2019 Events 

Suzanne Woods Fisher

Author Visit, Book Sale & Signing | January 26

Bentonville Public Library hosted best-selling, award-winner author Suzanne Woods Fisher for an author visit Saturday, January 26.
Fisher has written over 30 books and has sold over one million copies. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family. Mending Fences is her newest book.

Rich Davis

Drawing Workshop, Book Sale & Signing| June 20

Bentonville Public Library hosted author/illustrator for a children's workshop on June 20.

Rich Davis is a professional artist, children's book artist, and drawing game inventor. Rich is the illustrator of the Tiny Series by Cari Meister, the Aliens, Inc. Series by Darcy Pattison, the author/illustrator of The Big Book of Pick and Draw Activities and The 1-Minute Artist: Learn to Draw Almost Anything in 6 Easy Steps. He lives in Northwest Arkansas.

BPL’s event was sponsored by the Friends of the Bentonville Library.


A Visit with Delia Owens

Author Presentation, Book Sale & Signing| July 20

Bentonville Public Library hosted New York Times bestselling author Delia Owens on July 20. In conjunction with this special presentation, the Bentonville Library Foundation invited attendees to a reception inspired by the pages of Where the Crawdads Sing.

Delia Owens is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Where the Crawdads Sing and the coauthor of three internationally bestselling nonfiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa, including Cry of the Kalahari and Secrets of the Savanna. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in Animal Behavior from the University of California in Davis. Delia has won the John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing and has been published in Nature, the African Journal of Ecology, and International Wildlife, among many others. Where the Crawdads Sing is her first novel.

Where the Crawdads Sing was the 2019 If All Arkansas Read the Same Book selection. If All Arkansas Read the Same book was sponsored by the Arkansas Center for the Book at the Arkansas State Library; this project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

BPL’s event kicked off Ms. Owens' Arkansas book tour and was presented by the Bentonville Library Foundation with a donation from Timex.


Ashley Franklin

Storytime with the Author, Book Sale & Signing| July 23

Bentonville Public Library hosted Ms. Franklin as she read her first book Not Quite Snow White, a delightful and inspiring story that highlights the importance of self-confidence while taking an earnest look at what happens when that confidence is shaken or lost. The story and activities encouraged all attendees to let their own magic shine.

Not Quite Snow White is illustrated by Ebony Glenn. Kirkus Reviews writes, “A feel-good picture book and a great reminder that classic princess roles can be reimagined to embrace inclusion, diversity, and body positivity.” Franklin lives in Bentonville.

BPL’s event was sponsored by the Friends of the Bentonville Library.

An Evolving Festival

BPL is excited about “Bentonville’s Fifth Annual Literature Festival: Turning the Page!”
BLF5 features festival events throughout the calendar year, highlighting authors and illustrators of books for all reading audiences – children, teens and adults.

This seasonal approach to our festival includes opportunities to meet creators of good books. Look for BLF5 to celebrate stories with special offerings incorporated into current library events, presentations of unique programs and collaborations with schools for author visits.

Watch for details as BPL announces BLF5 events this year! We invite readers of all ages to join us in turning the page by celebrating a new chapter of Bentonville’s Literature Festival.

Festival Mission

To connect our community with authors and illustrators to inspire readers of all ages, celebrate storytelling and foster a lifelong love of literature, writing and creativity.

About the Festival

Quality library events hosted throughout the year for various reading audiences featuring presentations, workshops, special events, performances, art, book sales, book signings and opportunities to connect with talented authors and illustrators of popular literature.

All festival activities are designed to be free to attendees, with our target groups being school-age children, teenagers, adults, community families and educators.

Bentonville's Literature Festival is presented by the Bentonville Public Library and supported by the Bentonville Library Foundation and Friends of the Bentonville Library.


Special Thanks to Ard Hoyt!

BLF5 custom logo designed and donated by Bentonville's own Ard Hoyt.
A friend to Bentonville Public Library, Ard is a nationally known, award-winning illustrator of more than 25 children's picture books. He has worked with great talents and big names such as Mary Casanova, John Lithgow and Molly Shannon, so we are very appreciative when he chooses to work with the BPL team!

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