Gathering of Authors

The 9th annual Gathering of Authors is set to take place on Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13 in Texarkana. This unique event combines the importance of literacy and giving back, with proceeds benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Friday night’s festivities include a charity dinner with silent auction taking place at Williams Memorial United Method Church at 7pm. The dinner is limited to 400 guests so those who wish to attend should RSVP online in advance. Tickets are $30 per person for adults, and $12 for children 12 and under.

The main book signing event on Saturday will be held at the Texarkana Arkansas Convention Center from 10am-3pm and features 35 authors, including keynote speakers Todd and Colton Burpo. The Burpos are the real father and son from the 2014 film, Heaven is For Real, based on the book by the same name. Written by Todd, Heaven is for Real tells the story of Colton’s near-death experience at age 3 during which he says he left his body and went to heaven.

Todd & Colton Burpo Gathering of Authors Texarkana Arkansas

Gathering of the Authors began in 2010 as a literacy event with a focus on writers in and around the area. It quickly grew to include authors from all around and the fundraising aspect was added in 2014. For more information about Gathering of Authors, visit