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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

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.