2017 Schedule of Events

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Food's Joys and Labors

Dorit Rabinyan explains how Persian food is used in all of her novels as a material of life, expressing both its joyful and festive aspects. But she also explores its daily sisyphean demand and how it is used as a suppressive tool of the patriarchal structure.

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Jewish Food Festival at War Memorial Stadium

Sunday, April 30, 10:45 a.m. 04/30/2017 10:45 AM 04/30/2017 12:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Food's Joys and Labors Dorit Rabinyan explains how Persian food is used in all of her novels as a material of life, expressing both its joyful and festive aspects. But she also explores its daily sisyphean demand and how it is used as a suppressive tool of the patriarchal structure. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Arkansas and the Consulate General of Israel to the Southwest. War Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Dr, Little Rock, AR 72205 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Wordplay

Deb Amlen, lead writer and editor of Wordplay, the crossword column of the New York Times, will provide a puzzling program for those who like a challenge.

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Choctaw Station, 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 30, 1:00 p.m. 04/30/2017 1:00 PM 04/30/2017 2:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Wordplay Lead writer and editor of Wordplay, the crossword column of the New York Times, will provide a puzzling program for those who like a challenge. Sponsored by University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. Choctaw Station, 1200 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Spirits Rebellious

Enjoy a flight of Arkansas's finest home-brewed literature. Presenters include: Kwadjo Boaitey, Bryan Borland, Claudia Cerna, Cobris, Kai Coggin, Karen Hayes, Lux, Jamee McAdoo, Ron McAdoo, Q-Squared, and Seth Pennington.

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Rebel Kettle Brewing

Sunday, April 30, 1:00 p.m. 04/30/2017 1:00 PM 04/30/2017 3:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Spirits Rebellious Enjoy a flight of Arkansas's finest home-brewed literature. Presenters include: Kwadjo Boaitey, Bryan Borland, Claudia Cerna, Cobris, Kai Coggin, Karen Hayes, Lux, Jamee McAdoo, Ron McAdoo, Q-Squared, and Seth Pennington. Sponsored by Rebel Kettle Brewing, Sibling Rivalry Press, and Romito Inc. Rebel Kettle Brewing, 822 E 6th St, Little Rock, AR 72202 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Fierce Urgency

With The Fierce Urgency of Prophetic Hope, Judge Wendell Griffen explores how social-justice-minded Christians can find positive ways of dealing with racism, misogyny, materialism, militarism, nationalism, classism, and xenophobia.

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CALS Main Library, Darragh Center

Sunday, April 30, 1:30 p.m. 04/30/2017 1:30 PM 04/30/2017 3:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Fierce Urgency With The Fierce Urgency of Prophetic Hope, Judge Wendell Griffen explores how social-justice-minded Christians can find positive ways of dealing with racism, misogyny, materialism, militarism, nationalism, classism, and xenophobia. CALS Main Library, Darragh Center, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Arkansas Puzzle Day

The Clinton School of Public Service welcomes puzzle enthusiasts for crossword and Sudoku contests.

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Choctaw Station

Sunday, April 30, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. 04/30/2017 2:00 PM 04/30/2017 5:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Arkansas Puzzle Day The Clinton School of Public Service welcomes puzzle enthusiasts for crossword and Sudoku contests. Sponsored by University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. Choctaw Station, 1200 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Equinox

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Equinox literary magazine celebrates the launch of its 2017 edition with a reading and prize ceremony. This student-run journal features original fiction, poetry, and art from current and former students. Free copies will be available.

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CALS Main Library, Darragh Center

Sunday, April 30, 3:00 p.m. 04/30/2017 3:00 PM 04/30/2017 4:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Equinox The University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Equinox literary magazine celebrates the launch of its 2017 edition with a reading and prize ceremony. This student-run journal features original fiction, poetry, and art from current and former students. Free copies will be available. Sponsored by UA Little Rock Department of English. CALS Main Library, Darragh Center, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Rain in a Dry Land

After living in refugee camps for more than a decade, two Somali Bantu families eagerly start journeys to the United States in this riveting film. Unexpected challenges arise, including issues with language, employment, and culture. After the screening, Jay Barth (Hendrix College) and AmeriCorps English as a Second Language instructor Dale Pekar address how immigrants transition to new communities.

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CALS Ron Robinson Theater

Sunday, April 30, 4:00 p.m. 04/30/2017 4:00 PM 04/30/2017 5:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Rain in a Dry Land After living in refugee camps for more than a decade, two Somali Bantu families eagerly start journeys to the United States in this riveting film. Unexpected challenges arise, including issues with language, employment, and culture. After the screening, Jay Barth (Hendrix College) and AmeriCorps English as a Second Language instructor Dale Pekar address how immigrants transition to new communities. Sponsored by Literacy Action of Central Arkansas. CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Let Them Eat Pie

Get your just desserts at The Root Café's 3rd Annual Traditional Pie Bake-Off and Recipe Swap. Food writers and critics from the community will judge.

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The Root Café

Sunday, April 30, 4:00 p.m. 04/30/2017 4:00 PM 04/30/2017 5:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Let Them Eat Pie Get your just desserts at The Root Café's 3rd Annual Traditional Pie Bake-Off and Recipe Swap. Food writers and critics from the community will judge. Sponsored by The Root Café. The Root Café, 1500 Main St, Little Rock, AR 72202 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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WITS

Adam Silvera and Estelle Laure visit Hall High School and Central High School for the Festival's Writers in the Schools Initiative.

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Area Schools

Thursday, April 27, all day

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Add a Pinch

Wondering what's for supper? Robyn Stone's new cookbook, Add A Pinch, helps. It includes recipes that can be ready in 30 minutes or less, that contain 10 ingredients or less, and that can be made ahead of time. It also includes instructions for turning leftovers into new and exciting meals. In this session, Stone provides tips, tricks, and a sample meal plan with a shopping list.

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CALS Main Library, Darragh Center

Thursday, April 27, 12:00 p.m. 04/27/2017 12:00 PM 04/27/2017 1:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Add a Pinch Wondering what's for supper? Robyn Stone's new cookbook, Add A Pinch, helps. It includes recipes that can be ready in 30 minutes or less, that contain 10 ingredients or less, and that can be made ahead of time. It also includes instructions for turning leftovers into new and exciting meals. In this session, Stone provides tips, tricks, and a sample meal plan with a shopping list. Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Right to Write

Inspiring poet Marquese McFerguson leads a bold writing workshop for aspiring poets and those interested in civil rights.

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Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

Thursday, April 27, 12:00 p.m. 04/27/2017 12:00 PM 04/27/2017 1:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Right to Write Inspiring poet Marquese McFerguson leads a bold writing workshop for aspiring poets and those interested in civil rights. 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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Easier, Faster, Fresher

Try another take on the traditional. Robyn Stone, author of Add a Pinch: Easier, Faster, Fresher Southern Classics, will demonstrate her recipe for strawberry shortcake in this cooking demonstration. Seating is limited. Tickets are $15. Purchase tickets now »

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300 Third Tower

Thursday, April 27, 3:00 p.m. 04/27/2017 3:00 PM 04/27/2017 5:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Easier, Faster, Fresher Try another take on the traditional. Robyn Stone, author of Add a Pinch: Easier, Faster, Fresher Southern Classics, will demonstrate her recipe for strawberry shortcake in this cooking demonstration. Seating is limited. Tickets are $15. Purchase tickets now » 300 Third Tower, 300 East 3rd St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Redemptive Hope

Be privy to The Wide Circumference of Love as Marita Golden discusses some of the research she conducted on Alzheimer's disease for her new book of fiction. Golden "deftly explores this nuanced and timely subject through the African American experience."

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Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

Thursday, April 27, 6:30 p.m. 04/27/2017 6:30 PM 04/27/2017 8:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Redemptive Hope Be privy to The Wide Circumference of Love as Marita Golden discusses some of the research she conducted on Alzheimer's disease for her new book of fiction. Golden "deftly explores this nuanced and timely subject through the African American experience." 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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History Is All You Left Me, You Little Secret Keeper, But Then I Came Back

This mash up of magical realism, derring-do, "lies and honesty," antique watches, OCD, grief, parkour, and "the imperfect beauty of young love" features adventure-maker Trenton Lee Stewart, The Secret Keepers, dream-weaver Estelle Laure, But Then I Came Back; and heartbreaker Adam Silvera, History Is All You Left Me.

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CALS Main Library, Level 4

Thursday, April 27, 6:30 p.m. 04/27/2017 6:30 PM 04/27/2017 8:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: History Is All You Left Me, You Little Secret Keeper, But Then I Came Back This mash up of magical realism, derring-do, "lies and honesty," antique watches, OCD, grief, parkour, and "the imperfect beauty of young love" features adventure-maker Trenton Lee Stewart, The Secret Keepers, dream-weaver Estelle Laure, But Then I Came Back; and heartbreaker Adam Silvera, History Is All You Left Me. CALS Main Library, Level 4, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Unmentionable

A humorous reading from Unmentionable by Therese Oneill about the hidden secrets of Victorian femininity, such as how women went to the bathroom, what they wore under their dresses, and how they managed menstruation. Find out details no one ever dared to write down. Recommended for mature audiences.

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ESSE Purse Museum

Thursday, April 27, 6:30 p.m. 04/27/2017 6:30 PM 04/27/2017 8:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Unmentionable A humorous reading from Unmentionable by Therese Oneill about the hidden secrets of Victorian femininity,, such as how women went to the bathroom, what they wore under their dresses, and how they managed menstruation. Find out details no one ever dared to write down. Recommended for mature audiences. Sponsored by ESSE Purse Museum. Esse Purse Museum & Store, Main Street, Little Rock, ARhttps://goo.gl/maps/EK5Cu8pbsgC2 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Classic in Context: Lolita

Go beyond the page with an exploration of the controversial bestseller by Nabokov. Alex Beam of the Boston Globe leads the discussion, which will include references to his book The Feud: Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson, and the End of a Beautiful Friendship. Recommended for mature audiences.

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CALS Ron Robinson Theater

Thursday, April 27, 6:30 p.m. 04/27/2017 6:30 PM 04/27/2017 8:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Classic in Context: Lolita Go beyond the page with an exploration of the controversial bestseller by Nabokov. Alex Beam of the Boston Globe leads the discussion, which will include references to his book The Feud: Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson, and the End of a Beautiful Friendship. Recommended for mature audiences. CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Lolita (NR)

Stanley Kubrick's dazzling 1962 film, with a screenplay by Vladimir Nabokov himself, stars James Mason, Shelley Winters, and Peter Sellers. Recommended for mature audiences.

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CALS Ron Robinson Theater

Thursday, April 27, 8:00 p.m. 04/27/2017 8:00 PM 04/27/2017 10:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Lolita (NR) Stanley Kubrick's dazzling 1962 film, with a screenplay by Vladimir Nabokov himself, stars James Mason, Shelley Winters, and Peter Sellers. Recommended for mature audiences. CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Washington's Warning

The Daily Beast's John Avlon will discuss Washington's Farewell: The Founding Father's Warning to Future Generations, which describes George Washington's prophetic letter to his fellow citizens about the forces he feared could destroy our democracy: hyper-partisanship, excessive debt, and foreign wars. Avlon offers a portrait of our first president and his battle to save America from self-destruction.

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Choctaw Station

Thursday, April 27, 7:00 p.m. 04/27/2017 7:00 PM 04/27/2017 8:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Washington's Warning The Daily Beast's John Avlon will discuss Washington's Farewell: The Founding Father's Warning to Future Generations, which describes George Washington's prophetic letter to his fellow citizens about the forces he feared could destroy our democracy: hyper-partisanship, excessive debt, and foreign wars. Avlon offers a portrait of our first president and his battle to save America from self-destruction. Sponsored by University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. Choctaw Station, 1200 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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WITS

The Writers in the Schools Initiative continues with Robin Barone, Thi Bui, Garrard Conley, Floyd Cooper, Amina Gautier, Shaun Harris, Arie Kaplan, Marquese McFerguson, Tracy Chiles McGhee, Drew Philp, Dorit Rabinyan, Stephanie Storey, Kanishk Tharoor, and Elijah Wald visiting Gibbs Elementary, Meadow Park Elementary, Rockefeller Elementary, Stephens Elementary, Central High School, J. A. Fair High School, Hall High School, Henderson State University, Hendrix College, Philander Smith College and more.

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Area Schools

Friday, April 28, all day

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The Mayor's Day of Science & Reading

"Journey through the incredible word of physics" and see "how one man's careful decisions and many accomplishments…changed the history of America." Central Arkansas students will meet Vancouver physicist Dominic Walliman, known for his eye-popping Professor Astro Cat series, and the impressive Floyd Cooper, whose most recent work includes Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History and The Ring Bearer. The Tonight Show's science presenter Kevin Delaney will make a special guest appearance. Limited seating for the public is available. Call Ginsie Simmons at (501) 537-3081.

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Clinton Presidential Center

Friday, April 28, 9:30 a.m. 04/28/2017 9:30 AM 04/28/2017 11:15 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: The Mayor's Day of Science & Reading "Journey through the incredible word of physics" and see "how one man's careful decisions and many accomplishments…changed the history of America." Central Arkansas students will meet Vancouver physicist Dominic Walliman, known for his eye-popping Professor Astro Cat series, and the impressive Floyd Cooper, whose most recent work includes Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History and The Ring Bearer. The Tonight Show's science presenter Kevin Delaney will make a special guest appearance. Limited seating for the public is available. Call Ginsie Simmons at (501) 537-3081. Sponsored by the Clinton Presidential Center, Museum of Discovery, City of Little Rock, and Mayor Mark Stodola. Clinton Presidential Center, 1200 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

The Museum of Discovery

Friday, April 28, 12:15 p.m. 04/28/2017 12:15 PM 04/28/2017 2:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: The Mayor's Day of Science & Reading "Journey through the incredible word of physics" and see "how one man's careful decisions and many accomplishments…changed the history of America." Central Arkansas students will meet Vancouver physicist Dominic Walliman, known for his eye-popping Professor Astro Cat series, and the impressive Floyd Cooper, whose most recent work includes Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History and The Ring Bearer. The Tonight Show's science presenter Kevin Delaney will make a special guest appearance. Limited seating for the public is available. Call Ginsie Simmons at (501) 537-3081. Sponsored by the Clinton Presidential Center, Museum of Discovery, City of Little Rock, and Mayor Mark Stodola. Museum of Discover, 500 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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War Stories

Senior archivist Brian Robertson takes the audience on a spirited trip through the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies' veterans' history projects. Access incredible stories, thousands of photographs, and hundreds of letters from Arkansans who participated in the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

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Arkansas Studies Institute, Room 124

Friday, April 28, 12:00 p.m. 04/28/2017 12:00 PM 04/28/2017 1:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: War Stories Senior archivist Brian Robertson takes the audience on a spirited trip through the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies' veterans' history projects. Access incredible stories, thousands of photographs, and hundreds of letters from Arkansans who participated in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Arkansas Studies Institute, Room 124, 401 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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RISE

RISE (Reading Initiative for Student Excellence) Arkansas encourages a culture of reading by coordinating a statewide reading campaign with community partners, parents, and teachers to establish the importance of reading in homes, schools, and communities. A variety of resources will be available to assist parents with reading at home and to increase teachers' depth of knowledge.

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CALS Main Library, Darragh Center

Friday, April 28, 12:00 p.m. 04/28/2017 12:00 PM 04/28/2017 1:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: R.I.S.E. R.I.S.E. (Reading Initiative for Student Excellence) Arkansas encourages a culture of reading by coordinating a statewide reading campaign with community partners, parents, and teachers to establish the importance of reading in homes, schools, and communities. A variety of resources will be available to assist parents with reading at home and to increase teachers' depth of knowledge. Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Off the Page

Mix and mingle at this reception for an exhibit focusing on the work of Floyd Cooper.

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Hearne Fine Art

Friday, April 28, 5:00 p.m. 04/28/2017 5:00 PM 04/28/2017 6:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Off the Page Mix and mingle at this reception for an exhibit focusing on the work of Floyd Cooper. Sponsored by Hearne Fine Art. Hearne Fine Art, 1001 Wright Ave, 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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CALS Main Library

Friday, April 28, 7:00p 04/28/2017 07:00 PM 04/28/2017 10:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: 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 ». CALS Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Dogtown Poetry on Demand

Name the subject, and Arkansas poet Karen Hayes will write about it on her trusty typewriter. Ask her to write about your passion, your purpose, or the perfect poached egg. Spend a few minutes, and she'll produce a free poem.

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CALS Main Library, First Floor

Saturday, April 29, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 04/29/2017 9:30 AM 04/29/2017 1:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Dogtown Poetry on Demand Name the subject, and Arkansas poet Karen Hayes will write about it on her trusty typewriter. Ask her to write about your passion, your purpose, or the perfect poached egg. Spend a few minutes, and she'll produce a free poem. Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Fresh2You Mobile Farmers Market

Hop on the bus to browse and purchase a delicious selection of fresh fruits and vegetables. The first 100 kids get $2 in tokens to use.

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The Gatekeepers

Through extensive, intimate interviews with all seventeen living chiefs of staff and two former presidents, award-winning journalist and producer Chris Whipple pulls back the curtain on this unique fraternity, whose members have included Rahm Emanuel, Dick Cheney, Leon Panetta, and Donald Rumsfeld…filled with shrewd analysis and never-before-reported details, The Gatekeepers offers an essential portrait of the toughest job in Washington.

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CALS Ron Robinson Theater

Saturday, April 29, 10:00 a.m. 04/29/2017 10:00 AM 04/29/2017 11:30 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: The Gatekeepers Through extensive, intimate interviews with all seventeen living chiefs of staff and two former presidents, award-winning journalist and producer Chris Whipple pulls back the curtain on this unique fraternity, whose members have included Rahm Emanuel, Dick Cheney, Leon Panetta, and Donald Rumsfeld…filled with shrewd analysis and never-before-reported details, The Gatekeepers offers an essential portrait of the toughest job in Washington. CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Locking Up Our Own

Critics have assailed the rise of mass incarceration, emphasizing its disproportionate impact on people of color. As James Forman Jr. points out, the war on crime that began in the 1970s was supported by many African American leaders in the nation's urban centers. In Locking Up Our Own, he seeks to understand why.

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CALS Main Library, Darragh Center

Saturday, April 29, 10:00 a.m. 04/29/2017 10:00 AM 04/29/2017 11:30 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Locking Up Our Own Critics have assailed the rise of mass incarceration, emphasizing its disproportionate impact on people of color. As James Forman Jr. points out, the war on crime that began in the 1970s was supported by many African American leaders in the nation's urban centers. In Locking Up Our Own, he seeks to understand why. Sponsored by Rebsamen Fund. CALS Main Library, Darragh Center, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Frost Girls

"One intrepid actress with her own troubled past is driven to defy convention and take on a new and dangerous role" in Penny Richards' An Untimely Frost. Marie Bostwick's latest novel, The Promise Girls, relays "a beautiful story about the ties that bind—love, laughter, memories, even secrets kept so long they become a part of the fabric of a family."

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Arkansas Studies Institute, Room 124

Saturday, April 29, 10:00 a.m. 04/29/2017 10:00 AM 04/29/2017 11:30 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Frost Girls "One intrepid actress with her own troubled past is driven to defy convention and take on a new and dangerous role" in Penny Richards' An Untimely Frost. Marie Bostwick's latest novel, The Promise Girls, relays "a beautiful story about the ties that bind—love, laughter, memories, even secrets kept so long they become a part of the fabric of a family." Arkansas Studies Institute, Room 124, 401 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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The Rawness of Reality

Tracy Chiles McGhee, Melting the Blues, delves into complexities of identity, difficulties of racial tension, and yearnings for love and acceptance. Then, Hussein Hussein, Euphrates Dance, transports readers to a fictionalized modern Iraq and speaks about how fifteen years as a conscript in Saddam's army informed his fiction.

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CALS Main Library, Fribourgh Room

Saturday, April 29, 10:00 a.m. 04/29/2017 10:00 AM 04/29/2017 11:30 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: The Rawness of Reality Tracy Chiles McGhee, Melting the Blues, delves into complexities of identity, difficulties of racial tension, and yearnings for love and acceptance. Then, Hussein Hussein, Euphrates Dance, transports readers to a fictionalized modern Iraq and speaks about how fifteen years as a conscript in Saddam's army informed his fiction. CALS Main Library, Fribourgh Room, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Vision for Nones

Katherine Ozment, Grace Without God: The Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular Age, discusses the rise of the "Nones," a rapidly growing group of religiously unaffiliated America (so-called because they check the box that reads, essentially, "none of the above" when asked about their faith). Ozment will discuss why an increased drift from religion is happening and what the change means for individuals, families, and communities. Then, a singular vision for a rich morality and spirituality is revealed by Ragan Sutterfield in Wendell Berry and the Given Life.

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Cox Creative Center

Saturday, April 29, 10:00 a.m. 04/29/2017 10:00 AM 04/29/2017 11:30 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Vision for Nones Katherine Ozment, Grace Without God: The Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular Age, discusses the rise of the "Nones," a rapidly growing group of religiously unaffiliated America (so-called because they check the box that reads, essentially, "none of the above" when asked about their faith). Ozment will discuss why an increased drift from religion is happening and what the change means for individuals, families, and communities. Then, a singular vision for a rich morality and spirituality is revealed by Ragan Sutterfield in Wendell Berry and the Given Life. Cox Creative Center, 120 River Market Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Arctic Struggle & Triumph

Through A Wretched and Precarious Situation: In Search of the Last Arctic Frontier, David Welky provides an overview of the 1913–17 Crocker Land Expedition. Welky profiles individual members of the expedition to explore issues such as what drives people to risk their lives for fame and how people respond when facing intensely stressful situations.

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Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center

Saturday, April 29, 10:00 a.m. 04/29/2017 10:00 AM 04/29/2017 11:30 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Arctic Struggle & Triumph Through A Wretched and Precarious Situation: In Search of the Last Arctic Frontier, David Welky provides an overview of the 1913–17 Crocker Land Expedition. Welky profiles individual members of the expedition to explore issues such as what drives people to risk their lives for fame and how people respond when facing intensely stressful situations. Sponsored by the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center. Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 602 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Natural State Pearls

Elizabeth Griffin Hill celebrates women's extensive contributions to the war effort during World War I, as well as their social and political experiences, in Faithful to Our Tasks: Arkansas Women and the Great War. Shift next to fiction as Ed Bethune talks about his daring but realistic examination of love, pride, compassion, courage, and duty in a, A Pearl for Kizzy: A World War II Novel.

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MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History

Saturday, April 29, 10:00 a.m. 04/29/2017 10:00 AM 04/29/2017 11:30 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Natural State Pearls Elizabeth Griffin Hill celebrates women's extensive contributions to the war effort during World War I, as well as their social and political experiences, in Faithful to Our Tasks: Arkansas Women and the Great War. Shift next to fiction as Ed Bethune talks about his daring but realistic examination of love, pride, compassion, courage, and duty in a, A Pearl for Kizzy: A World War II Novel. Sponsored by MacArthur Museum of Arkansas 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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Space Photo Booth

Capture the orbit of your little cosmonaut in this super-galactic photo booth.

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CALS Main Library, Youth Services

Saturday, April 29, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 04/29/2017 10:00 AM 04/29/2017 3:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Space Photo Booth Capture the orbit of your little cosmonaut in this super-galactic photo booth. CALS Main Library, Youth Services, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Book Fair

Make sure to wander through the book fair and select a few free books to continue your reading adventures at home.

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Children's Library

Saturday, April 29, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 04/29/2017 10:00 AM 04/29/2017 3:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Book Fair Make sure to wander through the book fair and select a few free books to continue your reading adventures at home. Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, West 10th Street, Little Rock, AR 72204 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Seussographs

Have your photo taken with The Cat in the Hat and decorate a frame for your photo souvenir.

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Children's Library

Saturday, April 29, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 04/29/2017 10:00 AM 04/29/2017 3:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Seussographs Have your photo taken with The Cat in the Hat and decorate a frame for your photo souvenir. Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, West 10th Street, Little Rock, AR 72204 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Astro Cat Craft

These stellar crafts based around Professor Astro Cat's world will channel the energy of your rocket-fueled tyke.

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CALS Main Library, Youth Services

Saturday, April 29, 10:30 a.m. 04/29/2017 10:30 AM 04/29/2017 11:00 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Astro Cat Craft These stellar crafts based around Professor Astro Cat's world will channel the energy of your rocket-fueled tyke. CALS Main Library, Youth Services, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 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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Children's Library

Saturday, April 29, 10:30 a.m. 04/29/2017 10:30 AM 04/29/2017 11:30 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: The Kinders Kids and parents alike will enjoy this program of original, interactive children's music. Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, West 10th Street, Little Rock, AR 72204 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Astro Cat Author

Why is the sky blue? How do birds know north from south? How do we see colors? Author Dominic Walliman, Professor Astro Cat's Atomic Adventure, addresses these and additional audience questions in this introduction to the fascinating world of physics.

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CALS Main Library, Youth Services

Saturday, April 29, 11:00 a.m. 04/29/2017 11:00 AM 04/29/2017 11:30 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Astro Cat Author Why is the sky blue? How do birds know north from south? How do we see colors? Author Dominic Walliman, Professor Astro Cat's Atomic Adventure, addresses these and additional audience questions in this introduction to the fascinating world of physics. CALS Main Library, Youth Services, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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From Krakow to Krypton

Pop culture historian Arie Kaplan, From Krakow to Krypton, gives a jaunty trip through the history of comics.

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CALS Main Library, Level 4

Saturday, April 29, 11:00 a.m. 04/29/2017 11:00 AM 04/29/2017 12:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: From Krakow to Krypton Pop culture historian Arie Kaplan, From Krakow to Krypton, gives a jaunty trip through the history of comics. CALS Main Library, Level 4, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Snackitivity

Enter the Dragon Den and decorate a scale to help build a life-sized dragon, plus craft your own fire-breathing dragon to take home. Then have a healthy snack before creating your own book and listening to storytellers.

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Children's Library

Saturday, April 29, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 04/29/2017 11:00 AM 04/29/2017 12:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Snackitivity Enter the Dragon Den and decorate a scale to help build a life-sized dragon, plus craft your own fire-breathing dragon to take home. Then have a healthy snack before creating your own book and listening to storytellers. Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, West 10th Street, Little Rock, AR 72204 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY
Saturday, April 29, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 04/29/2017 1:00 PM 04/29/2017 3:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Snackitivity Enter the Dragon Den and decorate a scale to help build a life-sized dragon, plus craft your own fire-breathing dragon to take home. Then have a healthy snack before creating your own book and listening to storytellers. Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, West 10th Street, Little Rock, AR 72204 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Public School

In pursuit of the realities of American education, bestselling author Nicholson Baker signed up as a substitute teacher in a local Maine public school district. The result, Substitute: Going to School with a Thousand Kids, is a day-by-day, minute-by-minute account of one person's joyous, harrowing, funny, frustrating, inspiring experiences in the classroom.

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

World Class

Israeli author Dorit Rabinyan shares insight into All the Rivers, her Bernstein Award–winning book that is "a human tale of rapprochement and separation." White Tears by Hari Kunzru is a "masterful ghost story" and "an incredible portrait of obsession, music, insanity, and race." Kunzru, a British Indian novelist and journalist of Kashmiri Pandit origin, has had his work translated into twenty-one languages.

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CALS Main Library, Darragh Center

Saturday, April 29, 11:30 a.m. 04/29/2017 11:30 AM 04/29/2017 1:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: World Class Israeli author Dorit Rabinyan shares insight into All the Rivers, her Bernstein Award–winning book that is "a human tale of rapprochement and separation." White Tears by Hari Kunzru is a "masterful ghost story" and "an incredible portrait of obsession, music, insanity, and race." Kunzru, a British Indian novelist and journalist of Kashmiri Pandit origin, has had his work translated into twenty-one languages. CALS Main Library, Darragh Center, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Masters of Form

John Kessel's The Moon & The Other is "reminiscent of Huxley's best work, and the emphasis on gender politics puts it in dialog with the masterpieces of Le Guin, Delany, and Russ," according to Hugo– and Nebula Award–winning author Kim Stanley Robinson. Kelly Link calls Juan Martinez "a master of the absurd" while Kirkus Reviews says his Best Worst American features "twenty-four semi-existential short stories that have appeared in McSweeney's and Selected Shorts" injecting "absurdity into everyday life and humor into the phantasmagorical."

When & Where

Arkansas Studies Institute, Room 124

Saturday, April 29, 11:30 a.m. 04/29/2017 11:30 AM 04/29/2017 1:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Masters of Form John Kessel's The Moon & The Other is "reminiscent of Huxley's best work, and the emphasis on gender politics puts it in dialog with the masterpieces of Le Guin, Delany, and Russ," according to Hugo– and Nebula Award–winning author Kim Stanley Robinson. Kelly Link calls Juan Martinez "a master of the absurd" while Kirkus Reviews says his Best Worst American features "twenty-four semi-existential short stories that have appeared in McSweeney's and Selected Shorts" injecting "absurdity into everyday life and humor into the phantasmagorical." Arkansas Studies Institute, Room 124, 401 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Fried Green Tamales

Delta Hot Tamales: History, Stories & Recipes and Southern Fried: Going Whole Hog in a State of Wonder cover the food and culture in Mississippi and Arkansas. Writer and historian Anne Martin showcases the stories behind the traditional Delta hot tamale, as well as the countless variations of the delicacy found within the region. Irrepressible Arkansan Rex Nelson, known for his Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columns and his colorful storytelling, addresses the forces changing the state.

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Historic Arkansas Museum

Saturday, April 29, 11:30 a.m. 04/29/2017 11:30 AM 04/29/2017 1:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Fried Green Tamales Delta Hot Tamales: History, Stories & Recipes and Southern Fried: Going Whole Hog in a State of Wonder cover the food and culture in Mississippi and Arkansas. Writer and historian Anne Martin showcases the stories behind the traditional Delta hot tamale, as well as the countless variations of the delicacy found within the region. Irrepressible Arkansan Rex Nelson, known for his Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columns and his colorful storytelling, addresses the forces changing the state. 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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From the Delta to the Ozarks

Matthew Moran and Jim Warnock combine for an overview of Arkansas terrain. Exploring the Big Woods: A Guide to the Last Great Forest of the Arkansas Delta explains the difficulties of working in the sometimes unforgiving environment and speaks to the future of this special place of nature. Five-Star Trails – The Ozarks: 43 Spectacular Hikes in Arkansas and Missouri covers more than 350 trail miles and includes ratings for scenery, difficulty, trail condition, solitude, and accessibility for children.

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Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center

Saturday, April 29, 11:30 a.m. 04/29/2017 11:30 AM 04/29/2017 1:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: From the Delta to the Ozarks Matthew Moran and Jim Warnock combine for an overview of Arkansas terrain. Exploring the Big Woods: A Guide to the Last Great Forest of the Arkansas Delta explains the difficulties of working in the sometimes unforgiving environment and speaks to the future of this special place of nature. Five-Star Trails – The Ozarks: 43 Spectacular Hikes in Arkansas and Missouri covers more than 350 trail miles and includes ratings for scenery, difficulty, trail condition, solitude, and accessibility for children. Sponsored by the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center. Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 602 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Fiction & Fact

Hear local veterans Taunya Kidd, Guy Choate, and Monica Lewis share readings of their own work and some of their favorite writing. The session also provides information on CALS Fiction and Fact discussion program. All three panelists have been participants in this program made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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MacArthur Museum of Military History

Saturday, April 29, 11:30 a.m. 04/29/2017 11:30 AM 04/29/2017 1:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Fiction & Fact Hear local veterans Taunya Kidd, Guy Choate, and Monica Lewis share readings of their own work and some of their favorite writing. The session also provides information on CALS Fiction and Fact discussion program. All three panelists have been participants in this program made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities. 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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Taverns & Palaces

Danielle Chapman reads poems from her skillful Delinquent Palaces and a work in progress, The Last Descendant, which confronts the startling antebellum history of a circa 1790 tavern in Middle Tennessee that has been in the family for many generations.

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Christ Episcopal Church

Saturday, April 29, 11:30 a.m. 04/29/2017 11:30 AM 04/29/2017 1:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Taverns & Palaces Danielle Chapman reads poems from her skillful Delinquent Palaces and a work in progress, The Last Descendant, which confronts the startling antebellum history of a circa 1790 tavern in Middle Tennessee that has been in the family for many generations. Sponsored by Christ Episcopal Church. Christ Episcopal Church, 509 Scott St, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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How to See the Sun

Members of the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society demonstrate how to safely view the sun and the upcoming solar eclipse with special telescopes and eclipse glasses.

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CALS Main Library, Youth Services

Saturday, April 29, 11:30 a.m. 04/29/2017 11:30 AM 04/29/2017 12:15 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: How to See the Sun Members of the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society demonstrate how to safely view the sun and the upcoming solar eclipse with special telescopes and eclipse glasses. CALS Main Library, Youth Services, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Reluctant Dragon

A dragon is "a scourge and a pest and a baneful monster." So, what's a boy to do when one moves into the hills above his home? Pay the beast a visit, of course. In this live performance by the Arkansas Arts Center's Tell A Tale Troupe, instead of a monster the boy finds a civilized, thoughtful, poetry-reading new friend.

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Children's Library

Saturday, April 29, 12:00 p.m. 04/29/2017 12:00 PM 04/29/2017 1:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Reluctant Dragon A dragon is "a scourge and a pest and a baneful monster." So, what's a boy to do when one moves into the hills above his home? Pay the beast a visit, of course. In this live performance by the Arkansas Arts Center's Tell A Tale Troupe, instead of a monster the boy finds a civilized, thoughtful, poetry-reading new friend. Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, West 10th Street, Little Rock, AR 72204 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Oprah's Pick

"Queen Sugar delivers complex characters [and] a hint of bayou magic" in an "irresistible tale of family, community…and personal reinvention." Hear the beguiling Natalie Baszile speak about her novel that inspired the OWN television series.

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CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201 Theater

Saturday, April 29, 1:00 p.m. 04/29/2017 1:00 PM 04/29/2017 2:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Oprah's Pick "Queen Sugar delivers complex characters [and] a hint of bayou magic" in an "irresistible tale of family, community…and personal reinvention." Hear the beguiling Natalie Baszile speak about her novel that inspired the OWN television series. CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Want a Laugh

New York Times comedy critic Jason Zinoman's Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night is "the product of a lifetime of obsessive fandom and several years of reporting." Through unprecedented access, Zinoman brings the comedy legend's "ironic voice and caustic meta-humor" into focus. Stand-up comedian and actor Todd Barry appeared on Late Night, as well as Louie, The Larry Sanders Show, and The Flight of the Conchords. His Thank You for Coming to Hattiesburg offers hilarious travel essays from his time on tour through secondary markets in the U.S. (including Little Rock), Canada, and Israel.

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CALS Main Library, Darragh Center

Saturday, April 29, 1:00 p.m. 04/29/2017 1:00 PM 04/29/2017 2:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Want a Laugh New York Times comedy critic Jason Zinoman's Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night is "the product of a lifetime of obsessive fandom and several years of reporting." Through unprecedented access, Zinoman brings the comedy legend's "ironic voice and caustic meta-humor" into focus. Stand-up comedian and actor Todd Barry appeared on Late Night, as well as Louie, The Larry Sanders Show, and The Flight of the Conchords. His Thank You for Coming to Hattiesburg offers hilarious travel essays from his time on tour through secondary markets in the U.S. (including Little Rock), Canada, and Israel. CALS Main Library, Darragh Center, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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TV or Not TV

Jazz. Art. Fame. Therese Fowler and Stephanie Storey make use of these and famous figures to tell enticing fictional stories. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald gives a voice to the muse who lived life "in decadent, full color." Oil and Marble is a "mesmerizing tale of the envy, ambition, and artistic genius that drove an epic rivalry" between Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, artists who worked in Florence at the same time. Both authors also have the world of television in common. Fowler's Z is a series with Christina Ricci, and Storey is an award-winning producer of Tavis Smiley and The Writers' Room.

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Arkansas Studies Institute, Room 124

Saturday, April 29, 1:00 p.m. 04/29/2017 1:00 PM 04/29/2017 2:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: TV or Not TV Jazz. Art. Fame. Therese Fowler and Stephanie Storey make use of these and famous figures to tell enticing fictional stories. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald gives a voice to the muse who lived life "in decadent, full color." Oil and Marble is a "mesmerizing tale of the envy, ambition, and artistic genius that drove an epic rivalry" between Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, artists who worked in Florence at the same time. Both authors also have the world of television in common. Fowler's Z is a series with Christina Ricci, and Storey is an award-winning producer of Tavis Smiley and The Writers' Room. Arkansas Studies Institute, Room 124, 401 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Freighted Loss of Inevitable Bonds

Hard Toward Home by C. D. Albin and The Loss of All Lost Things by Amina Gautier are collections of contemporary literary short stories. Using place and moments of regret and yearning, these works probe the "challenges, mysteries and inevitable bonds of home," and "the freighted loss of children themselves."

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CALS Main Library, Fribourgh Room

Saturday, April 29, 1:00 p.m. 04/29/2017 1:00 PM 04/29/2017 2:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Freighted Loss of Inevitable Bonds Hard Toward Home by C. D. Albin and The Loss of All Lost Things by Amina Gautier are collections of contemporary literary short stories. Using place and moments of regret and yearning, these works probe the "challenges, mysteries and inevitable bonds of home," and "the freighted loss of children themselves." CALS Main Library, Fribourgh Room, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Erasure

In Boy Erased, Garrard Conley examines the "complex relationships between family, faith, and community" and conveys how he survived a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to "cure" him of his homosexuality. Noah Lederman shares his relatives' "riveting journey through repressed memory, unspeakable trauma, and the landmarks or European genocide" in A World Erased: A Grandson's Search for His Family's Holocaust Secrets.

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Cox Creative Center

Saturday, April 29, 1:00 p.m. 04/29/2017 1:00 PM 04/29/2017 2:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Erasure In Boy Erased, Garrard Conley examines the "complex relationships between family, faith, and community" and conveys how he survived a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to "cure" him of his homosexuality. Noah Lederman shares his relatives' "riveting journey through repressed memory, unspeakable trauma, and the landmarks or European genocide" in A World Erased: A Grandson's Search for His Family's Holocaust Secrets. Cox Creative Center, 120 River Market Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Perfume River

Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler introduces Perfume River, his novel examining family ties and the legacy of the Vietnam War through the portrait of a single North Florida family.

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MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History

Saturday, April 29, 1:00 p.m. 04/29/2017 1:00 PM 04/29/2017 2:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Perfume River Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler introduces Perfume River, his novel examining family ties and the legacy of the Vietnam War through the portrait of a single North Florida family. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. 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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True & False Crime

Who Killed These Girls? by Beverly Lowry recounts the murder of four girls in Austin, Texas, countless other ruined lives, and the evolving complications of the justice system that frustrated the massive attempt to find and punish those who committed the crime. Down and Dirty Down South tells of an automobile vacation that Little Rock attorney Roger Glasgow and his wife took to Mexico in 1972. At the border, a large quantity of marijuana was found stashed in their car. What followed was a long nightmare of political intrigue and subterfuge that led all the way back to Arkansas and its capital city.

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Historic Arkansas Museum

Saturday, April 29, 1:00 p.m. 04/29/2017 1:00 PM 04/29/2017 2:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: True & False Crime Who Killed These Girls? by Beverly Lowry recounts the murder of four girls in Austin, Texas, countless other ruined lives, and the evolving complications of the justice system that frustrated the massive attempt to find and punish those who committed the crime. Down and Dirty Down South tells of an automobile vacation that Little Rock attorney Roger Glasgow and his wife took to Mexico in 1972. At the border, a large quantity of marijuana was found stashed in their car. What followed was a long nightmare of political intrigue and subterfuge that led all the way back to Arkansas and its capital city. 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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Image/Word/Sequence

Thi Bui explains how comics are a hybrid form of writing that use images, words, and sequencing. She will give examples from her graphic memoir, The Best We Could Do, which tells the story of her family's "journey from their war-torn home in Vietnam to their new lives in America," as well as her children's book, A Different Pond.

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Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center

Saturday, April 29, 1:00 p.m. 04/29/2017 1:00 PM 04/29/2017 2:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Image/Word/Sequence Thi Bui explains how comics are a hybrid form of writing that use images, words, and sequencing. She will give examples from her graphic memoir, The Best We Could Do, which tells the story of her family's "journey from their war-torn home in Vietnam to their new lives in America," as well as her children's book, A Different Pond. Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 602 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Improvise

Experience the wit and prowess of the Parkview Improv Troupe as they perform literature-inspired games for audiences of all ages. Enjoy the fun of synonym-inspired scenes, stories using random lines from books, and puns galore. For all ages.

When & Where

CALS Main Library, Level 4

Saturday, April 29, 1:00 p.m. 04/29/2017 1:00 PM 04/29/2017 2:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Improvise Experience the wit and prowess of the Parkview Improv Troupe as they perform literature-inspired games for audiences of all ages. Enjoy the fun of synonym-inspired scenes, stories using random lines from books, and puns galore. For all ages. CALS Main Library, Level 4, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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LEGO Star Wars

Feast your eyes on this cool Star Wars-related LEGO display from ArkLUG.

When & Where

CALS Main Library, Youth Services

Saturday, April 29, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. 04/29/2017 1:00 PM 04/29/2017 4:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: LEGO Star Wars Feast your eyes on this cool Star Wars-related LEGO display from ArkLUG. CALS Main Library, Youth Services, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Puppet Storytime

Taylor Dugan brings the Argentinean folktale The Flamingo's Stockings to life.

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Children's Library

Saturday, April 29, 1:00 p.m. 04/29/2017 1:00 PM 04/29/2017 2:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Puppet Storytime Taylor Dugan brings the Argentinean folktale The Flamingo's Stockings to life. Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, West 10th Street, Little Rock, AR 72204 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Animal Yoga

Get ready to stretch, breathe, and roar during a yoga session that focuses on animal poses that get you in touch with your animal instincts.

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Children's Library

Saturday, April 29, 1:00 p.m. 04/29/2017 1:00 PM 04/29/2017 2:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Animal Yoga Get ready to stretch, breathe, and roar during a yoga session that focuses on animal poses that get you in touch with your animal instincts. Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, West 10th Street, Little Rock, AR 72204 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Floyd Cooper

Children's author/illustrator Floyd Cooper, winner of three Coretta Scott King Honors, provides a painting demonstration of his subtractive illustration process and inspires through audience participation in thrilling rounds of the Scribble Game.

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Children's Library

Saturday, April 29, 1:30 p.m. 04/29/2017 1:30 PM 04/29/2017 2:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Floyd Cooper Children's author/illustrator Floyd Cooper, winner of three Coretta Scott King Honors, provides a painting demonstration of his subtractive illustration process and inspires through audience participation in thrilling rounds of the Scribble Game. Sponsored by the Clinton Presidential Center, Gibbs Elementary, Rockefeller Elementary, and Hearne Fine Art. Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, West 10th Street, Little Rock, AR 72204 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Robin Barone

Using adventure travel to teach children about the world, author Robin Barone delights kids. Little Robin's U.S. travels are captured in the vibrant book Where is Robin? USA

When & Where

Children's Library

Saturday, April 29, 2:00 p.m. 04/29/2017 2:00 PM 04/29/2017 3:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Robin Barone Using adventure travel to teach children about the world, author Robin Barone delights kids. Little Robin's U.S. travels are captured in the vibrant book Where is Robin? USA Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, West 10th Street, Little Rock, AR 72204 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Stormtrooper Training

The Official Stormtrooper Training Manual comes complete with a handbook, fill-ins, and a minifigure. Meet the author, Arie Kaplan, and hear more about this advanced guide to the galaxy

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CALS Main Library, Youth Services

Saturday, April 29, 2:00 p.m. 04/29/2017 2:00 PM 04/29/2017 2:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Stormtrooper Training The Official Stormtrooper Training Manual comes complete with a handbook, fill-ins, and a minifigure. Meet the author, Arie Kaplan, and hear more about this advanced guide to the galaxy CALS Main Library, Youth Services, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Terse Landscapes

Annie Proulx says "Tim Gautreaux's Signals is prime reading pleasure, rich and gritty stories of people clawing their way through the thickets of thorny problems from rotten children to the ruined landscape, all leavened by wit and the dry humor of a hot and damp climate." Gautreaux will be joined by Michael Farris Smith, whose Desperation Road, according to Wiley Cash, "reads as if it were forged in a fire stoked by the ghosts of Carson McCullers, Larry Brown, and William Gay. Smith's terse, muscular prose renders this novel as rich and alive as any you'll find in contemporary fiction."

When & Where

CALS Ron Robinson Theater

Saturday, April 29, 2:30 p.m. 04/29/2017 2:30 PM 04/29/2017 4:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Terse Landscapes Annie Proulx says "Tim Gautreaux's Signals is prime reading pleasure, rich and gritty stories of people clawing their way through the thickets of thorny problems from rotten children to the ruined landscape, all leavened by wit and the dry humor of a hot and damp climate." Gautreaux will be joined by Michael Farris Smith, whose Desperation Road, according to Wile Cash, "reads as if it were forged in a fire stoked by the ghosts of Carson McCullers, Larry Brown, and William Gay. Smith's terse, muscular prose renders this novel as rich and alive as any you'll find in contemporary fiction." CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Objects of Devotion

The Smithsonian's first curator of religion in more than a century, Peter Manseau, Objects of Devotion: Religion in Early America, describes the objects, images, and people who shaped the role of religion in early American life. He will also provide an overview of religion's new place in the Institution's National Museum of American History.

When & Where

CALS Main Library, Darragh Center

Saturday, April 29, 2:30 p.m. 04/29/2017 2:30 PM 04/29/2017 4:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Objects of Devotion The Smithsonian's first curator of religion in more than a century, Peter Manseau, Objects of Devotion: Religion in Early America, describes the objects, images, and people who shaped the role of religion in early American life. He will also provide an overview of religion's new place in the Institution's National Museum of American History. CALS Main Library, Darragh Center, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Power-Houses

Cara Brookins's Rise: How a House Built a Family is "the magnificent true story of a woman who, after losing everything, found a way to heal and build a new life." A $500 House in Detroit is Drew Philp's memoir about the labor he did on his home, "fixing it up nail by nail and, in the process, participating in the grassroots rebirth of the city itself."

When & Where

Arkansas Studies Institute, Room 124

Saturday, April 29, 2:30 p.m. 04/29/2017 2:30 PM 04/29/2017 4:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Power-Houses Cara Brookins's Rise: How a House Built a Family is "the magnificent true story of a woman who, after losing everything, found a way to heal and build a new life." A $500 House in Detroit is Drew Philp's memoir about the labor he did on his home, "fixing it up nail by nail and, in the process, participating in the grassroots rebirth of the city itself." Arkansas Studies Institute, Room 124, 401 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Forest-To-Table

A self-described oddball kid from Arkansas, Ian Purkayastha learned to forage for mushrooms and tasted his first truffle at age 15. An instant passion for the delicacy sparked an improbable yet remarkable journey to New York to become the leading truffle importer in America. He recounts his adventures in the dynamic and sometimes shady world of the exotic food trade in Truffle Boy. Luxury sourcer Purkayastha has now built a multi-million-dollar specialty foods company with renowned clients such as Jean-Georges Vongerichten and David Chang.

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Cox Creative Center

Saturday, April 29, 2:30 p.m. 04/29/2017 2:30 PM 04/29/2017 4:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Forest-To-Table A self-described oddball kid from Arkansas, Ian Purkayastha learned to forage for mushrooms and tasted his first truffle at age 15. An instant passion for the delicacy sparked an improbable yet remarkable journey to New York to become the leading truffle importer in America. He recounts his adventures in the dynamic and sometimes shady world of the exotic food trade in Truffle Boy. Luxury sourcer Purkayastha has now built a multi-million-dollar specialty foods company with renowned clients such as Jean-Georges Vongerichten and David Chang. Cox Creative Center, 120 River Market Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Rural Records

American Epic is a multi-media, multi-year project exploring the rural recording boom of the 1920s and how it forever changed America's musical culture. The filmmakers spent ten years traveling the United States, interviewing families of early recording artists and assembling a documentary that will be broadcast by PBS and the BBC in May 2017. The accompanying book, which Elijah Wald helped assemble with Bernard MacMahon and Allison McGourty, mixes new and archival interviews with a superb collection of photographs, documents, and ephemera, much of it previously unpublished.

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Historic Arkansas Museum

Saturday, April 29, 2:30 p.m. 04/29/2017 2:30 PM 04/29/2017 4:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Rural Records American Epic is a multi-media, multi-year project exploring the rural recording boom of the 1920s and how it forever changed America's musical culture. The filmmakers spent ten years traveling the United States, interviewing families of early recording artists and assembling a documentary that will be broadcast by PBS and the BBC in May 2017. The accompanying book, which Elijah Wald helped assemble with Bernard MacMahon and Allison McGourty, mixes new and archival interviews with a superb collection of photographs, documents, and ephemera, much of it previously unpublished. 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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Debut Fiction

When the Sea of Santiago appears in a cow pasture in Arkansas, it marks A. Z. McKinney's chance to make history as an oceanographer. Enjoy her trek as she navigates her understandings of self, the Sea, and her oceanic destiny in Alexandra Teague's The Principles Behind Flotation. Then, follow Edie, who "works for the Elysian Society, a private service that allows grieving clients to reconnect with lost loved ones," in The Possessions, a "sensuous, scary, and utterly thrilling" yarn by Sara Flannery Murphy.

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Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center

Saturday, April 29, 2:30 p.m. 04/29/2017 2:30 PM 04/29/2017 4:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Debut Fiction When the Sea of Santiago appears in a cow pasture in Arkansas, it marks A. Z. McKinney's chance to make history as an oceanographer. Enjoy her trek as she navigates her understandings of self, the Sea, and her oceanic destiny in Alexandra Teague's The Principles Behind Flotation. Then, follow Edie, who "works for the Elysian Society, a private service that allows grieving clients to reconnect with lost loved ones," in The Possessions, a "sensuous, scary, and utterly thrilling" yarn by Sara Flannery Murphy. Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 602 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Warrior Writers

Both of these searing novels are recommended by former Fest authors. Regarding We Come to Our Senses, Padgett Powell says "For once ‘Support Our Troops' is not political pablum. One might say that in Odie Lindsey's care ‘Support Our Troops' is a literary imperative." Roy Scranton's War Porn "is dire, savage, and brilliant, a simmering fever-dream of a novel that's as pure and true in its vision of the long war as anything I've read," according to Ben Fountain.

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MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History

Saturday, April 29, 2:30 p.m. 04/29/2017 2:30 PM 04/29/2017 4:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Warrior Writers Both of these searing novels are recommended by former Fest authors. Regarding We Come to Our Senses, Padgett Powell says "For once ‘Support Our Troops' is not political pablum. One might say that in Odie Lindsey's care ‘Support Our Troops' is a literary imperative." Roy Scranton's War Porn "is dire, savage, and brilliant, a simmering fever-dream of a novel that's as pure and true in its vision of the long war as anything I've read," according to Ben Fountain. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. 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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LEGO Build

Snap together a whole universe or keep it simple with a small-scale project. Warning – this one is for the creative.

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CALS Main Library, Youth Services

Saturday, April 29, 2:30 p.m. 04/29/2017 2:30 PM 04/29/2017 3:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: LEGO Build Snap together a whole universe or keep it simple with a small-scale project. Warning – this one is for the creative. CALS Main Library, Youth Services, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Where Is Robin? Scavenger Hunt

Washington D.C. New Orleans. Los Angeles – Little Robin goes everywhere. Join in this fun scavenger hunt that takes patrons through the library and across the grounds as they search for Robin. The first clue will be in the theater.

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Children's Library

Saturday, April 29, 2:30 p.m. 04/29/2017 2:30 PM 04/29/2017 3:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Where Is Robin? Scavenger Hunt Washington D.C. New Orleans. Los Angeles – Little Robin goes everywhere. Join in this fun scavenger hunt that takes patrons through the library and across the grounds as they search for Robin. The first clue will be in the theater. Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, West 10th Street, Little Rock, AR 72204 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Teen Poetry Competition

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

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CALS Main Library, Level 4

Saturday, April 29, 3:00 p.m. 04/29/2017 3:00 PM 04/29/2017 4:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Teen Poetry Competition Finalists from CALS branch competitions vie for a grand prize in this jam-packed poetically engaging event. CALS Main Library, Level 4, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Beatledream

Bestselling author and beloved Rolling Stone scribe Rob Sheffield turns his romantic heart and observant eye toward the biggest rock band of all time. In Dreaming the Beatles, he celebrates and examines their significance to those of us who have never known a world without them.

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CALS Ron Robinson Theater

Saturday, April 29, 4:00 p.m. 04/29/2017 4:00 PM 04/29/2017 5:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Beatledream Bestselling author and beloved Rolling Stone scribe Rob Sheffield turns his romantic heart and observant eye toward the biggest rock band of all time. In Dreaming the Beatles, he celebrates and examines their significance to those of us who have never known a world without them. CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Dazzling Shorts

"A son receives an inheritance from his father and tries to dispose of it before it destroys him. Inherited Disorders tells this elemental story in one hundred and seventeen variations." Adam Ehrlich Sachs's Stories, Parables & Problems are "rueful and absurd" and very funny. They are also highly recommended by Fest favorite Kevin Brockmeier, who will add to the bliss with a reading of his own new short fiction.

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CALS Main Library, Darragh Center

Saturday, April 29, 4:00 p.m. 04/29/2017 4:00 PM 04/29/2017 5:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Dazzling Shorts "A son receives an inheritance from his father and tries to dispose of it before it destroys him. Inherited Disorders tells this elemental story in one hundred and seventeen variations." Adam Ehrlich Sachs's Stories, Parables & Problems are "rueful and absurd" and very funny. They are also highly recommended by Fest favorite Kevin Brockmeier, who will add to the bliss with a reading of his own new short fiction. CALS Main Library, Darragh Center, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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As Fresh As Tomorrow

DIG, A Horse with Holes in It, Conversations in Color, and Chord Box are provocative poetry collections covering history, resilience, music, love, pain, spiritual confusion, and even the demigods of a secret society that involves possession and spirit weddings. Quite simply, these poems by Bryan Borland, Greg Brownderville, Marquese McFerguson, and Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers are "as fresh as tomorrow."

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Arkansas Studies Institute, Room 124

Saturday, April 29, 4:00 p.m. 04/29/2017 4:00 PM 04/29/2017 5:15 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: As Fresh As Tomorrow DIG, A Horse with Holes in It, Conversations in Color, and Chord Box are provocative poetry collections covering history, resilience, music, love, pain, spiritual confusion, and even the demigods of a secret society that involves possession and spirit weddings. Quite simply, these poems by Bryan Borland, Greg Brownderville, Marquese McFerguson, and Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers are "as fresh as tomorrow." Arkansas Studies Institute, Room 124, 401 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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High Body Count

Owen Laukkanen's The Forgotten Girls, the sixth in his Stevens/Windermere series, is "an eerie, suspenseful hunt" mixing "great storytelling with deep compassion for the underdog." CB McKenzie's literary mysteries about living on the margins include Bad Country and have been called "master classes in sense of place." Shaun Harris's The Hemingway Thief is a "refreshing and fun" debut that "seamlessly blend[s]blends action, pop-culture savvy, and a true-life literary mystery."

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Cox Creative Center

Saturday, April 29, 4:00 p.m. 04/29/2017 4:00 PM 04/29/2017 5:15 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: High Body Count Owen Laukannen's The Forgotten Girls, the sixth in his Stevens/Windermere series, is "an eerie, suspenseful hunt" mixing "great storytelling with deep compassion for the underdog." CB McKenzie's literary mysteries about living on the margins include Bad Country and have been called "master classes in sense of place." Shaun Harris's The Hemingway Thief is a "refreshing and fun" debut that "seamlessly blend[s]blends action, pop-culture savvy, and a true-life literary mystery." Cox Creative Center, 120 River Market Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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A Starry Mosaic

With "an untamed and almost feral sense of creativity," Kanishk Tharoor delivers extraordinarily enchanting world-spanning fables in Swimmer Among the Stars. "Drawing equally from ancient history and current events" Tharoor addresses "environmental collapse and cultural appropriation" through the last speaker of a language, a pachyderm, its driver, a princess, and Genghis Khan's army. Chanelle Benz's stories in The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead, also "crisscross through time and space" with "true prose strangeness, an exuberant sense of play, and tremendous heart" to create "a complex mosaic of humanity."

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Historic Arkansas Museum

Saturday, April 29, 4:00 p.m. 04/29/2017 4:00 PM 04/29/2017 5:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: A Starry Mosaic With "an untamed and almost feral sense of creativity," Kanishk Tharoor delivers extraordinarily enchanting world-spanning fables in Swimmer Among the Stars. "Drawing equally from ancient history and current events" Tharoor addresses "environmental collapse and cultural appropriation" through the last speaker of a language, a pachyderm, its driver, a princess, and Genghis Khan's army. Chanelle Benz's stories in The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead, also "crisscross through time and space" with "true prose strangeness, an exuberant sense of play, and tremendous heart" to create "a complex mosaic of humanity." 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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Arkancentric

Michael Hibblen, Rock Island Railroad in Arkansas, spent years interviewing former Rock Island employees to document stories and learn more about Arkansas operations. His book includes many historic photos of the railroad, which had a huge footprint in the state. Next, journey to present-day Little Rock for Celia Anderson's helpful guide 100 Things to Do in Little Rock Before You Die.

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Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center

Saturday, April 29, 4:00 p.m. 04/29/2017 4:00 PM 04/29/2017 5:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Arkancentric Michael Hibblen, Rock Island Railroad in Arkansas, spent years interviewing former Rock Island employees to document stories and learn more about Arkansas operations. His book includes many historic photos of the railroad, which had a huge footprint in the state. Next, journey to present-day Little Rock for Celia Anderson's helpful guide 100 Things to Do in Little Rock Before You Die. Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 602 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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So Impolite

What if we applied tell-it-like-it-is honesty to grown-up issues? In Impolite Conversations: On Race, Politics, Sex, Money, and Religion, journalist Cora Daniels and cultural anthropologist John L. Jackson Jr. openly discuss five "third-rail" topics – from multiracial identities to celebrity worship to hyper-masculinity among black boys – and open the stage for honest discussions about important and timely concerns, offering an entertaining and thought-provoking example of how to bridge the gap between honest talk and civil discourse.

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CALS Ron Robinson Theater

Saturday, April 29, 5:30 p.m. 04/29/2017 5:30 PM 04/29/2017 7:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: So Impolite What if we applied tell-it-like-it-is honesty to grown-up issues? In Impolite Conversations: On Race, Politics, Sex, Money, and Religion, journalist Cora Daniels and cultural anthropologist John L. Jackson Jr. openly discuss five "third-rail" topics – from multiracial identities to celebrity worship to hyper-masculinity among black boys – and open the stage for honest discussions about important and timely concerns, offering an entertaining and thought-provoking example of how to bridge the gap between honest talk and civil discourse. CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Perfect Duo

The expert work in the new novels by Katie Kitamura and Kevin Wilson has been lauded with superlatives. "Told in exquisite prose, with intoxicating emotional velocity, A Separation tells the story of a marriage's end, the gulf that divides us from the inner lives of others, and the narrative we invent to mask our true selves." In Perfect Little World, which is "written with the same compassion and charm that won over legions of readers" of The Family Fang. Kevin Wilson shows us with grace and humor that the best families are the ones we make for ourselves.

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CALS Main Library, Darragh Center

Saturday, April 29, 5:30 p.m. 04/29/2017 5:30 PM 04/29/2017 7:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Perfect Duo The expert work in the new novels by Katie Kitamura and Kevin Wilson has been lauded with superlatives. "Told in exquisite prose, with intoxicating emotional velocity, A Separation tells the story of a marriage's end, the gulf that divides us from the inner lives of others, and the narrative we invent to mask our true selves." In Perfect Little World, which is "written with the same compassion and charm that won over legions of readers" of The Family Fang. Kevin Wilson shows us with grace and humor that the best families are the ones we make for ourselves. CALS Main Library, Darragh Center, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Wherever You Go

In Wherever You Go, There They Are, the amusing Annabelle Gurwitch explores family mythology, her immigrant southern Jewish clan, and an inheritance known as Massacre Island of an ill-fated sliver of sand disappearing due to climate change. She discusses theater folk, secular humanists, Furries, a UFO cult, corporations using sisterhood as a recruiting tool, the ladies who brunch at Tel Aviv Gardens Retirement Home in Miami, and the common ground Gurwitch finds with her Syrian Uber driver's kin.

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CALS Ron Robinson Theater

Saturday, April 29, 7:00 p.m. 04/29/2017 7:00 PM 04/29/2017 9:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Wherever You Go In Wherever You Go, There They Are, the amusing Annabelle Gurwitch explores family mythology, her immigrant southern Jewish clan, and an inheritance known as Massacre Island of an ill-fated sliver of sand disappearing due to climate change. She discusses theater folk, secular humanists, Furries, a UFO cult, corporations using sisterhood as a recruiting tool, the ladies who brunch at Tel Aviv Gardens Retirement Home in Miami, and the common ground Gurwitch finds with her Syrian Uber driver's kin. CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201 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 Friday, April 28. Sign up begins at 9 a.m. For more information contact sethebarlow@gmail.com.

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Stickyz Rock 'N' Roll Chicken Shack

Saturday, April 29, 7:00 p.m. 04/29/2017 7:00 PM 04/29/2017 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 Friday, April 28. Sign up begins at 9 a.m. For more information contact sethebarlow@gmail.com. Sponsored by the Arkansas Times. 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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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