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2017 Authors and Presenters

C. D. Albin

C. D. Albin

C. D. Albin is the author of the short-story collection Hard Toward Home. Albin was born and raised in West Plains, MO. He has taught for many years at Missouri State University - West Plains, where he founded and edits Elder Mountain: A Journal of Ozarks Studies. His stories, poems, and reviews have appeared in a number of periodicals, including Arkansas Review, Cape Rock, Georgia Review, Harvard Review, Natural Bridge, and Slant.

Deb Amlen

Deb Amlen

Deb Amlen is the author of It's Not P.M.S., It's You and the author and editor of "Wordplay," the crossword column of the New York Times. Amlen has also been a senior columnist for David Pogue's Yahoo! Tech, and her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Establishment, and BUST Magazine. She received a BS in strategic guessing from Syracuse University, although they insisted on calling it "marketing." Amlen lives in New Jersey with a very understanding partner, her two children, and an extremely spunky Border Terrier.

Celia Anderson

Celia Anderson

Celia Anderson is a TEDx speaker known for her ability to connect with all walks of life. She has traveled to hundreds of conferences and events internationally delivering messages of hope and wisdom. Her original schoolwide presentation G.A.M.E.T.I.M.E motivates students to "get in the game of life" and resonates with this generation of young people. Her third book is 100 Things to Do in Little Rock Before You Die.

John Avlon

John Avlon

John Avlon is the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director of The Daily Beast and a CNN political analyst. He is author of the new book Washington's Farewell: The Founding Father's Warning to Future Generations.

Nicholson Baker

Nicholson Baker

CANCELLED: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Nicholson Baker will not be appearing as scheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Nicholson Baker is the author of ten novels and six works of nonfiction, including The Mezzanine, Double Fold, Human Smoke, The Anthologist, and Substitute: Going to School with a Thousand Kids. He has received a National Book Critics Circle Award, a James Madison Freedom of Information Award, the Hermann Hesse Prize, and the Katherine Anne Porter Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, and The New York Review of Books. He lives in Maine with his wife, Margaret Brentano; both his children attended Maine public schools.

Robin Barone

Robin Barone

Robin Barone decided at an early age that she wanted to experience the world. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she has lived in New York, Washington D.C., Buenos Aires, Paris, and Singapore in addition to visiting over 50 countries. Through all of her experiences, Barone recognized that there is an opportunity to teach children about the world through adventure-travel books, helping them develop respect for the diversity among us all. She wrote Where is Robin?

Todd Barry

Todd Barry

Todd Barry is a stand-up comedian and an actor who has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. He's had three Comedy Central specials, and his fourth, The Crowd Work Tour (produced by Louis CK), is currently on Netflix. Barry's TV acting credits include Louie, The Larry Sanders Show, and Flight of the Conchords, and his film credits include his role as Mickey Rourke's mean boss in The Wrestler. He has released four comedy albums including Medium Energy, named one of the best comedy albums of the decade by The AV Club, and one book, Thank You for Coming to Hattiesburg.

Natalie Baszile

Natalie Baszile

Natalie Baszile is the author of Queen Sugar, a novel adapted for TV by writer/director Ava DuVernay of Selma fame, and co-produced by Oprah Winfrey for OWN, Winfrey's cable network. Queen Sugar was named on the San Francisco Chronicle's Best Books list, was long-listed for the Crook's Corner Southern Book Prize, and nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Her nonfiction work has appeared in The Rumpus; BuzzFeed; Lenny Letter; The Best Women's Travel Writing Volume 9; O, The Oprah Magazine; and elsewhere. She lives in San Francisco.

Alex Beam

Alex Beam

Alex Beam is an opinion page columnist for The Boston Globe. He has published two novels, three previous works of nonfiction – two of them New York Times Notable Books of the Year – and now The Feud: Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson, and the End of a Beautiful Friendship. Beam also contributes to Architecture Boston magazine and is a guest commentator for WGBH radio.

Chanelle Benz

Chanelle Benz

Chanelle Benz is the author of The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead. The American Reader, Granta.com, Electric Literature, and Fence have featured her fiction, and she is the recipient of an O. Henry Prize. She received her BFA in acting from Boston University and her MFA from Syracuse University.

Ed Bethune

Ed Bethune

Ed Bethune was born in the Ozarks and has a deep understanding of American culture. He was a special agent of the FBI in Newark, NJ, during the race riots of 1967. As a trial lawyer, he has prosecuted and defended many high-profile cases. In 1978 he was elected to a seat in Congress. His latest book is A Pearl for Kizzy. .

Bryan Borland

Bryan Borland

Bryan Borland is the author of DIG, Less Fortunate Pirates, and My Life as Adam, and the founding publisher of Sibling Rivalry Press. A 2015 Lambda Fellow in Poetry, Borland was also the recipient of a 2016 Judith A. Markowitz Emerging Writer Award from the Lambda Literary Foundation.

Marie Bostwick

Marie Bostwick

Marie Bostwick is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of uplifting of women's fiction, historical fiction, and romance. Her sixteenth novel is The Promise Girls. Bostwick lives in Oregon.

Kevin Brockmeier

Kevin Brockmeier

Kevin Brockmeier has participated in the Arkansas Literary Festival since its inception. He has published eight books, mainly fiction, including The Brief History of the Dead and The Illumination. He teaches frequently at the Iowa Writers' Workshop but otherwise lives in Little Rock, AR, where he was raised.

Cara Brookins

Cara Brookins

Cara Brookins is the author of Little Boy Blu, the TimeShifters trilogy, Gadget Geeks, and Doris Free. Her memoir, Rise: How a House Built a Family, is about a series of traumatic events that led Brookins and her four children to build a 3,500-square-foot home from the ground up.

Greg Brownderville

Greg Brownderville

Greg Brownderville is the author of A Horse with Holes in It, Deep Down in the Delta, and Gust. At Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, he serves as associate professor of English, director of creative writing, and editor-in-chief of Southwest Review.

Thi Bui

Thi Bui

Thi Bui was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the United States as a child. She studied art and law, and wanted at one point to become a civil rights attorney but chose to become a public school teacher and maker of comics instead. Bui lives in Berkeley, CA, with her son, her husband, and her mother. The Best We Could Do is her debut graphic novel.

Robert Olen Butler

Robert Olen Butler

Robert Olen Butler has published sixteen novels and six volumes of short stories, including A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, which won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. His latest novel, Perfume River, is about the baby boomer generation, its families, and its wars. He teaches at Florida State University. .

Danielle Chapman

Danielle Chapman

Danielle Chapman is a poet, essayist, and lecturer in English at Yale University. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, Poetry International, and elsewhere. Delinquent Palaces is her debut collection of poems. For several years, Chapman served as the Director of Literary Arts and Events for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, where she created programs to serve Chicago's writers, publishers, and literary community. She was also a consulting editor for the Poetry Foundation. She lives in Hamden, CT, with her husband, Christian Wiman, and their twin daughters. .

Garrard Conley

Garrard Conley

Garrard Conley is the author of the memoir Boy Erased. His work can be found in TIME, VICE, CNN, BuzzFeed Books, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. He has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and Elizabeth Kostova Foundation writers' conferences and has facilitated craft classes for Catapult, Grub Street, Sackett Street Writers' Workshop, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA.

Floyd Cooper

Floyd Cooper

Floyd Cooper has illustrated more than 100 children's books and more than 2,000 book covers. Cooper has received three Coretta Scott King Honors, an NAACP Image Award, the Jane Addams Peace Honor, and the Sankae Award of Japan. Cooper calls his method of painting "subtractive process." He uses oil wash on board, and then, with a stretchy eraser, he erases the paint to make a picture, proving "that there can be different approaches to age-old problems." This Tulsa native, whose newest books are Frederick Douglass and The Ring Bearer, now makes his home in Easton, PA. .

Cora Daniels

Cora Daniels

Cora Daniels is an award-winning journalist and the author of Impolite Conversations. Her previous books are Ghettonation and Black Power Inc. She was a longtime staff writer for Fortune magazine. Her work has also been published in The New York Times Magazine; Essence; Fast Company; O, The Oprah Magazine; and Men's Fitness among others.

Kevin Delaney

Kevin Delaney

Kevin Delaney performs Awesome Science at Arkansas's Museum of Discovery, where he helped develop the Science After Dark program. He is the resident science presenter on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Delaney has worked as a playwright, a performer, and an educator. He enjoys spending his free time outside with his wife and dog.

Taylor Dugan

Taylor Dugan

Taylor Dugan taught Spanish to elementary school students in the North Little Rock School District using music, stories, and puppets. Now he is a deputy prosecutor for the 22nd Judicial District.

James Forman Jr.

James Forman Jr.

James Forman Jr. is a professor of law at Yale Law School. He has written for the New York Times, The Atlantic, numerous law reviews, and other publications. A former clerk for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, he spent six years as a public defender in Washington D.C., where he co-founded the Maya Angelou Public Charter School. His book is Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America.

Therese Anne Fowler

Therese Anne Fowler

Therese Anne Fowler is the author of New York Times bestseller Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, which was adapted into an Amazon television series starring Christina Ricci. A proud member of Phi Beta Kappa and PEN America, she lives in Raleigh, NC, with author and professor John Kessel and their three endearing but incorrigible cats.

Amina Gautier

Amina Gautier

Amina Gautier is the author of At-Risk, Now We Will Be Happy, and The Loss of All Lost Things. These short-story collections have garnered the Flannery O'Connor Award, the First Horizon Award, the Eric Hoffer Legacy Fiction Award, the International Latino Book Award, and the Independent Book Publishers Award. Her stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Southern Review, and StoryQuarterly. Gautier has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Breadloaf Writers' Conference, Callaloo, the Hurston/Wright Foundation, the Key West Literary Seminar, the MacDowell Colony, the Ragsdale Foundation, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and Ucross.

Tim Gautreaux

Tim Gautreaux

Tim Gautreaux has lived most of his life in south Louisiana. He is the author of three novels and three collections of short stories, including Signals: New and Selected Stories. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Harpers, GQ, and has been included in Best American Short Stories and New Stories from the South, as well as in university textbooks and O. Henry Prize Stories. He taught creative writing at Southeastern Louisiana University for thirty years and now lives in Tennessee.

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Roger A. Glasgow

Roger A. Glasgow

Roger Glasgow was raised on a small farm near Nashville, AR. A former deputy attorney general, he has enjoyed a successful career of more than 40 years with the Little Rock firm of Wright, Lindsey & Jennings. Glasgow and his wife, Jennifer, divide their time between homes in Little Rock, AR and Crested Butte, CO.

Marita Golden

Marita Golden

Marita Golden is the award-winning author of over a dozen works of fiction and nonfiction, including the classic memoir Migrations of the Heart. Her most recent novel is The Wide Circumference of Love. A veteran teacher of writing, she is co-founder and president emeritus of the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation.

Wendell L. Griffen

Wendell L. Griffen

Wendell L. Griffen is the author of The Fierce Urgency of Prophetic Hope, the pastor of Little Rock's New Millennium Church, and circuit judge for the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Arkansas. Griffen is founder and C.E.O. of Griffen Strategic Consulting, which specializes in cultural competency, strategic planning, public policy, and government relations. He serves on the Board of Directors for The Christian Ethics Today Foundation and as a trustee of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference. He writes two blogs: Wendell Griffen on Cultural Competency and Justice is a verb!

Annabelle Gurwitch

Annabelle Gurwitch

Annabelle Gurwitch is an actress and author of Wherever You Go, There They Are: Stories About My Family You Might Relate To. She is also author of the New York Times bestseller and Thurber Prize finalist I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories From the Edge of 50. Gurwitch gained a loyal following during her years as a co-host on Dinner & a Movie (TBS) and as a commentator on NPR. Her essays and satire have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, Harper's Bazaar, and the Los Angeles Times.

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Shaun Harris

Shaun Harris

Shaun Harris became fascinated with the lingo and mannerisms of cops and lawyers when his father, a homicide and narcotics detective working out of the State Attorney's office in New Haven, CT, would take him to work. Today he often calls on his dad for research or to consult on the authenticity of everything from a gunshot wound to how to build a bomb out of what's available in your kitchen. Harris works out of his Wisconsin home while raising his 5-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter. He fits writing in between changing diapers and mowing the lawn. The Hemingway Thief is his latest work.

Michael Hibblen

Michael Hibblen

Michael Hibblen is the author of Rock Island Railroad in Arkansas. He has spent nearly 30 years working as a journalist for radio stations around the country, as well as for CBS Radio News and the Miami Herald newspaper. Hibblen, who is currently news director of Little Rock's NPR station KUAR, has long had a passion for railroad history.

Elizabeth Griffin Hill

Elizabeth Griffin Hill

Elizabeth Griffin Hill, author of Faithful to Our Tasks: Arkansas's Women and the Great War, is a meticulous researcher into Arkansas's archives and a cheerleader for our foremothers. Her goal is to add to the scholarship and to educate the state's women, particularly through the Arkansas Women's History Institute.

Hussein Hussein

Hussein Hussein

Hussein Hussein, a native of Nasiriya, Iraq, immigrated to the U.S. after earning his BS degree at Baghdad University. He returned to Iraq to visit his dying mother and was arrested and pressed into Saddam Hussein's "People's Army." Treated like a slave for fifteen years, he was forced to fight an unwinnable war against Iran. Eventually, he was able to return to the U.S., where he had previously completed degrees at Marshall University and Middle Tennessee State University. Now retired, he lives with his wife, who is a scientist working at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. He will speak about his new work, Euphrates Dance.

John L. Jackson Jr.

John L. Jackson Jr.

John L. Jackson Jr. is Dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Harlemworld: Doing Race and Class in Contemporary Black America; Real Black: Adventures in Racial Sincerity; Racial Paranoia: The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness; Thin Description: Ethnography and the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem; Televised Redemption: Black Religious Media and Racial Empowerment; and Impolite Conversations: On Race, Politics, Sex, Money, and Religion, co-written with Cora Daniels. His most recent film is Bad Friday: Rastafari After Coral Gardens. He is also editor of Penn's Social Policy and Social Justice.

Arie Kaplan

Arie Kaplan

Arie Kaplan is an award-winning author, as well as a writer for television, comic books, videogames, and transmedia. He is also a public speaker who travels all over the globe giving lectures on pop culture history. His books include The Official Stormtrooper Training Manual and From Krakow to Krypton. .

John Kessel

John Kessel

John Kessel, who holds a BA in physics and a PhD in English, teaches in the creative writing MFA program at North Carolina State University and is a winner of the Nebula, Sturgeon, and Tiptree awards. His books include Good News from Outer Space, Corrupting Dr. Nice, and The Baum Plan for Financial Independence and Other Stories. His new novel is The Moon and the Other.

Brian & Terri Kinder

Brian & Terri Kinder

Brian and Terri Kinder are Arkansas's original rollicking, good time, concert and recording artists for kids. With eleven CD releases of fun original songs, the Kinders have been spotlighted by the American Library Association and School Library Journal. They were nominated for the Arkansas Literacy Award for their contribution to reading education.

Katie Kitamura

Katie Kitamura

Katie Kitamura is a critic and novelist living in New York City. She is the author of Gone to the Forest and The Longshot, both of which were finalists for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award. A recipient of a Lannan Residency Fellowship, Kitamura has written for the New York Times, the Guardian, Granta, BOMB, and Triple Canopy, and she is a regular contributor to Frieze. Her new book is A Separation.

Hari Kunzru

Hari Kunzru

Hari Kunzru is the author of four previous books and a new novel, White Tears. His work has been translated into twenty-one languages, and his short stories and journalism have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, and The New Yorker. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Public Library, and the American Academy in Berlin. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Owen Laukkanen

Owen Laukkanen

Owen Laukkanen spent three years reporting on the world of professional poker before turning to fiction. Laukkanen's first novel, The Professionals, was nominated for multiple writing honors, including the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, the Spinetingler Magazine Best Novel: New Voices Award, and the International Thriller Writers' (ITW) Thriller Award for best first novel. Criminal Enterprise was nominated for an ITW Thriller Award for best novel, and The Stolen Ones received a Barry Award nomination. His latest is The Forgotten Girls. Laukkanen lives in Vancouver, Canada.

Estelle Laure

Estelle Laure

Estelle Laure is a Vonnegut worshiper who believes in love, magic, and the power of facing hard truths. She is the author of But Then I Came Back and This Raging Light. Laure has a BA in theatre arts and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Taos, NM, with her children.

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Noah Lederman

Noah Lederman

Noah Lederman is author of the memoir A World Erased: A Grandson's Search for His Family's Holocaust Secrets. His writing has been featured in the Economist, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Miami Herald, Slate, Salon, The New Republic, Tablet Magazine, the Jerusalem Post, and elsewhere. He writes the travel blog Somewhere or Bust.

Odie Lindsey

Odie Lindsey

Odie Lindsey's writing appears in Best American Short Stories, Iowa Review, Guernica, Electric Literature, Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, Fourteen Hills, and elsewhere. A veteran, his related story collection is We Come to Our Senses. .

Beverly Lowry

Beverly Lowry

Beverly Lowry is the author of Who Killed These Girls? She has written six novels and three previous works of nonfiction. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Mississippi Review, Granta, and many other publications. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Texas Institute of Letters, and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. She lives in Austin, TX.

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Peter Manseau

Peter Manseau

Peter Manseau is the Lilly Endowment Curator of American Religious History at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. His most recent book, Objects of Devotion, is based on the Religion in Early America exhibition he curated for the museum, opening in July 2017. The author of seven previous books – including the novel Songs for the Butcher's Daughter, the travelogue Rag and Bone, the memoir Vows, and the history One Nation Under Gods – Manseau also writes regularly for publications including The New York Times and The Washington Post. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

Anne Martin

Anne Martin

Anne Martin is the author of Delta Hot Tamales: History, Stories & Recipes, chronicling the delicious history of this beloved food of the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta. She grew up in the middle of the hot-tamale epicenter: Greenville, MS. Martin, an award-winning journalist and writer, lives on a farm in Rosedale, MS.

Juan Martinez

Juan Martinez

Juan Martinez was born in Bucaramanga, Colombia, and has since lived in Orlando, Florida, and in Las Vegas, Nevada. He now lives in Chicago with his wife, their son, and two cats. He is an assistant professor at Northwestern University. His work has appeared in various literary journals and anthologies, including Glimmer Train, McSweeney's, Ecotone, Huizache, TriQuarterly, Conjunctions, The Cossack Review, The Santa Monica Review, National Public Radio's Selected Shorts, and Norton's Sudden Fiction Latino. His recent story collection is Best Worst American.

Marquese McFerguson

Marquese McFerguson

Marquese McFerguson is a writer, scholar, performing artist, and founder of Art Can Change The World. McFerguson is the primary author of Conversations In Color: Poetry, Prose and Paintings, which is a poetic and visual journey through the beauty and struggle of the American Civil Rights Movement. McFerguson is currently a PhD student at the University of South Florida.

Tracy Chiles McGhee

Tracy Chiles McGhee

Tracy Chiles McGhee is author of the novel Melting the Blues. Winner of the 2016 Jessie Redmon Fauset Book Award in the category of First Fiction, McGhee also received an honorable mention in the 2016 Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards in the category of Mainstream Literary Fiction. She is a Georgetown University graduate who currently lives in Washington, D.C.

CB McKenzie

CB McKenzie

CB McKenzie is a graduate of Arkansas Tech University and the University of Arizona. His first novel, Bad Country, won the Spur Award from Western Writers of America for Best Novel and was short-listed for an Edgar and a Shamus. Burn What Will Burn is set in Arkansas.

Matthew D. Moran

Matthew D. Moran

Matthew D. Moran is a professor at Hendrix College. His scientific publications include work on grassland ecology, plant-animal interactions, paleoecology of the Pleistocene, and conservation biology. His latest work is Exploring the Big Woods: A Guide to the Last Great Forest of the Arkansas Delta. Moran lives in Houston, AR.

Sara Flannery Murphy

Sara Flannery Murphy

Sara Flannery Murphy was born in Little Rock, AR. Her family divided its time between Little Rock and Eureka Springs. She received an MFA in creative writing from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Murphy lives in Stillwater, OK, with her husband and son. The Possessions is her first novel.

Rex Nelson

Rex Nelson

Rex Nelson, author of Southern Fried: Going Whole Hog in a State of Wonder, is the director of corporate community relations for Simmons First National Corp. He writes a weekly column for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and speaks widely on Southern history and culture.

Therese Oneill

Therese Oneill

Therese Oneill is author of the New York Times bestselling book Unmentionable: A Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage and Manners. She writes for The Atlantic, Jezebel, Mental Floss, and The Week. She lives in Oregon with her husband and children.

Katherine Ozment

Katherine Ozment

Katherine Ozment is the author of Grace Without God: The Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular Age. She is an award-winning journalist who has worked in publishing for more than twenty-five years, including as a senior editor for National Geographic.

Drew Philp

Drew Philp

Drew Philp is the author of A $500 House in Detroit: Rebuilding an Abandoned Home and An American City. His work has been published both nationally and internationally and has appeared in publications including BuzzFeed, the Guardian, and the Detroit Free Press. He lives in Detroit with his dog, Gratiot.

Ian Purkayastha

Ian Purkayastha

Ian Purkayastha is the author of Truffle Boy: My Unexpected Journey Through the Exotic Food Underground and the creator and owner of Regalis Foods. He lives in New York City and works with more than 300 of North America's finest chefs.

Dorit Rabinyan

Dorit Rabinyan

Dorit Rabinyan is an acclaimed Israeli author. Her third novel, All the Rivers, became the focus of a political scandal in Israel when the ministry of education banned the book from the high school curriculum. Her previous novels, Persian Brides and A Strand of a Thousand Pearls, were both international bestsellers. .

Penny Richards

Penny Richards

Penny Richards has penned more than 40 books for Silhouette, Harlequin, and Harper Paperbacks. Her books have made various bestseller lists and received several industry awards. Recent releases include Wolf Creek Wife and An Untimely Frost, the first Lilly Long historical mystery.

Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers

Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers

Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers, poet and nonfiction writer, is the author of Chord Box, finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Her poems and essays appear in The Missouri Review, Boston Review, The Rumpus, and many other journals. A former Kenyon Review Fellow, she is currently the Murphy Visiting Fellow at Hendrix College in Conway, AR.

Adam Ehrlich Sachs

Adam Ehrlich Sachs

Adam Ehrlich Sachs studied atmospheric science at Harvard, where he wrote for The Harvard Lampoon. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, n+1, and Harper's, among other places. Inherited Disorders is his first book.

Roy Scranton

Roy Scranton

Roy Scranton is the author of Learning to Die in the Anthropocene and the novel War Porn. He teaches at the University of Notre Dame. .

Rob Sheffield

Rob Sheffield

Rob Sheffield is a columnist for Rolling Stone, where he has been writing about music, TV, and pop culture since 1997. He is the author of the national bestsellers Love Is a Mix Tape: Love and Loss, One Song at a Time and Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed books On Bowie and Turn Around Bright Eyes: A Karaoke Journey of Starting Over, Falling in Love, and Finding Your Voice. His latest book is Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World..

Adam Silvera

Adam Silvera

Adam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx. He has worked in the publishing industry as a children's bookseller, a marketing assistant at a literary development company, and a book reviewer of children's and young adult novels. His debut novel, More Happy Than Not, received multiple starred reviews and became a New York Times bestseller. History Is All You Left Me is his new book. He writes full time in New York City and is tall for no reason.

Michael Farris Smith

Michael Farris Smith

Michael Farris Smith is the award-winning author of Desperation Road, Rivers, and The Hands of Strangers. His novels have been named in numerous Best Books of the Year lists, and he is the recipient of the Mississippi Author Award for Fiction. His short fiction has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and his essays have appeared in The New York Times, Catfish Alley, Writer's Bone, and more. He lives in Columbus, MS, with his wife and two daughters.

Trenton Lee Stewart

Trenton Lee Stewart

Trenton Lee Stewart is the author of the award-winning and New York Times bestselling Mysterious Benedict Society series. His latest book, The Secret Keepers, is also a bestseller. Stewart lives in Little Rock, AR.

Robyn Stone

Robyn Stone

Robyn Stone is the creator of the blog Add a Pinch, which has been featured in Southern Living, Better Homes and Gardens, Redbook, and online at the Huffington Post and the Food Network. Add a Pinch is now available in book form. Stone lives in Georgia with her husband, Bart, their son, Sam, and their two golden retrievers, Ranger and Annabelle.

Stephanie Storey

Stephanie Storey

Stephanie Storey is a writer and art fanatic. She studied art in Italy and went on a pilgrimage to see every Michelangelo work on display in Europe. She is an award-winning television producer of shows such as Tavis Smiley on PBS, The Writers' Room on Sundance, and The Arsenio Hall Show on CBS. Born and raised in Hot Springs, AR, she has lived in Los Angeles for 15 years. Oil and Marble is her debut novel.

Ragan Sutterfield

Ragan Sutterfield

Ragan Sutterfield is the author of Wendell Berry and the Given Life; This Is My Body: From Obesity to Ironman, My Journey into the True Meaning of Flesh, Spirit and Deeper Faith; and Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us. His writing has appeared in a variety of magazines including The Christian Century, Arkansas Life, Sojourners, The Oxford American, Men's Journal, and Books & Culture. He is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church. Sutterfield works to live the good and given life in Little Rock, Arkansas, with his wife Emily and daughters Lillian and Lucia.

Alexandra Teague

Alexandra Teague

Alexandra Teague is the author of The Principles Behind Flotation – a novel set in the Ozarks, where she grew up. She is also the author of two books of poetry: The Wise and Foolish Builders and Mortal Geography. Recipient of the California Book Award, a Stegner Fellowship, and an NEA Fellowship, Teague is an associate professor at the University of Idaho.

Kanishk Tharoor

Kanishk Tharoor

Kanishk Tharoor is the author of Swimmer Among the Stars, a collection of short stories. His work has appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Virginia Quarterly Review, and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award. He is the presenter of the BBC radio series Museum of Lost Objects. He writes a weekly column for Indian newspaper the Hindustan Times.

Elijah Wald

Elijah Wald

Elijah Wald is a Grammy Award winner who studied with Congolese guitar masters, worked as an accompanist, performed internationally, and recorded two solo albums: Songster, Fingerpicker, Shirtmaker and Street Corner Cowboys. His writing has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including more than 1,000 pieces in the Boston Globe. His award-winning books include Dylan Goes Electric: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night that Split the Sixties; Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues; How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll: An Alternative History of American Popular Music; Narcocorrido: A Journey into the Music of Drugs, Guns, and Guerrillas; and The Mayor of MacDougal Street, which inspired the Coen brothers' movie Inside Llewyn Davis. His new work is American Epic: When Music Gave America Her Voice.

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Dominic Walliman

Dominic Walliman

Dominic Walliman is a physicist and science communicator. He writes the Professor Astro Cat series, including Professor Astro Cat's Atomic Adventure. He also makes YouTube videos explaining science. His career has been focused on quantum computing: he has a PhD in quantum device physics and has worked at the quantum computing company D-Wave Systems Inc. Sponsored by Museum of Discovery.

Jim Warnock

Jim Warnock

Jim Warnock has a love of hiking that has led him from the Ozarks of Arkansas to the High Sierras of California. His book, Five Star Trails: The Ozarks, features descriptions of the most beautiful trails in Arkansas and Missouri. He enjoys traveling and writing with his rescued black Lab, Hiker-dog.

David Welky

David Welky

David Welky is the author of A Wretched and Precarious Situation: In Search of the Last Arctic Frontier, The Thousand-Year Flood: The Ohio-Mississippi Disaster of 1937, The Moguls and the Dictators: Hollywood and the Coming of World War II, and other books. He is a professor of history at the University of Central Arkansas.

Chris Whipple

Chris Whipple

Chris Whipple is an acclaimed writer, documentary filmmaker, journalist, and speaker. A multiple Peabody and Emmy Award–winning producer for CBS's 60 Minutesand ABC's Primetime, he is the chief executive officer of CCWHIP Productions. Most recently, he was the executive producer and writer of Showtime's The Spymasters: CIA in the Crosshairs. As a print journalist, Whipple has covered stories ranging from apartheid in South Africa to presidential campaigns in the U.S. He has been published in Newsweek, LIFE, People, and ABC News.com – and more recently in Vanity Fair, Politico, The Daily Beast, and American History. He is the author of The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency.

Kevin Wilson

Kevin Wilson

Kevin Wilson is author of the collection Tunneling to the Center of the Earth and two novels: The Family Fang and Perfect Little World. He lives in Sewanee, TN, where he is an associate professor in the English Department at The University of the South.

Jason Zinoman

Jason Zinoman

Jason Zinoman is a comedy critic for The New York Times. His new book is Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night. He has also written Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror and the Kindle single Searching for Dave Chappelle. He writes regularly about theater, film, and sports for a variety of publications including Slate and Vanity Fair. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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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.

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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 Chris Beaumont, CALS Volunteer Coordinator, by email or by phone at 918-3085.

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Contributions are always welcome in any form. 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

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About Us

The Arkansas Literary Festival is a project of the Central Arkansas Library System. The Festival's mission is to encourage the development of a more literate populace.

A group of dedicated volunteers assists Festival Coordinator Brad Mooy with planning the Festival. Committee chairs include Kevin Brockmeier, Talent Committee; Susan Santa Cruz & Dana Downes, Festival Guides; Amy Bradley-Hole, Moderators; Katherine Stewart, SWAG; Seth Eli Barlow, Author! Author!; and Jennifer White, WITS.



Festival Coordinator: Brad Mooy



Central Arkansas Library System

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