2016 Authors & Presenters

Meredith Abarca

Meredith Abarca

Meredith Abarca is the author of Voices in the Kitchen and co-editor of Rethinking Chicana/o Literature through Food and Latin@s' Presence in the Food Industry. Her work has appeared in Food & Foodways, Culture & Society, Taking Food Public: Redefining Foodways in the Changing World, and The Routledge Companion to U.S. Latino Studies.

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Mosaic Templars

Saturday, April 16, 2:30p 04/16/2016 02:30 PM 04/16/2016 4:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Food for Thought Toni Tipton-Martin's "The Jemima Code digs deep to unearth treasures and histories of black cooks, their books, and their recipes." Meredith Abarca's Latin@s' Presence in the Food Industry "brings together multidisciplinary criticism to explore the diverse, and not always readily apparent, ways that Latin@s relate to food and the food industry." Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W 9th St, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Jacob M. Appel

Jacob Appel

Jacob M. Appel wrote The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up, Phoning Home, and Einstein's Beach House. Appel's work has appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, Orlando Sentinel, and more than 200 literary journals.

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Historic Arkansas Museum

Saturday, April 16, 10:00a 04/16/2016 10:00 AM 04/16/2016 11:30 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Einstein's True Summer For writing that is "romantic and mysterious," the "impossibly keen" trio of Jacob M. Appel, Jeffrey Condran, and Tyrone Jaeger share "heartfelt portraits of psychological depth" from Einstein's Beach House, Prague Summer, and So Many True Believers. Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E 3rd St, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Christian Appy

Christian Appy

Christian Appy is the author of three books, including American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity and Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered from All Sides. He recently received the Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Massachusetts.

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MacArthur Museum

Saturday, April 16, 2:30p 04/16/2016 02:30 PM 04/16/2016 4:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: American Reckoning Vietnam's shattering impact on the broad faith in American exceptionalism is probed in American Reckoning by Christian Appy. The historian will also address efforts to rekindle that faith even as apparently unending 21st century wars bear troubling similarities to the war in Vietnam. MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, 503 E 9th St, Little Rock, AR 72202 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Chris Bachelder

Chris Bachelder

Chris Bachelder is the author of the novels Abbott Awaits, U.S.!, and Bear v. Shark. His new novel, The Throwback Special, is being serialized in the Paris Review.

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ASI, Room 124

Saturday, April 16, 1:00p 04/16/2016 01:00 PM 04/16/2016 2:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Humor, History, & the Male Psyche Smart, concise, and by turns funny and heart-wrenching, The Throwback Special by Chris Bachelder tells the story of a yearly reunion of friends centered around one of the most gut-wrenchingly brutal moments in sports history. Steve Stern's The Pinch paints a "weird, wacky, mythologized Memphis," where "larger than life characters can run wild." Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Clara Bensen

Clara Bensen

Clara Bensen is a writer living in Austin, Texas. Her first book, No Baggage, the story of her luggage-less trip, began as the Salon.com article "The Craziest OKCupid Date Ever." Rights have sold in more than a dozen countries, and the book has been optioned by New Line Cinema.

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Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center

Saturday, April 16, 2:30p 04/16/2016 02:30 PM 04/16/2016 4:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Travelogues "Set out on a risky travel experiment spanning eight countries in three weeks" with No Baggage by Clara Bensen. Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 602 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Nadja Berkovich

Nadja Berkovich

Nadja Berkovich was born in Ukraine and educated in Russia, Berlin, Massachusetts, and Illinois. Her area of interest is "cultural pluralism," analyzing and investigating the intersections of Yiddish with Russian, Ukrainian, and German literatures and cultures.

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Ron Robinson Theater

Sunday, April 17, 4:30p 04/17/2016 4:30 PM 04/17/2016 6:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Classic in Context: Anna Karenina Go beyond the page with the Fest's exploration of the book chosen the #1 classic, according to The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books. Russian language and literature expert Nadja Berkovich provides wise insight that helps enrich enjoyment. After the session stay and watch a film version of Tolstoy's story and vote on which classic you'd like to see in 2017. CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 120 River Market Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Jedediah Berry

Jedediah Berry

Jedediah Berry is the author of The Manual of Detection. The novel won the Crawford Award and the Dashiell Hammett Prize and was adapted for broadcast by BBC Radio. The Family Arcana is his story in cards.

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ASI, Room 124

Saturday, April 16, 2:30p 04/16/2016 02:30 PM 04/16/2016 4:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Dealer's Choice Festival favorite Kevin Brockmeier, The View from the Seventh Layer, reads from a new work. Jedediah Berry shares his intriguing story, The Family Arcana, told through cards, about "a sprawling family bound to a decaying farmhouse." Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Morgan Billingsley

Morgan Billingsley

Morgan Billingsley is an eighth-grader from Durham, North Carolina. She loves writing, reading, and hanging out with friends. Her books include The Perfect Present and The Perfect Summer.

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Main Library, Youth Services

Saturday, April 16, 1:00p 04/16/2016 01:00 PM 04/16/2016 2:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Three Girls/Two Books Eleven-year-old Little Rocker Gabrielle Simone speaks about two books that she co-wrote with Morgan Billingsley and Jackie Lee: The Perfect Summer and The Perfect Present. Bilingsley and Lee will join the conversation via SKYPE (technology willing). Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Daniel Black

Daniel Black

Daniel Black was awarded the Distinguished Writer Award from the Middle-Atlantic Writers Association. His works include They Tell Me of a Home, Twelve Gates to the City, The Coming, and Listen to the Lambs. Black is the founder of the Ndugu and Nzinga Rites of Passage Nation.

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Mosaic Templars

Saturday, April 16, 11:30a 04/16/2016 11:30 AM 04/16/2016 1:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Faithful Striving Popular author Daniel Black is back at the Fest with two new books. The Coming is a first-hand account of the trauma and triumph of Africans on a slave ship in the 16th century, and Listen to the Lambs explores the lives of homeless people who find each other on the street and create heaven out of nothing. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W 9th St, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Todd Dakotah Briscoe

Todd Dakotah Briscoe

Todd Dakotah Briscoe studied drama at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. As an actor, he has been seen on the MSNBC and Discovery networks, as well as Live at Joe's Pub and many basement theaters his mother would find disgusting. He has been writing comedy for ten years. He is a senior editor for LittleThings.com. How May We Hate You is his first book.

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Ron Robinson Theater

Saturday, April 16, 8:00p 04/16/2016 08:00 PM 04/16/2016 10:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: How May We Hate You Anna Drezen and Todd Dakotah Briscoe, former concierges in Times Square, perform a staged reading of interactions they had with hotel guests that was pulled from their wildly popular Tumblr How May We Hate You. It will be followed by interactive games to test the audience's knowledge of hotels, Times Square, and human nature. Guaranteed to make you laugh. CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 120 River Market Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Kevin Brockmeier

Kevin Brockmeier

Kevin Brockmeier is the author of The Illumination, The Truth About Celia, Things That Fall from the Sky, Grooves: A Kind of Mystery, and, most recently, a memoir of his seventh-grade year called A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip. His work has been translated into 17 languages. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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ASI, Room 124

Saturday, April 16, 2:30p 04/16/2016 02:30 PM 04/16/2016 4:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Dealer's Choice Festival favorite Kevin Brockmeier, The View from the Seventh Layer, reads from a new work. Jedediah Berry shares his intriguing story, The Family Arcana, told through cards, about "a sprawling family bound to a decaying farmhouse." Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Kathryn Budig

Kathryn Budig

Kathryn Budig is the author of The Women's Health Big Book of Yoga and Aim True. She is a contributing writer for Women's Health, Yoga Journal, and the Huffington Post. Budig has been featured on E! Entertainment and the Food Network, and in Forbes and the New York Times. She modeled in the controversial ToeSox campaign and is a sponsored athlete for Under Armour.

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Main Library, Darragh

Saturday, April 16, 11:30a 04/16/2016 11:30 AM 04/16/2016 1:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Aim True Kathryn Budig seeks to create an attainable world where indulgence and mindfulness coexist. Through yoga, food, and consciousness, this author and model in the notorious ToeSox campaign provides all of the tools you will need to pursue living a more active life. Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Julie Checkoway

Julie Checkoway

Julie Checkoway is the author of The Three-Year Swim Club and Little Sister: Searching for the Shadow World of Chinese Women, and the editor of Creating Fiction. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Salt Lake Tribune, and Huffington Post. Her documentary, Waiting for Hockney, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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Ron Robinson Theater

Saturday, April 16, 1:00p 04/16/2016 01:00 PM 04/16/2016 2:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Untold Stories Women who launched America into space, poverty- stricken kids in Maui with dreams of becoming Olympians, and the secret history of the board game Monopoly will be explored. These history-based tales by Nathalia Holt, Rise of the Rocket Girls; Julie Checkoway, The Three-Year Swim Club; and Mary Pilon, The Monopolists; will enthrall. CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 120 River Market Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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George David Clark

George David Clark

George David Clark was raised in Little Rock. His first book, Reveille, won the Miller Williams Prize, and new work can be found this spring in AGNI, Cincinnati Review, and the Gettysburg Review. He edits the journal 32 Poems and now lives in Washington, Pennsylvania.

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ASI, Room 124

Saturday, April 16, 10:00a 04/16/2016 10:00 AM 04/16/2016 11:30 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Mississippi Pinocchio in Jaguar Pajamas "Soybeans rattle in their shells" as "a wasp trapped in the window," is a "blitz of sugar" "swaddled in sun-lust." With a kaleidoscopic array of imagery, these poems from Angie Macri's Underwater Panther, Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis' The Rub, and George David Clark's Reveille sparkle. Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Cole Closser

Cole Closser

Cole Closser is the author of two published graphic novels, Little Tommy Lost, nominated for a Will Eisner Comic Industry Award and featured in Best American Comics, and his most recent work, Black Rat, featured in The Globe and Mail and on The New Yorker.

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Main Library, Darragh

Saturday, April 16, 1:00p 04/16/2016 01:00 PM 04/16/2016 2:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: World-wide Comics Culture This bang-up mix of Andy Warner, Irene 6; Sonny Liew, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye; and Cole Closser, Black Rat, cover the "inky depths" of everything from journalism comics and nonfiction to fiction and those works "where the line between truth and construct may sometimes be blurred." Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Jeffrey Condran

Jeffrey Condran

Jeffrey Condran is the author of the novel Prague Summer, winner of the Independent Publisher Book Award Silver Medal. He is co-founder/publisher of the independent literary press Braddock Avenue Books.

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Historic Arkansas Museum

Saturday, April 16, 10:00a 04/16/2016 10:00 AM 04/16/2016 11:30 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Einstein's True Summer For writing that is "romantic and mysterious," the "impossibly keen" trio of Jacob M. Appel, Jeffrey Condran, and Tyrone Jaeger share "heartfelt portraits of psychological depth" from Einstein's Beach House, Prague Summer, and So Many True Believers. Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E 3rd St, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Sloane Crosley

Sloane Crosley

Sloane Crosley is the author of the bestselling essay collections I Was Told There'd Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times. Crosley's debut novel, The Clasp, is a comedy of manners about three estranged friends and one famous short story.

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Ron Robinson Theater

Sunday, April 17, 1:30p 04/17/2016 1:30 PM 04/17/2016 3:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Merriment David Sedaris calls Sloane Crosley "perfectly, relentlessly funny." Her first novel, The Clasp, is "a touching but never sentimental portrait of a trio of quasi-adults turning into adult adults…" and "part comedy of manners, part treasure hunt." Think "The Goonies written by Lorrie Moore." CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 120 River Market Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Alan Cumyn

Alan Cumyn

Alan Cumyn is the author of twelve wildly different books for adults and young readers including, most recently, the young adult novel Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend. He is from Ottawa, Canada and is the past chair of the Writers' Union of Canada.

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Main Library, Level 4

Saturday, April 16, Noon 04/16/2016 12:00 PM 04/16/2016 1:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Teen Reads Canadian Alan Cumyn, Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend; Arkansan Janet B. Taylor, Into the Dim; and Nashville-based Jeff Zentner, The Serpent King, will discuss writing for young adults, time travelling, escaping through music, snake handling, and writing these unusual novels. Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Phyllis Dixon

Phyllis Dixon

Phyllis Dixon is the author of Down Home Blues, Forty Acres, and Let the Brother Go If. She contributed to the Chicken Soup series and has written for American Legacy magazine and the Memphis Commercial Appeal. She resides in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Mosaic Templars

Saturday, April 16, 4:00p 04/16/2016 04:00 PM 04/16/2016 5:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Natural State Setting Mourner's Bench by Sanderia Faye "completely immerses us in small-town 1960s Arkansas, a time and place of racial turmoil and social conflict." Also set in Arkansas, Phyllis R. Dixon's Down Home Blues is a more contemporary look at Southern family drama. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W 9th St, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Anna Drezen

Anna Drezen

Anna Drezen is a comedian, writer, and actor living in Brooklyn, New York. She regularly performs at the UCB, the PIT, Union Hall, and the Annoyance. She is the associate editor of Reductress and the coauthor of the books How May We Hate You? and How to Win at Feminism.

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Ron Robinson Theater

Saturday, April 16, 8:00p 04/16/2016 08:00 PM 04/16/2016 10:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: How May We Hate You Anna Drezen and Todd Dakotah Briscoe, former concierges in Times Square, perform a staged reading of interactions they had with hotel guests that was pulled from their wildly popular Tumblr How May We Hate You. It will be followed by interactive games to test the audience's knowledge of hotels, Times Square, and human nature. Guaranteed to make you laugh. CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 120 River Market Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Barry Estabrook

Barry Estabrook

Barry Estabrook is a three-time James Beard Award winner, a former contributing editor at Gourmet magazine, and the author of Pig Tales and Tomatoland. He blogs at politicsoftheplate.com and lives in Vermont.

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Sturgis Hall

Tuesday, April 14, 6:00p 04/14/2016 06:00 PM 04/14/2016 8:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Pig Tales Drawing on his personal experiences raising pigs as well as his sharp investigative instincts, Barry Estabrook "covers the range of the human-porcine experience" in Pig Tales: An Omnivore's Quest for Sustainable Meat. "With the cognitive abilities of at least three-year-olds, they can even learn to operate a modified computer. Unfortunately for the pigs, they're also delicious to eat." Clinton Presidential Center, Choctaw Station, Sturgis Hall, 1200 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Searcy Ewell

Searcy Ewell, Jr.

Searcy Ewell, Jr. is the son of a music teacher and plays the piano and cornet. After playing his father's instruments, he decided to get his own. This started his extensive instrument collection. He donated many instruments to the Hillary Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center to create a lending instrument library.

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Main Library, Youth Services

Saturday, April 16, 3:00p 04/16/2016 03:00 PM 04/16/2016 4:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Drum Circle Instrument collector Searcy Ewell needs your hands to utilize many drums not being used. If you've drummed before, come teach him something new. Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Sanderia Faye

Sanderia Faye

Sanderia Faye was born and raised in Gould, Arkansas. She is the author of Mourner's Bench. Her work has appeared in various literary journals and in Arsnick: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas. She is co-founder and fellow at Kimbilio Center for Fiction.

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Mosaic Templars

Saturday, April 16, 4:00p 04/16/2016 04:00 PM 04/16/2016 5:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Natural State Setting Mourner's Bench by Sanderia Faye "completely immerses us in small-town 1960s Arkansas, a time and place of racial turmoil and social conflict." Also set in Arkansas, Phyllis R. Dixon's Down Home Blues is a more contemporary look at Southern family drama. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W 9th St, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Rien Fertel

Rien Fertel

Rien Fertel grew up in his family's chain of restaurants across the country and ran a grocery-deli in downtown New Orleans. He is the author of Imagining the Creole City and The One True Barbecue: Fire, Smoke, and the Pitmasters Who Cook the Whole Hog. He divides his time between the banks of the Mississippi River and a church in St. Martinville, Louisiana, that is more than 100 years old.

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Whole Hog Café

Friday, April 15, noon 04/15/2016 12:00 PM 04/15/2016 2:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Whole Hog Journey with Rien Fertel, The One True Barbecue, into the Southern heartland (the Pork Belt) to discover the last of the great roadside whole hog pitmasters and the culinary artform that is both disappearing and experiencing a renaissance. Sample alert! Whole Hog Café, 2516 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock, AR 72202 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Angela Flournoy

Angela Flournoy

Angela Flournoy is the author of The Turner House. She is a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" Honoree for 2015. Her fiction has appeared in the Paris Review, and she has written for the New York Times, New Republic, and Los Angeles Times.

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Ron Robinson Theater

Sunday, April 17, Noon 04/17/2016 12:00 PM 04/17/2016 1:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: PEN Pals A PEN/Hemingway prizewinner and an author who was shortlisted for the prize reconnect at the Fest. Angela Flournoy, The Turner House, and Arna Hemenway, Elegy on Kinderklavier, studied together in Iowa. The pair will talk about projects, what the accolades have meant, and what the future holds. CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 120 River Market Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Elias Weiss Friedman

Elias Weiss Friedman

Elias Weiss Friedman is the photographer behind the wildly successful blog and Instagram feed @TheDogist, where he shares his daily dog portraits with more than 1.7 million followers. His first book is the New York Times bestselling The Dogist: Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs.

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Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center

Saturday, April 16, 1:00p 04/16/2016 01:00 PM 04/16/2016 2:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: World of Dogs The Dogist is a beautiful, funny, and inspiring tribute to the beloved dogs in our lives. Documentary street photographer Elias Weiss Friedman, aka The Dogist, takes portraits highlighting each dog's distinct character and spirit. The Humane Society of Pulaski County, www.warmhearts.org, will be present before and after the event with adoptable canines. Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 602 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Melissa Ginsburg

Melissa Ginsburg

Melissa Ginsburg, originally from Texas, is the author of Sunset City, Dear Weather Ghost, Arbor, and Double Blind. Her poems have appeared in Fence, the Iowa Review, Blackbird, and other magazines. She has received support from the Mississippi Arts Council and the Ucross Foundation.

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Historic Arkansas Museum

Saturday, April 16, 4:00p 04/16/2016 04:00 PM 04/16/2016 5:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Seductive & Suspenseful "Literary noir at its most captivating" is how author Megan Abbott described Melissa Ginsburg's Sunset City, while screenwriter/producer Nina Sadowsky's Just Fall is "steamy and dizzying" in the tradition of Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, and Laura Lippman. Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E 3rd St, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Garth Greenwell

Garth Greenwell

Garth Greenwell is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. He holds graduate degrees from Harvard University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was an Arts Fellow. His short fiction has appeared in the Paris Review, A Public Space, and StoryQuarterly. His debut novel is What Belongs to You.

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Main Library, Darragh

Saturday, April 16, 5:30p 04/16/2016 05:30 PM 04/16/2016 7:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Critics' Picks Adored by critics and authors, What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell is "a project of rare discernment and beauty" as well as "a detailed exploration of love and obsession." Equally daring, The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan is "a work of disabused intelligence and staggering compassion" that "has the sweep, wisdom, and sensibility of the old masters." Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Nikki Grimes

Nikki Grimes

Nikki Grimes is a New York Times bestselling author and the recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include What is Goodbye?, Jazmin's Notebook, The Road to Paris, and Words with Wings.

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Hearne Fine Art

Friday, April 15, 5:30p 04/15/2016 05:30 PM 04/15/2016 7:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Off the Page Author Nikki Grimes and illustrator E.B. Lewis mix and mingle at this reception for an exhibit focusing on Grimes' character Danitra Brown. See original illustrations by Lewis featured in Grimes' Danitra Brown, Class Clown, and work by Floyd Cooper that was seen in Meet Danitra Brown and Danitra Brown Leaves Town. The exhibit runs through May 15. Hearne Fine Art, 1001 Wright Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72206 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

Children's Library

Saturday, April 16, 1:00p 04/16/2016 01:00 PM 04/16/2016 2:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Nikki Grimes In this interactive poetry and prose presentation, Nikki Grimes discusses elements of her writing process and the how-tos of developing characters. She shares real life stories behind books like Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel, Jazmin's Notebook, The Road to Paris, Words with Wings, and Poems in the Attic. Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, 4800 W 10th St, Little Rock, AR 72204 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Peter Guralnick

Peter Guralnick

Peter Guralnick has written extensively on American music and musicians. His books include the prize-winning two-volume Elvis Presley biography Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love; Sweet Soul Music; and Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke. His latest work is Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll.

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Oxford American Annex

Saturday, April 16, 5:30p 04/16/2016 05:30 PM 04/16/2016 7:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Inventor of a Style Peter Guralnick's work has argued passionately and persuasively for the vitality of this country's intertwined black and white musical traditions. Hear the author speak about this subject and specifically Sam Phillips: The Man who Invented Rock ‘N' Roll. Oxford American Annex, 1300 Main St, Little Rock, AR 72202 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Arna Bontemps Hemenway

Arna Bontemps Hemenway

Arna Bontemps Hemenway is the author of Elegy on Kinderklavier, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award. His work has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2015, A Public Space, and Ecotone. He has received scholarships and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers' Conference and Truman Capote Literary Trust.

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Ron Robinson Theater

Sunday, April 17, Noon 04/17/2016 12:00 PM 04/17/2016 1:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: PEN Pals A PEN/Hemingway prizewinner and an author who was shortlisted for the prize reconnect at the Fest. Angela Flournoy, The Turner House, and Arna Hemenway, Elegy on Kinderklavier, studied together in Iowa. The pair will talk about projects, what the accolades have meant, and what the future holds. CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 120 River Market Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Adam Hochschild

Adam Hochschild

Adam Hochschild wrote Half the Way Home, King Leopold's Ghost, and To End All Wars. His latest is Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936–1939. He has been published in the New Yorker, Harper's, and other magazines.

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MacArthur Museum

Saturday, April 16, 11:30a 04/16/2016 11:30 AM 04/16/2016 1:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: The Spanish Civil War For three crucial years in the 1930s, the Spanish Civil War dominated headlines. In many ways it was the opening battle of World War II. In his new book, Spain in our Hearts, Adam Hochschild discusses the American volunteers, both famous and unknown, who flooded Spain to help fight off an uprising. Sponsored by MacArthur Museum of American Military History MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, 503 E 9th St, Little Rock, AR 72202 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Nathalia Holt

Nathalia Holt

Nathalia Holt is a microbiologist. Her new book is Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us from Missiles to the Moon to Mars. She also wrote Cured: The People Who Defeated HIV. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Atlantic, and Popular Science.

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Ron Robinson Theater

Saturday, April 16, 1:00p 04/16/2016 01:00 PM 04/16/2016 2:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Untold Stories Women who launched America into space, poverty- stricken kids in Maui with dreams of becoming Olympians, and the secret history of the board game Monopoly will be explored. These history-based tales by Nathalia Holt, Rise of the Rocket Girls; Julie Checkoway, The Three-Year Swim Club; and Mary Pilon, The Monopolists; will enthrall. CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 120 River Market Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Gregg Hurwitz

Gregg Hurwitz

Gregg Hurwitz is a New York Times bestselling author of fifteen thrillers, including Orphan X, and a bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Penguin). Additionally, he has written screenplays for many of the major studios, and has written, developed, and produced television shows for various networks. Hurwitz resides in Los Angeles.

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Ron Robinson Theater

Sunday, April 17, 3:00p 04/17/2016 3:00 PM 04/17/2016 4:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Master Thriller Gregg Hurwitz' thriller, Orphan X, is "an order-of-magnitude leap into stardom," according to David Baldacci. Internationally bestselling author Hurwitz is writing the screenplay adaptation of his new book for Warner Bros. and Bradley Cooper. He is the writer and co-producer of Naomi Watts' new film and Keanu Reeves' new tv series directed by Roland Emmerich. Hurwitz also excels at writing bestselling comic books for Marvel (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Penguin) and has even gone undercover into mind-control cults. Don't miss this one. CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 120 River Market Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Tyrone Jaeger

Tyrone Jaeger

Tyrone Jaeger was born and raised in the Catskill Mountains. He teaches at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, and is the author of the cross-genre novella The Runaway Note. So Many True Believers is his first short-story collection.

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Historic Arkansas Museum

Saturday, April 16, 10:00a 04/16/2016 10:00 AM 04/16/2016 11:30 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Einstein's True Summer For writing that is "romantic and mysterious," the "impossibly keen" trio of Jacob M. Appel, Jeffrey Condran, and Tyrone Jaeger share "heartfelt portraits of psychological depth" from Einstein's Beach House, Prague Summer, and So Many True Believers. Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E 3rd St, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

Historic Arkansas Museum

Saturdays April 16, 11:30a 04/16/2016 11:30 AM 04/16/2016 1:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: On the Map Natural State authors Angie Macri, Underwater Panther; Tyrone Jaeger, So Many True Believers; and Suzi Parker, Echo Ellis, discuss what it means to be Arkansas writers. All three are featured on the new Readers' Map debuting at the Festival. Learn more about the map-making process as well. Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E 3rd St, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Dr. Ben Johnson

Dr. Ben Johnson

Dr. Ben Johnson is the John G. Ragsdale, Jr. and Dora J. Ragsdale Professor of Arkansas Studies at Southern Arkansas University. He has written Fierce Solitude: A Life of John Gould Fletcher, Arkansas in Modern America: 1930-1999, and John Barleycorn Must Die: The War Against Drink in Arkansas. All were published by the University of Arkansas Press.

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Ron Robinson Theater

Thursday, April 14, 7:00p 04/14/2016 07:00 PM 04/14/2016 9:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: John Gould Fletcher Lecture Pulitzer Prize-winning Arkansan John Gould Fletcher is the topic Southern Arkansas University Interim Provost Ben Johnson addresses in a fascinating look beyond the known history. Fletcher, an author and poet who spent much of his life in Europe, was born and died in Little Rock. This is the first in a series of lectures the Arkansas Humanities Council is presenting on famous Arkansas Pulitzer winners and the Pulitzer Prize Board's Centennial Campfires Initiative, celebrating 100 years of the Pulitzer Prize. CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 120 River Market Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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John H. Johnson

John H. Johnson

John H. Johnson is co-author of Everydata: The Misinformation Hidden in the Little Data You Consume Every Day. He is president and CEO of Edgeworth Economics, a professional economist, and an expert witness. Johnson lives in McLean, Virginia.

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Historic Arkansas Museum

Saturday, April 16, 1:00p 04/16/2016 01:00 PM 04/16/2016 2:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Misinformation Through his overview of basic statistical analysis techniques, coupled with real world examples, John H. Johnson's Everydata provides tools to be more discerning in approaching data. Learn the most common mistakes people make when analyzing data and the questions to ask to ensure accuracy. Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E 3rd St, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis

Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis

Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis serves as faculty advisor to Columbus College of Art and Design's Botticelli, a literary and art magazine. Her collaborative chapbook, By Some Miracle, a Year Lousy with Meteors, written with Cynthia Arrieu-King, won the Dreamhorse Press Prize. Her latest book is The Rub.

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ASI, Room 124

Saturday, April 16, 10:00a 04/16/2016 10:00 AM 04/16/2016 11:30 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Mississippi Pinocchio in Jaguar Pajamas "Soybeans rattle in their shells" as "a wasp trapped in the window," is a "blitz of sugar" "swaddled in sun-lust." With a kaleidoscopic array of imagery, these poems from Angie Macri's Underwater Panther, Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis' The Rub, and George David Clark's Reveille sparkle. Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Harrison Scott Key

Harrison Scott Key

Harrison Scott Key is the author of The World's Largest Man: A Memoir. His work has been nominated for a National Magazine Award, and his nonfiction and humor have appeared in the New York Times, The Best American Travel Writing, Salon, Creative Nonfiction, and the Oxford American, where he is a contributing editor.

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Main Library, Darragh

Saturday, April 16, 2:30p 04/16/2016 02:30 PM 04/16/2016 4:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Father Figures My Father, The Pornographer by Chris Offutt is "about family and secrets and a literal ton of pornography," but "also, fascinatingly, what it means to make a writing life, whether high art or pulp." Harrison Scott Key came from a family where men "either shot things or got women pregnant." His memoir, The World's Largest Man, is "consistently seasoned with laughs" as one boy's struggle becomes one man's reckoning "with the father it took him a lifetime to understand." Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

The Root Café

Saturday, April 16, 4:30p 04/16/2016 04:30 PM 04/16/2016 6:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Let Them Eat Pie Take part in the The Root Café's 2nd Annual Traditional Pie Bake-off and Recipe Swap. Food writers and critics from the community will judge along with special Fest guest, Harrison Scott Key, The World's Largest Man. The Root Café, 1500 Main St, Little Rock, AR 72202 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Brian & Terri Kinder

Brian & Terri Kinder

Brian and Terri Kinder have released more than 100 songs and 10 CDs. Brian Kinder is a retired educator. The well-known couple, who perform rollicking good time music for kids, has been performing, writing and recording children's music for more than 10 years.

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Main Library, Youth Services

Saturday, April 16, 10:00a 04/16/2016 10:00 AM 04/16/2016 11:00 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: The Kinders Kids and parents alike will enjoy this program of original, interactive children's music. Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Kiese Laymon

Kiese Laymon

Kiese Laymon is the Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi for 2015–16. He is the author of the novel Long Division and a collection of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. His work has appeared in ESPN the Magazine, in PEN Journal, and on NPR. He is currently a columnist at the Guardian.

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ASI, Room 124

Saturday, April 16, 11:30a 04/16/2016 11:30 AM 04/16/2016 1:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Open View Kiese Laymon's How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others "is a collection of his essays, touching on subjects ranging from family, race, violence, and celebrity to music, writing, and coming of age in Mississippi." José Orduña's The Weight of Shadows: A Memoir of Immigration and Displacement is a blend of reportage, history, and autoethnography that coalesces into an exploration of the physical, psychic, and aesthetic boundaries that exist in our culture. Arkansas Studies Institute Building, 401 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Jackie Lee

Jackie Lee

Jackie Lee, an eleven-year-old author, is a contributor to The Perfect Present and The Perfect Summer. She can often be found at literary events assisting her mother and guest authors. With her contributors, Lee won the 2015 African American Literary Award for Best Children's/YA literature and was featured in USA Today. She resides in Virginia with her parents and siblings.

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Main Library, Youth Services

Saturday, April 16, 1:00p 04/16/2016 01:00 PM 04/16/2016 2:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Three Girls/Two Books Eleven-year-old Little Rocker Gabrielle Simone speaks about two books that she co-wrote with Morgan Billingsley and Jackie Lee: The Perfect Summer and The Perfect Present. Bilingsley and Lee will join the conversation via SKYPE (technology willing). Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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E. B. Lewis

E. B. Lewis

E. B. Lewis has illustrated more than seventy books for children, including Nikki Grimes's Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman, Alice Schertle's Down the Road, Tolowa M. Mollel's My Rows and Piles of Coins, Bat Boy and His Violin by Garvin Curtis, and Jacqueline Woodson's The Other Side.

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Hearne Fine Art

Friday, April 15, 5:30p 04/15/2016 05:30 PM 04/15/2016 7:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Off the Page Author Nikki Grimes and illustrator E.B. Lewis mix and mingle at this reception for an exhibit focusing on Grimes' character Danitra Brown. See original illustrations by Lewis featured in Grimes' Danitra Brown, Class Clown, and work by Floyd Cooper that was seen in Meet Danitra Brown and Danitra Brown Leaves Town. The exhibit runs through May 15. Hearne Fine Art, 1001 Wright Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72206 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

Main Library, Darragh

Saturday, April 16, 4:00p 04/16/2016 04:00 PM 04/16/2016 5:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Design It E.B. Lewis, DJ Stout, and Mick Wiggins have created everything from children's illustrations to the "guts of magazines" to Steinbeck book covers to the art for this year's Fest. Be privy to an exciting sketch on publishing design. Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Sonny Liew

Sonny Liew

Sonny Liew is a comics artist, painter, and illustrator whose work includes the New York Times bestseller The Shadow Hero and his newest work, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye. His Malinky Robot series won the Best Science Fiction Comic Album Award. He lives in Singapore, where he sleeps with the fishes.

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Main Library, Darragh

Saturday, April 16, 1:00p 04/16/2016 01:00 PM 04/16/2016 2:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: World-wide Comics Culture This bang-up mix of Andy Warner, Irene 6; Sonny Liew, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye; and Cole Closser, Black Rat, cover the "inky depths" of everything from journalism comics and nonfiction to fiction and those works "where the line between truth and construct may sometimes be blurred." Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Ken Liu

Ken Liu

Ken Liu is an author and translator of speculative fiction. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards, he has been published in the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov's, and Strange Horizons. His books include The Grace of Kings and The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories. He lives near Boston, Massachusetts.

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Cox Creative Center

Saturday, April 16, 1:00p 04/16/2016 01:00 PM 04/16/2016 2:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Science Fiction & Fantasy Literary fantasy and humanistic science fiction will be covered by Ken Liu, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories. V.E. Schwab, A Gathering of Shadows, addresses crossover fiction, author presence in the modern age, the new generation, and worldbuilding. Cox Creative Center, 100 River Market Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Angie Macri

Angie Macri

Angie Macri is the author of Fear Nothing of the Future or the Past and Underwater Panther, which won the Cowles Poetry Book Prize. Her poetry has appeared in the Alaska Quarterly Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Southern Review. An Arkansas Arts Council fellow, she lives in Hot Springs.

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ASI, Room 124

Saturday, April 16, 10:00a 04/16/2016 10:00 AM 04/16/2016 11:30 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Mississippi Pinocchio in Jaguar Pajamas "Soybeans rattle in their shells" as "a wasp trapped in the window," is a "blitz of sugar" "swaddled in sun-lust." With a kaleidoscopic array of imagery, these poems from Angie Macri's Underwater Panther, Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis' The Rub, and George David Clark's Reveille sparkle. Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

Historic Arkansas Museum

Saturdays April 16, 11:30a 04/16/2016 11:30 AM 04/16/2016 1:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: On the Map Natural State authors Angie Macri, Underwater Panther; Tyrone Jaeger, So Many True Believers; and Suzi Parker, Echo Ellis, discuss what it means to be Arkansas writers. All three are featured on the new Readers' Map debuting at the Festival. Learn more about the map-making process as well. Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E 3rd St, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Karan Mahajan

Karan Mahajan

Karan Mahajan grew up in New Delhi, India. His first novel, Family Planning, was a finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize and was published in nine countries. His second novel is The Association of Small Bombs. A graduate of Stanford University and the James A. Michener Center for Writers, he lives in Austin, Texas.

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Main Library, Darragh

Saturday, April 16, 5:30p 04/16/2016 05:30 PM 04/16/2016 7:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Critics' Picks Adored by critics and authors, What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell is "a project of rare discernment and beauty" as well as "a detailed exploration of love and obsession." Equally daring, The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan is "a work of disabused intelligence and staggering compassion" that "has the sweep, wisdom, and sensibility of the old masters." Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Alex Mar

Alex Mar

Alex Mar is the author of Witches of America, a New York Times Notable Book. Her essays have recently appeared in the Believer, Elle, the New York Times Book Review, and the Oxford American, where she is a contributing editor. She also directed the documentary American Mystic.

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Cox Creative Center

Saturday, April 16, 4:00p 04/16/2016 04:00 PM 04/16/2016 5:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Spell-binding Immersion Witches of America takes an intimate look at present-day witchcraft while doubling as a spiritual quest. Alex Mar will discuss the conception, research, and writing of her five-year immersion in the Pagan community. Cox Creative Center, 100 River Market Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Mary Ruth Marotte

Mary Ruth Marotte

Mary Ruth Marotte wrote Captive Bodies: American Women Writers Redefine Pregnancy and Childbirth; co-edited Papa, PhD: Essays on Fatherhood by Men in the Academy; and co-edited and contributed to Ten Years after Katrina: Critical Perspectives of the Storm's Effect on American Culture and Identity. Marotte is the executive director of the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre.

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Cox Creative Center

Friday, April 15, Noon 04/15/2016 12:00 PM 04/15/2016 2:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Shakespearean Sneak Peek This summer, Shakespeare's Folio is coming to Conway. Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre's Mary Ruth Marotte, Paige Reynolds, and Rebekah Scallet discuss the installation process and projects designed around the Folio. Also, learn how the Folio text has come to be used as a specific Shakespearean acting technique and hear how the Bard built in specific tips and stage directions for his actors through word choice and punctuation. Cox Creative Center, 100 River Market Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Philip Martin

Philip Martin

Philip Martin is chief film critic, chief book critic, a columnist, and an editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and has won more than 30 national and regional prizes for his criticism and columns. He is also the "monkey in the nose cone" of the Blood, Dirt & Angels blog. His books include The Shortstop's Son, The Artificial Southerner, and The President Next Door.

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Main Library, East Room

Friday, April 15, Noon 04/15/2016 12:00 PM 04/15/2016 2:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Unexpected Music and Poetry Noted journalist and critic Philip Martin reads from his latest book of poetry, The President Next Door, and even plays a few of his songs. Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

MacArthur Museum

Friday, April 15, 5:30p 04/16/2016 05:30 PM 04/16/2016 7:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Hurting and Healing Through various genres and mediums, the topics of self-mutilation, art, cancer, gender confirmation surgery, birth, brain injury, war, pain, and love are explored in Scars: An Anthology. Hear from editor Erin Wood and contributors Andrea Zekis and Philip Martin. MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, 503 E 9th St, Little Rock, AR 72202 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Celeste Fletcher McHale

Celeste Fletcher McHale

Celeste Fletcher McHale lives on her family farm in central Louisiana, where she enjoys raising a variety of animals. Her hobbies include writing, football, baseball, and spending time with her grandchildren. Her novel is The Secret to Hummingbird Cake.

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Cox Creative Center

Saturday, April 16, 10:00a 04/16/2016 10:00 AM 04/16/2016 11:30 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Dixie Secrets The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale is an inspiring story of friendship that takes place in Louisiana. Echo Ellis: Adventures of a Girl Reporter by Suzi Parker is a gothic mystery set in the heart of the Delta. Cox Creative Center, 100 River Market Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Peggy Reiff Miller

Peggy Reiff Miller

Peggy Reiff Miller is the author of the children's picture book The Seagoing Cowboy. Considered the expert on the history of the early years of the Heifer Project and the seagoing cowboys who tended livestock sent to Europe following World War II, she serves as historical consultant for Heifer International.

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Heifer Village

Saturday, April 16, 11:00a 04/16/2016 11:00 AM 04/16/2016 12:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: The Seagoing Cowboy In her new children's picture book The Seagoing Cowboy, Peggy Reiff Miller tells the real-life story of the seagoing cowboys who took livestock to people suffering the effects of World War II. Thousands of men signed up to serve. They returned with a wider view of the world around them. Heifer Village, 1 World Ave, Little Rock, AR 72202 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Andrew Malan Milward

Andrew Malan Milward

Andrew Malan Milward is the author of the story collections The Agriculture Hall of Fame and I Was a Revolutionary. He lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and is editor-in-chief of Mississippi Review.

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Cox Creative Center

Saturday, April 16, 2:30p 04/16/2016 02:30 PM 04/16/2016 4:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Textured Beauty The stories in Andrew Malan Milward's I Was a Revolutionary are "grounded in place, spanning the Civil War to the present day" and "capture the roil of history through the eyes of an unforgettable cast of characters." "Somehow both ruminative and remarkably suspenseful," Ed Tarkington's Only Love Can Break Your Heart is "an expert narrative feat. A novel of family and love and class, of beautiful youth and terrible consequences." Cox Creative Center, 100 River Market Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Chris Offutt

Chris Offutt

Chris Offutt is an award-winning author and screenwriter who worked on the HBO drama True Blood and the Showtime series Weeds. His books include Kentucky Straight, The Same River Twice, and No Heroes: A Memoir of Coming Home. His work has appeared in Best American Essays, Best American Short Stories, and many other anthologies. His new memoir is My Father, the Pornographer.

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Main Library, Darragh

Saturday, April 16, 2:30p 04/16/2016 02:30 PM 04/16/2016 4:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Father Figures My Father, The Pornographer by Chris Offutt is "about family and secrets and a literal ton of pornography," but "also, fascinatingly, what it means to make a writing life, whether high art or pulp." Harrison Scott Key came from a family where men "either shot things or got women pregnant." His memoir, The World's Largest Man, is "consistently seasoned with laughs" as one boy's struggle becomes one man's reckoning "with the father it took him a lifetime to understand." Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Rashod D. Ollison

Rashod D. Ollison

Rashod D. Ollison is a native of Hot Springs, Arkansas, growing up there and in Little Rock. He is pop culture and music critic at the Virginian-Pilot and has written liner notes for several compilations and box sets including those of Earth, Wind & Fire; the Isley Brothers; and Aretha Franklin. His memoir is Soul Serenade: Rhythm, Blues & Coming of Age Through Vinyl.

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ASI, Room 124

Saturday, April 16, 4:00p 04/16/2016 04:00 PM 04/16/2016 5:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Music-filled Memoirs Tin House editor Rob Spillman recounts "rarefied opera culture as a child and East German nightlife as an adult" in All Tomorrow's Parties, and native-Arkansan culture critic Rashod Ollison's Soul Serenade recollects "a childhood marked by violence, dysfunction, poverty, sorrow – and plenty of good music." Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Jose Orduna

José Orduña

José Orduña was born in Veracruz, Mexico, and immigrated to Chicago with his mother when he was one and a half years old. In July 2011, he became a United States citizen. His memoir, The Weight of Shadows: A Memoir of Immigration and Displacement, is about race, class, identity, and his path to U.S. citizenship.

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ASI, Room 124

Saturday, April 16, 11:30a 04/16/2016 11:30 AM 04/16/2016 1:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Open View Kiese Laymon's How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others "is a collection of his essays, touching on subjects ranging from family, race, violence, and celebrity to music, writing, and coming of age in Mississippi." José Orduña's The Weight of Shadows: A Memoir of Immigration and Displacement is a blend of reportage, history, and autoethnography that coalesces into an exploration of the physical, psychic, and aesthetic boundaries that exist in our culture. Arkansas Studies Institute Building, 401 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Gregory Pardlo

Gregory Pardlo

Gregory Pardlo won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his collection Digest. Pardlo's poems have appeared in the Nation, Ploughshares, Tin House, A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, and elsewhere. Pardlo lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Christ Episcopal Church

Saturday, April 16, 1:00p 04/16/2016 01:00 PM 04/16/2016 2:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Poetry Powerhouses Pulitzer Prize-winner Gregory Pardlo and National Book Award finalist Kevin Young combine for a poetry lover's must-see panel. Christ Episcopal Church, 509 Scott St, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Suzi Parker

Suzi Parker

Suzi Parker is an award-winning journalist and lifelong Arkansan whose work has appeared in Penthouse, the Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, and other publications. Parker is the author of Sex in the South: Unbuckling the Bible Belt and Echo Ellis: Adventures of a Girl Reporter.

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Cox Creative Center

Saturday, April 16, 10:00a 04/16/2016 10:00 AM 04/16/2016 11:30 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Dixie Secrets The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale is an inspiring story of friendship that takes place in Louisiana. Echo Ellis: Adventures of a Girl Reporter by Suzi Parker is a gothic mystery set in the heart of the Delta. Cox Creative Center, 100 River Market Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

Historic Arkansas Museum

Saturdays April 16, 11:30a 04/16/2016 11:30 AM 04/16/2016 1:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: On the Map Natural State authors Angie Macri, Underwater Panther; Tyrone Jaeger, So Many True Believers; and Suzi Parker, Echo Ellis, discuss what it means to be Arkansas writers. All three are featured on the new Readers' Map debuting at the Festival. Learn more about the map-making process as well. Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E 3rd St, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Keija Parssinen

Keija Parssinen

Keija Parssinen is the author of The Unraveling of Mercy Louis and The Ruins of Us, which won a Michener-Copernicus award and was a National Geographic Traveler Book of the Month. Her writing has appeared in FiveChapters, Salon, Marie Claire, and elsewhere. She lives in Oklahoma.

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Cox Creative Center

Saturday, April 16, 11:30a 04/16/2016 11:30 AM 04/16/2016 1:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Complicated Women Set in California, France, and the Swiss Alps, The Arrangement by Ashley Warlick, is the "absolutely dazzling" imagined story of food writer M.F.K. Fisher, her husband, and her lover. The Unraveling of Mercy Lewis by Keija Parssinen transports readers to Port Sabine, Texas, for a "compelling tale of longing and loss that evocatively examines the harsh realities of female adolescence." Cox Creative Center, 100 River Market Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Mary Pilon

Mary Pilon

Mary Pilon wrote The Monopolists, a New York Times bestselling and notable book that chronicles the secret history of the famous board game. She is a contributor to MSNBC, and her work appears in the New Yorker, Esquire, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and elsewhere. She made the Forbes magazine's first-ever 30 Under 30 list for media.

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Ron Robinson Theater

Saturday, April 16, 1:00p 04/16/2016 01:00 PM 04/16/2016 2:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Untold Stories Women who launched America into space, poverty- stricken kids in Maui with dreams of becoming Olympians, and the secret history of the board game Monopoly will be explored. These history-based tales by Nathalia Holt, Rise of the Rocket Girls; Julie Checkoway, The Three-Year Swim Club; and Mary Pilon, The Monopolists; will enthrall. CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 120 River Market Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Paige Martin Reynolds

Paige Martin Reynolds

Paige Martin Reynolds is a professional performer and company dramaturg at the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, where she is also a member of the artistic collective. Her most recent work was published in Shaping Shakespeare for Performance.

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Cox Creative Center

Friday, April 15, Noon 04/15/2016 12:00 PM 04/15/2016 2:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Shakespearean Sneak Peek This summer, Shakespeare's Folio is coming to Conway. Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre's Mary Ruth Marotte, Paige Reynolds, and Rebekah Scallet discuss the installation process and projects designed around the Folio. Also, learn how the Folio text has come to be used as a specific Shakespearean acting technique and hear how the Bard built in specific tips and stage directions for his actors through word choice and punctuation. Cox Creative Center, 100 River Market Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Oliver Roeder

Oliver Roeder

Oliver Roeder is a senior writer and puzzle editor for FiveThirtyEight, and his work has appeared online at The New York Times, New York Observer, POLITICO and The Economist. Before that, he was a postdoc researcher at NYU Law. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Sturgis Hall

Sunday, April 17, Noon 04/17/2016 12:00 PM 04/17/2016 1:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Gridgate Oliver Roeder's "Gridgate" article, about the scandal surrounding a USA Today and Universal puzzle editor, ran on FiveThirtyEight.com. He'll discuss "its reporting, crafting, fallout, and what it means, more broadly, for the crossword subculture and that type of creative enterprise." Clinton Presidential Center, Choctaw Station, Sturgis Hall, 1200 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Nina Sadowsky

Nina Sadowsky

Nina Sadowsky is a filmmaker who has written numerous screenplays and produced such films as The Wedding Planner, starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey; Lost Souls, starring Winona Ryder; Desert Saints, starring Kiefer Sutherland; and Northern Lights starring Diane Keaton. Just Fall is her debut novel.

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Historic Arkansas Museum

Saturday, April 16, 4:00p 04/16/2016 04:00 PM 04/16/2016 5:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Seductive & Suspenseful "Literary noir at its most captivating" is how author Megan Abbott described Melissa Ginsburg's Sunset City, while screenwriter/producer Nina Sadowsky's Just Fall is "steamy and dizzying" in the tradition of Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, and Laura Lippman. Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E 3rd St, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Rebekah Scallet

Rebekah Scallet

Rebekah Scallet is the producing artistic director for the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. Scallet was a member of the Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, and her credits include work with the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, LiveWire Chicago Theatre, and Illinois Shakespeare Festival. She was the recipient of the Arkansas Arts Council's 2014 Individual Artist Fellowship in Directing.

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Cox Creative Center

Friday, April 15, Noon 04/15/2016 12:00 PM 04/15/2016 2:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Shakespearean Sneak Peek This summer, Shakespeare's Folio is coming to Conway. Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre's Mary Ruth Marotte, Paige Reynolds, and Rebekah Scallet discuss the installation process and projects designed around the Folio. Also, learn how the Folio text has come to be used as a specific Shakespearean acting technique and hear how the Bard built in specific tips and stage directions for his actors through word choice and punctuation. Cox Creative Center, 100 River Market Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Victoria 'V. E.' Schwab

Victoria "V. E." Schwab

Victoria "V. E." Schwab is the critically acclaimed author of more than a dozen books, including The Archived and Vicious, as well as the Darker Shade of Magic series. Schwab's handling of the lines between good and evil, life and death, has earned her starred reviews, commercial success, and her status as a rising star.

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Cox Creative Center

Saturday, April 16, 1:00p 04/16/2016 01:00 PM 04/16/2016 2:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Science Fiction & Fantasy Literary fantasy and humanistic science fiction will be covered by Ken Liu, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories. V.E. Schwab, A Gathering of Shadows, addresses crossover fiction, author presence in the modern age, the new generation, and worldbuilding. Cox Creative Center, 100 River Market Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Maysa Sem

Maysa Sem

Maysa Sem is a first-generation Cambodian American born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Using drawing as a form of meditation, Sem expresses her creativity to develop harmonious motifs inspired by nature. Her latest work is Art Nouveau Birds – A Stress Relieving Adult Coloring Book.

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Main Library, Fribourgh

Saturday, April 16, 10:00a 04/16/2016 10:00 AM 04/16/2016 11:30 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: The Psychology of Adult Coloring Books Stimulate your creative juices while calming your soul by participating in this adult coloring workshop. Learn from clinical psychologist Linda VanBlaricom how coloring can relieve stress and get pointers from coloring book artist Maysa Sem, Art Nouveau Birds. Materials provided. Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Gabrielle Simone

Gabrielle Simone

Gabrielle Simone is an eleven-year-old who attends Pulaski Academy College Preparatory School. She plays both basketball and soccer. Her books with Morgan Billingsley and Jackie Lee include The Perfect Present and The Perfect Summer.

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Main Library, Youth Services

Saturday, April 16, 1:00p 04/16/2016 01:00 PM 04/16/2016 2:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Three Girls/Two Books Eleven-year-old Little Rocker Gabrielle Simone speaks about two books that she co-wrote with Morgan Billingsley and Jackie Lee: The Perfect Summer and The Perfect Present. Bilingsley and Lee will join the conversation via SKYPE (technology willing). Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Rob Spillman

Rob Spillman

Rob Spillman is editor of Tin House magazine and editorial adviser for Tin House Books. He was recently awarded the PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Rolling Stone, and Sports Illustrated, among others. He is a contributor of book reviews and essays to Salon and Bookforum. His memoir is All Tomorrow's Parties.

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ASI, Room 124

Saturday, April 16, 4:00p 04/16/2016 04:00 PM 04/16/2016 5:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Music-filled Memoirs Tin House editor Rob Spillman recounts "rarefied opera culture as a child and East German nightlife as an adult" in All Tomorrow's Parties, and native-Arkansan culture critic Rashod Ollison's Soul Serenade recollects "a childhood marked by violence, dysfunction, poverty, sorrow – and plenty of good music." Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Steve Stern

Steve Stern

Steve Stern was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and has written a number of novels and story collections including The Frozen Rabbi and The Wedding Jester, which won the National Jewish Book Award. He has been the recipient of grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim foundations. His latest novel is The Pinch.

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ASI, Room 124

Saturday, April 16, 1:00p 04/16/2016 01:00 PM 04/16/2016 2:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Humor, History, & the Male Psyche Smart, concise, and by turns funny and heart-wrenching, The Throwback Special by Chris Bachelder tells the story of a yearly reunion of friends centered around one of the most gut-wrenchingly brutal moments in sports history. Steve Stern's The Pinch paints a "weird, wacky, mythologized Memphis," where "larger than life characters can run wild." Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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DJ Stout

DJ Stout

DJ Stout has been a partner in Pentagram's Austin office since 2000. He is the author and designer of The Amazing Tale of Mr. Herbert and His Fabulous Alpine Cowboys Baseball Club: An Illustrated History of the Best Little Semipro Baseball Team in Texas. His artful memoir is Variations on a Rectangle.

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Main Library, Darragh

Saturday, April 16, 4:00p 04/16/2016 04:00 PM 04/16/2016 5:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Design It E.B. Lewis, DJ Stout, and Mick Wiggins have created everything from children's illustrations to the "guts of magazines" to Steinbeck book covers to the art for this year's Fest. Be privy to an exciting sketch on publishing design. Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Ed Tarkington

Ed Tarkington

Ed Tarkington is a frequent contributor to Chapter16.org and the author of Only Love Can Break Your Heart. His articles, essays, and stories have appeared in Nashville Scene, the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the Pittsburgh Quarterly, and elsewhere. A native of central Virginia, he lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Cox Creative Center

Saturday, April 16, 2:30p 04/16/2016 02:30 PM 04/16/2016 4:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Textured Beauty The stories in Andrew Malan Milward's I Was a Revolutionary are "grounded in place, spanning the Civil War to the present day" and "capture the roil of history through the eyes of an unforgettable cast of characters." "Somehow both ruminative and remarkably suspenseful," Ed Tarkington's Only Love Can Break Your Heart is "an expert narrative feat. A novel of family and love and class, of beautiful youth and terrible consequences." Cox Creative Center, 100 River Market Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Janet B. Taylor

Janet B. Taylor

Janet B. Taylor was born and raised in Arkansas, and she currently lives in Bryant with her Prince Charming, two hilarious sons, and Dorda the diabetic dog. Into the Dim, an adventure for young adults, is her debut. Book Two of the Into the Dim series is forthcoming in Spring 2017.

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Main Library, Level 4

Saturday, April 16, Noon 04/16/2016 12:00 PM 04/16/2016 1:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Teen Reads Canadian Alan Cumyn, Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend; Arkansan Janet B. Taylor, Into the Dim; and Nashville-based Jeff Zentner, The Serpent King, will discuss writing for young adults, time travelling, escaping through music, snake handling, and writing these unusual novels. Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Toni Tipton-Martin

Toni Tipton-Martin

Toni Tipton-Martin is coauthor of A Taste of Heritage: The New African American Cuisine, editor of a new edition of The Blue Grass Cook Book by Minnie C. Fox, and author of The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks. Tipton-Martin is a founding member of the Southern Foodways Alliance and Foodways Texas.

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Mosaic Templars

Saturday, April 16, 2:30p 04/16/2016 02:30 PM 04/16/2016 4:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Food for Thought Toni Tipton-Martin's "The Jemima Code digs deep to unearth treasures and histories of black cooks, their books, and their recipes." Meredith Abarca's Latin@s' Presence in the Food Industry "brings together multidisciplinary criticism to explore the diverse, and not always readily apparent, ways that Latin@s relate to food and the food industry." Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W 9th St, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Linda VanBlaricom

Linda VanBlaricom

Linda VanBlaricom is a licensed psychological examiner with forty-plus years in the mental health field. This watercolorist, fiddler, avid reader, and lover of adult coloring books recently walked 500 miles across northern Spain.

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Main Library, Fribourgh

Saturday, April 16, 10:00a 04/16/2016 10:00 AM 04/16/2016 11:30 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: The Psychology of Adult Coloring Books Stimulate your creative juices while calming your soul by participating in this adult coloring workshop. Learn from clinical psychologist Linda VanBlaricom how coloring can relieve stress and get pointers from coloring book artist Maysa Sem, Art Nouveau Birds. Materials provided. Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Ashley Warlick

Ashley Warlick

Ashley Warlick is the author of four novels. Her work has appeared in Redbook, the Oxford American, and Garden and Gun, among others. The youngest-ever recipient of the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship, she is the editor of the South Carolina food magazine Edible Upcountry.

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Cox Creative Center

Saturday, April 16, 11:30a 04/16/2016 11:30 AM 04/16/2016 1:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Complicated Women Set in California, France, and the Swiss Alps, The Arrangement by Ashley Warlick, is the "absolutely dazzling" imagined story of food writer M.F.K. Fisher, her husband, and her lover. The Unraveling of Mercy Lewis by Keija Parssinen transports readers to Port Sabine, Texas, for a "compelling tale of longing and loss that evocatively examines the harsh realities of female adolescence." Cox Creative Center, 100 River Market Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Andy Warner

Andy Warner

Andy Warner has produced nonfiction and journalism comics, including Irene 6, that have been published by the United Nations Human Rights Council, Medium, Popular Science, Showtime Network's Years of Living Dangerously, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Buzzfeed.

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Main Library, Darragh

Saturday, April 16, 1:00p 04/16/2016 01:00 PM 04/16/2016 2:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: World-wide Comics Culture This bang-up mix of Andy Warner, Irene 6; Sonny Liew, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye; and Cole Closser, Black Rat, cover the "inky depths" of everything from journalism comics and nonfiction to fiction and those works "where the line between truth and construct may sometimes be blurred." Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Mick Wiggins

Mick Wiggins

Mick Wiggins is a freelance illustrator and was an early pioneer in the digital art world. His work has principally been in the book cover and editorial fields, but is also frequently used in advertising, poster work, and public displays. He recently completed a series of stamp designs for the United States Postal Service and illustrated three children's picture books. Wiggins lives in Little Rock.

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Main Library, Darragh

Saturday, April 16, 4:00p 04/16/2016 04:00 PM 04/16/2016 5:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Design It E.B. Lewis, DJ Stout, and Mick Wiggins have created everything from children's illustrations to the "guts of magazines" to Steinbeck book covers to the art for this year's Fest. Be privy to an exciting sketch on publishing design. Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Tom Wilhite

Tom Wilhite

Tom Wilhite has been writing and editing books on horticulture and garden design for more than twenty years. As a senior editor for Sunset Books and editor for all three editions of the Southern Living Garden Book, he has gained a special appreciation for regional gardening.

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Governor's Mansion

Thursday, April 14, 5:00p 04/14/2016 05:00 PM 04/14/2016 7:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Twilight at the Mansion Tour the gardens at the Governor's Mansion, enjoy wine and cheese in the Grand Hall, and meet and greet Tom Wilhite, senior editor for The New Southern Living Garden Book. Tickets are $25. More information including how to purchase tickets is available at www.lrgardenclubs.wordpress.com. Arkansas Governor's Mansion, 1800 Center St, Little Rock, AR 72206 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center

Saturday, April 16, 11:30a 04/16/2016 11:30 AM 04/16/2016 1:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Southern Exposure Enjoy the next step in the evolution of comprehensive books on regional gardening as editor Tom Wilhite delves into The New Southern Living Garden Book, loosely modeled on the Sunset Western Garden Book, which first appeared in 1940. Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 602 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Erin Wood

Erin Wood

Erin Wood writes and edits in Little Rock. Her essay "We Scar, We Heal, We Rise" was chosen as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2013 and is included in Scars: An Anthology. Her essays, book reviews, fiction, and poetry have appeared on anderbo.com and Tales from the South, and in The Healing Muse.

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MacArthur Museum

Friday, April 15, 5:30p 04/16/2016 05:30 PM 04/16/2016 7:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Hurting and Healing Through various genres and mediums, the topics of self-mutilation, art, cancer, gender confirmation surgery, birth, brain injury, war, pain, and love are explored in Scars: An Anthology. Hear from editor Erin Wood and contributors Andrea Zekis and Philip Martin. MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, 503 E 9th St, Little Rock, AR 72202 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Kevin Young

Kevin Young

Kevin Young is the author of Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems 1995–2015, Book of Hours, and Dear Darkness. His The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness won the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize and the PEN Open Award.

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Reves Recital Hall

Thursday, April 14, 7:30p 04/14/2016 7:30 PM 04/14/2016 9:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: An Evening with Murphy Visiting Poet Kevin Young Described as the "best and brightest of contemporary American poets," Kevin Young is the author of eight books of award-winning poetry, and the editor of eight collections of poetry. Young's reading will be followed by a reception. Hendrix College, Reves Recital Hall Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

Christ Episcopal Church

Saturday, April 16, 1:00p 04/16/2016 01:00 PM 04/16/2016 2:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Poetry Powerhouses Pulitzer Prize-winner Gregory Pardlo and National Book Award finalist Kevin Young combine for a poetry lover's must-see panel. Christ Episcopal Church, 509 Scott St, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Andrea Zekis

Andrea Zekis

Andrea Zekis is a former resident of Arkansas. She lives in Portland, Oregon, and serves as policy director for Basic Rights Oregon, that state's largest LGBT advocacy organization. Originally from the Chicago area, Zekis underwent her gender transition and co-founded the Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition while living in the Natural State.

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MacArthur Museum

Friday, April 15, 5:30p 04/16/2016 05:30 PM 04/16/2016 7:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Hurting and Healing Through various genres and mediums, the topics of self-mutilation, art, cancer, gender confirmation surgery, birth, brain injury, war, pain, and love are explored in Scars: An Anthology. Hear from editor Erin Wood and contributors Andrea Zekis and Philip Martin. MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, 503 E 9th St, Little Rock, AR 72202 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Jeff Zentner

Jeff Zentner

Jeff Zentner is a singer-songwriter and guitarist who has recorded with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, and Debbie Harry. In addition to writing and recording his own music, Zentner works with young musicians at Tennessee Teen Rock Camp, which inspired him to write The Serpent King, his first novel for young adults. He lives in Nashville.

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Main Library, Level 4

Saturday, April 16, Noon 04/16/2016 12:00 PM 04/16/2016 1:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Teen Reads Canadian Alan Cumyn, Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend; Arkansan Janet B. Taylor, Into the Dim; and Nashville-based Jeff Zentner, The Serpent King, will discuss writing for young adults, time travelling, escaping through music, snake handling, and writing these unusual novels. Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Contribute

We couldn't present so many great authors every year, most of them appearing free to the public, without the sustained effort and support of people like you. All forms of support are welcome and truly appreciated.

Volunteers

Volunteers are necessary to help with pre-festival marketing and planning, as well as festival coordination and operations management. If you'd like to volunteer your time and skill, please contact Angela Delaney, CALS Volunteer Coordinator, by email or by phone at 918-3095.

Make a Financial Donation

Financial contributions are always welcome. If you would like to send a check with your donation, please mail it to:

Arkansas Literary Festival
100 Rock St.
Little Rock, AR 72201

You may also make a secure online donation here (be sure to designate your gift for the Arkansas Literary Festival). This form is hosted on the Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) primary website; the Arkansas Literary Festival is a project of CALS.

CONTACT

Behind the Scenes

Festival Coordinator: Brad Mooy
Talent Chair: Kevin Brockmeier
Moderator Chair: Amy Bradley-Hole
Festival Guides Chair: Susan Santa Cruz
Author! Author! Chair: Seth Eli Barlow
Hospitality: Literacy Action of Central Arkansas



The Arkansas Literary Festival is a program of the Central Arkansas Library System
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