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Festival tickets now available; view the Festival program online

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Springfield Regional Arts Council and the board of the 2011 Missouri Literary Festival: The Civil War, are proud to announce that tickets to the festival and its special events are now on sale, and the festival program is now in print and online! The festival program will be inserted in the Sept. 18 Sunday issue of the Springfield News-Leader; or click on this link to view the 2011 Missouri Literary Festival Program right now.

General Admission tickets to the festival are $5 for age 11 and up (age 10 and under get in free) and can be purchased in advance at Springfield-Greene County Libraries and at The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway. Tickets will also be available at the gate, and a single general admission ticket is good for all three days of the festival.

Festival Special Events include High Tea With Janis Cooke Newman, The Blue and Grey Meet-the-Authors Gala, and showings of Gone With the Wind at The Gillioz. Purchase of a High Tea or Blue and Grey Gala ticket includes general admission for all three days of the festival.

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, the High Tea features tea, sandwiches and scones with the author of Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln.

A poignant work of historical fiction, Mary introduces us to Mary Todd Lincoln, a bright, ambitious, passionate and very misunderstood woman. The daughter of prominent Kentucky merchant and state senator Robert Smith Todd, Mary was a vivacious belle — socially graceful, witty and fluent in French.  An educated woman, an abolitionist and avid student of politics, Mary also served as a trusted political advisor to her husband. Meanwhile, her personal life was scarred by loss, from the death of her mother at age 6, to the deaths of three of her children and her husband’s assassination. Janis Cooke Newman’s Mary brings this iconic American woman to life.

Tickets to High Tea with Janis Cooke Newman are $25 apiece, and only 80 will be sold. Tickets to the tea also provide general admission for all three days of the festival. Tickets may be purchased at The Creamery Arts Center or through festival chairman William Brandon Bowman at 865-0450.

The Blue and Grey Meet-the-Authors Gala

The 2011 Missouri Literary Festival: The Civil War invites you to an evening of literature, libations and genuine Ozarks entertainment with the Blue & Grey Meet-the-Authors Gala.

Guests will gather at The Creamery Arts Center Exhibition Hall to meet festival authors over drinks and the culinary wonders of  Gallery Bistro’s Peter Tinson. A highlight of the evening will be live music by Marideth Sisco and Blackberry Winter, as seen in the Academy Award-nominated film Winter’s Bone. Tickets are $50, and also provide general admission for all three days of the festival. Tickets may be purchased at The Creamery Arts Center or through festival chairman William Brandon Bowman at 865-0450.

Gala Schedule:

7 p.m. Welcome and Introduction of Guests, William Brandon Bowman

7 p.m. Drinks and Buffet Dinner catered by Peter Tinson, Gallery Bistro

7:30-8:30 p.m. Entertainment by Marideth Sisco and Blackberry Winter

8:30 p.m. Auction of Horses Donated by Obelisk Home

Gone With the Wind

One of the best-known, best-beloved and most controversial films about the Civil War, the Academy Award-winning classic will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 at the historic Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East. Tickets are $5 and do not include festival admission. Tickets are available through the Gillioz Box Office, (417) 863-7843 www.gillioz.org

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

Deadline approaches for Civil War Challenge Short Fiction Contest!

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

The deadline is looming for the 2011 Civil War Challenge Short Fiction Contest, presented by The Missouri Literary Festival and the Springfield News-Leader.

All short story writers are encouraged to take up the challenge and contribute their own creative work. The contest is open to any fiction genre but stories should contain some element (such as setting, character, theme) related to the U.S. Civil War. Authors can submit their short story entries from through 9 p.m. July 1, 2011. The entry fee is $10. Click here for an application.

Once judging is complete, a selection of finalists will be presented on the News-Leader Online where the public will be able to read and vote for their favorite short stories. Prizes of $100 will be awarded to the top National, Missouri and People’s Choice entries;  a $50 prize will be awarded to the first runner-up in each category.

For questions regarding the Missouri Literary Festival/Springfield News-Leader Civil War Challenge Short Fiction Contest email us at fictionprize@gmail.com.

Civil War encampment comes to National and Trafficway June 25

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

As part of the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Foundation is hosting a Civil War encampment and drill at The Commons on the NW corner of National Avenue and Trafficway, just east of Hammons Field, to mark the anniversary of the arrival of the first army to occupy Springfield during the Civil War. The event will occur 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on June 25, 2011.  The public is invited to this free event.

At the 150th Anniversary Encampment, visitors will find an authentic Civil War camp of infantry and artillery, and can observe camp life and watch soldiers drill as their officers attempt to turn raw recruits into soldiers.  Information on the 150th Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle of Wilson’s Creek August 12, 13 and 14, 2011, will also be available.

Historical background:
On June 11, 1861, U. S. General Nathaniel Lyon declared war on the State of Missouri.  He immediately launched a campaign to drive the pro-secessionist Governor Claiborne Fox Jackson and his Missouri State Guard from the vital Missouri River Valley.  At the same time he dispatched troops under General Thomas William Sweeney toward Springfield to cut off the escape of the Missouri State Guard into Arkansas.  On June 24, 1861, Colonel Franz Sigel’s German-speaking, St. Louis-enlisted Union troops arrived in Springfield after a hot, wearying march from the railhead at Rolla.  Many of his troops had marched through their shoes and wore uniforms that had been reduced to rags by the exertions of the march.  This federal force was the first army to occupy Springfield during the Civil War.  It would not be the last.  Springfield would change hands many times during the war.  Sigel’s troops went into camp around Springfield and began rounding up southern sympathizers.  The arrival of these troops encouraged Unionists, discouraged secessionists, and brought home to everyone the reality that war had come to Springfield.

Established in 1950, the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Foundation is one of the oldest private sector support groups associated with the National Park Service. It is a non-profit corporation with IRS 501(c) (3) status.

Since the Foundation’s initial purchase of 37 acres on Bloody Hill, site of the heaviest fighting in the battle, the Foundation has worked to preserve and protect the park. The goal of the Foundation is to enhance awareness and appreciation of this national treasure—a haven for historians and those who enjoy the outdoors.

Get the scoop with the 2011 Missouri Literary Festival newsletter

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

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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.

Missouri Literary Festival launches Civil War Challenge Short Fiction Contest

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

The Missouri Literary Festival and the Springfield News-Leader are teaming up to host the 2011 Civil War Challenge Short Fiction Contest. In celebration of the Sesquicentennial events surrounding the U.S. Civil War, the Missouri Literary Festival will once again host a national writing contest.

All short story writers are encouraged to take up the challenge and contribute their own creative work. The contest is open to any fiction genre but stories should contain some element (such as setting, character, theme) related to the U.S. Civil War. Authors can submit their short story entries from through 9 p.m. July 1, 2011. The entry fee is $10. Click here for an application.

New for the 2011 contest, the Springfield News-Leader will be a leading corporate sponsor of the Missouri Literary Festival. Once judging is complete a selection of top finalists will be presented on the News-Leader Online where the public will be able to read and vote for their favorite short stories. Prizes of $100 will be awarded to the top National, Missouri and People’s Choice entries;  a $50 prize will be awarded to the first runner-up in each category.

For questions regarding the Missouri Literary Festival/Springfield News-Leader Civil War Challenge Short Fiction Contest email us at fictionprize@gmail.com.

2011 Missouri Literary Festival adds more authors

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

The 2011 Missouri Literary Festival: The Civil War is proud to announce the addition of  author David Wilson Atwood, author Janis Cooke Newman and editor James S. Baumlin to the festival lineup.

Where the Mockingbird Sang

Where the Mockingbird Sang

David Wilson Atwood is the author of “Where The Mockingbird Sang – A Novel of the Civil War.” Set in the Arkansas Ozarks, the novel is based on the Civil War diaries of the author’s great-great-grandfather, Evans Atwood, a Springdale physician who served with 15th Arkansas Infantry, CSA. “Where the Mockingbird Sang” combines journal entries, historical fact and fiction in a narrative that begins before the start of the war and follows events through the aftermath of the conflict.

Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln

Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln

Janis Cooke Newman is the author of the historical novel “Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln.” Told from the perspective of Mary Todd Lincoln, whom the author calls one of the most misunderstood women in American history, “Mary” is a story filled with love and war, sex and seances, assassination, infidelity, madness, and politics. The book was honored as the USA Today’s Best Historical Fiction of the Year in 2006.

Confederate Girlhoods

Confederate Girlhoods

James S. Baumlin is a contributor to “Confederate Girlhoods: A Women’s History of Early Springfield, Missouri.” According to Moon City Press, “Confederate Girlhoods” gathers materials from the Campbell-McCammon Collection as preserved in The History Museum for Springfield-Greene County. The book includes memoirs, correspondence and fiction by four generations of women in the Campbell family, a founding family of Springfield, MO.  Focused on writings from 1855 to 1905, “Confederate Girlhoods” presents the women’s view of Indians and early settling; of slavery and Southern patriotism; of war and its social, political, economic aftermath; of the railroad and Westward migration;  and of an Ozarks community’s early efforts at conservation and civic commemoration.

Local historians, Civil War novelist illuminate local history

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Local Civil War Historian William Garrett Piston, Literary Historian Randall Fuller and Novelist Steve Yates will appear at the 2011 Missouri Literary Festival: The Civil War, to be held Sept. 23, 24 and 25 at The Creamery Arts Center in Springfield, MO.

William Garrett Piston

William Garrett Piston

William Garrett Piston, a professor of history at Missouri State University, is the author of “Wilson’s Creek: The Second Battle of the Civil War and the Men Who Fought It.” He has taught history at MSU for 22 years, specializing in American Military History, and the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Randall Fuller

Randall Fuller

Randall Fuller, an associate professor of English at Drury University, is the author of “From Battlefields Rising: How the Civil War Transformed American Literature”  and “Emerson’s Ghosts: Literature, Politics, and the Making of Americanists,” as well as various articles on 19th- and 20th-century American literature.

Morkan's Quarry

Morkan's Quarry

Steve Yates, a novelist and native of Springfield, MO, is the author of “Morkan’s Quarry,” a father-and-son story of the Civil War set primarily in Springfield and the Missouri Ozarks. “Morkan’s Quarry” mines the rich Civil War history of Springfield, which was occupied by five different armies over the course of the war.

Famed Civil War Historian William C. Davis joins Festival lineup

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010
William C. Davis

William C. Davis

The 2011 Missouri Literary Festival is proud to announce that Civil War historian William C. Davis has joined the Festival lineup.

A native of Independence, MO, with more than 50 books to his credit as either author or editor, Davis is a widely consulted expert on Civil War and southern history. His books “Battle of Bull Run” and “Breckinridge: Statesman, Soldier, Symbol” were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Davis served as on-camera senior consultant on the series “Civil War Journal” for A&E Network and The History Channel, and was historical consultant on television and film productions including “The Blue and the Gray,” “George Washington” and “The Perfect Tribute.”

The only three-time winner of the Jefferson Davis Award, honoring book-length works on Confederate history, Davis is a professor of history at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and director of programs at the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies.