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.
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 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. Published in 1990 to vast critical acclaim and written with the help of a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship,
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.
He spent the early 2000s covering politics,
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, Slate, and The Washington Post,