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Arkansas Literary Festival 2015

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Thursday, April 23, 2015

 

The Arkansas Literary Festival is sure to bring crowds to Little Rock this weekend. The Department of Arkansas Heritage and two of our museums are proud to help support this important annual event. The following sessions, workshops and panels are sponsored by DAH, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and Historic Arkansas Museum. A complete festival schedule of events is available here.

Satire of the South: T. Geronimo Johnson has taught writing and held fellowships at several universities and is director of the University of California–Berkeley Summer Creative Writing Program. His first novel “Hold it ‘Til it Hurts was a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. His new novel is “Welcome to Braggsville.” Shea Stewart moderates this session. Click here for more information. When: Friday, April 24, Noon; Where: Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

7' Art: Kids from 4th grade up will enjoy former NBA player Joe Barry Carroll's introduction to art. Click here for additional details. When: Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m.; Where: Historic Arkansas Museum

Vital Fusion: Tiphanie Yanique is from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. The author of “Land of Love and Drowning” and the story collection, “How to Escape from a Leper Colony” is a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award winner. She teaches at the New School and lives in Brooklyn and St. Thomas. Sefi Atta wrote “Everything Good Will Come,” “Swallow,” “News from Home” and “A Bit of Difference.” She is also a playwright, and her radio and stage plays have been produced internationally. She lives in Meridian, Mississippi, with her family. Laura Barrio-Vilar moderates this session. When: Saturday, April 25, 11:30 a.m. ; Where: Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

Notorious Crimes: John Dillinger is explored first in John A. Beineke's captivating young adult biography about the Indiana outlaw. Then, breathe deep as James Presley recounts the officially unsolved grisly Texarkana Phantom Murders of 1946. Click here for more information. When: Saturday, April 25, 11:30a.m.; Where: Historic Arkansas Museum

Beginning in 1866: Jeffrey Renard Allen is the author of five books, most recently the novel “Song of the Shank.” The novel was featured as the front-page review of both the New York Times Book Review and the San Francisco Chronicle. Allen has received numerous accolades for his work, including a Whiting Writers' Award and most recently the 2015 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Finalist . He was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Phyllis Brown serves as moderator. When: Saturday, April 25, 1 p.m.; Where: Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

Passionate & Poignant: “Growing Up…In Words and Images” tells the true and evocative story of Joe Barry Carroll, an unsure little boy from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, who, after becoming a Purdue All-American and NBA All Star, became a wealth advisor, painter, author, and philanthropist. Click here for more information. When: Saturday, April 25, 1 p.m. ; Where: Historic Arkansas Museum

One of the Greats: Jamaica Kincaid is a novelist and essayist who has also written for The New Yorker. Though she denies it, almost everything she has ever written is autobiographical, and that includes the punctuation, which she does not make use of as often as is necessary. Her latest book is “See Now Then.” Janis F. Kearney moderates this session. Click here for more information. When: Saturday, April 25, 2:30 p.m.; Where: Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

Maxine Payne: Maxine Payne's “Making Pictures,” tells the story of the Massengaills, family of ad hoc photographers and entrepreneurs who built a series of mobile photo studio trailers in Arkansas from 1934-1945. This session is sponsored by Department of Arkansas Heritage. Click here for additional details. When: Saturday, April 25, 2:30pm; Where: Arkansas Studies Institute Building, Room 110

Books to Film: Two of the stories in “Ring of Five” have associated film adaptations. Frank Thurmond will discuss his collected work, and the process of adapting stories to screenplays. Click here for details. When: Saturday, April 25, 2:30 p.m.; Where: Historic Arkansas Museum

History & Sport: Guy Lancaster holds a PhD in Heritage Studies from Arkansas State University and is the editor of the online Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. He has published widely on the subject of racial violence, including “Racial Cleansing in Arkansas, 1883-1924: Politics, Land, Labor, and Criminality.” Andrew Maraniss worked in media relations for Vanderbilt University’s athletic department and the Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays. Son of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author David Maraniss and trailblazing environmentalist Linda Maraniss, he is a partner at McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations in Nashville, Tennessee. His first book is “Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South.” Jay Jennings serves as moderator. Click here for more information. When: Saturday, April 25, 4 p.m. ; Where: Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

A Half Dozen Poets: Jo McDougall, Sandy Longhorn, Jessica Jacobs, Hope Coulter, Nickole Brown, and Marck Beggs together on stage. All live in Arkansas. This panel is sponsored by Department of Arkansas Heritage. Click here for more information. When: Saturday, April 25, 4 p.m.; Where: CALS Ron Robinson Theater

Romance: Laura Parker Castoro, “Force of Attraction,” and Adrienne Thompson,” Home,” have both found success with romance and eBooks in the ever-changing publishing world. Click here for additional information. When: Saturday, April 25, 4 p.m.; Where: Historic Arkansas Museum