Archive for August, 2011

Voting begins for Civil War Short Fiction prize!

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

In celebration of the Sesquicentennial events surrounding the U.S. Civil War, the Missouri Literary Festival and the Springfield News-Leader have teamed up to host the 2011 Civil War Challenge Short Story Contest.

From March to July 2011, the Missouri Literary Festival encouraged authors to take up the challenge and contribute their own creative short fiction for this contest. The writing contest was open to any fiction genre but stories were required to contain some element (such as setting, character or theme) related to the U.S. Civil War time period. As part of the competition, prizes will be awarded for National, Regional and People’s Choice winners.

As a leading corporate sponsor of the Missouri Literary Festival, the Springfield News-Leader will host the People’s Choice Award Voting from late August through September 11. During this time period, News-Leader online readers will be able to read and vote on their favorite short stories.

Winners will be announced during the Missouri Literary Festival which will be held Sept. 23, 24 and 25, 2011. The festival headliners include Novelist Jeff Shaara, author of “Gods and Generals” and “The Last Full Measure,” and Historian William C. Davis, author of numerous books on the Civil War including the Pulitzer Prize-nominated “Breckinridge: Statesman, Soldier, Symbol.” Visitors will enjoy author readings, book signings, historic displays, a concert of Civil War era hymns, children’s art activities, poetry readings, and more. Proceeds of the event will benefit Springfield Regional Arts Council and local writing and literacy programs, including Ozarks Literacy Council, Family Literacy Centers of Springfield and scholarships through the Writers Hall of Fame.

To read and vote for your favorite short story visit http://www.news-leader.com/civilwarshortstory

Tickets now on sale for 2011 Missouri Literary Festival: The Civil War

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

General Admission Tickets are now on sale for the 2011 Missouri Literary Festival: The Civil War. A $5 ticket provides access to all three days of the festival; children 10 and under get in free! Tickets may be purchased at The Creamery Arts Center, at the Library Station and at the Library Center.

The festival, held Sept. 23, 24 and 25,  features famed authors Jeff Shaara and William C. Davis, as well as a slate of  novelists, children’s authors, storytellers  and historians, plus live music, The Rhythm is Keeping Us Alive: A Celebration of African-American Poetry,  Civil War historical displays, make-and-take art,  and much more.

Tickets are also available for a variety of special events during the festival: High Tea with Janis Cooke Newman, The Blue and Grey Meet-the-Authors Gala and special showings of the classic, and controversial, Gone With the Wind at the historic Gillioz Theatre.

High Tea With Janis Cooke Newman

The 2011 Missouri Literary Festival: The Civil War is delighted to announce the availability of tickets to High Tea with Janis Cooke Newman, a special ticketed event to be held 3:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at The Creamery Arts Center. Guests will sit at glittering tables and sip tea from fine china as they fortify themselves with sandwiches and scones, all while listening to the author of Mary discuss her poignant work of historical fiction.

While Mary Todd Lincoln’s detractors portrayed her as unstable, demanding and self-centered, in her unique historical novel Newman reveals the complexities of a bright, ambitious, passionate and very misunderstood woman.

Tickets to High Tea with Janis Cooke Newman are $25 apiece and may be purchased at The Creamery or  from any Literary Festival Board member, (see below) or contact Board Chairman William Brandon Bowman at (417) 865-0450

Tickets to the tea also provide general admission for all three days of the festival.

The Blue and Grey Meet-the-Authors Gala

Meet the festival authors while enjoying drinks and a buffet dinner catered by Peter Tinson of Gallery Bistro during the Blue and Grey Meet-the-Authors Gala, 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at The Creamery Arts Center Exhibition Hall.

Gala attendees will be entertained by the music of the Ozarks’ own Marideth Sisco and Blackberry Winter, as featured in the Academy-Award Nominated film, Winter’s Bone.  The evening concludes with the auction of horses donated by Obelisk Home. These lovely white steeds, the festival’s own cavalry mounts, were previously deployed to Springfield classrooms to inspire art and writing projects by local fifth and eighth graders. Now our retired warhorses seek life beyond their service. Proceeds of the horse auction go to support the literary festival and its charities: the Ozarks Literacy Council, Family Literacy Centers of Springfield and Missouri Writers Hall of Fame’s Scholarship Fund.

Tickets to the Blue and Grey Meet-the-Authors Gala are $50 per person and may be purchased at The Creamery Arts Center or by contacting Board Chairman William Brandon Bowman at (417) 865-0450.

Tickets to the gala also provide general admission for all three days of the festival.

Gone With the Wind at The Gillioz

In association with the 2011 Missouri Literary Festival: The Civil War, the historic Gillioz Theatre, at 325 Park Central East, will offer special showings of the iconic, and controversial, film classic Gone With the Wind at 7 p.m.  Saturday,  Sept. 24  and 2 p.m.  Sunday,  Sept. 25.

The 2011 Missouri Literary Festival Board

Contact us to purchase your ticket to High Tea With Janis Cooke Newman!

W.D. Blackmon, Ph.D.

William Brandon Bowman

Craig Anthony Carter

Sandra D’Angelo, Ed.D.

Jeanne Duffey

Kirk Elmquist

Clarissa A. French

Randal Fuller, Ph.D.

Judith Ann Gregg

Ted J. Hillmer

Randall N. Humphrey, Ed.D.

Leah Hamilton Jenkins

Kelly Knauer

Stephanie Stenger Montgomery

Kathleen O’Dell

Marilyn Quigley

Sarah Bowman Sandy

Michael Sowers

Charles A. Taylor, Ph.D.

Patricia Walker