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Arkansas Literary Festival: Elizabeth Eckford

The sixteenth annual Arkansas Literary Festival will take place April 25-28, 2019.

Civil Rights Icon Encourages Young People with Her Story

Elizabeth Eckford is a living icon of civil rights history. As one of the Little Rock Nine, her face became world-famous in disturbing photos of the 1957 desegregation riots in Little Rock,


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Arkansas Literary Festival: Esmé Wang

The sixteenth annual Arkansas Literary Festival will take place April 25-28, 2019.

Esmé Wang: Luminous Writing Through Limitations

Creativity, resilience, and legacy. These are three words at the forefront of Esmé Wang’s mind. Her life story certainly testifies to all three: creativity as a critically-acclaimed author,


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Arkansas Literary Festival: Roman Muradov

The sixteenth annual Arkansas Literary Festival will take place April 25-28, 2019.

Artist Roman Muradov Finds the Secret of the Creative Process in On Doing Nothing

The title of Roman Muradov’s latest book, On Doing Nothing: Finding Inspiration in Idleness, might suggest that this 96-page book will be a whimsical ode to downtime on the couch,


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Arkansas Literary Festival: Dorie Greenspan

Award-winning Cookbook Author Creates Community through Cooking

From talking to Dorie Greenspan, you would never know she is one of the most celebrated and awarded cookbook authors in America. Her writing is as good as her recipes, but she is disarmingly down-to earth about her talents.

“I’ve had no formal training as a writer and never expected that I’d ever become one,” Greenspan says.


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Arkansas Literary Festival: Maurice Carlos Ruffin

The sixteenth annual Arkansas Literary Festival will take place April 25-28, 2019.

Maurice Carlos Ruffin brings witty humor to dystopian satire of race relations in his debut novel

We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin tells the story of an African-American father who is a successful lawyer in an alternative world that has discovered a surgical method for “demelanization.” For sufficient cash,


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Lit Fest Sweet 16: Literary Luminaries, Chefs’ Specials, Music and More

 

Notable authors, including Pulitzer Prize and James Beard Award winners, television producers, artists, and one of the Little Rock Nine are among the diverse roster of presenters who will be providing sessions at the Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) sixteenth annual Arkansas Literary Festival, April 25-28, 2019. Events will be held at CALS Library Square and many other Little Rock venues.


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