Attracting high-profile authors can be a difficult business for a literary festival. It’s a problem keenly felt by the Six Bridges Book Festival in Little Rock.
One of the main issues when it comes to attracting prominent authors to a literary festival is the cost of speaking fees. For well-established authors, these fees can easily range into the thousands.
According to festival coordinator Brad Mooy, the festival has typically not offered speaking fees to authors in the past. Despite this, he said in an email that the festival “has had some amazing good fortune over the years.”
Going forward, though, he says there will likely be authors the festival would like to bring to Arkansas who will not be able to come for only travel and lodging expenses paid.
That’s where the festival’s Book Club Campaign comes in. The festival is launching a Book Club Campaign to raise funds for author speaking fees for the 2020 fest.
Individuals who donate $25 or more will have the opportunity to vote on a list of authors that festival officials are considering for the 2020 fest. This increases to two votes for a $50 donation, three votes for a $75 donation, four votes and a ticket to the author party for a $100 donation.
There are also higher donation tiers, as well. Individuals who donate $250 receive 10 votes plus two author party tickets, and individuals who donate $500 receive 20 votes and four tickets to the party. A $1,000 donation nets you 40 votes and 10 party tickets.
Of course, any and all donations are accepted. These donations are tax-deductible.
Checks can be made out to CALS Foundation and addressed to 100 Rock Street, Little Rock, AR 72201. Specify on the check that the funds are for the “Book Club Campaign.”
Donations can also be made online here.
The 2020 edition of the Six Bridges Book Festival is set for April 23-26, 2020.
Image courtesy of Central Arkansas Library System