The True Lit Fayetteville Literary Festival starts Thursday and continues through Wednesday, Oct. 7, featuring readings, workshops, panel discussions and appearances by authors Zadie Smith and Lois Lowry, Fayetteville Public Library. Dan Jones, former chancellor of the University of Mississippi, gives a lecture titled "A Personal Journey Through the Politics of Higher Education in the South," at the Clinton School of Public Service's Sturgis Hall, 6 p.m. The Festival of Wines is at Dickey-Stephens Park, 6 p.m., $75. Comedian Mike Stanley is at the Loony Bin at 7:30 p.m., $7 (and at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $10). Weekly stand-up show Hogging The Mic presents The Roast of Adam Faucett, a tribute to one of Little Rock's best-loved songwriters, 9:30 p.m., The Joint. Former Staind frontman and now country singer Aaron Lewis performs at Juanita's with Jason Cassidy and Cody Cook, 9 p.m., $40. Water Liars singer Pete Kinkel-Schuster plays at the White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m.
Dana Louise & The Glorious Birds play at Juanita's, 7 p.m., free. Enchant, R.I.O.T.S. and Inrage play at Vino's. Renowned blues guitarist and Helena native CeDell Davis, now 88 years old, returns to White Water, 9:30 p.m., $10. Eureka Springs roots and folk band Sad Daddy plays at South on Main, 10 p.m., $10.
The Fall Chili Brawl, a block party and chili cook-off, is at Third and Rock streets. The 5th Annual Main Street Food Truck Festival, featuring music, art, vendors and 30 food trucks, is at 400 S. Main St. Goodtime Ramblers play at the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7-$12. Indie rock groups Teen Daze and Heavenly Beat play at Maxine's, in Hot Springs, 10 p.m., $5.
Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, speaks at the Clinton School of Public Service's Sturgis Hall, 6 p.m. Atlanta indie pop band Manchester Orchestra plays at Juanita's with Kevin Devine & The God Damn Band and Big Jesus, 7:30 p.m., $17.50.