the public. The festival website is

      True Lit's inaugural year will feature a stellar line up of talented national and regional authors. The festival's partners, Fayetteville Public Library, Fayetteville Public Schools, Fayetteville Public Education Foundation, and the University of Arkansas and College of Education and Health Professions embraced the opportunity to create the festival to inspire all ages to embrace writing and reading.

      For seven years, the Fayetteville Public Library has hosted Ozark Writers Live! (OWL!) a one-day literary event focused on introducing readers and writers to regional authors. This year's True Lit Festival will increase the writing workshops hosted at the library from one day to three days with classes for youths, teens and adults.

      The True Lit Festival has a significant youth focus with the featured speaker, award-winning author Jack Gantos. Gantos. Author of more than 40 books for children, including the Rotten Ralph series and the Joey Pigza novels. His most recent novel, Dead End in Norvelt, is a semi-autobiographical novel about the author's hometown and its values. It won the 2012 John Newbery Award and the Scott O'Dell award for Historical Fiction. Gantos will be the featured speaker for the Fayetteville Schools' Young Author Series for 4th graders and the Blair Lecture Series for high school sophomores

      The public is invited to hear Gantos speak at Fayetteville Public Library on Friday, September 6 at 7 p.m. The evening author talk introduces a full day on Saturday of author readings and writing workshops at the library.

      The literary festival activities at the library begin on Thursday, September 5th and conclude on Sunday, September 8th. Molly Giles, Bryan Borland and Carla McClafferty will lead writing workshops Thursday through Saturday. In addition to Jack Gantos on Friday evening, Saturday will also consist of a full day of author readings, panel discussions and writing craft presentations featuring authors Kevin Brockmeier, Janis Kearney, Anthony Priest, Kat Robinson, and Barbara Youree, and a mystery writers' panel including Anna Loan-Wilsey, Maaeve Maddox, and E.A. Allen.

      True Lit also offers events for the whole family including poetry readings at Nightbird Books, a variety show Storytelling Arkansas with Jules Taylor and Shannon Wurst, and a "Book Character Parade." The community is encouraged to dress up as their favorite literary character and parade Saturday, September 7 at 10:30 a.m. from the Fayetteville Square to the library; prizes will be awarded for best costumes. Once at the library, everyone is in for a musical celebration with 3 Penny Acre at 11:30 a.m. The festival concludes Sunday with an open mic session encouraging area writers and True Lit festival participants to share their original works, refreshments, and a free concert with Calle Soul, Arkansas' "Best Salsa Band".

      For more information and a full schedule of events visit

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