September 25 - October 1, 2023
Named for the six bridges that connect the downtowns of Little Rock and North Little Rock, the festival bridges communities and brings people together.
The 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 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 its inception, the festival has been an important showcase for nationally and internationally known writers, as well as locally based talent.
Presenters from past festivals include Ann Patchett, John Waters, Sebastian Junger, Jacqueline Woodson, David Sedaris, Kiese Laymon, Tim O’Brien, Congressman John Lewis, Simon Majumdar, Issa Rae, Mary Roach, Charles Yu, Jericho Brown, Vashti Harrison, TJ Klune, Sandra Cisneros, James Beard Award winners Dorie Greenspan and Vishwesh Bhatt, and critically acclaimed Arkansas authors such as Kevin Brockmeier and Trenton Lee Stewart.
Festival goers can expect everything from cooking classes to film screenings, pie competitions, book discussions, an exciting kickoff party, and insightful moments with fellow readers and writers alike. To see everything on this year's schedule, please visit their website!