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Arkansas Literary Festival 2014 lineup announced

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Today, the Arkansas Literary Festival announced the slate of authors who'll attend the 11th annual event, scheduled for April 24-27, largely at the Central Arkansas Library System's River Market campus. 

Bestselling novelist Catherine Coulter will surely be the big draw. Or maybe it'll be Congressman John Lewis, who'll attend to talk about "March," the masterful first volume of his graphic novel autobiography, co-written by Andrew Aydin and Little Rock native Nate Powell.

Some other highlights I picked out from a quick scan of the lineup:

*Illustrator and author Kadir Nelson provided the artwork for "Michael," the posthumous Michael Jackson album and Drake's "Nothing Was the Same" (both of which are excellent). He's the illustrator of dozens of children's books, largely about the African-American experience, including several award winners. He's also the author and illustrator of "We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball."

*Robert Hilburn. The former Los Angeles Times pop critic's recent biography of Johnny Cash has been lauded as the definitive examination of the Man in Black.

*Rhett Miller, frontman of The Old 97's, will play a solo set at South on Main and participate in Hilburn's session.

*Doug Dorst is the author, with JJ Abrams, of the puzzle mystery "S," which promises to invite much discussion.  

*Victor LaValle is the author of the New York Times Notable novel "The Devil in Silver." Gary Shteyngart has called him the "new master" of "literary horror."

*Jennifer Senior often writes provocatively for New York magazine. As a father of a still young child, I've been avoiding her latest, "The Collateral Damage of a Teenager"). I suspect it's an excerpt from her book, "All the Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood."

*GQ correspondent Brett Martin's book "Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution" features profiles of TV showrunners of the likes of "The Wire," "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad."

What else looks good to you?


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