South Words is a year-long readers series presented by Oxford American, in partnership with the Central Arkansas Library System’s Six Bridges Book Festival. Each event is free to attend; RSVP tickets are required and may be reserved on each event’s page below.
The Presenting Sponsor for South Words is the UCA College of Fine Arts & Communication. Additional season partners include the Clinton School of Public Service, Arkansas Arts Council, Department of Arkansas Heritage, and Villa Vue at SoMa.
In this tender novel about judgment, courage, heartbreak, and change, evangelical preacher Asher Sharp offers shelter to two gay men after a flood in a small Tennessee town. In doing so, he starts to see his life anew – and risks losing everything. “An urgent and beautifully written literary thriller about a man on the run that explores themes like the pain of atonement and the necessity of reconciliation,
From Kentucky to the California desert, these forty-two short stories expose the glossy and matte hearts of girls and women in moments of obsessive desire and fantasy, wildness and bad behavior, brokenness and fearlessness. “Leesa Cross-Smith is a consummate storyteller who uses her formidable talents to tell the oft-overlooked stories of people living in that great swath of place between the left and right coasts.” —Roxane Gay,
The Oxford American is excited to announce a special addition to its 2019-2020 South Words readers series with Beth Macy, author of Dopesick, Factory Man, and Truevine. Moderating the discussion is Dr. Angela L. Scott, a professor at UAMS College of Medicine. Doors open at 6:00 PM,