Tag: Six Bridges Book Festival

Get to Know Janis F. Kearney, Six Bridges Featured Author

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My book is nonfiction and chronicles the 59-year journey of America’s foremost Queen of Gospel, Mahalia Jackson. It takes the reader from her childhood home of New Orleans’s “N***** Town” to Chicago, Illinois—the city that became home to hundreds of thousands of African Americans who joined the Great Migration from the South in search of a better life.


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Get to Know John A. Kirk, Six Bridges Featured Author

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Why did Winthrop Rockefeller, scion of one of the most powerful families in American history, leave New York for an Arkansas mountaintop in the 1950s? My book seeks to fully unravel that mystery for the first time. It traces Rockefeller’s life from childhood to adolescence,


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Get to Know Steve Petkoff, Six Bridges Featured Author

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Holly Street tells the story of life growing up in the Arkansas Delta in the 1940s and 1950s, particularly in Helena. As a youngster, I learned how to work early by helping my father on his bread route.


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Get to Know Eli Cranor, Six Bridges Featured Author

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It features a high school football player with an explosively troubled home life, an idealistic coach who thinks he can save him, and a murder that threatens to tear their Arkansas town apart on the eve of the playoffs.

What motivated you to write it?


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6BBF Author Profile: Nichole Perkins

Cracking open a copy of Sometimes I Trip on How Happy We Could Be feels like flipping through Nichole Perkins’s personal diary. Each chapter is an essay, giving the reader brief looks into her life at different pivotal stages, starting at age 5, when Perkins has already become aware of the power and responsibility brought to her as a female.


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6BBF Author Profile: Mary Roach

Mary Roach has an easy, light humor about her, so it’s no surprise that she would take complex scientific topics and naturally inject humor into them. Roach began her career in magazine writing and claims she had “no real sellable talents,” though that is clearly not the case. She says that her career was shaped by the relationships she made with a few key editors,


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