Literary event books a range of authors

A few years ago, RealEyes Bookstore owner Darren “Jaz” Vincent read a book that inspired him to change his life.

At the Charlotte Literary Festival on Saturday, Sept. 6, Vincent, a rap singer turned NoDa bookstore owner, hopes people find an author who inspires them.

Topping the bill is Susan Jeffers, author of “ Feel the Fear … and Do It Anyway,” the book Vincent credits with inspiring him. She'll speak at 2 p.m.

In an Observer profile last year, Vincent described himself as a rap singer and troublemaker before reading Jeffers' book.

A few months after the article ran, Jeffers, who lives in California, read it and sent Vincent a letter. Vincent saw his chance: He invited her to speak at the literary festival he founded three years ago. She accepted.

The festival will appeal to a range of tastes. Speakers include inspirational writers, Christian fiction authors, a best-selling sci-fi writer, a retired Carolina Panther and an author who once starred in rap videos.

If that's not enough, characters such as SpongeBob SquarePants will be on hand to entertain children.