2016 Schedule of Events

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.

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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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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."

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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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Arkansas Puzzle Day

The Clinton School for Public Service welcomes puzzle enthusiasts for crossword and Sudoku contests. All skill levels are encouraged to participate.

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Sturgis Hall

Sunday, April 17, 1:00p 04/17/2016 1:00 PM 04/17/2016 4:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Arkansas Puzzle Day The Clinton School for Public Service welcomes puzzle enthusiasts for crossword and Sudoku contests. All skill levels are encouraged to participate. 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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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."

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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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Master Thriller

With Orphan X, Gregg Hurwitz takes "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.

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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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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.

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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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Anna Karenina (NR)

Vivien Leigh and Ralph Richardson star in the 1948 film version written by Jean Anouilh and Guy Morgan.

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Ron Robinson Theater

Sunday, April 17, 5:30p 04/17/2016 5:30 PM 04/17/2016 7:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Anna Karenina (NR) Vivien Leigh and Ralph Richardson star in the 1948 film version written by Jean Anouilh and Guy Morgan. 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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A Readers' Map of Arkansas Launch Party

2016 marks the release of the state's new literary map, featuring the names of and a representative title for more than 450 authors with a significant connection to Arkansas. Join us for the official unveiling and be one of the first to see and own the frameable poster. Hear from the Map's creators and featured authors who will read favorite passages from Arkansas literature. Purchase map »

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Oxford American Annex

Tuesday, April 12, 6:30p 04/12/2016 06:30 PM 04/12/2016 9:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: A Readers' Map of Arkansas Launch Party 2016 marks the release of the state's new literary map, featuring the names of and a representative title for more than 450 authors with a significant connection to Arkansas. Join us for the official unveiling and be one of the first to see and own the frameable poster. Hear from the Map's creators and featured authors who will read favorite passages from Arkansas literature. Oxford American Annex, 1300 Main St, Little Rock, AR 72202 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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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.

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Governor's Mansion

Thursday, April 14, 5:00p 04/14/2016 5:00 PM 04/14/2016 6:30 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

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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."

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Sturgis Hall

Thursday, 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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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.

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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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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.

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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

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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!

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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

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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.

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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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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.

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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

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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. Purchase tickets now ».

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Main Library

Friday, April 15, 7:00p 04/15/2016 07:00 PM 04/15/2016 10:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Author! Author! Toast the Festival authors at this fete 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. Purchase tickets now ». Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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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 dazzle.

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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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15 Minute Escape

Locked in a room, participants must work together to find clues, solve puzzles, and find the final escape within 15 minutes. Escape rooms are not scary, but this one, produced by Central Arkansas Escape Rooms, will leave you with a burn in your brain and a thrill in your heart.

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Main Library, West Room

Saturday, April 16, 10a-5p 04/16/2016 10:00 AM 04/16/2016 5:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: 15 Minute Escape Locked in a room, participants must work together to find clues, solve puzzles, and find the final escape within 15 minutes. Escape rooms are not scary, but this one, produced by Central Arkansas Escape Rooms, will leave you with a burn in your brain and a thrill in your heart. Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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How the Camel Got His Hump

In this charming Just So Story by Rudyard Kipling, the lazy Camel, who has not yet earned his hump, lives in the Howling Desert and will do no work. The Horse, the Dog, and the Ox plead with him to do his part, but the "scruciatingly" idle Camel just says, "Humph!" Finally, when the Djinn of all the Deserts rolls in on a cloud of magic dust, the Camel gets his just comeuppance and everyone learns a valuable lesson about hard work and cooperation.

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Children's Library

Saturday, April 16, 10:00a 04/16/2016 10:00 AM 04/16/2016 11:00 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: How the Camel Got His Hump In this charming Just So Story by Rudyard Kipling, the lazy Camel, who has not yet earned his hump, lives in the Howling Desert and will do no work. The Horse, the Dog, and the Ox plead with him to do his part, but the "scruciatingly" idle Camel just says, "Humph!" Finally, when the Djinn of all the Deserts rolls in on a cloud of magic dust, the Camel gets his just comeuppance and everyone learns a valuable lesson about hard work and cooperation. 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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The Kinders

Kids and parents alike will enjoy this program of original, interactive children's music.

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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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Rock the Block

Using local video and interactive engagement, Steve Biernacki will share Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas's mission and speak about Rock the Block, a partnering effort to restore and renew an entire block in a day using hundreds of volunteers from churches and businesses, as well as the general public. Habitat for Humanity will work with CALS in the adjoining neighborhoods.

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Children's Library

Saturday, April 16, 11:00a 04/16/2016 11:00 AM 04/16/2016 12:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Rock the Block Using local video and interactive engagement, Steve Biernacki will share Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas's mission and speak about Rock the Block, a partnering effort to restore and renew an entire block in a day using hundreds of volunteers from churches and businesses, as well as the general public. Habitat for Humanity will work with CALS in the adjoining neighborhoods. 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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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."

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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Poetry Powerhouses

Pulitzer Prize-winner Gregory Pardlo and National Book Award finalist Kevin Young combine for a poetry lover's must-see panel.

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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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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, enthrall.

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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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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."

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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."

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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Two by Three

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).

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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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3D Printing and Get Growing

Come see what a 3D printer is, why it works, and how you can get involved. Also, learn and explore the library's gardens and trails and take part in the greenhouse and garden scavenger hunt.

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Clinton Children's Library

Saturday, April 16, 2:00p 04/16/2016 02:00 PM 04/16/2016 3:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: 3D Printing and Get Growing Come see what a 3D printer is, why it works, and how you can get involved. Also, learn and explore the library's gardens and trails and take part in the greenhouse and garden scavenger hunt. 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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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."

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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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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."

When & Where

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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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.

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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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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."

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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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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."

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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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Travelogues

"Set out on a risky travel experiment spanning eight countries in three weeks" with No Baggage by Clara Bensen.

When & Where

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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Snacktivity

Decorate a bag and fill it with your own trail mix concoction. Also, participate by making a straw woven bookmark, paper spinner, popsicle stick catapult, or a Cheerio bird feeder.

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Children's Library

Saturday, April 16, 3:00p 04/16/2016 03:00 PM 04/16/2016 4:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Snacktivity Decorate a bag and fill it with your own trail mix concoction. Also, participate by making a straw woven bookmark, paper spinner, popsicle stick catapult, or a Cheerio bird feeder. 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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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.

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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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Fast Food Fun

Gobble down this fast and funny performance/examination of the truth behind fast food, brought to you by the North Little Rock High School Forensics team. Your happy meal comes with some additional humorous interpretations used in competition.

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Main Library, Level 4

Saturday, April 16, 3:00p 04/16/2016 03:00 PM 04/16/2016 4:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Fast Food Fun Gobble down this fast and funny performance/examination of the truth behind fast food, brought to you by the North Little Rock High School Forensics team. Your happy meal comes with some additional humorous interpretations used in competition. Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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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.

When & Where

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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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."

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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Teen Poetry Competition

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

When & Where

Main Library, Level 4

Saturday, April 16, 4:00p 04/16/2016 04:00 PM 04/16/2016 5:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Teen Poetry Competition Finalists from CALS branch competitions compete for a grand prize in this jam-packed poetically engaging hour. Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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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.

When & Where

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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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."

When & Where

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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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.

When & Where

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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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 15. For more information contact bryan@siblingrivalrypress.com.

When & Where

Stickyz

Saturday, April 16, 7:00p 04/16/2016 07:00 PM 04/16/2016 9:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: 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 15. For more information contact bryan@siblingrivalrypress.com. Stickyz Rock 'N' Roll Chicken Shack, 107 River Market Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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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.

When & Where

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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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



Central Arkansas Library System

The Arkansas Literary Festival is a program of the Central Arkansas Library System
100 Rock St.   Little Rock, AR   72201