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Spring Literary Festivals

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If you're in need of some inspiration this spring, check out one of these literary festivals and find readings, workshops, music, panel discussions, and lots more bookish fun to get your words flowing.

Arkansas Literary Festival
April 24-27, 2014
Little Rock, AR
The Arkansas Literary Festival, the premier gathering of readers and writers in Arkansas, takes place at The Central Arkansas Library System's Main Library campus and other venues in the River Market and Argenta Arts districts. The Festival is a stimulating mix of sessions, panels, special events, performances, workshops, presentations, opportunities to meet the authors, book sales, and book signings. Most events are free and open to the public.

Newburyport Literary Festival
April 25-26, 2014
Newburyport, MA
With a rich literary heritage, the greater Newburyport area has a lot to be excited about. Writers as diverse as John Greenleaf Whittier, John P. Marquand, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Andre Dubus II have called Newburyport home. This festival promises to have something for every reader.

Spring Writes
May 1-3, 2014
Ithaca, NY
The Spring Writes Literary Festival 2014 will combine workshops, panels, performances, and public events for writers and readers. There are more than 30 opportunities for education, inspiration and entertainment at locations in downtown Ithaca.

Ojai Storytelling Festival
May 1-4 2014
Ojai, CA
The Topa Topa peaks tower in the distance. Fragrant orange blossoms fill the air. A canopy of majestic oaks reaches overhead. Downtown Ojai welcomes visitors to its charming shops, galleries and cafes. The setting for the 15th Annual Ojai Storytelling Festival offers captivating performances for all ages and is truly magical.

Hawaii Book and Music Festival
May 3-4, 2014
Honolulu, HI
HBMF is a unique event in Hawaii. We strive to celebrate and honor books, storytelling and music in way that is fun, accessible, and memorable for people of all ages, backgrounds and tastes.  We strive to introduce Hawaii books and music to the world and to introduce Hawaii to new worlds of books and music. We honor our host culture, explore topics of community interest, and highlight the joy of life-long literacy for all of Hawaii’s people.

Gaithersburg Book Festival
May 17, 2014
Gaithersburg, MD
The Gaithersburg Book Festival is a celebration of the written word and its power to enrich the human experience. Our mission is to foster an interest in reading, writing and literary conversation.


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