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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

Missouri Humanities Council awards grant for 2011 Literary Festival

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

mhclogo_lgwebSpringfield Regional Arts Council (SRAC) is pleased to announce that the Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) has awarded a grant of $9,617 to SRAC for its project, the 2011 Missouri Literary Festival: The Civil War, to be held Sept. 23, 24 & 25 at The Creamery Arts Center and Jordan Valley Park. The Missouri Humanities Council is the only state-wide agency in Missouri devoted exclusively to humanities education for citizens of all ages. It has served as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities since 1971.

The 2011 Missouri Literary Festival: The Civil War features famed novelist Jeff Shaara, author of “Gods and Generals” and “The Last Full Measure,” Civil War Historian William C. Davis, author of “The Battle of Bull Run”; historical novelist Janis Cooke Newman, author of “Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln”; Springfield novelist Steve Yates, author of “Morkan’s Quarry”; children’s authors Kate Klise and Judy Young, and many more.

The Literary Festival also includes art and writing contests for schoolchildren; a short fiction contest; a concert of Civil War Hymns by the Voices of Deliverance Choir; interactive historical displays including cannon and musket firings, a Cavalry Tent display with horses, hands-on crafts, quilting, live music and displays on Civil War medicine, cooking and the life of the common soldier; a performance of “The Rhythm is Keeping Us Alive: A Celebration of African American Poetry” and more. Tickets are $5 for age 11 and up, free for children 10 and under. For more information, visit www.missouriliteraryfestival.org. For more information about the grants program of the Missouri Humanities Council, please call (314) 781-9660 or (800) 357-0909, or write to the MHC at 543 Hanley Industrial Court, Suite 205, St. Louis, MO 63144-1905.

About the Springfield Regional Arts Council
SRAC, incorporated in 1978, connects people and the arts. It supports some of the most prominent visual, performing, literary and film/media arts organizations within 27 counties, the largest outreach of any in the state of Missouri. The current mission of the SRAC is to transform lives and enrich our Community through the Arts. The SRAC also manages The Creamery Arts Center, which houses the offices of the SRAC, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Ballet, Springfield Regional Opera, Missouri Literary Festival, Springfield Community Center and Care to Learn, as well as a board room, classrooms, instrument storage, arts library, exhibition hall, film editing bays and shared costume and set design shops managed by the Springfield Little Theatre.