Schedule of Events

John Waters

This Filthy World

John Waters' one-man show/vaudeville act celebrates the film career and obsessive tastes of the man William Burroughs once called "The Pope of Trash." Focusing on Waters' early negative artistic influences and his fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy, and the extremes of sexual politics, this joyously devious and continuously updated monologue is a rally cry against the tyranny of good taste and serves as a call to arms for filth followers everywhere. Tickets are $25 in advance and $40 at the door. This is the CALS Fred K. Darragh Distinguished Lecture.

Saturday, 8pm
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The Style You Crave, by Desha Peacock

The Style You Crave

Learn how to create a sweet spot space, discover how color affects mood, and engage in hands-on activities to guide a personal style for home or office. Plus, learn lifestyle coach Desha Peacock's best tips for working with any budget, no matter how tiny. Tickets are $20 and are available at www.cals.org/tickets/

Saturday, 4pm

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My Sunshine Away, by M.O. Walsh

The Unputdownables

Be witness to two "unputdownable thrillers. Before He Finds Her by Michael Kardos is an "electrifying thriller about a young woman searching for the father who tried to murder her over a decade ago. My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh "juxtaposes the enchantment of a Louisiana childhood with the gripping story of a violent crime.

Saturday, 1pm

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rebecca wells

Divine Secrets

Join Rebecca Wells for an evening of performance fiction based on characters from her beloved best-selling novel. Millions fell in love with Vivi Walker, ringleader of the famous Louisiana girl group both on the page and on film. Now Ms. Wells brings to life Vivi and other characters in a gumbo of story-telling, acting, and interpretive reading that could only be cooked up by an actress/author who embraces the roots of her inspiration with love and humor.

Thursday, 7pm

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The FOCAL Book Sale

FOCAL Used Book Sale Preview Party

Find that perfect gift at this sneak peek before the weekend's book sale.

Thursday, 5pm - 7pm

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Trombone Shorty

Page Turners

Meet artist and children's author Bryan Collier and see a variety of his original illustrations and prints from many different children's books. Runs through June 13. Sponsored by Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing/Hearne Fine Art.

Thursday, 5:30pm

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Summer Reading Club

Summer Reading Club Preview

Every Hero Has a Story. This summer, CALS will celebrate every kind of hero imaginable, from superheroes to hometown heroes. Join the staff for an exciting sneak peek at the 2015 plans.

Thursday, 6pm

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Writers in the Schools (WITS)

Jeffrey Renard Allen, Quan Barry, Meili Cady, Joe Barry Carroll, Allison Hedge Coke, Bryan Collier, Jonathan Darman, Timothy S. Lane, Michael Largo, Seph Lawless, E Lockhart, Casandra Lopez, Molly Manning, Ted Rall, Spencer Reece, Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, Frank Thurmond, Brian Turner, and Rebecca Wells visit area schools. Sponsored by Wright, Lindsey & Jennings, LLP.

Friday, all day

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Arree Chung

The Mayor's Day of Science

Students are introduced to some of the terrific exhibits at the Museum of Discovery and Arree Chung talks about the science of being a Ninja. Museum of Discovery.

Friday, all day

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Bryan Collier

The Mayor's Day of Reading

Artist and author Bryan Collier shares some of his award-winning work with lucky students. Sponsored by the William J. Clinton Presidential Center.

Friday, all day

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The FOCAL Book Sale

FOCAL Used Book Sale

The book sale continues.

Friday, 10am - 4pm

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Welcome to Braggsville

Satire of the South

Class, race, chauvinism, and liberalism are skewered in Welcome to Braggsville, a razor-sharp, dark and socially provocative novel about a mock lynching during a Civil War reenactment. Sponsored by Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.

Friday, 12pm

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The Moral Arc

The Moral Arc

Michael Shermer, founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, explains how abstract reasoning, rationality, empiricism, skepticism – scientific ways of thinking – have profoundly changed the way morality is seen.

Friday, 6pm

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Author! Author!

Author! Author!

Toast the Festival authors at this fête featuring hors d'oeuvres and libations. Books will be available for purchase during this party geared for adults. Tickets are $25 in advance and $40 at the door. Order online here or purchase at CALS Main Library or Cox Creative Center.

Friday, 7pm

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Chicken Little and Little Red Hen

Chicken Little and Little Red Hen

Two folktales chock-full of chicken wisdom share a common theme of friendship in this touring play from the Arkansas Arts Center. Henny Penny, Little Red, Ducky Lucky, Goosey Loosey, and Foxy Loxy learn important life lessons as they strive to stay fed, keep a level head, set goals, and avoid apocalyptic bombardment. Sponsored by Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Saturday, 10am

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Growing Up

7' Art

Kids from 4th grade up will enjoy former NBA player Joe Barry Carroll's introduction to art.

Saturday, 10am

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FOCAL Used Book Sale

FOCAL Used Book Sale

The book sale continues.

Saturday, 10am - 4pm

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Legos

Legos

Members of the Arkansas LEGO Users Group (ARKLUG) will be on hand to demonstrate and encourage creative building. There will be opportunities to create, collaborate, and maybe even compete.

Saturday, 10am - 4pm

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The Jane Austen Book Club

Acts of Empowerment

Karen Joy Fowler, The Jane Austen Book Club, Jamaica Kincaid, See Now Then, and Janis F. Kearney, Sundays With TJ, tell fascinating fictional and factual stories.

Saturday, 10am

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Literacy Action of Central Arkansas

Literacy Action

Literacy Action of Central Arkansas conducts an orientation on adult program offerings. Staff members, active tutors, and current students speak about how learning to read with Literacy Action changes lives. Learn how to access services or become a volunteer.

Saturday, 10am

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3-D Printing

3-D Printing

Drop by and learn about 3-D printing, specifically the Makerbot Mini, from Donovan Mayes with the Arkansas State Library.

Saturday, 10am

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Ancillary Sword, by Ann Leckie

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Intrigued by an icy planet, time travel, and superpowers? Hugo Award winner Ann Leckie joins Arkansas-based science fiction and fantasy authors Karen Akins and John Hornor Jacobs for galactic fun.

Saturday, 10am

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A Plot for Pridemore, by Stephen Roth

Island of Fatal Pride

Set in small town Missouri, on the island of Nantucket, and even in Camelot, the works of Stephen Roth, Jay Ruud, and John Vanderslice use history, mystery, and humor to tell their tales.

Saturday, 10am

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Ninja!, by Arree Chung

Ninja!

Author Arree Chung, Ninja!, will read from his book and show kids how to become picture book authors. He will demonstrate how to draw his character Maxwell, and then show the animated Ninja! short film.

Saturday, 10am

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Funnybooks, by Michael Barrier

Comix

Many Dell comics from the 40s and the 50s "repay reading and rereading by educated adults decades after they were published as disposable entertainment for children. Michael Barrier deftly probes this "complex and detailed history.

Saturday, 10am

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Streaming, by Allison Hedge Coke

Indigenous Grace

Emerging poet and winner of the Native Writers Chapbook award, Casandra Lopez, is paired with the fierce American Book Award-winning Allison Hedge Coke, who "came of age working fields, factories, and waters.

Saturday, 10:00am

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Unity Martial Arts

Tiny Ninja

Join Tanner Critz with Unity Martial Arts, as he leads some special ninja training and helps youngsters on a stealth mission that includes an obstacle course, a giant web, delectable ninja treats, and more.

Saturday, 10:30am

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We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart

Fabulist

Author of the top-reviewed 2014 book for young adults, E. Lockhart, chats about We Were Liars.

Saturday, 11am

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After We Kill You We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests, by Ted Rall

Traveling to Afghanistan

"When I pick up a book by Ted Rall my hackles will soon rise, my thoughts will be provoked, and my funny bone will be tickled," according to Bill Maher. Rall riffs on his "unflinching...mix of travelogue, fearless reporting, photography, and award–winning cartoons."

Saturday, 11:30am

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Dinosaur Train

Dinosaur Train

Scott Sampson, the beloved host of the hit PBS KIDS television series, Dinosaur Train, visits with kids. This one includes a special appearance by a costumed character from the show.

Saturday, 11:30am

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Flying Shoes, by Lisa Howorth

Mississippi Two by Two

Independent bookstore owners Lisa Howorth, Flying Shoes, and Jamie Kornegay, Soil, cover their spellbinding novels set in the Magnolia state.

Saturday, 11:30am

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social media

Social Savvy

Lifestyle coach Desha Peacock and food critic Morgan Murphy share tips on building a strong social media presence to help authors and bloggers compete in today's market.

Saturday, 11:30am

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The Phantom Killer, by James Presley

Notorious Crimes

John Dillinger is explored first in John A. Beineke's captivating young adult biography about the Indiana outlaw. Then, breathe deep as James Presley recounts the officially unsolved grisly Texarkana Phantom Murders of 1946.

Saturday, 11:30am

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The Birds of Pandemonium, by Michelle Raffin

Exotic & Endangered

Michele Raffin introduces some of the world's most remarkable birds, and reveals her transformative path from Silicon Valley executive to founder of Pandemonium Aviaries, a conservation organization dedicated to saving endangered species.

Saturday, 11:30am

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Uptown, by Bryan Collier

Author/Illustrator

Winner of eight Coretta Scott King Awards and three Caldecott honors, children's author/illustrator and Bryan Collier, Uptown and Trombone Shorty, discusses his work.

Saturday, 11:30am

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Land of Love and Drowning, by Tiphanie Yanique

Vital Fusion

Tiphanie Yanique's Land of Love and Drowning "follows three generations of a Virgin Islands family through the changes of the twentieth century, uniting "the sweep of history and the tenderest movements of the heart. Sefi Atta's A Bit of Indifference "explores the differences between foreign images of Africa and the realities of contemporary Nigerian life in prose "as clear as water and just as vital.

Saturday, 11:30am

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The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie

"Emmet…an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure…is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared."

Saturday, 1pm

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Madeleine Lecesne

Take It to the End

Every poem creates and exists in its own world through figurative language. Move through simile, metaphor, conceit, and, finally, "patafor (the most mysterious of comparisons) to discover the ways in which poetry breaks open perception and communication."/p>

Saturday, 1pm

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The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook

Baking Days

Cheryl and Griffith Day, proprietors of Savannah's Back in the Day Bakery, share their story of how two self-taught bakers fell in love, founded a bakery, wrote two terrific cookbooks, and keep on spreading the love through their delicious treats. Sample alert!

Saturday, 1pm

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The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, by Issa Rae

Rae-diant Flair

With twenty million views and 150,000 YouTube subscribers, Issa Rae's web series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, is all the rage. She will discuss her new book, the series, how it began, and her new HBO pilot.

Saturday, 1pm

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The Last Days of California, by Mary Miller

Triumph of Youth

Fifteen year old Jess is "on a road trip to the end of the world with her family". Jimmy "Kamikazee" Kirkus is a basketball star who has his own Sports Illustrated profile by the time he is in high school. Mary Miller's The Last Days of California and Timothy S. Lane's Rules for Becoming a Legend are impressive debuts capturing the anxieties, travails, and triumphs of youth.

Saturday, 1pm

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Sundays with TJ, by Janis F. Kearney

Celia & TJ

For those who love family histories – Jesse J. Hargrove's The Legacy of Celia Adams recalls the story of his great grandmother and Janis F. Kearney's Sundays with TJ tells her father's story.

Saturday, 1pm

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Landslide, by Jonathan Darman

Intertwined Politics

Jonathan Darman's Landslide: LBJ and Ronald Reagan offers "a window on the intrinsic give-and-take that makes governing possible. Anyone who cares about politics, biography, and current affairs will find this a delightful and illuminating book, according to Jon Meacham.

Saturday, 1pm

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Joe Barry Carroll

Passionate & Poignant

Growing Up…In Words and Images tells the true and evocative story of Joe Barry Carroll, an unsure little boy from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, who, after becoming a Purdue All-American and NBA All Star, became a wealth advisor, painter, author, and philanthropist.

Saturday, 1pm

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Veterans Write Nonfiction

Veterans enrolled in Pulaski Technical College's experimental nonfiction course will read from their own work about national service, deployments, combat, homecomings, and readjustments.

Saturday, 1pm

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Do Not Sell at Any Price, by Amanda Petrusich

Fringe

Amanda Petrusich's Do Not Sell at Any Price, and Kent Russell's I am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son "take us to society's ragged edges. One concentrates on collectors of rare prewar recordings and the other covers everything from a pack of Juggalos to Amish baseball.

Saturday, 1pm

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Song of the Shank, by Jeffery Renard Allen

Beginning in 1866

Jeff Allen's Song of the Shank is filled with rich atmosphere and music. The book begins in 1866. It follows Thomas Greene Wiggins, a nineteenth-century prodigy and the first African American to perform at the White House.

Saturday, 1pm

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The Road to Emmaus, by Spencer Reece

The Longest Road

Poet and Episcopal priest Spencer Reece traveled from Madrid to read from his new collection, The Road to Emmaus, and speak about his work with an orphanage in San Pedro Sula, the murder capital of the world. James Franco made a short film based on the epymonous title poem from his first book.

Saturday, 1pm

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Youth Poetry Competition

Finalists from CALS branch competitions compete for a grand prize in this jam-packed poetically engaging hour.

Saturday, 2pm

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Activity Hour

Finalists from CALS branch competitions compete for a grand prize in this jam-packed poetically engaging hour.

Saturday, 2pm

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1000 books before kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

CALS is participating in this national program. Author and board member Charlie Luh speaks about the concept, how the program is working, and the 1000 Books Foundation.

Saturday, 2pm

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Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story, by Rick Bragg

Bragg-adocious

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Rick Bragg makes a return visit to the Festival to talk about his gripping biography, Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story.

Saturday, 2:30pm

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The Happiest People in the World, by Brock Clarke

Luminous Pair

Brock Clarke returns to the Festival to speak about The Happiest People in the World, which is "his best one yet, according to author Kevin Wilson. Quan Barry reads from the luminous She Weeps Each Time You Are Born and a new book of poetry, Loose Strife.

Saturday, 2:30pm

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Hall of Small Mammals, by Thomas Pierce

Short Stories

"Bravura, brilliant, moving, hilarious" "a revelation" and "ridiculously good" fiction. The reviews are in for Richard Lange's Sweet Nothing, Thomas Pierce's Hall of Small Mammals, and Antonio Ruiz-Camacho's Barefoot Dogs.

Saturday, 2:30pm

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Bourbon & bacon : the ultimate guide to the South's favorite food groups / Morgan Murphy

Food & Travel

Morgan Murphy travels 15,000 miles each year to hundreds of restaurants, talking to chefs, bartenders, and their guests. He tells their stories and celebrates their recipes in Off the Eaten Path: On the Road Again.

Saturday, 2:30pm

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Making Pictures, by Maxine Payne

Maxine Payne

Maxine Payne's Making Pictures, "tells the story of the Massengaills, a family of ad hoc photographers and entrepreneurs who built a series of mobile photo studio trailers in Arkansas from 1934-1945. These historic photographs leap off the page. Sponsored by Department of Arkansas Heritage.

Saturday, 2:30pm

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Smoke, by Meili Cady

Smoke without Mirrors

How did a small town girl accidentally wind up smuggling 7,000 pounds of marijuana with the Pot Princess of Beverly Hills? Hear directly from the source, Meili Cady, who speaks about the event and Smoke, her book "combining the excess of The Bling Ring with the intimacy of Blow and the charm of Catch Me if You Can.

Saturday, 2:30pm

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Frank Thurmond

Books to Film

Two of the stories in Ring of Five have associated film adaptations. Frank Thurmond will discuss his collected work, and the process of adapting stories to screenplays.

Saturday, 2:30pm

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My Life as a Foreign Country, by Brian Turner

Memoirs of a Soldier

Brian Turner's "voice is prophetic, an eerie calm in the midst of calamity…Achingly, disturbingly, shockingly beautiful," according to Nick Flynn. Hear Turner read from his meditation of a memoir.

Saturday, 2:30pm

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How to Raise a Wild Child, by Scott Sampson

Wild Child

Scott Sampson helps guide grown-ups to become highly successful nature mentors with his tips from How to Raise a Wild Child.

Saturday, 2:30pm

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See Now Then, by Jamaica Kincaid

One of the Greats

An hour with Jamaica Kincaid is indeed a rich treat. Hear about her life and "the manifold ways in which the passing of time operates on the human consciousness.

Saturday, 2:30pm

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Dreamland, by Sam Quinones

ADHD & Black Tar Heroin

Fourteen percent of children in Arkansas are diagnosed with ADHD and two thirds of those take psychiatric medications. Opiates have also taken America by storm. Bound to prompt a few debates, A Disease Called Childhood by Marilyn Wedge, and Dreamland by Sam Quinones, explore these epidemics through startling facts.

Saturday, 4pm

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CALS Con

Con Teaser

CALS Con 2015 is a celebration of all things fandom slated for Saturday, May 30. Enjoy this sneak peek at the highlights, which include panel discussions, a meetup room, gaming area, and a cosplay contest grand finale.

Saturday, 4pm

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Hope Coulter

A Half Dozen Poets

Jo McDougall, Sandy Longhorn, Jessica Jacobs, Hope Coulter, Nickole Brown, and Marck Beggs together on stage. All live in Arkansas. Sponsored by Department of Arkansas Heritage.

Saturday, 4pm

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The Tusk that Did the Damage, by Tania James

Mesmerizing Duo

Kevin Brockmeier joins Tania James, The Tusk that Did the Damage. Brockemeier's memoir was recently released in paperback. James' new book blends "the mythical with the political to tell the story of a majestic animal, both god and menace, that has mesmerized us for centuries.

Saturday, 4pm

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Act of Will, by A.J. Hartley

Shakespeare by Heart

A.J. Hartley addresses writing across genres, what genre authors can learn from Shakespeare, writing for kids and teens, and collaboration.

Saturday, 4pm

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Autopsy of America, by Seph Lawless

A Lawless Shoot

Encounter the pseudonymous artivist /photographer/writer/urban explorer/chronicler of ruined dreams, Seph Lawless. With successful exhibits in Munich, Milan, and Paris, and an upcoming show scheduled in New York, the man behind the arresting art featured in Autopsy of America, Black Friday, and 13: An American Horror Story makes a rare appearance. Catch his mini exhibit curated just for the Festival, which will be on display through May.

Saturday, 4pm

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Love on the Line, by Laura Parker Castoro

Romance

Laura Parker Castoro, Force of Attraction, and Adrienne Thompson, Home, have both found success with romance and eBooks in the ever-changing publishing world.

Saturday, 4pm

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When Books Went to War, by Molly Guptill Manning

Read/Fight/Win

Molly Guptill Manning's When Books Went to War tells how the U.S. fought the Nazi book bannings and spread ideas by donating books to American servicemen. Learn about the Victory Book Campaign, miniature books called Armed Services Editions, and the impact these books had on well-being and morale.

Saturday, 4pm

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The Big, Bad Book of Botany, by Michael Largo

Fascinating Flora

Can a flower really turn a human into a zombie? What gives the ginkgo tree its stink? Michael Largo, The Big, Bad Book of Botany, addresses these questions and the steps needed to turn ideas into a book.

Saturday, 4pm

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Strong Inside, by Andrew Maraniss

History & Sport

Guy Lancaster provides historical context with Racial Cleansing in Arkansas, 1883-1924. Then, Andrew Maraniss, Strong Inside, moves the audience one state East to discuss the specific plight of Perry Wallace, the first African American basketball player in the SEC.

Saturday, 4pm

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Fed, White, and Blue

Fed, White, & Blue

Food writer and Food Network personality Simon Majumdar "dives headfirst into the food cultures that make up America in Fed, White, and Blue. Brewing beer, picking vegetables, and working at a foodbank helped him craft this warm funny, and inspiring portrait of becoming an American." Sponsored by Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau..

Saturday, 5pm

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Powers of Two, by Joshua Wolf Shenk

Stronger Together

Joshua Wolf Shenk's Powers of Two is "a lyrical, revelatory synthesis of cultural history and social psychology that shows how one-to-one collaboration drives creative success."

Saturday, 6pm

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Foreign Tongues Poetry Troupe

Speak Now

This celebration of creativity and self-expression is hosted by local poetry organization, Foreign Tongues. For free tickets, visit MosaicTemplarsCenter.com or call 501.683.3593.

Saturday, 7pm

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Pub or Perish

Festival authors and local authors unite to read from their works. A limited number of open mic slots will be available beginning at 9 a.m., Friday, April 25. For more information, email bryan@siblingrivalrypress.com. Sponsored by Arkansas Times

Saturday, 7pm

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Hounded, by David Rosenfelt

27 Down, Tri-Star Across

David Rosenfelt, the former presiddent of marketing for Tri-Star Pictures, started the Tara Foundation and has 27 dogs. Some his books feature a crossword puzzle-solving character. He'll speak about writing movies, TV, movies, and novels.

Sunday, 12pm

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The FOCAL Book Sale

FOCAL Used Book Sale

The book sale continues.

Sunday, 1pm - 4pm

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Arkansas Puzzle Day

The Clinton School of Public Service welcomes puzzle enthusiasts for the eighth annual event featuring crossword and Sudoku contests. All skill levels are encouraged to attend and participate.

Sunday, 1pm - 4pm

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We are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler

Aping Fame

Human-primate connection/difference and life on the fringes of fame combine for this exploration of life far outside society's typical lines in Karen Joy Fowler's We are All Completely Beside Ourselves and Megan Mayhew Bergman's Almost Famous Women.

Sunday, 1:30pm

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Matters of Life and Data, by Charles D. Morgan

Life & Data

What did it take to found a $1.5 billion company? Former Acxiom CEO Charles D. Morgan recounts what Senator David Pryor called "an inspirational story of tenacity, grit, adversity, vision, and blind faith" in his memoir, Matters of Life and Data.

Sunday, 3pm

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