Schedule of Events

johnny cash: the life
Cash

Veteran music journalist Robert Hilburn wrote the long-awaited, definitive biography, Johnny Cash, The Life, about the legend whose posthumous album sales have totaled more than $130 million. Rhett Miller adds a bit of the Man in Black's music.

Thursday, 12:00 p.m.

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now you see me, by kathy sanders
Painting Forgiveness

After losing her grandchildren in the Oklahoma bombing, Kathy Sanders forged a relationship with Terry Nichols and his family; these experiences became the basis of her book, Now You See Me.

Thursday, 12:00 p.m.

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thank you for your service, by david finkel
True Gratitude

Life after war for the men of Army Battalion 2-16 is depicted in Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Finkel's Thank You For Your Service. This is one of the Washington Post's Top 10 Books of the Year and a New York Times Notable Book of 2013. Sponsored by University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

Thursday, 6:00 p.m.

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Modern Art Cookbook
Art & Food I & II

Distinguished art historian Mary Ann Caws speaks about The Modern Art Cookbook, whichis packed with "anecdotes, paintings, photographs, poems, and, of course, recipes." After her talk, taste dishes such as Cezanne's baked tomatoes and Robert Motherwell's whiskey cake. Then, wander the galleries to see art, possibly inspired by the dish just tasted. Truly a full sensory experience! Sponsored by the Arkansas Arts Center.

Art & Food I
Thursday, 6:00 p.m.
Arkansas Arts Center
FREE Reservations: 501-372-4000

Art & Food II
Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
Arkansas Arts Center
$20 Artists Buffet at Best Impressions: 501-907-5946

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kadir nelson
Words & Pictures: Illustrated Works by Kadir Nelson

Meet artist and children's author Kadir Nelson and see a variety of his original art from many different children's books. Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing/Hearne Fine Art.

Thursday, 5:30 p.m.

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Rhett Miller
Rhett Miller at OA

Front man and main songwriter of the Old 97's, Rhett Miller will sing a special solo set. Miller’s tunes have been featured in multiple films and television shows. He will also add a bit of the Man in Black's music to author Robert Hilburn’s session about his book Johnny Cash: The Life. Tickets for the concert are $25 for reserved seats and $20 for general admission at metrotix.com. Sponsored by the Oxford American and Landers FIAT of Benton.

Thursday, 8:00 p.m.

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The Branches, the Axe, the Missing, by Charlotte Pence
Complex Glories of Love in Varied Forms

Lust, paranoid schizophrenia, bravado, homelessness, the intimacy of violence, and the violence of intimacy are covered in the poetry and short stories of married couple Charlotte Pence and Adam Prince.

Friday, 11:00 a.m.

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Past & Present, by Amy Azzarito
Crafty Allure

From a Wedgewood-inspired headboard made using hardware store molding to an art nouveau tree-branch chandelier, this peek at the work of some of the best-known arbiters of design comes with from Design*Sponge's Amy Azzarito. Sponsored by the Arkansas Arts Center.

Friday, 12:00 p.m.

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The Indicted South, by Angie Maxwell
Shaping Dixie

Angie Maxwell, The Indicted South, "examines and connects three key twentieth-century moments in which the South was exposed to intense public criticism" and how reactions "shaped the region's political and cultural conservatism." Sponsored by the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

Friday, 12:00 p.m.

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Catherine Coulter
Kill 'Em Clean

Words are your weapon. Bestselling author Catherine Coulter shows how to write sharp, fast, and deadly through her Clean Writing advice for writers of all genres. Tickets for the workshop are $20.

Friday, noon

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Penning in Piggott, Eureka!

Scribble notes in Ernest Hemingway's barn studio at a writers' retreats offered by the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center. Or, explore the historic arts village while enjoying a Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow residency. Adam Long and Linda Caldwell share these Natural State opportunities.

Friday, 6:30 p.m.

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LEGOS

Provided by the Arkansas LEGO Users Group (ARKLUG), this LEGO® display includes more than 75 square feet of creativity. Kids can even do some constructing of their own.

Saturday, all day

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3-D Printing

Featuring two 3-D printers, this ongoing demonstration lets kids learn about the innovative equipment's capabilities.

Saturday, all day

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Bard's Birthday Party

Celebrate William Shakespeare's 450th birthday with games, activities, and refreshments. Kids, ages 6-12 will learn a bit about the Bard too. Sponsored by the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre.

Saturday, 10:00 a.m.

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astoria to zion
Ecotone

Salman Rushdie called Ecotone one of a few journals on which "the health of the American short story depends." From Astoria to Zion features Kevin Brockmeier, Cary Holladay, Rebecca Makkai, and a host of other great writers probing fundamental human longings.

Saturday, 10:00 a.m.

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Classic eateries of the Ozarks and Arkansas River Valley / Kat Robinson
Eat, Prey, Love

Cindy Grisham and Kat Robinson define and refine the origins of food in the Natural State, and even dish about where Bill Clinton ate and a distinct recipe for Red's Barbecued Coon. Sponsored by the Department of Arkansas Heritage and AY About You Magazine

Saturday, 10:00 a.m.

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the engine that thought it could
The Engine That Thought It Could

Based on the classic tale of determination, the Arkansas Arts Center’s adapted play features the Little Engine learning that hard work pays off, even when faced with adversity. Sponsored by the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Saturday, 10:00 a.m.

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colleen doran
Fantasy & Fangs

In her brilliant graphic novel, A Distant Soil, author and illustrator Colleen Doran uses what Neil Gaiman has described as a "set of schoolgirl fantasies, a mingling of paranoid esper fantasy, with galactic empire fiction" to build her remarkable tale. She will also cover The Vampire Diaries, her comic series based on the hit television show. Sponsored by Henderson State University

Saturday, 10:00 a.m.

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Get the Reference

This workshop, led by the CALS reference department, shares resources for writers. Learn about databases, helpful websites, historical media, and more assets to help round out a character from another country, layer in historical background, or market your work.

Saturday, 10:00 a.m.

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The Dallas Cowboys : the outrageous history of the biggest, loudest, most hated, best loved football team in America, by joe nick patoski
Love or Hate a Cowboy

From Dandy Don Meredith and Roger Staubach to the three Super Bowls won by the unbeatable trio of Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, and Emmitt Smith in the mid-nineties, to Tony Romo, and the glitzy soap opera team of today, Joe Nick Patoski reveals why the Cowboys are "America's Team."

Saturday, 10:00 a.m.

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sisterland, by curtis sittenfeld
Other People's Secrets

In Mona Simpson's Casebook, two boys' detective work takes them to the far reaches of adult privacy. Psychic twin sisters explore the delicate balance of their innate abilities concerning future events, and their relationship to one another in Curtis Sittenfeld's haunting and wise Sisterland.

Saturday, 10:00 a.m.

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fighting for peace, by lisa leitz
Peace

In Fighting for Peace, Lisa Leitz demonstrates how the harrowing war experiences of veterans and their families motivated a significant number of them to engage in peace activism.

Saturday, 10:00 a.m.

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the accidental universe, by alan lightman
A Piece of the Extraordinary

Theoretical physicist and acclaimed author of Einstein's Dreams, Alan Lightman analyzes emotional and philosophical discoveries in science, and looks at the difficult dialogue between science and religion.

Saturday, 10:00 a.m.

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Memory Project

Student editors from Central High School share recurring themes on race and other "isms" found in family interviews on Civil Rights. They will demonstrate a "reading circle" used to compare and contrast viewpoints and interpret meaning in oral history.

Saturday, 11:00 a.m.

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gulp, by mary roach
Canal Voyage

How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? The inimitable Mary Roach leads a trip through the alimentary canal in her newest book, Gulp.Sponsored by ProSmartPrinting.

Saturday, 11:30 a.m.

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my beloved brontosaurus, by brian switek
Dino-Might

In My Beloved Brontosaurus, dinosaur fanatic Brian Switek enriches the childlike sense of wonder these amazing creatures instill in us. Investigating the latest discoveries in paleontology, he breathes new life into old bones. Sponsored by Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center.

Saturday, 11:30 a.m.

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a field guide to lucid dreaming, by dylan tuccillo
Dream Navigators

Dylan Tuccillo's lively dream guide shows how to become lucid during a dream, and what to do once awake in the dream world. He'll discuss dream recall and how to have a lucid dream tonight. Sponsored by University of Arkansas at Little Rock English Department and Department of Rhetoric and Writing .

Saturday, 11:30 a.m.

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This dark road to mercy / Wiley Cash
Fever & Fatherhood

With reviews like "Harper Lee by way of Elmore Leonard" and "so hot and bright it'll sear a shadow on your vision," these two potent novels soar. Mary Beth Keane's Fever, about the woman known as Typhoid Mary, is "an ambitious retelling of a forgotten life." This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash is "darky mesmerizing." Sponsored by the Mollie Savage Memorial.

Saturday, 11:30 a.m.

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hattie!, by nancy hendricks
Hattie!

Hattie Caraway, the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate, comes to life as author and actress Nancy Hendricks recreates the colorful 1932 campaign with Huey Long that placed Caraway in the history books. Sponsored by the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

Saturday, 11:30 a.m.

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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 the work Literacy Action engages in changes lives. Learn how to access client services and become a volunteer.

Saturday, 11:30 a.m.

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all joy and no fun, by jennifer senior
Modern Parenthood

Jennifer Senior argues that changes in the last half century have radically altered the roles of today's parents in her recent work, All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood. Her book landed her the cover of the New York Times Book Review. Sponsored by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Saturday, 11:30 a.m.

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Veterans Write Their Lives

This selection of poetry and prose comes from local veterans.

Saturday, 11:30 a.m.

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wonderbook, by jeff vandermeer
Wonder-Filled Work

Explore narrative structure using the visuals from Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction as your starting point. Jeff VanderMeer's discussion includes pacing, strengthening characterization, and cutting scenes. Beginning and intermediate writers are encouraged to bring a short story or a couple of scenes from a novel.

Saturday, 11:30 a.m.

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The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking and the New Gospel of Adoption, by kathryn joyce
Adoption Movement

Adoption has become a test of pro-life bonafides, and a means of addressing the global "orphan crisis," yet Kathryn Joyce's exposé, told through deep investigative reporting, details heartbreaking stories of a market driven by profit and, now, pulpit command.

Saturday, 1:00 p.m.

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Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer
Area X

In Annihilation, an expedition to a mysterious and pristine wilderness known as Area X uncovers startling news – not just about the location, but also the expedition itself. This is the first in Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy, which was acquired by Paramount Pictures.

Saturday, 1:00 p.m.

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brooks: the biography of brooks robinson, by doug wilson
Class and Character

Little Rock native Brooks Robinson is generally acknowledged as the greatest fielder in major league baseball history. Doug Wilson's new biography showcases this baseball Hall of Famer who won a record sixteen straight Gold Gloves and led the Baltimore Orioles to four pennants and two World Series.

Saturday, 1:00 p.m.

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Comic Conventions

Get informed about plans for the upcoming CALS Con and the River City Comic Expo.

Saturday, 1:00 p.m.

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mandela, by kadir nelson
Conversing with Kadir

One of the best children's authors/illustrators working today, Kadir Nelson will speak about his award-winning books, his renowned art, and his life. Perfect for the family. Sponsored by the William J. Clinton Foundation.

Saturday, 1:00 p.m.

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bombshell, by catherine coulter
The Fine Art of Suspense

Join Catherine Coulter, one of the most popular authors on the planet, as she shares snippets from her story and talks about how she has mastered the fine art of suspense. Sponsored by Friends of Central Arkansas Library (FOCAL).

Saturday, 1:00 p.m.

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the forage house, by tess taylor
Poetry I

"Like a single-handed campaign for truth in advertising, (Megan) Volpert is returning the pleasures of reality to the increasingly slick world of poetry." Tess Taylor offers "a mini-history of our nation…she implores her ancestors 'to explain/ their America, their prodigal/half-remembered, always present pain.'"

Saturday, 1:00 p.m.

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from azaleas to zydeco, by mark w. nichols
Southern Journeys

Mark Nichols' road trip takes the reader through a South that is simultaneously beautiful, uglied by greed and misuse, haunted with stories of the past, and aglow with hopes for the future. Hull delivers a "transform or die" mission infused with spirituality, promiscuity, abuse, powerlessness, and fear – and points the way to enlightened sexual celebration. Sponsored by Historic Arkansas Museum.

Saturday, 1:00 p.m.

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loteria, by mario alberto zambrano
Stellar Debuts

New works by Kelly Luce, Rebecca Makkai, and Mario Alberto Zambrano feature fantastical stories set in Japan, "a nonromantic love story about an unexpected pairing," and a lyrical tale of an eleven-year-old girl and a deck of cards featuring 54 colorful images, each with its own riddle.

Saturday, 1:00 p.m.

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horse people, by cary holladay
Tongues & Virginia

Cary Holladay's two new works cover several generations of a Virginia family. David Jauss's seventeen stories published over the last thirty-five years.

Saturday, 1:00 p.m.

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The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend, by glenn frankel
Western Mythmaking

"This two-pronged history by the Pulitzer-winning (Glenn Frankel) journalist dives into the infamously difficult production of the iconic John Wayne Western (The Searchers) and – perhaps more intriguing – the 1836 kidnapping of a Texas girl, which inspired the film," according to Entertainment Weekly. Sponsored by KUAR FM 89.1.

Saturday, 1:00 p.m.

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Activity Hour

Enjoy a petting zoo, a story walk on the library's trails, seed planting in the greenhouse, pirate-themed crafts and snacks.

Saturday, 2:00 p.m.

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Monochromatic Build

Work with thousands of LEGO® bricks of a single color to foster group creativity.

Saturday, 2:00 p.m.

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Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad, by Brett Martin
Great TV

In the early 2000s, a set of cultural, economic, and technological factors came together to form a revolution, transforming television from the "boob tube" to the dominant art form of the decade. Brett Martin's Difficult Men is about those who seized this opportunity to create ambitious works of art.

Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

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The measures between us : a novel / Ethan Hauser
Measuring the World

Ethan Hauser examines the connections in "the very essence of a good read," according to Stephen King. Michael Parker's latest novel of "big-hearted fearlessness" follows two lost souls in West Texas who meet at a used car dealership over a sky blue Buick Electra 225.

Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

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Enigma of China / Qiu Xiaolong
Mysterious Duo

Attica Locke's bestseller, The Cutting Season, transports readers to a Louisiana plantation / tourist attraction where the body of a migrant worker from a nearby sugarcane farm is found on the grounds. Qiu Xiaolong focuses on his poet / police chief Inspector Chen and the politics of Shanghai in Enigma of China, one of Publishers Weekly's Best Mystery/Thriller Books of 2013. Sponsored by the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.

Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

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Poetry II

"Explore what it means to be fully human" from savoring John Bensko's "sugar cane, tobacco leaf, eroded fields, and old barns," to Sandy Longhorn reminding us of the "consequences for refusing to mind" to Bowen learning "the difficult mysteries of human relationships."

Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

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Arkansas Civil War heritage : a legacy of honor / Dr. W. Stuart Towns
Preludes & Memorials

On the eve of war in 1861, Little Rock's Federal Arsenal became the stage for debate over secession. Learn about this history from David Sesser, then delve into the heritage of the War Between the States as recounted by W. Stuart Towns through rituals of memorial, commemoration, and celebration.

Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

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Darcy Pattison
Puma Tale

Darcy Pattison's true story of an orphaned cub is a heart-warming "biography in text and art" that the family will love. Sponsored by the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center.

Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

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Fortune & Fame, by Reshonda Tate Billingsley
Real Girlz

"Faith-based fiction doesn't get better than (ReShonda Tate) Billingsley's entertaining soaps, notable for their humor, wonderful characters, and challenging life situations that many readers, Christian or not, can identify with," according to Publishers Weekly.

Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

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Storytellers

The Shoe Burnin' began in a backwoods shack in Alabama where writers enjoying the warmth of the fire from a huge box of shoes began to swap made-up stories. Joe Formichella and Suzanne Hudson speak about the anthology and two new books. Sponsored by River's Edge Media.

Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

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The devil in silver : a novel / Victor LaValle
Vanguard

The Miami Herald said "both as literature and as a physical object, S. is a profound and tremendous work of art." The New York Times Book Review called The Devil in Silver "simply too bighearted, too gentle, too kind, too culturally observant and too idiosyncratic to squash into the small cupboard of any one genre, or even two." Discover the genre-defying brilliance of Dough Dorst and Victor LaValle.

Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

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jan wolfe
Puppet Show

Participate with Wolfe at the Door Puppets to uncover the treasures of reading.

Saturday, 3:00 p.m.

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a few seconds of radiant filmstrip, by kevin brockmeier
7th Grade in Little Rock

"If you are already a Kevin Brockmeier fan, this book will floor you, and flood you with a torrent of your own memories from the terrifying, electric threshold between childhood and adulthood. If you're new to his work, this is a phenomenal place to start," according to author Karen Russell.

Saturday, 4:00 p.m.

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How to Fight Presidents: Defending Yourself Against the Badasses Who Ran This Country, by Daniel O'Brien
Badass Presidents

Imagine being face-to-face with a pissed off former president of the United States. What do you do? Zip through this humorous illustrated history of the wildest, manliest, and baddest-assiest facts about the U.S. presidents.

Saturday, 4:00 p.m.

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Go Indie!

Upheavals in the publishing world have created an exciting environment for self-publishers. Explore the joys and pitfalls of becoming an independent publisher of ebooks or print-on-demand books and how to get your book into the hands of readers.

Saturday, 4:00 p.m.

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a distant soil, by colleen doran
Illustration

Children's author and illustrator Kadir Nelson joins two skilled graphic novelists, Colleen Doran and Little Rock native Nate Powell, to discuss how they visually approach a story.

Saturday, 4:00 p.m.

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Intro to Robotic Building

Learn the basics of small scale robotics and control mechanisms.

Saturday, 4:00 p.m.

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Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football's Make-or-Break Moment, by Carla Killough McClafferty
Make-or-Break

Carla Killough McClafferty's book, Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football's Make-or-Break Moment, is the result of interviews with America's leading experts on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and concussions, her book includes research on football players, and stories from a retired NFL player.

Saturday, 4:00 p.m.

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Portraits of Conflict, by Carl Moneyhon
Photographic History

Carl Moneyhon discusses the origins of the Portraits of Conflict series and the problems involved in producing a book in which photographs provide the basis for the story. Sponsored by the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History.

Saturday, 4:00 p.m.

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Poetry Competition

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

Saturday, 4:00 p.m.

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Sense Memory

Budding writers are invited to join author Jerusalem Jackson Greer for a delicious exploration of how using sense-memory can enhance any author's work. This tantalizing experiment for taste buds and creative inspiration includes a sampling of gourmet cookies and ice cream from local bakery Sweet Love Bakes.

Saturday, 4:00 p.m.

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Hot Springs: From Capone to Costello, by Robert K. Raines
Spa City Gangsters

Hear fascinating, little-known stories about the Mob's heyday in Hot Springs from former F.B.I. employee Orval Allbritton, who also explains the city's gambling history. Then find out more facts from the director of the Gangster Museum of America, Robert K. Raines, whose book about America's first resort has been optioned for television.

Saturday, 4:00 p.m.

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The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir, by Dee Williams
Terrifically Tiny

Dee Williams speaks about her book, The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir, which is a graceful, inspired memoir about building a home from scratch and discovering a true sense of self in just 84 square feet. This pioneer in sustainable living is the proud owner of a very tiny house.

Saturday, 4:00 p.m.

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Treasure Hunt

Grab your matey and your eye patch, too, and set sail for fun. Hear six children’s authors talk briefly about their children’s books and get clues to win prizes. Pirate-themed refreshments provided, too.

Saturday, 11:00 a.m.

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Soil & Sacrament, by Fred Bahnson
Nourishment

Fred Bahnson chronicles his visits with Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal, and Jewish communities as he examines the connection between spiritual nourishment and the way we eat with sensitivity, personal knowledge, and insight. He discovers Americans of all faiths are re-rooting themselves in the land, and finding God and each other in the process. Refreshments provided. Sponsored by Christ Episcopal Church.

Saturday, 4:00 p.m.

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arkansas literary festival
Pub or Perish

Festival authors and additional local authors unite to read from their works. A limited number of open mic slots will be available beginning at 9:00 a.m., Friday April 25. For a slot or more information, email David Koon. Sponsored by the Arkansas Times.

Saturday, 7:00 p.m.

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stay more: the world of donald harington
Harington

In this feature-length documentary, Donald Harington, "America's greatest unknown writer," describes the origin of Stay More, the fictional Ozark village where he set his novels. Filmmaker Bran Walter will discuss the film and the author. Sponsored by the Arkansas Arts Center.

Sunday, 12:00 p.m.

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march: book one, by lewis, aydin, and powell
March: Book One

This first-hand illustrated account of Congressman John Lewis's lifelong struggle for civil and human rights is a meditation "on the distance travelled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation." Join the trio of collaborators, Congressman Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, for this can't miss panel. Sponsored by the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity and Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.

Sunday, 1:30 p.m.

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Acts of God, by Ellen Gilchrist
Finale

In Acts of God, Arkansas's legendary Ellen Gilchrist has crafted a story collection that takes us into eleven scenarios in which people dealing with forces beyond their control somehow manage to survive, persevere, and even triumph. Sponsored by Regions Bank and Regions Insurance Group.

Sunday, 1:30 p.m.

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