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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

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.

Rewrite Springfield’s Wild West history in the name of Art

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

DID YOU KNOW that the first quick-draw shootout of the Wild West took place in Springfield, MO, in 1865? The shootout on the square between Wild Bill Hickok and David Tutt was made famous in the February 1867 edition of Harper’s Magazine. Now, 143 years later, Artist Tim Schwartz of San Diego is seeking help from Springfield citizens to reimagine part of this historic tale. The Harper’s story on Wild Bill touches on his Civil War experiences and feats of shooting, fighting and horsemanship, but part of the story is missing due to an error that occurred when the article was scanned into electronic media: one page was scanned twice and another was omitted.
Tim’s project focuses on the conversion of old media – in this case the 1867 Harper’s article – to electronic media, focusing on what is lost in translation. In terms of the Harper’s article, what’s lost is Page 278.  “In an attempt to elucidate this loss in translation I am asking YOU, the citizens of Springfield, MO, to imagine what happened on that lost page,” Tim says. Writers can rewrite the missing page with factual information left out of the original, or construct a fictional fantasy from the whole cloth. In any case, the reimagined text should begin where the original leaves off and leave off where the original picks up again. The full text (minus page 278) is available on request from molitfest@yahoo.com.
Submissions should be no more than 1,100 words, or more particularly 5,700 characters, and Tim will happily send everyone that submits text a T-Shirt from the project. Thanks in advance for all your imaginative help! Email text and questions to: tim.c.schwartz@gmail.com before Nov. 15, 2010. For more information on his project, visit http://www.stat-us.org

Full Literary Festival Schedule

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Friday, Oct. 2

Regular Festival Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

10 a.m.
The festival kicks off with the official Opening Ceremony, featuring state and local dignitaries, music and more. After the Opening Ceremony, enjoy live performances at the gate, visit the booths on the Grand Concourse and purchase books by our festival authors and poets.

11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Renowned business writers Norm Brodsky, Bo Burlingham and Jack Stack present Business by the Book, a luncheon program in which our business gurus discuss strategies to save your business, your family and your financial future in these trying economic times. Tickets for this program are $35 and may be purchased at www.missouriliteraryfestival.org, www.sbj.net. A small number of tickets may be available at the gate. Tickets to Business by the Book will also get ticketholders into the festival throughout the weekend.

1:30-3 p.m.
The Art of Green, a panel discussion moderated by Jeff Barber and sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council, delves into sustainable design and construction. Panelists are Rick Harrison, author of “Prefurbia – Reinventing the Suburbs: From Disdainable to Sustainable,” Bruce Adibyazdi, Robert B. Murray III, Andrew Wells and George Van Hoesen.

2-4 p.m.
Get Your Read On! kicks off festival events for kids, tweens and teens with authors Louise Jackson and J.B. Cheaney. Get ready to read, write and be creative. Enjoy word activities, create a bookmark, hear a story and enjoy refreshments provided by SportService.

3-4 p.m.
Write Like You Mean Business with Jennifer Ailor, sponsored by the Association of Women in Communication

4-5 p.m.
World champion spoken word poet Joaquin Zihuatanejo conducts a Slam Poetry Workshop at the Drury Diversity Center

Lit Fest After Hours

6-9 p.m.
The public opening of The Poetics of Construction, a sustainable-design charette conceived by architect Jeff Barber in conjunction with The Art of Green, takes place during First Friday Art Walk at The Creamery

6-10 p.m.
Enjoy Missouri Literary Festival on the Square during First Friday Art Walk at Park Central Branch Library. Hear finalists in the Missouri Literary Festival Award for Short Fiction Contest reading their works, Poetry Out Loud performers and local slam poetry.

10 p.m.-Midnight
An Evening of Slam Poetry at the Drury Diversity Center, featuring world champion spoken word poet Joaquin Zihuatanejo and a Slam Invitational competition.

Saturday, Oct. 3

Regular Festival Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Get Your Read On! Enjoy creative activities, stories and more for children, tweens and teens all day at Hammons Field.

To Read a Mockingbird. Enjoy our marathon public reading of Harper Lee’s classic “To Kill A Mockingbird” at the Readers Corner on the Hammons Field Grand Concourse.

9-10 a.m.
Poet Marcus Cafagna, author of “The Broken World” and “Roman Fever”
Nature Photographer John Hess, author of “The Galápagos: Exploring Darwin’s Tapestry”
Juvenile fiction writer J.B. Cheaney, author of “The Middle of Somewhere”

10-11 a.m.
Two-Time U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, author of “Ballistics”

10 a.m.-2 p.m.
J. Terry Johnson, author of “Cardinal Fever,” at the Hammons Field Team Store

11 a.m – Noon
A Gathering of Local Writers features readings of original works by Missouri State University writers
Mystery writer William Bernhardt, New York Times bestselling author of “Capitol Conspiracy” and “Criminal Intent”
Instructional writer Judy Brunner, author of “Response to Intervention Tiers One and Two: Helping All Students Understand and Remember What They Read”
Children’s writer Louise Jackson, author of “Exiled! From Tragedy to Triumph on the Missouri Frontier”

11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Special Event: Brunch with Laura Shapiro Enjoy culinary insights from food writer Laura Shapiro, author of “Perfection Salad: Women and Cooking at the Turn of the Century” and the biography “Julia Child,” at The Creamery Arts Center while savoring a delicious brunch by Gallery Bistro Chef Peter Tinson. Tickets are $25. Tickets to Brunch with Laura Shapiro will also get ticketholders into the festival throughout the weekend.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Missouri Poet Laureate Walter Bargen, author of “The Feast” and “Theban Traffic”

12:30-1:30 p.m.
Missouri Poet Kevin Prufer, author of “National Anthem” and “Little Paper Sacrifice”
Mad Science activities in the Children’s Area

1-2 p.m.
A Gathering of Local Writers features readings of original works by Missouri State University authors
Novelist Katie Estill, author of “Evening Would Find Me” and “Dahlia’s Gone”
Political writer Ken Rutherford, author of “Humanitarianism Under Fire: The US and UN Intervention in Somalia”
Comic book artist and caricaturist Tielman Cheaney

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Children’s author and poet David Harrison, author of “Pirates” and “Cave Detectives”

2-3 p.m.
A Gathering of Local Writers features readings of original works by Drury University writers
Two-time U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins addresses prepared students
Novelist Daniel Woodrell, author of “Winter’s Bone” and “Tomato Red”
Children’s writer Kate Klise, author of “Regarding the Fountain” and “Deliver Us From Normal”

3-4 p.m.
Novelist Robert Dalby, author of “A Piggly Wiggly Wedding”
Western writer Dusty Richards, author of “The Horse Creek Incident”
Photographer Julie Blackmon, author of “Domestic Vacations”
Children’s writer Judy Young, author of “The Hidden Bestiary of Marvelous, Mysterious and (maybe even) Magical Creatures”

3-5 p.m.
Write, Edit, Publish: A How-To Panel featuring Moderator Kate Klise and panelists Moira Bailey, Suzann Ledbetter Ellingsworth, Jody Feldman, Clarissa French and Kelly Knauer.

4-5 p.m.
Brad Gooch, author of “Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor”
Richard Paul Evans, author of “The Christmas Box” and “The Gift”
Missouri Literary Journals and Their Missions featuring Craig Albin, Speer Morgan, Kevin Prufer, Kristine Somerville and Lanette Cadle

Lit Fest After Hours

7-10 p.m.
Special Event: Meet the Authors Gala — Mix and mingle with the festival authors in a convivial cocktail atmosphere on the Prime Plaza. Enjoy the free exchange of ideas with our literary lions, plus delicious drinks and hors d’oeuvre. Tickets are $75. Tickets to the Meet the Authors Gala will also get ticketholders into the festival throughout the weekend.

Sunday, Oct. 4

Regular Festival Hours: Noon-4:30 p.m.

Noon-4:30 p.m.
Get Your Read On! Enjoy creative activities, stories and more for children, tweens and teens all day at Hammons Field.

To Read a Mockingbird. Enjoy our marathon public reading of Harper Lee’s classic “To Kill A Mockingbird” at the Readers Corner on the Hammons Field Grand Concourse.

Noon-1 p.m.
Cait London, best-selling romance writer, author of “For Her Eyes Only”

Noon-2 p.m.
Cowboy Poetry, featuring members of the Missouri Cowboy Poets Association; Francine Roark Robison, Cowboy Poet Laureate of Oklahoma; Reverend Dr. Steven Spalding, the Cowboy Preacher; Richard Dunlap; and Jake White

1-2 p.m.
Remembering Tony LaRussa with Mike Lindskog and Rob Rains, Mike Lindskog, the Voice of the Cardinals, interviews Rob Rains, author of “Tony LaRussa: Man on a Mission”
Children’s writer Jody Feldman, author of “The Gollywhopper Games”

2-3 p.m.
Inspirational writer and speaker Jennifer Rothschild, author of “Self Talk, Soul Talk: What to Say When You Talk to Yourself”
Bring Them In: The Four Cs of Collecting Books with Dr. William H. Cooper
Writing To Get Paid versus Writing For Money, by humorist, novelist and nonfiction writer Suzann Ledbetter Ellingsworth, author of “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie”

3-4 p.m.
Arts and cultural writer Sally Tippett Rains, author of “The Making of a Classic, Margaret Mitchell and Gone With the Wind”
So, You Want to be an Author … by writer and editor Reta Stewart-Allen
Children’s writer June Rae Wood, author of “The Man Who Loved Clowns”

The Missouri Literary Festival, a Celebration of Arts, Literature and Literacy, is a nonprofit event focused on raising funds to benefit Springfield Regional Arts Council, Ozarks Literacy Council, Family Literacy Centers of Springfield, the R-12 Title I Schools and the Writers Hall of Fame scholarship program.

SBJ Publishing presents Business by the Book

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

The Missouri Literary Festival is proud to announce SBJ Publishing Inc., parent of Springfield Business Journal and Joplin Tri-States Business Journal, as presenting  sponsor of the Business by the Book luncheon, featuring business writers Bo Burlingham, Norm Brodsky and Springfield’s own Jack Stack.

 

“This is a perfect pairing,” said Literary Festival Board Chairman William Brandon Bowman. “We have the finest resources of business information in the region – Springfield Business Journal and Joplin Tri-States Business Journal – presenting some of the finest minds in American business strategy.”

 

Tickets for Business by the Book, held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Hammons Field Indoor Training Facility, are $35, including lunch, and may be purchased at www.sbj.net. Business by the Book tickets also provide general admission to the three-day Missouri Literary Festival.

 

ABOUT THE BUSINESS BY THE BOOK AUTHORS

 

NORM BRODSKY is a veteran entrepreneur who has started numerous businesses, including a three-time Inc. 500 company.  In December 1995, he began sharing his street-smart advice in a regular Inc. column co-authored with Bo Burlingham.  Last year, the column was – for the second time – a finalist for a National Magazine Award.  In October 2008, Portfolio/Penguin published “The Knack: How Street Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Anything That Comes Up,” by Brodsky and Burlingham.  Brodsky sold his company in a leveraged buyout in December 2007.

 

BO BURLINGHAM is the author of “Small Giants: Companies that Choose to be Great Instead of Big” and an editor-at-large for Inc. magazine. Burlingham also collaborated with Jack Stack — co-founder and CEO of Springfield Remanufacturing Co. and the pioneer of open-book management – on the “The Great Game of Business” and “A Stake in the Outcome.” 

 

JOHN P. (JACK) STACK is president and CEO of SRC Holdings Corporation in Springfield and author of “The Great Game of Business,” the seminal work on open-book management, and “A Stake in the Outcome.” SRC, with sales of $300 million a year and 800+ employees, started out as an International Harvester plant. In 1983, plant manager Stack and the SRC employees bought the company, using open-book management to create what Inc. magazine proclaimed “one of America’s most competitive small companies.” Inc. has also called Stack the “smartest strategist in America” and Fortune Small Business Magazine has listed him among the “top 10 minds in small business.”

The Missouri Literary Festival, a Celebration of Arts, Literature and Literacy, is a nonprofit event focused on raising funds to benefit Springfield Regional Arts Council, Ozarks Literacy Council, Family Literacy Centers of Springfield, the R-12 Title I Schools and the Writers Hall of Fame scholarship program.