Steven and Ray Hanley's latest Arkansas book in the Images of America series is out. “Arkansas County” (Arcadia Publishing, $19.99, softcover), like the Hanleys' previous efforts, is a compelling look at way back when through the lens of postcards. This being Arkansas County, there's lots of great shots of alligator gar, dead ducks and muddy agricultural scenes. Worth the price of the book alone: a shot of “the rice girl,” a turn of the century beauty queen, wearing, or really blooming out of, a shock of rice, with a stalk stuck between her mouth for good measure.
The follow-up to Little Rock author Trenton Lee Stewart's hugely popular “The Mysterious Benedict Society” is out on May 1. “The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey” is published by Little, Brown ($16.99, hardcover). Stewart will autograph books on May 17 at WordsWorth Books (see What's Happening).
May 1 also marks the release of Donald Harington's latest, “Farther Along” (Toby Press, $24.95 hardcover). The book, excerpted earlier this year in the Times, follows the path of a museum curator, who, armed with a book on the life and culture of a vanished Indian tribe, heads to the wilds of the Ozark Mountains.
The fourth annual Books in Bloom will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at the Crescent Hotel Garden in Eureka Springs. Participating authors include Andrea Hollander Budy, Stephen Donaldson, Tim Ernst, Steven Foster, Jeff Greenwald, Donald Harington, Carolyn Hart, J.A. Jance, Veda Boyd Jones, Carla Killough McClafferty, Christine Matthews, Radine Trees Nehring, Michael Palmer, Robert Randisi, Grif Stockley, Allison Wallace, Barbara Youree and David Zimmerman. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.booksinbloom.org.