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The Arkansas Literary Festival is back 

¡Viva el libro!

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For four short days next week, rockabilly royalty Wanda Jackson, "science advice goddess" Amy Alkon, comic book pioneer Trina Robbins and a slew of other authors and artists converge in Little Rock for the 2018 Arkansas Literary Festival. It's your best bet for encountering some of your favorite (and future favorite) writers, and a fitting occasion for getting your head out of a book and celebrating the written word in real life, with other people.

Here's a snapshot of festival events to guide your weekend, along with a handful of conversations with creators appearing at this year's lit fest: 

2018 Arkansas Literary Festival Schedule
Some of the highlights.

A Q&A with Trina Robbins
On Yiddishkeit and fishnets.
by Stephanie Smittle

A Q&A with Monica Clark-Robinson
Giving children their agency.
by Heather Steadham

A Q&A with Carmen Maria Machado
It'll be raining.
by Rachael Borné

A Q&A with Michelle Kuo
What about now.
by Matt Baker

The many sides of Lou Reed
Anthony DeCurtis' biography of the rock hero goes beyond the myth.
by Lindsey Millar

A Q&A with Hanna Al-Jibouri
On Poetic Justice.
by Katy Henriksen

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