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Ledger Art from the J. W. Wiggins Contemporary Native American Art Collection

August 14 – November 28, 2020

Galleries at Library Square, CALS Roberts Library

As part of the Central Arkansas Library System’s celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Arkansas author Dee Brown’s classic Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, the CALS Galleries at Library Square are honored to host an exhibition of ledger art from the J. W. Wiggins Contemporary Native American Art Collection.

Wiggins explains that these “contemporary Ledger Art Drawings are created by Native American artists from the late 1980s until today.

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Homework Help

Williams Library staff will be available via FB messenger to assist with homework assignments. https://www.facebook.com/cals.williams

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Entrepreneur Readiness Workshop

In this entrepreneur readiness workshop we will discuss potential first steps for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. Participants will learn about some of the free resources offered by CALS as well as some other community organizations that can help.

When: October 1, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Where: Anywhere with an internet (wi-fi) connection.

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Arkansas Sounds Presents: W.S. “Fluke” Holland

Join us every Thursday at 7:00pm CST for Arkansas Sounds Presents, a free online watch party of Arkansas music and culture, including unreleased performances, interviews and related content from our CALS Arkansas Sounds archives.

On Thursday, October 1, CALS Arkansas Sounds presents a tribute to legendary drummer, W.S. “Fluke” Holland. Our playlist for this Sun Records veteran and Johnny Cash original band member includes interviews, discussions and performances.

FREE to watch! You can join us from anywhere in the world as this is a virtual event >

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First Friday Crafts

In this class Ms. Opal will be teaching you about the basics of different crafts.  So, each month we will focus on a different craft.

This is a virtual program. It will be shown live on the first friday of each month on the Nixon library Facebook page.

To find this program just click here. If you can’t watch it live that’s o.k. All live programs are archived on our Facebook page for you to watch later.

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Shocktoberfest: Terror From The 80s! C.H.U.D. (1984, R)

Join us ALL October long for Virtual BingoFlix… SHOCKTOBERFEST: Terror From The 80s!

Play bingo along to the cheesy B-movie cliches in a selection of EIGHT terror films from the 1980s, for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen. FREE to play!

Photographer George Cooper is documenting the lives of subterranean homeless people, a population that has mysteriously dwindled. After receiving information from a reporter, George becomes aware of a conspiracy theory about cannibalistic monsters lurking in the sewers.

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Medicare Basics

Are you thinking of retiring soon but have questions about Medicare?  Join us live via Zoom on Saturday October 3 at 1:00 PM to learn the A, B, C, & D components of Medicare, what choices are available, and where to turn for help in making decisions. Email jburrus@cals.org for the Zoom link.

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Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is a nonprofit organization that aims to support and increase the number of women in computer science by equipping young women with the necessary computing skills to pursue 21st-century opportunities.

Girls Who Code Clubs are free after-school programs for 3rd-5th and 6th-12th grade girls to join our sisterhood of supportive peers and role models using computer science to change the world. Learn more below!

Please contact Latina Sheard at lsheard@cals.org if you would like to be notified of future club opportunities.

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Braver Angels Panel Discussion on Polarization

We, as Americans, cherish the freedom and right to disagree—which we do, often deeply about important issues that need resolution. But polarization undermines that freedom by tightening prejudices rather than opening thought, thus diminishing the chances for finding resolutions and moving forward.  Join us online Monday October 5 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM for our Braver Angels Panel Discussion on Polarization.  Email jburrus@cals.org or gwhite@braverangels.org for the Zoom link.

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A Conversation Worth Having: the Little Rock Nine

“If a conversation is hard, it’s probably one worth having.”

We are happy to announce the newest program as a part of our Civil Rights & Social Change Collection: A Conversation Worth Having.

Every Monday night we will screen a virtual collection of talks, speeches, poetry, music, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. You can join us from anywhere around the world,

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Shocktoberfest: Terror From The 80s! Hobgoblins (1988, NR)

Join us ALL October long for Virtual BingoFlix… SHOCKTOBERFEST: Terror From The 80s!

Play bingo along to the cheesy B-movie cliches in a selection of EIGHT terror films from the 1980s, for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen. FREE to play!

A group of hobgoblins, who allow you to live out your fantasies but kill you in the process, escape from a studio vault, and a security guard and his friends must stop them before dawn.

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Memoir Writing for Seniors: How to Write Your Story

This four-week class meets once each week and takes attendees aged 55+ through the steps of writing their own life stories. Students are given tools and techniques to help them learn to write regularly and productively. The class may be retaken as many times as desired. No writing experience is required.

This is a virtual event. Contact dmoore@cals.org for more information.

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Due to ongoing public health concerns,

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Nicolas Proctor: “Sparking Interest in History: Usefulness, Engagement, and Accessibility”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Nicolas Proctor, Professor of History at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa

Nicolas Proctor, grandson of Arkansas author Dee Brown, says, “Growing up with my grandfather I learned that history is both useful and interesting. I also learned that despite these qualities, most people are not interested in learning more about it. This led to a third insight: it needs to be accessible.

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Conroy & Díaz

Cassandra King Conroy is an award-winning author of five novels and two nonfiction books. Her novels portray strong and memorable characters who struggle with the same timely issues and dilemmas that readers face in their own lives… More about the author

Jaquira Díaz was born in Puerto Rico. She is the author of Ordinary Girls: A Memoir,

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True Stories Book Club

We read non-fiction books including true crime, biographies/memoirs, self help, current events, social sciences/politics.

Occurs the 2nd Thursday of every month excluding holidays.
  • July – Just Mercy:  A Story of Justice & Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
  • August – Shrill:  Notes From A Loud Woman by Lindy West
  • September – An Odyssey:  A Father, A Son, and An Epic by Daniel Adam Mendelsohn
  • October – Furious Hours:  Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep
  • November –
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Megan Volpert & Friends

Jordan Butler, M Shelly Conner, Kate Leland, and Randi M. Romo, all featured in the book, join editor Megan Volpert for a fashion-forward panel on Closet Cases: Queers on What We Wear. More about the author

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Bissell & Brockmeier

Tom Bissell was born in Escanaba, Michigan. His short fiction has won two Pushcart Prizes and has been published in multiple editions of The Best American Series… More

Kevin Brockmeier is the author of seven previous books of fiction and a memoir. He teaches frequently at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, and has participated in the Festival each year since its inception. More

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Arkansas Sounds Presents: a tribute to the King Biscuit Blues Festival

Join us every Thursday for Arkansas Sounds Presents, a free online watch party of Arkansas music and culture, including unreleased performances, interviews and related content from our CALS Arkansas Sounds archives.

On Thursday, October 8, CALS Arkansas Sounds presents a tribute to the legendary King Biscuit Blues Festival! Our playlist for this annual Arkansas celebration includes interviews, street scenes, and live performances from throughout the 35-year history of the world’s premier showcase of the Blues.

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Adams & Rai

After a nearly 20-year career as a journalist, Lyssa Kay Adams traded true stories for fictional Happily Ever Afters. Her first traditionally published book, The Bromance Book Club (about a fictional book club of men who secretly read romance novels to learn how to be better partners), was named Amazon’s Best Romance…More about the author

Alisa Rai is an attorney and author who writes emotionally complex contemporary rom-coms and is frequently sought as a speaker on a range of topics covering romance and media.

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Bozza & Piepenbring

Anthony Bozza, a former staff writer at Rolling Stone, was the first journalist to cover Eminem in a national publication. He is the author of a number of New York Times bestsellers, including Whatever You Say I Am: The Life and Times of Eminem, as well as the co-written autobiographies of Slash… More about the author

Dan Piepenbring is the coauthor and editor of The Beautiful Ones,

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Shocktoberfest: Terror From The 80s! Creepozoids (1987, R)

Join us ALL October long for Virtual BingoFlix… SHOCKTOBERFEST: Terror From The 80s!

Play bingo along to the cheesy B-movie cliches in a selection of EIGHT terror films from the 1980s, for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen. FREE to play!

Six years after a nuclear war reduced the world to rubble, a band of survivors stumbles into an abandoned government research facility. They don’t know there are deadly experiments still living there,

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Animal Yoga

Kids learn how to stretch, breathe, and roar.

About the Virtual 2020 Six Bridges Book Festival

All events, unless otherwise noted, will take place live on the Zoom platform. When you register, you will receive a link to download a .pdf document with Zoom invitation information for your selected event(s). For security reasons, you will be required to have a free Zoom account to enter the event. If you have any technical questions, please email webmaster@cals.org for information.

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Storytime with Garbo Hearne

Garbo Hearne, owner of Hearne Fine Art and Pyramid Gallery & Books, reads to the little ones.

About the Virtual 2020 Six Bridges Book Festival

All events, unless otherwise noted, will take place live on the Zoom platform. When you register, you will receive a link to download a .pdf document with Zoom invitation information for your selected event(s). For security reasons, you will be required to have a free Zoom account to enter the event.

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Brock & Viswananthan

Geoffrey Brock is the author of two books of poetry, the editor of The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Italian Poetry, and the translator of numerous volumes, most recently, The Tenderness of Stones by Marion Fayolle. The recipient of NEA and Guggenheim fellowships, he teaches at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. More about the author

Padma Viswanathan (translator) has published two novels, The Toss of a Lemon and The Ever After of Ashwin Rao.

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Not Quite Snow White

Author Ashley Franklin shares Not Quite Snow White, her “delightful and inspiring picture book that highlights the importance of self-confidence while taking an earnest look at what happens when that confidence is shaken or lost.” More about the author

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All events, unless otherwise noted, will take place live on the Zoom platform. When you register, you will receive a link to download a .pdf document with Zoom invitation information for your selected event(s).

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Crafts

Megan McCain, chair of Little Readers Rock, guides youth through an easy, enjoyable craft.

About the Virtual 2020 Six Bridges Book Festival

All events, unless otherwise noted, will take place live on the Zoom platform. When you register, you will receive a link to download a .pdf document with Zoom invitation information for your selected event(s). For security reasons, you will be required to have a free Zoom account to enter the event.

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Chronicles of the Black Tulip

Get set for pirates and high adventure as author Barry Wolverton speaks about his popular “alternate history epic” which is “richly imagined and gorgeously realized.” More about the author

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Barrett & Nethercott

Kay Ulanday Barrett is a poet, performer, and cultural strategist. Barrett has been featured at Lincoln Center, the UN, Symphony Space, Tucson Poetry Festival, NY Poetry Festival, the Dodge Poetry Foundation, and the Poetry Foundation, with contributions to the Academy of American Poets, The New York Times, and Asian American Literary Review, among others. More about the author

GennaRose Nethercott is a born Vermonter.

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Cooking in Bloom

Denise Alberts leads youth though something they can make in the kitchen.

About the Virtual 2020 Six Bridges Book Festival

All events, unless otherwise noted, will take place live on the Zoom platform. When you register, you will receive a link to download a .pdf document with Zoom invitation information for your selected event(s). For security reasons, you will be required to have a free Zoom account to enter the event. If you have any technical questions,

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Efren Divided

Hear directly from author Ernesto Cisneros about his magnificent story. Online readers have said, “Efren Divided takes readers inside a family struggling with poverty and deportation. While heartbreaking at times, the author balances a tough and frightening subject with love.” More about the author

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Elinor Wonders Why

View and Do: Learn about and watch the new PBS KIDS show “Elinor Wonders Why” and do a fun activity too! Also, get a sneak peek at some new shows headed your way! www.myarkansaspbs.org/parents

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Alford, Garbacz, & Gunst

Katherine Alford, who ran a New York Times 4-star-rated kitchen, has been a greenmarket manager as well as instructor and director of Peter Kump’s Cooking School (now Institute of Culinary Education). She spent the last 20 years at the Food Network, becoming the senior vice president of culinary, where she led the culinary team for TV, digital, and print… More about the author

Angela Garbacz is the founder of Goldenrod Pastries,

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Campfire Tales with Blueberry

Blueberry, the fun-loving puppet from Blueberry’s Clubhouse, will share fun campfire stories and art projects. And don’t forget your campfire snacks! Blueberry’s Clubhouse is produced by Arkansas PBS in conjunction with the Arkansas Arts Center.

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Arkansas PBS AppyTime

Parents learn about the awesome PBS KIDS apps that keep the learning fun for parents and kids. Zoom in to resources available for anytime, anywhere learning. www.myarkansaspbs.org/parents

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Leichter & Nethercott

Hilary Leichter’s writing has appeared in n+1, the New Yorker, the Cut, the Southern Review, and elsewhere. She teaches fiction at Columbia University… More about the author

GennaRose Nethercott is a born Vermonter. Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies, including BOMB, the Massachusetts Review, the Offing,

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Bolton & Davis

S. Charles Bolton grew up in upstate New York, graduated from St. Lawrence University, received a PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, joined the history department at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and is now retired… More about the author

William C. Davis spent 21 years in the book and magazine publishing industry, and until 2013 was professor of history and executive director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech.

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Acker & Blount

Camille Acker grew up in Washington, DC, and holds a BA in English from Howard University and an MFA in creative writing. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Electric Literature, and other outlets. She lives in Philadelphia.More about the author

Jeffrey Blount is the award-winning author of two novels: Almost Snow White, winner of the USA Best Book Awards,

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Tim O’Brien

Tim O’Brien received the 1979 National Book Award in fiction for Going After Cacciato. His other works include July, July and In the Lake of the Woods, which was named the best novel of 1994 by Time. His Dad’s Maybe Book shares wisdom from a life in letters, lessons learned in wartime, and the challenges, humor, and rewards of raising two sons. O’Brien lives in Austin,

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Bonnie Tsui

Bonnie Tsui lives, swims, and surfs in the Bay Area. A longtime contributor to the New York Times and California Sunday Magazine, she has been the recipient of the Jane Rainie Opel Young Alumna Award from Harvard University, the Lowell Thomas Gold Award, and a National Press Foundation Fellowship. More about the author

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Amy Peterson

Amy Peterson is a writer, a teacher, and a postulant in the Episcopal Church. Author of Dangerous Territory, Peterson explores the intersections of faith, language, and culture. Her work has been published in Image, The Millions, Washington Post, River Teeth, and Cresset. More about the author

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Classic in Context: Watership Down Book Talk

Author Barry Wolverton and special guest Gwen Moritz discuss Richard Adams’ exhilarating classic, which won in 2019 by more than a hare. Be sure and vote for your choice for 2021!

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Classic in Context: Watership Down Film Screening

“In this celebrated adaptation…an offshoot group of rabbits struggle to break from their failing, violent community to form a utopian society. First-time director Martin Rosen and his team of animators created a dark, beautiful work that blends poetic mysticism and austere realism.”

Join us for the virtual watch event LIVE on Sunday, October 11, at 5:30PM CST here: https://app.kosmi.io/room/w3r4ko. If you have any questions before the event, please email webmaster@cals.org for information.

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Jerry Mitchell

Jerry Mitchell has been a reporter in Mississippi since 1986. A winner of more than 30 national awards, Mitchell is the founder of the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting. The nonprofit is continuing his work of exposing injustices and raising up a new generation of investigative reporters. His efforts have put four leading Klansmen behind bars, years after they thought they had gotten away with murder.

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Meditation at Main Online

Cory Jones of Compassion Works for All leads us in a guided meditation that’s like an oasis in the middle of your day! Join us from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month via Zoom. If interested please email jburrus@cals.org to receive the Zoom link. All are welcome- and we hope you will choose to join us!

Upcoming dates:

June 22; July 13 & 27; August 10 & 24;

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Finding Family Facts

The Butler Center offers a beginner’s genealogy class the second Monday of every month, taught by Rhonda Stewart, the Butler Center’s local history and genealogy expert. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past.

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Due to ongoing public health concerns, Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has suspended all programs and outreach through the end of August.

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Cuevas & Roberson

Mayra Cuevas prefers love stories with a happy ending. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she is currently a producer and writer for CNN who keeps her sanity by practicing Buddhist meditation and serving on the board of directors of Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia. She lives with her husband, also a CNN journalist… More about the author

Emily Roberson has been a bookseller in Little Rock, a newspaper reporter in Vicksburg,

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Rage Baking Workshop

Ready for some Rage Baking? Seasoned pros Katherine Alford and Kathy Gunst attack the fall galette with apples and pears (and a savory twist) and the Marbled Chocolate and Vanilla Cookies from their must-have book. Both recipes have cool, approachable techniques.

Katherine Alford, who ran a New York Times 4-star-rated kitchen, has been a greenmarket manager as well as instructor and director of Peter Kump’s Cooking School (now Institute of Culinary Education).

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A Conversation Worth Having: Medgar Evers

“If a conversation is hard, it’s probably one worth having.”

We are happy to announce the newest program as a part of our Civil Rights & Social Change Collection: A Conversation Worth Having.

Every Monday night we will screen a virtual collection of talks, speeches, poetry, music, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. You can join us from anywhere around the world,

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Amanda Leduc

Amanda Leduc is an author with cerebral palsy whose essays and stories have appeared in publications across Canada and the U.S. She holds a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom. Her work includes The Miracles of Ordinary Men and The Centaur’s WifeMore about the author

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Atakora & Storey

Afia Atakora was born in the United Kingdom and raised in New Jersey, where she now lives. She graduated from New York University and has an MFA from Columbia University, where she was the recipient of the De Alba Fellowship. Her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she was a finalist… More about the author

Stephanie Storey is the author of Oil and Marble: a Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo,

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Tell Your Own Story

Find out about a nationwide storytelling initiative, “PBS American Portrait,” that allows people from all walks of life to participate in a national conversation about what it means to be an American today. Help others hear what a complex, real, and fascinating mosaic Arkansas is!

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Perfectly Golden Workshop

Professional baker Angela Garbacz mixes it up in her full demo. Her recent classes have included cutting, baking, and decorating tips on making cinnamon rolls and glaze from scratch, sugar cookie dough, and a layer cake. Expect something sweet and delicious, and Perfectly Golden.

Angela Garbacz is the founder of Goldenrod Pastries, a women-run pastry shop located on a picturesque corner in Lincoln,

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Arian & Hart

Amir Ahmadi Arian started his writing career as a journalist in Iran. He has published two novels, a collection of stories, and a book of nonfiction in Persian. He also translated from English to Persian novels by E.L. Doctorow, Paul Auster, P.D. James, and Cormac McCarthy. Since 2013, he has been writing and publishing… More about the author

Rob Hart wrote the Ash McKenna series, the short-story collection Take-Out,

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Andrew J. Milson

Andrew Milson is a professor of geography at the University of Texas at Arlington. His ancestors settled in southwestern Arkansas in the 1820s.More about the author

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Kraus & Miller

Daniel Kraus’s books have landed on Entertainment Weekly‘s Top 10 Books (The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch) and won two Odyssey Awards (Rotters and Scowler). With Guillermo del Toro, he wrote the bestselling The Shape of Water and TrollhuntersMore about the author

Linsey Miller is a wayward biologist from Arkansas who previously worked as a crime lab intern,

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Cep & Muse

Casey Cep is a staff writer at The New Yorker. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in English, she earned an M. Phil in theology at the University of Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar. Her work has appeared in the New York Times and the New Republic, among other publications. She lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. More about the author

Toby Muse is a British-American writer,

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Jensen, McKindra, & Priest

Toni Jensen is the author of Carry, a memoir-in-essays about gun violence, and a short story collection, From the Hilltop. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for 2020. Her essays and stories have been published in journals such as Orion, CatapultMore about the author

Frederick McKindra, fiction writer and essayist,

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Howorth & Zurenda

Lisa Howorth was born in Washington, DC, where her family lived for four generations. She is a former librarian and art historian and author of Flying Shoes. Howorth has written on art, travel, dogs, and music for the Oxford American and Garden & Gun, among other publications.… More about the author

Susan Beckham Zarenda has won numerous awards for her fiction,

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Thomas & Volz

R. Eric Thomas is a playwright, the long-running host of The Moth StorySlam, and a senior staff writer for Elle.com where he writes “Eric Reads the News,” a daily current events and culture column. His work explores our current political moment and the ways that both news satire and memoir can help us reframe the way we think about the present. More about the author

Alia Volz’s writing appears in The Best American Essays,

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Shocktoberfest: Terror From The 80s! Chopping Mall (1986, R)

Join us ALL October long for Virtual BingoFlix… SHOCKTOBERFEST: Terror From The 80s!

Play bingo along to the cheesy B-movie cliches in a selection of EIGHT terror films from the 1980s, for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen. FREE to play!

At the Park Plaza Mall, a group of young mall employees stay behind for a late night party in one of the stores. When the mall goes on lock-down before they can get out,

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Patrick Oliver & Friends

Supporters from The Read, Lead, and Level Up project at Hall High School will discuss the fun, engaging writing activities used to produce a compelling collection of prose in the anthology Our Stories, Our Voices, Our Visions. Patrick M. Oliver, founder of Say It Loud! Readers and Writers, is joined by Edith Callaway-Frazier, Sarah Dixon, Randall Horton, Beatriz Varela, and Robin White, who will also read from the anthology.More about the author

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Jennifer A. O’Brien

Jennifer O’Brien is an artist and advocate for caregivers and end-of-life dialogue. For more than 30 years she has been a practice management consultant to physicians and has served as CEO for two large medical practices. More about the author

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NaNoWriMo! – A 9-week workshop

This program starts on October 17, 2020 and runs for 9 weeks.

Do you NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo is an annual Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November. Participants attempt to write a 50,000-word manuscript between November 1 and November 30. It’s a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing!

Pre-NaNoWriMo (Oct.)—Ever heard of a crazy little thing called NaNoWriMo? Whether you’re a first-timer or an old-timer, enjoy fun and funky writing prompts and games to get your creative juices flowing!

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Condran & Fawkes

Jeffrey Condran is the author of A Fingerprint Repeated and Prague Summer, which received an Independent Publisher Book Award’s Silver Medal. His fiction has appeared in journals such as the Kenyon Review, the Missouri Review, and Epoch, and has been awarded the Missouri Review’s William Peden Prize… More about the author

Jen Fawkes has published fiction in One Story,

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Kat Robinson

Kat Robinson is the author of seven books on Arkansas food. Host of the Emmy-nominated documentary Make Room for Pie, Robinson specializes in documenting culinary history through her travel guides and cookbooks. The Arkansas fellow to the National Food and Beverage Museum has been cited as Arkansas’s food historian and expert by Food Network, Saveur, Eater, Atlas Obscura, Parade, and USA Today.

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Foltz & Saviers

Tommy Foltz has spent 25 years in public relations, marketing, and management in the energy industry, working in-house and for clients as an external affairs executive and consultant. He was the state government affairs director for Petrohawk Energy and BHP Billiton after BHP acquired Petrohawk… More about the author

Mark Saviers has been married to his high school sweetheart, Vicki, for more than four decades. They have two grown sons,

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Barr, Jaeger, & Jones

Mark Barr has been awarded fellowships from Blue Mountain Center, I-Park Artists Enclave, Jentel Arts, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Millay Colony, and Yaddo. He lives in Arkansas with his wife and sons. More about the author

Tyrone Jaeger teaches courses on creative nonfiction, fiction, hybrid literature, and digital storytelling. He is the author of the recent novel Radio Eldorado (Braddock Avenue Books, 2020), the story collection So Many True Believers and the cross-genre novella The Runaway Note

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Virginia Walden Ford

Virginia Walden Ford and her twin sister, Harrietta, were among the first 130 students chosen to desegregate Little Rock’s high schools in the mid-1960s. Years later, while she was raising three children in Washington, DC, Ford was shocked that so many children were forced to attend failing, crumbling schools simply because they lived in the “wrong” ZIP codes… More about the author

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Michael Taylor

Michael Ray Taylor is the author of Hidden Nature: Wild Southern Caves and also Cave Passages, Dark Life, and Caves, and he has been editor and co-author of additional books. He has written for Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, Outside, Reader’s DigestMore about the author

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Vaughn Scribner

Vaughn Scribner is assistant professor of history at the University of Central Arkansas. He is the author of Inn Civility: Urban Taverns and Early American Civil Society and Merpeople: A Human History. More about the author

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About the Virtual 2020 Six Bridges Book Festival

All events, unless otherwise noted, will take place live on the Zoom platform. When you register,

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Game Hour

Enjoy a fun-filled hour for Fest related games.

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About the Virtual 2020 Six Bridges Book Festival

All events, unless otherwise noted, will take place live on the Zoom platform. When you register, you will receive a link to download a .pdf document with Zoom invitation information for your selected event(s). For security reasons, you will be required to have a free Zoom account to enter the event. If you have any technical questions,

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Shea Tuttle

Shea Tuttle is the author of Exactly as You Are: The Life and Faith of Mister Rogers and co-editor of Can I Get a Witness? Thirteen Peacemakers, Community Builders, and Agitators for Faith and Justice. Her essays have appeared at Greater Good Magazine, The Toast, The Other Journal, Role Reboot, and Jenny. She holds an M.Div.

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A Conversation Worth Having: Diane Nash

“If a conversation is hard, it’s probably one worth having.”

We are happy to announce the newest program as a part of our Civil Rights & Social Change Collection: A Conversation Worth Having.

Every Monday night we will screen a virtual collection of talks, speeches, poetry, music, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. You can join us from anywhere around the world,

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Oral History at Home: Beginners Oral History Workshop

The CALS Butler Center offers a monthly beginner’s oral history workshop taught by Benji de la Piedra, oral historian and author. Participants will learn how to

  • think about questions, stories, memories, and dialogue like oral historians do;
  • prepare for and conduct oral history interviews with the technology they have available to them (including phone and video chat); and
  • imagine and pursue possible outcomes of the interviewing process.

This course is open to all.

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Shocktoberfest: Terror From The 80s! Uninvited (1988, PG-13)

Join us ALL October long for Virtual BingoFlix… SHOCKTOBERFEST: Terror From The 80s!

Play bingo along to the cheesy B-movie cliches in a selection of EIGHT terror films from the 1980s, for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen. FREE to play!

A cat infected with a genetically engineered virus escapes from a lab. The mutant feline goes on a killing spree, and finds its way on board a yacht bound for the Cayman Islands,

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Shocktoberfest: Terror From The 80s! Basket Case (1982, R)

Join us ALL October long for Virtual BingoFlix… SHOCKTOBERFEST: Terror From The 80s!

Play bingo along to the cheesy B-movie cliches in a selection of EIGHT terror films from the 1980s, for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen. FREE to play!

A young man carrying a big basket that contains his extremely deformed Siamese-twin brother seeks vengeance on the doctors who separated them against their will.

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CALS Writing Circle Meeting: Get ready for NaNoWriMo!

Do you NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo is an annual Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November. Participants attempt to write a 50,000-word manuscript between November 1 and November 30. It’s a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing!

Join us as J. Jobe shares her tips for surviving National Novel Writing Month.

Register for Get Ready for NaNoWriMo!

Due to ongoing public health concerns, Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has suspended all programs and outreach through the end of August.

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A Conversation Worth Having: Kwame Ture

“If a conversation is hard, it’s probably one worth having.”

We are happy to announce the newest program as a part of our Civil Rights & Social Change Collection: A Conversation Worth Having.

Every Monday night we will screen a virtual collection of talks, speeches, poetry, music, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. You can join us from anywhere around the world,

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Nixon Book Buddies

This book club reads fiction & non-fiction books.

Occurs the 3rd Tuesday of every month excluding holidays.
  • June – Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
  • July – Cinderella Ate My Daughter:  Dispatches From the Front Lines of the New Girlie-girl Culture by Peggy Orenstein
  • August – The King’s Speech by Mark Logue
  • September – I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  • October – The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  • November –
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Shocktoberfest: Terror From The 80s! The Stuff (1985, R)

Join us ALL October long for Virtual BingoFlix… SHOCKTOBERFEST: Terror From The 80s!

Play bingo along to the cheesy B-movie cliches in a selection of EIGHT terror films from the 1980s, for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen. FREE to play!

A delicious, mysterious goo that oozes from the earth is marketed as the newest dessert sensation, but the tasty treat rots more than teeth when zombie-like snackers who only want to consume more of the strange substance at any cost begin infesting the world.

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Shocktoberfest: Terror From The 80s! Humanoids From The Deep (1980, R)

Join us ALL October long for Virtual BingoFlix… SHOCKTOBERFEST: Terror From The 80s!

Play bingo along to the cheesy B-movie cliches in a selection of EIGHT terror films from the 1980s, for your chance to win a FREE movie pass to the theater once we reopen. FREE to play!

Tensions run high in the seaside community of Noyo when a controversial new cannery promises to revitalize the traditional fishing economy with new jobs, new industry,

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Having Conversations Across the Political Divide

Please join us on Monday November 2 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.  In this Braver Angels online program, we will be learning how to converse across the political divide with malice towards none.  Four key skills will be taught with the opportunity to practice:

  1. Setting a constructive tone
  2. Listening in a way that the other person feels heard
  3. Speaking in a way that helps the other person hear you
  4. Handling difficult moments

Email jburrus@cals.org or gwhite@braverangels.org for the Zoom link.

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Ten Retirement Planning Tips

Please join us on Saturday November 7 at 1:00 PM via Zoom.   AARP Arkansas will present practical ways to achieve retirement peace of mind.   Ideas on how to jump-start your retirement savings and other considerations will be discussed.  Email jburrus@cals.org for the Zoom link.

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Braver Angels Depolarizing Within Workshop

Much of today’s polarization is driven by how we talk with like-minded people about those on the other side.  Too often, we stereotype, dismiss, or ridicule our fellow citizens who support the other political party, its leaders, and its policies. This workshop teaches participants:

  • How to be more aware of their own “inner polarizer”
  • How to be critical without demonizing, dismissing, or stereotyping large swaths of the population
  • Strategies for intervening constructively in social conversations with like-minded peers when these conversations veer into contempt and ridicule for people who hold other political views
Join us on Monday December 7 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM via Zoom for this learning opportunity. 
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