CALS Speaker Series

The Central Arkansas Library System’s Speakers Series provides the public an opportunity to engage with writers to discuss their work and to participate in an exchange of ideas about the written word and the human experience.

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Angie Maxwell, The Long Southern Strategy

The Southern Strategy is traditionally understood as a Goldwater and Nixon-era effort by the Republican Party to win over disaffected white voters in the Democratic stronghold of the American South. To realign these voters with the GOP, the party abandoned its past support for civil rights and used racially coded language to capitalize on southern white racial angst.

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Silas House, Southernmost

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,

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Leesa Cross-Smith, So We Can Glow

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,

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Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried

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The award-winning author of nine works of fiction and a former reporter for The Washington Post, Tim O’Brien had what some would call a typical 1950s American childhood in rural Minnesota before he was sent to fight in Vietnam as a foot soldier in 1969.

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Tom Llamas, Anchor, ABC News “World News Tonight”

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Tom Llamas has spent his career chasing breaking news, hurricanes, and Donald Trump. Llamas set the record for most air time by a network correspondent during the 2016 election. Having worked in newsrooms since the age of 15, both in English and Spanish, he’s the very definition of an intrepid reporter.

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David Treuer, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee

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David Treuer is Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota.  The author of four previous novels, most recently Prudence, and two books of nonfiction, he has also written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Esquire,

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