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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Creating Black Americans

Six Bridges Book Festival presents: Nell Irvin Painter, author of Creating Black Americans: African-American History and its Meanings 1619 to the Present

Moderator: Jessica McDaniel

This event will be hosted virtually on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay is an author and cultural critic whose writing is unmatched and widely revered. Her work garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. With a deft eye on modern culture, she brilliantly critiques its ebb and flow with both wit and ferocity.

Her collection of essays,

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Tom Llamas

Tom Llamas has worked at NBC and ABC, where he was the Weekend Anchor. He earned both Emmy and Edward R. Murrow Awards for groundbreaking stories including Hurricane Sandy, the trial of the Boston Marathon Bomber, and his first love, politics.

Llamas is the only TV journalist ever embedded with the Coast Guard during a human smuggling interdiction at sea.

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Charles Yu

Charles Yu is the author four novels, including Interior Chinatown, which won the 2020 National Book Award for fiction. The book is a satirical novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play. Author Emily St. John Mandel calls it “…wrenching, hilarious, sharp, surreal, and above all, original.”

His novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe was a New York Times Notable Book and a Time magazine best book of the year.

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