Literary Luminaries are scheduled to visit MTCC as part of annual Literary Festival

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Thursday, April 24, 2014

For more information contact:

Tameka Lee

Director of Community Relations

[email protected]


Literary Luminaries are scheduled to visit MTCC as part of annual Literary Festival

Little Rock, AR (April 17, 2014)— Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, in partnership with the Central Arkansas Library System and the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity, will present a unique mix of history and the arts for the 2014 Arkansas Literary Festival.

At 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, MTCC will host mystery writers Attica Locke and Qiu Xiaolong. Locke’s bestseller The Cutting Season transports readers to a Louisiana plantation/tourist attraction where the body of a migrant worker is found on the grounds. Xiaolong focuses on his poet/police chief inspector Chen and the politics of Shanghai in Enigma of China, one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Mystery/Thriller Books of 2013.

At 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, a panel of illustrators, including award-winning children’s author and illustrator Kadir Nelson, along with graphic novelists Colleen Doran (The Vampire Diaries) and Little Rock native Nate Powell (March: Book One), will be at MTCC discussing their works and their visual approaches to interpreting a story.

At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in conjunction with the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity, MTCC is proud to host the trio of collaborators behind March: Book One, the first-hand illustrated account of Congressman John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights co-written by Andrew Aydin and drawn by Powell.

As an American icon and a key figure in the Civil Rights Movement, Lewis’ career of leadership includes sit-ins, freedom rides, the 1963 March on Washington, and the 1965 Selma-Montgomery March. He is the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the only John F. Kennedy "Profile in Courage" Award for Lifetime Achievement ever granted by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

The work is the first issue of a graphic novel trilogy based on Lewis’ experiences during the Civil Rights era and is a meditation “on the distance travelled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation.” Since its 2013 release, it has spent time at #1 on the bestseller lists of The New York Times and The Washington Post and has won the 2014 Coretta Scott King Book Award, among other recognition.

Congressman Lewis, along with Aydin and Powell, will be available to sign March: Book One. A limited number of copies are available for purchase in the Museum Store at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.

To reserve seats and/or a copy of the book, call 501.683.3620 or email [email protected].

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is located at 501 West Ninth Street in downtown Little Rock. Hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. There is no admission fee.

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, is dedicated to telling the history of African Americans in Arkansas from 1870 to the present, especially in the areas of politics, business and the arts. Other agencies of the Department of Arkansas Heritage include Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Delta Cultural Center, Historic Arkansas Museum and Old State House Museum.

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