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Anita Davis

Anita Davis, author of What’s Inside?: A Century of Women and Handbags, 1900–1999, is a native Arkansan and lifelong collector who loves outsider art, Gladys Knight, dream work, her two daughters, and learning about the mysteries of life. Her varied life experience includes owning a mail-order catalog called Pure and Simple in the 1980s and co-owning Vagabonds coffee house and vintage store in the 1990s. She has a talent for finding valuables (“They’re valuable to me!”) in unexpected places and has led the revitalization of Little Rock’s SoMa neighborhood,

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WITS

Many authors have participated in the Fest’s Writers in the Schools initiative over the years. The authors travel to schools in the Central Arkansas region speaking directly to students. WITS presenters include Higgins Bond, Rick Campbell, Andrés Cerpa, Geffrey Davis, Elizabeth Eckford, Laurie B. Friedman, Lillian Li, Carla Killough McClafferty, Roman Muradov, Chigozie Obioma, Emily X. R. Pan, Ian S. Port, Joe David Rice, and Maurice Carlos Ruffin.
Sponsored by Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP

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Little Readers Rock

Fairy and folk tales rule the day at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library & Learning Center, including authors, animals, activities, book giveaways, even a live version of The Emperor’s New Clothes.
In partnership with the Junior League of Little Rock.

Pose Like a Prince/Princess: Photo Booth
Capture a regal moment with your kids.
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Classroom

Take Home Free Tales: Book Fair
Choose your own FREE books from several.

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Book Clubs

Interested in joining a book club, learning about local clubs, learning about CALS book club kits, or seeking pointers for starting your own? The super-sized panel features representatives from five local clubs, Divas Leaving No Page Unturned; BookEnds; We’re Here, We’re Queer, Get Used to It, WELLS, and Word Virus.

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Reach Out and Read-a-thon

Come listen to a cast of “Celebrity Readers” as they read their favorite stories to your infants, toddlers, Pre-K, and early grade readers too. Let your child experience new worlds through the magic of storytelling.

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Brantley Hargrove & Charles J. Shields

Brantley Hargrove is a journalist who has written for WiredPopular Mechanics, and Texas Monthly. In his reporting, he has explored the world of South American jewel thieves who terrorize diamond dealers in South Florida and has gone inside the effort to reverse-engineer supertornadoes using supercomputers. Chasing violent storms from the Great Plains down to the Texas coast, he encountered a land-falling Category 4 hurricane and one of the rarest tornadic events in recent memory: twin EF4 tornadoes that chewed through a small Nebraska farming village.

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Mitchell S. Jackson & Julie Rieger

Mitchell S. Jackson‘s debut novel, The Residue Years, received wide critical praise and won a Whiting Award and the Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence and was a finalist for the Center for Fiction Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the PEN / Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction, and the Hurston / Wright Legacy Award. Jackson’s honors include fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Ford Foundation, PEN America, TED, New York Foundation for the Arts,

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Short-Form Creative Writing Workshop

In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the strategies of compression, and look at ways that flash writing distills narrative, character development, imagery, and dialogue. Innovative examples of flash fiction, micro-essays, and prose poetry will be explored, and participants will experiment wit writing fiery little stories.

Short-Form Creative Writing: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology, co-authored with Stephanie Lenox, is a complete introduction to the art and craft of extremely compressed works of imaginative literature.

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