Center City Literary Festival

When May 06, 2017, 10:00 AM
Where UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte
Registration Details & Deadlines No registration required
Cost $0.00
Who is Invited General Public
Parking Details Parking is available for a fee in a "pay-to-park" lot at Brevard and 7th Street or in the 7th Street Station Parking Deck (7th Street at the light rail tracks), both a short walk away, and in other "pay to park" lots in the area. Some parking is available in metered spaces on the streets around UNC Charlotte Center City. Persons with valid UNC Charlotte parking permits may park at 422 E. 9th Street. Parking Map.

A day-long spring festival of literature hosted by UNC Charlotte’s Department of English and UNC Charlotte Center City on Saturday, May 6 will feature a variety of children’s authors, organizations, and fun activities for children. In the evening, award-winning authors Nikky Finney, Eduardo C. Corral, Dustin M. Hoffman, and Bryn Chancellor will headline a reception, readings, discussion, and book signings.

The festival aims to bridge the university and city through the literary arts and to celebrate the many ways of telling stories for readers young and old, all at the university's vibrant Center City campus in Uptown Charlotte. Conference organizers hope attendees will discover how literature gives joy, unites communities, and expresses people's shared humanity. The event is intended to inspire people to consider how writing and art can sustain a community, especially in times of change and upheaval.

The children’s events and activities will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; the evening events will be from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., beginning with a reception followed by the poetry and fiction readings. A book signing and social gathering will follow the readings. All events will take place at UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. 9th Street in Charlotte. More information about the authors and festival can be found at

The event is free and open to the public.