Annual Literary Festival Will Entertain. Educate Children and Adults

Story listeners and tellers from toddlers to teens to elders can find something to enjoy at the annual Center City Literary Festival, set for Saturday, April 14, at UNC Charlotte Center City (320 E. 9th St., Charlotte 28202). The day, full of free literary activities for all ages, celebrates all the ways we tell stories.

The mid-day portion of the festival will focus on children and will feature appearances by children’s authors Tia Capers, Janaka Lewis and Lisa Klein; creative activities, a live puppet show, and a dance performance by Dances of India.

In the evening, adults will enjoy award-winning authors Jill McCorkle, Gary Jackson, Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams, Paula Martinac, and Siobhán Campbell at a reception, readings, discussions and book signings.

“Whether you are a UNC Charlotte student looking for a way to relax, a child just beginning to enjoy stories, or a community resident with a love and appreciation for literature, this festival is for you,” said Mark West, festival creator and chair of UNC Charlotte’s English Department. The department cosponsors the festival, along with UNC Charlotte Center City.

The festival is free and open to the public. Children’s activities will be from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; adult events will be from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The festival intends to help attendees discover – or re-discover — how literature gives joy, unites communities, and expresses our shared humanity and to consider how writing and art can sustain a community, especially in times of change and upheaval. It also aims to bridge the university-city gap through the literary arts and to celebrate the many ways we tell stories for readers young and old.

Public paid parking is available at lots at the corner of 7th and Brevard streets and at the corner of 8th and College street, and the 7th Street Station Parking Deck. Some metered spaces are available on Brevard Street. Only UNC Charlotte permit holders can park in lots at 319 E. 9th St. and 422 E. 9th St.

The new light rail LYNX Blue Line extension stops at Center City at the 9th Street station.

More information about the authors and the festival can be found at


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