David Hill, The Vapors

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Matthew Van Meter, Deep Delta Justice

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New Six Bridges Book Festival Dates Announced!

Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) seventeenth annual Six Bridges Book Festival has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 8, through Sunday, October 11, 2020. The event will still include popular events such as Author! Author!, Little Readers Rock (in partnership with the Junior League of Little Rock), and the teen poetry competition. CALS Speaker Series author Tim O’Brien and award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson, who was selected through the Festival’s first ever Book Club Campaign, are among the renowned roster of presenters.

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Featured Author: William C. Davis

William C. Davis believes in the power of a well-told tale, especially when writing history. His dedication to narrative comes through in his absorbing recent work, The Greatest Fury: The Battle of New Orleans and the Rebirth of America.

“Using human interest and a lively style keeps the ‘story’ in history,” Davis said. “It’s like the proverbial tree that falls in the forest – if you write a book and it’s so dull that no one can read it, you haven’t really written a book.”

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Williams Lecture Series on Abraham Lincoln and Civil War Studies

Featured Event: An Evening with Matteo Lane

UPDATE: New Date and Time! Friday, November 20, at 7:30pm
Matteo Lane is a New York–based comedian whose stand-up special can be seen on Netflix’s “The Comedy Lineup.” He has performed stand up on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party, This Week at the Comedy Cellar and The Comedy Jam, as well as HBO’s Crashing. Fluent in five languages and with a singing range of six octaves, Lane lived in Italy as an oil painter and opera singer before starting his comedy career. He is podcast co-host of Inside the Closet.

$20 general admission
$50 VIP seating and meet & greet

Reserve Tickets at cals.org

Featured Author: R. Eric Thomas

If you know R. Eric Thomas from his work as a daily humor columnist for ELLE Magazine online, you’re familiar with ebullient, hilarious flights of snark and fancy like his postmortem on the Democratic primary’s Iowa Caucus:

“Yes, the rumors that I started are true. I won Iowa, proving all the haters and naysayers and people who claimed that I am “not running for president” and “not even physically in the state” so wrong. How did I do it? Well, I’ll tell you, whether you want to hear it or not. Last night, the raucous caucus descended into fractious fracas…”   (ELLE.com 2/4/2020)

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R. Eric Thomas: Accidentally Succeeding

Featured Author: Mayra Cuevas

Author Mayra Cuevas believes in the power of joyful stories.

As a teenager in Puerto Rico, she found solace from the turbulence of her parents’ divorce in great Latin American writers like Gabriel García Márquez and Isabel Allende. Puerto Rican poets Lola Rodríguez de Tió and Julia de Burgos inspired Cuevas to write down her own thoughts and feelings. Now, she wants to reach out to teens with her own work.

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Mayra Cuevas Discusses Salty, Bitter, Sweet

Featured Author: Rob Hart

Rob Hart was already a successful author when he began work on his latest novel, The Warehouse. With a number of crime thrillers under his belt and another novel co-authored with megauthor James Patterson, Hart’s future looked bright. But when The Warehouse garnered a six-figure book deal and was optioned for film by Ron Howard, Hart proved that he had the elusive blend of talent, timing, and topic to create a true breakthrough novel.

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Six Bridges Book Festival