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Factor Man

One man holds the key to the most revolutionary and powerful technology since the invention of the atom bomb. The press wants to interview Factor Man. The Chinese government wants to kill him. And the FBI wants to protect him. This "classy and clever thriller best read with your phone off and your brain on" will be discussed by author Matt Ginsberg, who also creates crossword puzzles for the New York Times.

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Choctaw Station, Sturgis Hall

Sunday, April 29, 1:00 p.m. 04/29/2018 1:00 PM 04/29/2018 2:15 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Factor Man One man holds the key to the most revolutionary and powerful technology since the invention of the atom bomb. The press wants to interview Factor Man. The Chinese government wants to kill him. And the FBI wants to protect him. This "classy and clever thriller best read with your phone off and your brain on" will be discussed by author Matt Ginsberg, who also creates crossword puzzles for the New York Times. 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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Mighty Reverence

In Stepping on Cheerios; Finding God in the Chaos and Clutter of Life, Betsy Singleton Snyder reveals the wisdom learned from everyday feats of work, parenthood, marriage, conflict, and spiritual questioning. She also trumpets the hope community brings.

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Main Library, Darragh Center

Sunday, April 29, 1:30 p.m. 04/29/2018 1:30 PM 04/29/2018 2:45 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Mighty Reverence In Stepping on Cheerios; Finding God in the Chaos and Clutter of Life, Betsy Singleton Snyder reveals the wisdom learned from everyday feats of work, parenthood, marriage, conflict, and spiritual questioning. She also trumpets the hope community brings. Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Arkansas Beer

Arkansas' booze scene had a promising start, with America's biggest brewing families, Busch and Lemp, investing in Little Rock just prior to Prohibition. The 1915 Newberry Acts banned manufacturing and selling. Sixty-nine years later the state welcomed its first post-temperance brewery. Brian Sorensen's Arkansas Beer: An Intoxicating History introduces readers to the state breweries that have propelled Arkansas into the modern beer age. $5 covers one beer or a flight. Reserve your flight at litfest-arkansas-beer.eventbrite.com.

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Flyway Brewing

Sunday, April 29, 1:30 p.m. 04/29/2018 1:30 PM 04/29/2018 3:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Arkansas Beer Arkansas' booze scene had a promising start, with America's biggest brewing families, Busch and Lemp, investing in Little Rock just prior to Prohibition. The 1915 Newberry Acts banned manufacturing and selling. Sixty-nine years later the state welcomed its first post-temperance brewery. Brian Sorensen's Arkansas Beer: An Intoxicating History introduces readers to the state breweries that have propelled Arkansas into the modern beer age. $5 covers one beer or a flight. Reserve your flight at litfest-arkansas-beer.eventbrite.com. Flyway Brewing, 314 Maple St, North Little Rock, AR 72114 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Arkansas Puzzle Day

Crossword and Suduko puzzle enthusiasts compete for prizes.

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Choctaw Station, Sturgis Hall

Sunday, April 29, 2:00 p.m. 04/29/2018 2:00 PM 04/29/2018 5:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Arkansas Puzzle Day Crossword and Suduko puzzle enthusiasts compete for prizes. Choctaw Station, 1200 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Desegregation

In The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South: Civil Rights and Local Activism Wayne A. Wiegand relays how "young black community members taking part in organized protests and direct actions ensured that local libraries would become genuinely free to all citizens." LaVerne Bell-Tolliver's The First Twenty-Five: An Oral History of the Desegregation of Little Rock's Public Junior High Schools outlines the three phases of the Arkansas Desegregation plan. A majority of the twenty-five students who desegregated the City's junior high schools were interviewed by Bell-Tolliver, who also experienced this first hand.

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Main Library, Darragh Center

Sunday, April 29, 3:00 p.m. 04/29/2018 3:00 PM 04/29/2018 4:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Desegregation In The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South: Civil Rights and Local Activism Wayne A. Wiegand relays how "young black community members taking part in organized protests and direct actions ensured that local libraries would become genuinely free to all citizens." LaVerne Bell-Tolliver's The First Twenty-Five: An Oral History of the Desegregation of Little Rock's Public Junior High Schools outlines the three phases of the Arkansas Desegregation plan. A majority of the twenty-five students who desegregated the City's junior high schools were interviewed by Bell-Tolliver, who also experienced this first hand. Sponsored by Department of Arkansas Heritage. 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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Let Them Eat Pie

The 4th annual Traditional Pie Bake-Off & Recipe Swap provides a tasty way to enjoy glorious pie.

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The Root Café

Sunday, April 29, 4:00 p.m. 04/29/2018 4:00 PM 04/29/2018 5:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Let Them Eat Pie The 4th annual Traditional Pie Bake-Off & Recipe Swap provides a tasty way to enjoy glorious pie. The Root Café, 1500 Main St, Little Rock, AR 72202 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Classic in Context: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Go beyond the page as Cherisse Jones-Branch provides insight to help readers further enjoy Maya Angelou's well-known memoir, which was chosen by 2017 Fest audiences. Be sure to vote for the 2019 classic, as well. Admission is free; reservations requested at arlitfest-maya-angelou.eventbrite.com.

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Ron Robinson Theater

Sunday, April 29, 5:30 p.m. 04/29/2018 5:30 PM 04/29/2018 6:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Classic in Context: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Go beyond the page as Cherisse Jones-Branch provides insight to help readers further enjoy Maya Angelou's well-known memoir, which was chosen by 2017 Fest audiences. Be sure to vote for the 2019 classic, as well. Sponsored by Celebrate! Maya Project 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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Classic in Context: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

After the talk, enjoy a screening of Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise which "weaves her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and video…from her upbringing in the Depression-era South to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana to her inaugural poem for President Bill Clinton…The acclaimed film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and "has won 9 awards on 3 continents." Admission is free; reservations requested at arlitfest-maya-angelou.eventbrite.com.

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Ron Robinson Theater

Sunday, April 29, 6:30 p.m. 04/29/2018 6:30 PM 04/29/2018 8:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Classic in Context: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise After the talk, enjoy a screening of Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise which "weaves her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and video…from her upbringing in the Depression-era South to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana to her inaugural poem for President Bill Clinton…The acclaimed film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and "has won 9 awards on 3 continents." Sponsored by Celebrate! Maya Project 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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WITS

Jason Gallaher and Frank Morrison visit Stephens, Mabelvale, and Terry Elementary Schools to kick off the 2018 Writers in the Schools initiative.

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Area Schools

Thursday, April 26, all day

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To Kill a Mockingbird

The theatrical version of Harper Lee's literary classic is presented to a school audience in a Lunch & Learn by Argenta Community Theater.

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CALS Main Library, Darragh Center

Thursday, April 26, daytime

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Then and Now

View the mixed media fine art & illustrations of Frank Morrison, including work from his recent collaboration with author Monica Clark Robinson, Let the Children March.

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Hearne Fine Art

Thursday, April 26, 5:30 p.m. 04/26/2018 5:30 PM 04/26/2018 7:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Then and Now View the mixed media fine art & illustrations of Frank Morrison. Hearne Fine Art, 1001 Wright Ave., Little Rock, AR 72206 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Bygone Badass Broads

"Based on the popular Twitter series of the same name, Bygone Badass Broads features 52 remarkable and forgotten trailblazing women from all over the world." Loaded with fun illustrations, author Mackenzi Lee's fresh history unveils women who "dared to step outside the traditional gender roles of their time."

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ESSE Purse Museum

Thursday, April 26, 6:00 p.m. 04/26/2018 6:00 PM 04/26/2018 7:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Bygone Badass Broads "Based on the popular Twitter series of the same name, Bygone Badass Broads features 52 remarkable and forgotten trailblazing women from all over the world." Loaded with fun illustrations, author Mackenzi Lee's fresh history unveils women who "dared to step outside the traditional gender roles of their time." ESSE Purse Museum, 1510 Main St., Little Rock, AR 72202 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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The Queen of Rockabilly

All you hard headed women and cowboy yodelers gussy up and scoot to an Arkansas Sounds concert by legendary singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist Wanda Jackson. Tickets are $20 on sale and available at ArkansasSounds.org

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Ron Robinson Theater

Thursday, April 26, 7:00 p.m. 04/26/2018 7:00 PM 04/26/2018 9:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: The Queen of Rockabilly All you hard headed women and cowboy yodelers gussy up and scoot to an Arkansas Sounds concert by legendary singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist Wanda Jackson. Tickets are $20 on sale and available at ArkansasSounds.org 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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WITS

WITS continues with MK Czerwiec, Emma Glass, Ken Ilgunas, Daisy Kahn, Mackenzi Lee, Doug Mack, Frank Morrison, Ijeoma Oluo, Darcy Pattison, Matthew Pitt, Trina Robbins, Christine Schutt, Jacob Shores-Arguello, Bennett Sims, Kory Stamper, and Ibi Zoboi all visiting area schools. Shanthi Sekaran visits a school on Monday, April 30.

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Area Schools

Friday, April 27, daytime

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The Mayor's Day of Science & Reading

Students meet Austin-based author Jason Gallaher, Whobert Whoever, Owl Detective, and Atlanta based illustrator Frank Morrison, Let the Children March. Limited seating for the public is available. Please contact Austin Hall at Museum of Discovery for more information.

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Clinton Presidential Center

The Museum of Discovery

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Wanda Jackson Uncensored

The inimitable Wanda Jackson "who gave Elvis his growl" gives an intimate talk about her life and her autobiography, Every Night Is Saturday Night: A Country Girl's Journey to The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The special guest moderator is Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis.

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Main Library, Darragh Center

Friday, April 27, 12:00 p.m. 04/27/2018 12:00 PM 04/27/2018 1:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Wanda Jackson Uncensored The inimitable Wanda Jackson "who gave Elvis his growl" gives an intimate talk about her life and her autobiography, Every Night Is Saturday Night: A Country Girl's Journey to The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The special guest moderator is Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis. Main Library, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Puff Pastry, Sweet and Savory

Join King Arthur Flour's head bread baker Martin Philip for a quick tour of puff pastry tips and techniques. Martin will read from his award-winning book, Breaking Bread, and answer questions along the way. Tickets available at Eventbrite for $15. Limited seating.

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Eggshells Kitchen Co.

Friday, April 27, 12:00 p.m. 04/27/2018 12:00 PM 04/27/2018 1:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Puff Pastry, Sweet and Savory Join King Arthur Flour's head bread baker Martin Philip for a quick tour of puff pastry tips and techniques. Martin will read from his award-winning book, Breaking Bread, and answer questions along the way. Tickets available at Eventbrite for $15. Limited seating. Eggshells Kitchen Co., 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd, Little Rock, AR 72207 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 27, 7:00p 04/27/2018 07:00 PM 04/27/2018 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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Wickedly Good Free Book Fair

Follow the Yellow Brick Road through the Book Fair to find free books to continue your reading adventures at home.

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Children's Library

Saturday, April 28, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 04/28/2018 9:30 AM 04/28/2018 2:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Wickedly Good Free Book Fair Follow the Yellow Brick Road through the Book Fair to find free books to continue your reading adventures at home. Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, 4800 W 10th St, Little Rock, AR 72204 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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The Kinders

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

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Children's Library

Saturday, April 28, 9:30 a.m. 04/28/2018 9:30 AM 04/28/2018 10:15 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: The Kinders Kids and parents alike will enjoy this program of original and interactive children's music. Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, 4800 W 10th St, Little Rock, AR 72204 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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I Literature and Language

Critics have called these books "a love letter to literature and its power to transcend social barriers." and "a smart, sparkling and often hilarious valentine to the content and keepers of dictionaries." Paris-based teacher Michelle Kuo's Reading with Patrick and Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper's Word by Word will steal your heart.

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Ron Robinson Theater

Saturday, April 28, 10:00 a.m. 04/28/2018 10:00 AM 04/28/2018 11:15 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: I Literature and Language Critics have called these books "a love letter to literature and its power to transcend social barriers." and "a smart, sparkling and often hilarious valentine to the content and keepers of dictionaries." Paris-based teacher Michelle Kuo's Reading with Patrick and Merriam-Webster lexicographer's Word by Word will steal your heart. 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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Photo Booth

Stop by and snap a fun family pic in our photo booth.

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Main Library, Youth Services

Saturday, April 28, all day 04/28/2018 9:00 AM 04/28/2018 5:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Photo Booth Stop by and snap a fun family pic in our photo booth. 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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Black American Voices

Former NBA All Star, Joe Barry Carroll, scores with his second book, Black American Voices: Shared Culture, Values, and Emotions, which teems memorable passages, bold photographs, and exquisite African art.

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Main Library, Darragh Center

Saturday, April 28, 10:00 a.m. 04/28/2018 10:00 AM 04/28/2018 11:30 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Black American Voices Former NBA All Star, Joe Barry Carroll, scores with his second book, Black American Voices: Shared Culture, Values, and Emotions, which teems memorable passages, bold photographs, and exquisite African art. 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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Pete the Cat-ographs

Capture the awe of meeting one of the most famous book characters, as you have your picture taken with Pete the Cat. Whether you like Four Groovy Buttons or Rocking in My White Shoes, this is the cat-tastic experience! Photos will be printed at time of pictures.

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Children's Library

Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 04/28/2018 10:00 AM 04/28/2018 12:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Pete the Cat-ographs Capture the awe of meeting one of the most famous book characters, as you have your picture taken with Pete the Cat. Whether you like Four Groovy Buttons or Rocking in My White Shoes, this is the cat-tastic experience! Photos will be printed at time of pictures. Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, 4800 W 10th St, Little Rock, AR 72204 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY
Saturday, April 28, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 04/28/2018 1:30 PM 04/28/2018 2:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Pete the Cat-ographs Capture the awe of meeting one of the most famous book characters, as you have your picture taken with Pete the Cat. Whether you like Four Groovy Buttons or Rocking in My White Shoes, this is the cat-tastic experience! Photos will be printed at time of pictures. Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, 4800 W 10th St, Little Rock, AR 72204 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Jr. Detective Scavenger Hunt

Take part in the self-guided scavenger hunt that hones your junior detective skills. Prizes will be awarded.

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Main Library, Youth Services

Saturday, April 28, all day 04/28/2018 9:00 AM 04/28/2018 5:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Jr. Detective Scavenger Hunt Take part in the self-guided scavenger hunt that hones your junior detective skills. Prizes will be awarded. 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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About Family

Anne Fadiman's The Wine Lover's Daughter "is a poignant exploration of love, ambition, class, family, and the pleasures of the palate." David Giffels' Furnishing Eternity is also about family and about confronting mortality, surviving loss, and finding resilience in one' s roots.

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Roberts Library, Room 124

Saturday, April 28, 10:00 a.m. 04/28/2018 10:00 AM 04/28/2018 11:15 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: About Family Anne Fadiman's The Wine Lover's Daughter "is a poignant exploration of love, ambition, class, family, and the pleasures of the palate." David Giffels' Furnishing Eternity is also about family and about confronting mortality, surviving loss, and finding resilience in one' s roots.Sponsored by Rebsamen Fund. Roberts Library, 401 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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The Wizard's Magical Creations

Enter the magical Emerald City and help create a life-sized rainbow to be on display at the library.

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Children's Library

Saturday, April 28, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 04/28/2018 10:00 AM 04/28/2018 1:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: The Wizard's Magical Creations Enter the magical Emerald City and help create a life-sized rainbow to be on display at the library. Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, 4800 W 10th St, Little Rock, AR 72204 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Lego Display

In Youth Services at the Main Library, check out this fantastic nocturnal creatures LEGO® display from ArKLUG. One floor up, in Level 4, see the video game-related and Minecraft-inspired builds.

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Main Library, Youth Services & Level 4

Saturday, April 28, all day 04/28/2018 9:00 AM 04/28/2018 5:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Lego Display In Youth Services at the Main Library, check out this fantastic nocturnal creatures LEGO® display from ArKLUG. One floor up, in Level 4, see the video game-related and Minecraft-inspired builds. Main Library, Youth Services & Level 4, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Jump Girl: The Initiation and Art of a Spirit Speaker

Salicrow has been a professional psychic, and a teacher of metaphysical studies, for more than 20 years. She specializes in spirit communication and divination. In her memoir, Jump Girl: The Initiation and Art of a Spirit Speaker, she recounts being raised in a family with psychic gifts. If time allows she will also present her mediumship abilities in a condensed Spirit Gallery.

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River Market Books & Gifts

Saturday, April 28, 10:00 a.m. 04/28/2018 10:00 AM 04/28/2018 11:30 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Jump Girl: The Initiation and Art of a Spirit Speaker Salicrow has been a professional psychic, and a teacher of metaphysical studies, for more than 20 years. She specializes in spirit communication and divination. In her memoir, Jump Girl: The Initiation and Art of a Spirit Speaker, she recounts being raised in a family with psychic gifts. If time allows she will also present her mediumship abilities in a condensed Spirit Gallery. River Market Books & Gifts, 120 River Market Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Lego Build

We supply the Lego® and you supply the imagination. If you are not sure what to build, try one of our Lego® challenge cards.

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Main Library, Youth Services

Saturday, April 28, 10:00 a.m. 04/28/2018 10:00 AM 04/28/2018 11:00 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Lego Build We supply the Lego® and you supply the imagination. If you are not sure what to build, try one of our Lego® challenge cards. 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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Hillbilly / Cult

Blake Perkins' Hillbilly Hellraisers: Federal Power and Populist Defiance in the Ozarks examines the long, deep roots of resistance to government in the region from the late 1800s to the present. Then, Debby Schriver chronicles how Tony Alamo Christian Ministries prospered there. Based on extensive interviews and harrowing trips to compounds, she documents abuse and the group's gradual adoption of cult-like behaviors and practices in Whispering in the Daylight: The Children of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries and Their Journey to Freedom.

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Historic Arkansas Museum

Saturday, April 28, 10:00 a.m. 04/28/2018 10:00 AM 04/28/2018 11:15 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Hillbilly / Cult Blake Perkins' Hillbilly Hellraisers: Federal Power and Populist Defiance in the Ozarks examines the long, deep roots of resistance to government in the region from the late 1800s to the present. Then, Debby Schriver chronicles how Tony Alamo Christian Ministries prospered there. Based on extensive interviews and harrowing trips to compounds, she documents abuse and the group's gradual adoption of cult-like behaviors and practices in Whispering in the Daylight: The Children of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries and Their Journey to Freedom. 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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Fish Tales

Jennifer Case's Sawbill: A Search for Place, chronicles "her migratory adulthood alongside the similarly unpredictable history of Sawbill lodge," a fishing lodge her grandparents ran in northeastern Minnesota. "Stalking unique, maligned, and ugly species while enlightening readers on their ecological roles and conservation statuses," Mark Spitzer's Beautifully Grotesque Fish of the American West ultimately "celebrates the wild and resilient beauty and remaining possibilities" of that locale.

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Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center

Saturday, April 28, 10:00 a.m. 04/28/2018 10:00 AM 04/28/2018 11:15 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Fish Tales Jennifer Case's Sawbill: A Search for Place, chronicles "her migratory adulthood alongside the similarly unpredictable history of Sawbill lodge," a fishing lodge her grandparents ran in northeastern Minnesota. "Stalking unique, maligned, and ugly species while enlightening readers on their ecological roles and conservation statuses," Mark Spitzer's Beautifully Grotesque Fish of the American West ultimately "celebrates the wild and resilient beauty and remaining possibilities" of that locale. Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 602 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Ozarkian Gothic

"The devil didn't do down to Georgia, he went to Arkansas," to tell two hauntingly fierce tales that could be the spawn of Shirley Jackson and Daniel Woodrell. "Unraveling with the ferocity of addiction" Kelly J. Ford's Cottonmouths explores crime and desire while Jarret Middleton's Darkansas "has it all—sex, song, sadness, and a history as dark and twisted as the Ozark hollers…"

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Main Library, Fribourgh Room

Saturday, April 28, 10:00 a.m. 04/28/2018 10:00 AM 04/28/2018 11:15 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Ozarkian Gothic "The devil didn't do down to Georgia, he went to Arkansas," to tell two hauntingly fierce tales that could be the spawn of Shirley Jackson and Daniel Woodrell. "Unraveling with the ferocity of addiction" Kelly J. Ford's Cottonmouths explores crime and desire while Jarret Middleton's Darkansas "has it all—sex, song, sadness, and a history as dark and twisted as the Ozark hollers…" Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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The Wonderful World of Reading

Explore the wonders of reading with story time in both English and Spanish.

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Children's Library

Saturday, April 28, 10:15 a.m. 04/28/2018 10:15 AM 04/28/2018 10:45 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: The Wonderful World of Reading Explore the wonders of reading with story time in both English and Spanish. Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, 4800 W 10th St, Little Rock, AR 72204 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY
Saturday, April 28, 1:30 p.m. 04/28/2018 1:30 PM 04/28/2018 2:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: The Wonderful World of Reading Explore the wonders of reading with story time in both English and Spanish. Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, 4800 W 10th St, Little Rock, AR 72204 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Let the Children March

Author Monica Clark-Robinson and illustrator Frank Morrison share fun insight to their exceptional children's book, Let the Children March.

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Children's Library

Saturday, April 28, 10:30 a.m. 04/28/2018 10:30 AM 04/28/2018 11:00 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Let the Children March Author Monica Clark-Robinson and illustrator Frank Morrison share fun insight to their exceptional children's book, Let the Children March. Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, 4800 W 10th St, Little Rock, AR 72204 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Find Your Own Toto

Visit the Humane Society of Pulaski County's mobile adoption vehicle, and possibly find your very own Toto.

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Children's Library

Saturday, April 28, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 04/28/2018 10:30 AM 04/28/2018 1:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Find Your Own Toto Visit the Humane Society of Pulaski County's mobile adoption vehicle, and possibly find your very own Toto. Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, 4800 W 10th St, Little Rock, AR 72204 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Hungry Tigers

For all of the Hungry Tigers, enjoy a lunch provided by First Security Bank and Central Arkansas Library System.

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Children's Library

Saturday, April 28, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 04/28/2018 10:30 AM 04/28/2018 12:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Hungry Tigers For all of the Hungry Tigers, enjoy a lunch provided by First Security Bank and Central Arkansas Library System. Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, 4800 W 10th St, Little Rock, AR 72204 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY
Saturday, April 28, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 04/28/2018 2:00 PM 04/28/2018 2:30 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Hungry Tigers For all of the Hungry Tigers, enjoy a lunch provided by First Security Bank and Central Arkansas Library System. Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, 4800 W 10th St, Little Rock, AR 72204 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Scales of Justice Puppet Storytime

Atticus Fish and Parrot Fish Mason battle it out in the courtroom. The performance, is based on Taylor Dugan's Scales of Justice, written with children in mind, to educate them about the court system and the characters who play a role in that system.

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Children's Library

Saturday, April 28, 11:15 a.m. 04/28/2018 11:15 AM 04/28/2018 12:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Scales of Justice Puppet Storytime Atticus Fish and Parrot Fish Mason battle it out in the courtroom. The performance, is based on Taylor Dugan's Scales of Justice, written with children in mind, to educate them about the court system and the characters who play a role in that system. Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, 4800 W 10th St, Little Rock, AR 72204 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Poetic Justice

Does writing have the power to change someone's life, even someone in prison? See a short film and meet Ellen Stackable and Hanna Al-Jibouri, two of the ladies behind the Oklahoma-based nonprofit that teaches incarcerated women the joys of poetry.

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Ron Robinson Theater

Saturday, April 28, 11:30 a.m. 04/28/2018 11:30 AM 04/28/2018 12:45 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Poetic Justice Does writing have the power to change someone's life, even someone in prison? See a short film and meet Ellen Stackable and Hanna Al-Jibouri, two of the ladies behind the Oklahoma-based nonprofit that teaches incarcerated women the joys of poetry. 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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Story Stew

Jason Gallaher's uses his fabulous picture book, Whobert Whoever, Owl Detective, to lead an interactive workshop on the elements of a story.

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Main Library, Youth Services

Saturday, April 28, 11:30 a.m. 04/28/2018 11:30 AM 04/28/2018 12:45 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Story Stew Jason Gallaher's uses his fabulous picture book, Whobert Whoever, Owl Detective, to lead an interactive workshop on the elements of a story. Sponsored by Museum of Discovery. 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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Unf*ckology

"Finally stop fear from being your boss and put an end to your lifelong social suckage" with Amy Alkon's Unf*ckology: A Field Guide to Living with Guts and Confidence. Alkon, "a virtuoso of making science accessible and fun," delivers a "no-nonsense, no-coddling, no-airy-fairy-BS approach to the subject."

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CALS Main Library, Darragh Center

Saturday, April 28, 11:30 a.m. 04/28/2018 11:30 AM 04/28/2018 12:45 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Unf*ckology "Finally stop fear from being your boss and put an end to your lifelong social suckage" with Amy Alkon's Unf*ckology: A Field Guide to Living with Guts and Confidence. Alkon, "a virtuoso of making science accessible and fun," delivers a "no-nonsense, no-coddling, no-airy-fairy-BS approach to the subject." CALS Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Writing Workshop

CALS staff member Jasmine Jobe leads this creative writing class for teens.

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Main Library, Level 4

Saturday, April 28, 11:30 a.m. 04/28/2018 11:30 AM 04/28/2018 12:45 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Writing Workshop CALS staff member Jasmine Jobe leads this creative writing class for teens. 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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Lou Reed: A Life

Travel down the dirty boulevard of Lou Reed's life, past electroshock treatments, experiments with drugs, and around a trippy mix of characters like Andy Warhol, Nico, Morrisey, Laurie Anderson, and Lars Ulrich. What emerges in Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis's biography is a shimmering vision of a perfectionist with "a refusal to conform to aesthetic expectations of any kind." DeCurtis is one of the few journalists Reed could tolerate.

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Roberts Library

Saturday, April 28, 11:30 a.m. 04/28/2018 11:30 AM 04/28/2018 12:45 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Lou Reed: A Life Travel down the dirty boulevard of Lou Reed's life, past electroshock treatments, experiments with drugs, and around a trippy mix of characters like Andy Warhol, Nico, Morrisey, Laurie Anderson, and Lars Ulrich. What emerges in Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis's biography is a shimmering vision of a perfectionist with "a refusal to conform to aesthetic expectations of any kind." DeCurtis is one of the few journalists Reed could tolerate. Sponsored by ProSmartPrinting. Bobby Roberts Library for Arkansas History and Culture, 401 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Rich and Thrilling

Publishers Weekly in a starred review calls Paper Ghosts "[an] artful and elegiac psychological thriller…[Julia] Heaberlin brilliantly combines travelogue with a heartbreaking portrait of the damage done by childhood." Set in the Big Easy, Nathaniel Rich's King Zeno is "wildly imaginative" offering a "distinctive mix of music, race, and history, at a moment when the Spanish Flu and a series of ax murders terrified residents. With an artful blend of humor, suspense, and noir, Rich folds facts into a work of fiction that evokes the historical novels of E. L. Doctorow," according to The National Book Review.

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River Market Books & Gifts

Saturday, April 28, 11:30 a.m. 04/28/2018 11:30 AM 04/28/2018 12:45 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Rich and Thrilling Publishers Weekly in a starred review calls Paper Ghosts "[an] artful and elegiac psychological thriller…[Julia] Heaberlin brilliantly combines travelogue with a heartbreaking portrait of the damage done by childhood." Set in the Big Easy, Nathaniel Rich's King Zeno is "wildly imaginative" offering a "distinctive mix of music, race, and history, at a moment when the Spanish Flu and a series of ax murders terrified residents. With an artful blend of humor, suspense, and noir, Rich folds facts into a work of fiction that evokes the historical novels of E. L. Doctorow," according to The National Book Review. River Market Books & Gifts, 120 River Market Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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The Way Forward

Carmen Maria Machado, author of National Book Award finalist Her Body and Other Parties, joins her friend Berlin-based Bennett Sims, White Dialogues, for this "literature striding into genre" panel. These "incantatory, cerebral, and profoundly unnerving" stories "will delight you, hurt you, and astonish you as only the smartest literature can."

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Historic Arkansas Museum

Saturday, April 28, 11:30 a.m. 04/28/2018 11:30 AM 04/28/2018 12:45 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: The Way Forward Carmen Maria Machado, author of National Book Award finalist Her Body and Other Parties, joins her friend Berlin-based Bennett Sims, White Dialogues, for this "literature striding into genre" panel. These "incantatory, cerebral, and profoundly unnerving" stories "will delight you, hurt you, and astonish you as only the smartest literature can." 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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Provocative Territories

Ken Ilgunas' This Land is Our Land: How We Lost the Right to Roam and How to Take It Back is a provocative proposal to open private property for public recreation by a lifelong traveler, hitchhiker, and roamer. Coupled with this is Doug Mack's The Not Quite States of America: Dispatches from the Territories and other Far-Flung Outposts of the USA, a lively introduction to the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

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Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center

Saturday, April 28, 11:30 a.m. 04/28/2018 11:30 AM 04/28/2018 12:45 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Provocative Territories Ken Ilgunas' This Land is Our Land: How We Lost the Right to Roam and How to Take It Back is a provocative proposal to open private property for public recreation by a lifelong traveler, hitchhiker, and roamer. Coupled with this is Doug Mack's The Not Quite States of America: Dispatches from the Territories and other Far-Flung Outposts of the USA, a lively introduction to the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 602 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Fire Sermon

"What begins as a platonic intellectual and spiritual exchange between emerging writer Maggie and established poet James, gradually transforms into an emotional and erotically charged bond that challenges Maggie's loyalty and morality…" Author Garth Greenwell (Fest '16) calls Jamie Quatro's Fire Sermon "one of the most beautiful books I've ever read about longing."

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Christ Episcopal Church

Saturday, April 28, 11:30 a.m. 04/28/2018 11:30 AM 04/28/2018 12:45 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Fire Sermon "What begins as a platonic intellectual and spiritual exchange between emerging writer Maggie and established poet James, gradually transforms into an emotional and erotically charged bond that challenges Maggie's loyalty and morality…" Author Garth Greenwell (Fest '16) calls Jamie Quatro's Fire Sermon "one of the most beautiful books I've ever read about longing." Christ Episcopal Church, 509 Scott St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Dorothy in Oz

Once upon a time, a simple young lady from the plain Kansas prairie was swept away on a whirlwind adventure into a land of awesome beauty, surprising creatures, and wonderful magic. In this live performance by the Arkansas Arts Center's Tell A Tale Troupe, she's going back to be a very special guest at the birthday party of Princess Ozma of Oz. The only question is: how will she get there this time? Cyclone? Sea voyage gone awry? Earthquake? An enchanted road? It seems all ways lead to Oz.

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Children's Library

Saturday, April 28, 12:00 p.m. 04/28/2018 12:00 PM 04/28/2018 1:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Dorothy in Oz Once upon a time, a simple young lady from the plain Kansas prairie was swept away on a whirlwind adventure into a land of awesome beauty, surprising creatures, and wonderful magic. In this live performance by the Arkansas Arts Center's Tell A Tale Troupe, she's going back to be a very special guest at the birthday party of Princess Ozma of Oz. The only question is: how will she get there this time? Cyclone? Sea voyage gone awry? Earthquake? An enchanted road? It seems all ways lead to Oz. Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, 4800 W 10th St, Little Rock, AR 72204 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Race & Religion

Ijeoma Oluo, a self-professed internet yeller, "uses anecdotes, facts, and a little humor" in her visceral "user-friendly examination of race" that provides "tools to help create personal and societal transformations." Daisy Khan is "the voice of a modern Muslim woman who broke all barriers to become a leader in a faith community that is often considered oppressive to women." So You Want to Talk About Race and Born with Wings make a dynamic duo, indeed.

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Ron Robinson Theater

Saturday, April 28, 1:00 p.m. 04/28/2018 1:00 PM 04/28/2018 2:15 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Race & Religion Ijeoma Oluo, a self-professed internet yeller, "uses anecdotes, facts, and a little humor" in her visceral "user-friendly examination of race" that provides "tools to help create personal and societal transformations." Daisy Khan is "the voice of a moderate Muslim woman who broke all barriers to become a leader in a faith community that is often considered oppressive to women." So You Want to Talk About Race and Born with Wings make a dynamic duo, indeed. 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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Fake News

Darcy Pattison teaches kids about fake news, with her excellent, non-political, true story, The Nantucket Sea Monster.

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Main Library, Youth Services

Saturday, April 28, 1:00 p.m. 04/28/2018 1:00 PM 04/28/2018 2:15 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Fake News Darcy Pattison teaches kids about fake news, with her excellent, non-political, true story, The Nantucket Sea Monster. Sponsored by the Arkansas Humanities Council. 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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American Runway

Booth Moore's gorgeous American Runway: 75 Years of Fashion and the Front Row captures "the celebrity-packed front row illuminated by the flashing cameras of photographers. The hours of frenetic energy backstage…to "ten minutes of live theater and pure fashion bliss." Moore, who has covered the industry for more than two decades, is senior fashion editor at The Hollywood Reporter.

When & Where

Main Library, Darragh Center

Saturday, April 28, 1:00 p.m. 04/28/2018 1:00 PM 04/28/2018 2:15 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: American Runway Booth Moore's gorgeous American Runway: 75 Years of Fashion and the Front Row captures "the celebrity-packed front row illuminated by the flashing cameras of photographers. The hours of frenetic energy backstage…to "ten minutes of live theater and pure fashion bliss." Moore, who has covered the industry for more than two decades, is senior fashion editor at The Hollywood Reporter. Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72204 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Southern Women

Whether you seek a "quietly contemplative, thought-provoking" novel about family, a yarn about "friendship and forgiveness" or a life affirming tale of "an aging pug named Teddy Roosevelt" this Southern trio is captivating. Come meet Julie Cantrell, Perennials; Liz Talley, Come Home to Me; and Annie England Noblin, Pupcakes.

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Roberts Library

Saturday, April 28, 1:00 p.m. 04/28/2018 1:00 PM 04/28/2018 2:15 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Southern Women Whether you seek a "quietly contemplative, thought-provoking" novel about family, a yarn about "friendship and forgiveness" or a life affirming tale of "an aging pug named Teddy Roosevelt" this Southern trio is captivating. Come meet Julie Cantrell, Perennials; Liz Talley, Come Home to Me; and Annie England Noblin, Pupcakes. Roberts Library, 401 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Carnival of Now

Wonderblood is set in "an apocalyptic wasteland where warring factions compete for control of the land in strange and dangerous carnivals…Politics and survival are at the center of this ravishing novel" by Julia Whicker. All the Names They Used for God brazenly tackles the dangerous forces that shape our lives, from censorship and terrorism to technology and online dating. These alluring stories by Anjali Sachdeva fuse science, myth, and imagination into questions about current predicaments.

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River Market Books & Gifts

Saturday, April 28, 1:00 p.m. 04/28/2018 1:00 PM 04/28/2018 2:15 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Carnival of Now Wonderblood is set in "an apocalyptic wasteland where warring factions compete for control of the land in strange and dangerous carnivals…Politics and survival are at the center of this ravishing novel" by Julia Whicker. All the Names They Used for God brazenly tackles the dangerous forces that shape our lives, from censorship and terrorism to technology and online dating. These alluring stories by Anjali Sachdeva fuse science, myth, and imagination into questions about current predicaments. River Market Books & Gifts, 120 River Market Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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America's Excalibur

A Sure Defense: The Bowie Knife in America provides an overview of the bowie knife's role in American history, the evolution of its form including Arkansas' contributions, the beauty and artistry of these historic objects, and how they continue to inspire. Bill Worthen, the former Director of the Historic Arkansas Museum, and Mark Zalesky, publisher of KNIFE Magazine, coauthored the beautiful book.

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Historic Arkansas Museum

Saturday, April 28, 1:00 p.m. 04/28/2018 1:00 PM 04/28/2018 2:15 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: America's Excalibur A Sure Defense: The Bowie Knife in America provides an overview of the bowie knife's role in American history, the evolution of its form including Arkansas' contributions, the beauty and artistry of these historic objects, and how they continue to inspire. Bill Worthen, the former Director of the Historic Arkansas Museum, and Mark Zalesky, publisher of KNIFE Magazine, coauthored the beautiful book. 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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Poems for a New Communion

Lisa Dordal, Mosaic of the Dark, Molly McCully Brown, The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded and Jacob Shores-Arguelo, Paraiso, use ritual, folklore, religion, science, even history to explore death, family, sexuality, grief, anguish, and redemption, ultimately urging readers to a new communion. Glimpse "the mysterious world that threads through us all" with these poems full of "elemental honesty" and "indelible phrasing."

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Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center

Saturday, April 28, 1:00 p.m. 04/28/2018 1:00 PM 04/28/2018 2:15 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: A New Communion Lisa Dordal, Mosaic of the Dark, Molly McCully Brown, The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded and Jacob Shores-Arguelo, Paraiso, use ritual, folklore, religion, science, even history to explore death, family, sexuality, grief, anguish, and redemption, ultimately urging readers to a new communion. Glimpse "the mysterious world that threads through us all" with these poems full of "elemental honesty" and "indelible phrasing." 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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"There's No Place Like Home" STEM Session

See the wonderment of Wizard of Oz through the lens of science with UA Little Rock.

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Children's Library

Saturday, April 28, 1:00 p.m. 04/28/2018 1:00 PM 04/28/2018 2:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: "There's No Place Like Home" STEM Session See the wonderment of Wizard of Oz through the lens of science with UA Little Rock. Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, 4800 W 10th St, Little Rock, AR 72204 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Arkansas Debuts

Professional firefighter and occasional DJ Sean Grigsby and poet/journalist/essayist Roger Armbrust each released recent debut novels. Smoke Eaters features "firefighting with hot dragon action and blistering humor" while Pressing Freedom, "a hold-your-breath thriller within a thriller," delves into the political.

When & Where

Main Library, Fribourgh Room

Saturday, April 28, 1:00 p.m. 04/28/2018 1:00 PM 04/28/2018 2:15 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Arkansas Debuts Professional firefighter and occasional DJ Sean Grigsby and poet/journalist/essayist Roger Armbrust each released recent debut novels. Smoke Eaters features "firefighting with hot dragon action and blistering humor" while Pressing Freedom, "a hold-your-breath thriller within a thriller," delves into the political. Main Library, Fribourgh Room, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72202 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Rescue Dogs

Grace Vest will speak about Home Sweet Home: Arkansas Rescue Dogs & Their Stories and a representative from the Humane Society of Pulaski County will be present to answer questions about dog adoptions.

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Children's Library

Saturday, April 28, 1:30 p.m. 04/28/2018 1:30 PM 04/28/2018 2:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Rescue Dogs Grace Vest will speak about Home Sweet Home: Arkansas Rescue Dogs & Their Stories and a representative from the Humane Society of Pulaski County will be present to answer questions about dog adoptions. Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, 4800 W 10th St, Little Rock, AR 72204 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Devilish Family Crimes

Playwright/producer/professor Dorothy Marcic "embarked on a two-year mission to uncover the truth about the brutal murder of her uncle, a police detective in rural Wisconsin. With One Shot proves "the trail of secrets and lies that began with his death did not end with his widow's conviction." Former Los Angeles politician Charlotte Laws learned about "the murders, bombings, and devil worship" when she visited her ancestors' hometown of Fairmont, West Virginia. Devil in the Basement also tells of her "great grandmother (who) set up a criminal enterprise in the back barn", and a great aunt who "was hauled off to an insane asylum before becoming the mistress of a Detroit Mobster."

When & Where

Ron Robinson Theater

Saturday, April 28, 2:30 p.m. 04/28/2018 2:30 PM 04/28/2018 3:45 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Devilish Family Crimes Playwright/producer/professor Dorothy Marcic "embarked on a two-year mission to uncover the truth about the brutal murder of her uncle, a police detective in rural Wisconsin. With One Shot proves "the trail of secrets and lies that began with his death did not end with his widow's conviction." Former Los Angeles politician Charlotte Laws learned about "the murders, bombings, and devil worship" when she visited her ancestors' hometown of Fairmont, West Virginia. Devil in the Basement also tells of her "great grandmother (who) set up a criminal enterprise in the back barn", and a great aunt who "was hauled off to an insane asylum before becoming the mistress of a Detroit Mobster." Ron Robinson Theater, 509 Scott St, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Teen Poet Laureate – Spoken Word Competition

Watch teens compete for the grand prize as poetry comes alive in this vibrant contest.

When & Where

Main Library, Level 4

Saturday, April 28, 2:30 p.m. 04/28/2018 2:30 PM 04/28/2018 4:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Teen Poet Laureate – Spoken Word Competition Watch teens compete for the grand prize as poetry comes alive in this vibrant contest. 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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Let the Children March Theatre

Author Monica Clark-Robinson worked with kids on this memorable presentation of Let the Children March.

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Main Library, Youth Services

Saturday, April 28, 2:30 p.m. 04/28/2018 2:30 PM 04/28/2018 3:45 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Let the Children March Theatre Author Monica Clark-Robinson worked with kids on this memorable presentation of Let the Children March. 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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You Play the Girl

Carina Chocano's You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks & Other Mixed Messages won this year's National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. Blending "formative personal stories with insightful and emotionally powerful analysis" Chocano "explains how growing up in the shadow of 'the girl' taught her to think about herself and the world and what it means to raise a daughter in the face of these contorted reflections. In the tradition of Roxane Gay, Rebecca Solnit, and Susan Sontag, Chocano brilliantly shows that our identities are more fluid than we think, and certainly more complex than anything we see on any kind of screen."

Please Note: Daniel Mallory Ortberg originally was scheduled to appear with Carina Chocano, but, due to unforeseen circumstances, will not be in attendance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

When & Where

Main Library, Darragh Center

Saturday, April 28, 2:30 p.m. 04/28/2018 2:30 PM 04/28/2018 3:45 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: You Play the Spinster Carina Chocano's You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks & Other Mixed Messages won this year's National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. Blending "formative personal stories with insightful and emotionally powerful analysis" Chocano "explains how growing up in the shadow of 'the girl' taught her to think about herself and the world and what it means to raise a daughter in the face of these contorted reflections. In the tradition of Roxane Gay, Rebecca Solnit, and Susan Sontag, Chocano brilliantly shows that our identities are more fluid than we think, and certainly more complex than anything we see on any kind of screen." Please Note: Daniel Mallory Ortberg originally was scheduled to appear with Carina Chocano, but, due to unforeseen circumstances, will not be in attendance. We apologize for any inconvenience. 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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Peach Whiskey

Emma Glass' Peach is "…a work of genius. So lonesome and moving, so gruesome, wry, tender and plaintive. It is the new Jane Eyre, and one wild, thrilling ride. Swallow it in one gulp, and carry a spare copy in your pocket. Always." Then flip for Leesa Cross-Smith's Whiskey & Ribbons, "a moving triptych on love, desire, and grief" that is "as immediate and compelling as music."

When & Where

Roberts Library

Saturday, April 28, 2:30 p.m. 04/28/2018 2:30 PM 04/28/2018 3:45 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Peach Whiskey Emma Glass' Peach is "…a work of genius. So lonesome and moving, so gruesome, wry, tender and plaintive. It is the new Jane Eyre, and one wild, thrilling ride. Swallow it in one gulp, and carry a spare copy in your pocket. Always." Then flip for Leesa Cross-Smith's Whiskey & Ribbons, "a moving triptych on love, desire, and grief" that is "as immediate and compelling as music." Bobby Roberts Library of Arkansas History and Cultures, 401 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Toys of Desperation

In the summer of 1973, two unlikely friends who hear strange voices engage in a quest to find a missing parent. Toys of Desperation, a young adult supernatural mystery by longtime KUAR and KLRE General Manager Ben Fry, will be discussed by three who knew Fry well, his wife Karen Fry, colleague Karen Tricot Steward, and publisher George Jensen.

When & Where

River Market Books & Gifts

Saturday, April 28, 2:30 p.m. 04/28/2018 2:30 PM 04/28/2018 3:45 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Toys of Desperation In the summer of 1973, two unlikely friends who hear strange voices engage in a quest to find a missing parent. Toys of Desperation, a young adult supernatural mystery by longtime KUAR and KLRE General Manager Ben Fry, will be discussed by three who knew Fry well, his wife Karen Fry, colleague Karen Tricot Steward, and publisher George Jensen. Sponsored by KUAR/FM 89.1. River Market Books & Gifts, 120 River Market Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Breaking Bread

Martin Philip's Breaking Bread: A Baker's Journey Home in 75 Recipes "masterfully combines cookbook and memoir to reveal not only the secrets to creating loaves of unparalleled beauty and flavor, but also the secrets to a good life. Originally from Arkansas, this Vermont-based expert baker will read, introduce images, and even strum his banjo a bit.

When & Where

Historic Arkansas Musuem

Saturday, April 28, 2:30 p.m. 04/28/2018 2:30 PM 04/28/2018 3:45 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Breaking Bread Martin Philip's Breaking Bread: A Baker's Journey Home in 75 Recipes "masterfully combines cookbook and memoir to reveal not only the secrets to creating loaves of unparalleled beauty and flavor, but also the secrets to a good life. Originally from Arkansas, this Vermont-based expert baker will read, introduce images, and even strum his banjo a bit. Historic Arkansas Musuem, 200 E. 3rd St., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Calling the Wild

Mike Lewis will discuss the evolution of Arkansas duck hunting and duck call design from 1890 to present, displaying calls from his private collection. He will share a sampling of call maker profiles from Calling the Wild which bring to life the colorful characters who shaped the craft, giving fascinating insight into Arkansas history.

When & Where

Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center

Saturday, April 28, 2:30 p.m. 04/28/2018 2:30 PM 04/28/2018 3:45 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Calling the Wild Mike Lewis will discuss the evolution of Arkansas duck hunting and duck call design from 1890 to present, displaying calls from his private collection. He will share a sampling of call maker profiles from Calling the Wild which bring to life the colorful characters who shaped the craft, giving fascinating insight into Arkansas history. 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

Veterans Guy Choate, Monica Lewis, Taunya Kidd, and John Lambert from CALS' two year War Dialogue share a bit of their own writing with the audience.

When & Where

CALS Main Library, Fribourgh Room

Saturday, April 28, 2:30 p.m. 04/28/2018 2:30 PM 04/28/2018 3:45 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Fiction & Fact Veterans Guy Choate, Monica Lewis, Taunya Kidd, and John Lambert from CALS' two year War Dialogue share a bit of their own writing with the audience. Sponsored by National Endowment for the Humanities. 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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Sun Kings

Beneath a Ruthless Sun, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gilbert King's newest work, is a gripping story of sex, race, class, corruption, and the arc of justice twisted and bent straight again in the Florida Citrus groves. The Kings of Big Spring: God, Oil, and One Family's Search for the American Dream by bestselling author Bryan Mealer is a multigenerational saga of a family weathering boom and bust gushing with "love, lust, heartache, and Jesus" and the "profound capriciousness of life."

When & Where

Ron Robinson Theater

Saturday, April 28, 4:00 p.m. 04/28/2018 4:00 PM 04/28/2018 5:15 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Sun Kings Beneath a Ruthless Sun, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gilbert King's newest work, is a gripping story of sex, race, class, corruption, and the arc of justice twisted and bent straight again in the Florida Citrus groves. The Kings of Big Spring: God, Oil, and One Family's Search for the American Dream by bestselling author Bryan Mealer is a multigenerational saga of a family weathering boom and bust gushing with "love, lust, heartache, and Jesus" and the "profound capriciousness of life." Sponsored by Friends of Central Arkansas Libraries and Arkansas Democrat Gazette. 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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Heavenly Scribes

From Carmen Boullosa, who has lectured at Oxford, Cambridge, Heidelberg, Freie Univertat, UC Irvine, Brown, UCLA, Yale, and the Library of Congress, comes a new three-layered novel, Heaven on Earth. Mixing it up with Boullosa is the equally celestial, Kevin Brockmeier, The Brief History of the Dead, the only author who has participated all 15 years of the Festival.

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Main Library, Darragh Center

Saturday, April 28, 4:00 p.m. 04/28/2018 4:00 PM 04/28/2018 5:15 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Heavenly Scribes From Carmen Boullosa, who has lectured at Oxford, Cambridge, Heidelberg, Freie Univertat, UC Irvine, Brown, UCLA, Yale, and the Library of Congress, comes a new three-layered novel, Heaven on Earth. Mixing it up with Boullosa is the equally celestial, Kevin Brockmeier, The Brief History of the Dead, the only author who has participated all 15 years of the Festival. Main Library, Darragh Center, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72202 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Cartoonists

Trina Robbins' Last Girl Standing "transports the reader from WWII-era New York, to the offices of EC and Marvel comics to the post-Summer of Love San Francisco counterculture, and beyond." Erin Nations' Gumballs features a collection of illustrations, gag cartoons, observational drawings and reflections on the true-life journey of gender transition. MK Czerwiec's Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 known as Graphic Medicine, incorporates oral history and personal memoir to tell the story of one Chicago hospital unit.

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Roberts Library

Saturday, April 28, 4:00 p.m. 04/28/2018 4:00 PM 04/28/2018 5:15 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Cartoonists Trina Robbins' Last Girl Standing "transports the reader from WWII-era New York, to the offices of EC and Marvel comics to the post-Summer of Love San Francisco counterculture, and beyond." Erin Nations' Gumballs features a collection of illustrations, gag cartoons, observational drawings and reflections on the true-life journey of gender transition. MK Czerwiec's Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 known as Graphic Medicine, incorporates oral history and personal memoir to tell the story of one Chicago hospital unit. Roberts Library for Arkansas History and Culture, 401 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Beyond Borders

In National Book Award finalist American Street, Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experiences as a young Haitian immigrant, infusing this lyrical exploration of America with magical realism and vodou culture. Undocumented immigration and the liberal bastion of Berkeley, California form the center of Shanthi Sekaran's Lucky Boy, an NPR Best Book of 2017, which follows two women who want to be mothers to the same little boy.

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River Market Books & Gifts

Saturday, April 28, 4:00 p.m. 04/28/2018 1:00 PM 04/28/2018 5:15 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Beyond Borders In National Book Award finalist American Street, Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experiences as a young Haitian immigrant, infusing this lyrical exploration of America with magical realism and vodou culture. Immigration also factors into Shanthi Sekaran's Lucky Boy, which follows two women who want to be mothers to the same little boy. River Market Books & Gifts, 120 River Market Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Timeless Trio

"Overflowing with strange beauty, such weirdness and truth," these collections of "timeless, incisive, and precise" short stories are "remarkable reports from unexpected pockets of reality." Lee Conell, Subcortical, Christine Schutt's Pure Hollywood, and Matthew Pitt, These are Our Demands, dare to "peel away the illusion of safety" demanding "our meditation, our intimate consideration, our awe" as they explore "unexpected narrative places."

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Historic Arkansas Museum

Saturday, April 28, 4:00 p.m. 04/28/2018 4:00 PM 04/28/2018 5:15 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Timeless Trio "Overflowing with strange beauty, such weirdness and truth," these collections of "timeless, incisive, and precise" short stories are "remarkable reports from unexpected pockets of reality." Lee Conell, Subcortical, Christine Schutt's Pure Hollywood, and Matthew Pitt, These are Our Demands, dare to "peel away the illusion of safety" demanding "our meditation, our intimate consideration, our awe" as they explore "unexpected narrative places." 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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The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life

Based on her Huffington Post blog of the same name, Stephanie Vanderslice's The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life "inspires, informs, and motivates with warmth, humility and compassionate humor." She shares secrets and tools to developing a successful, rewarding writing practice.

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Main Library, Fribourgh Room

Saturday, April 28, 4:00 p.m. 04/28/2018 4:00 PM 04/28/2018 5:15 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life Based on her Huffington Post blog of the same name, Stephanie Vanderslice's The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life "inspires, informs, and motivates with warmth, humility and compassionate humor." She shares secrets and tools to developing a successful, rewarding writing practice. 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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An Evening with Sebastian Junger

Renowned author, journalist, and documentary filmmaker Sebastian Junger (Tribe, War, The Perfect Storm, Restrepo, Korengal) dives deep into his coverage of multiple wars along with his literary and film work, as he gives the CALS J. N. Heiskell Distinguished Lecture for journalism. Reservations are requested and are available at arlitfest-sebastian-junger.eventbrite.com.

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Ron Robinson Theater

Saturday, April 28, 7:00 p.m. 04/28/2018 7:00 PM 04/28/2018 9:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: An Evening with Sebastian Junger Renowned author, journalist, and documentary filmmaker Sebastian Junger (Tribe, War, The Perfect Storm, Restrepo, Korengal) dives deep into his coverage of multiple wars along with his literary and film work, as he gives the CALS J. N. Heiskell Distinguished Lecture for journalism. Reservations are requested and are available at arlitfest-sebastian-junger.eventbrite.com. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock, AR 72204 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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Pub or Perish

Festival authors and local writers unite to read from their works. A limited number of open mic slots will be available. Sign up begins at 9 a.m. on Friday 4/27. For more information contact Traci Berry.

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Stickyz Rock 'N' Roll Chicken Shack

Saturday, April 28, 7:00 p.m. 04/28/2018 7:00 PM 04/28/2018 9:00 PM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Pub or Perish Festival authors and local writers unite to read from their works. A limited number of open mic slots will be available. Sign up begins at 9 a.m. on Friday 4/27. For more information contact Traci Berry. Sponsored by 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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Lou Reed Tribute

DOT, Isaac Alexander, Iron Tongue, and even author Anthony DeCurtis, come together to present a tribute to "the brilliant, culture-shaping musician." Tickets are $5 and available that night only at the door.

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Four Quarter Bar

Saturday, April 28, 10:15 p.m. 04/28/2018 10:15 PM 04/29/2018 1:00 AM America/Chicago Arkansas Literary Festival: Lou Reed Tribute DOT, Isaac Alexander, Iron Tongue, and even author Anthony DeCurtis, come together to present a tribute to "the brilliant, culture-shaping musician." Tickets are $5 and available that night only at the door. Four Quarter Bar, 415 Main St, North Little Rock, AR 72114 Arkansas Literary Festival litfest@cals.org false MM/DD/YYYY

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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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Arkansas Literary Festival
100 Rock St.
Little Rock, AR 72201

You may also make a secure online donation here (be sure to designate your gift for the Arkansas Literary Festival). This form is hosted on the Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) primary website; the Arkansas Literary Festival is a project of CALS.

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 Susan Santa Cruz, Cathy Spivey, and Melissa Woods, Festival Guides; Amy Bradley-Hole, Moderators; and Jennifer White, WITS.



Festival Coordinator: Brad Mooy