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Lit festival authors


Micheal Barrier, “The Animated Man” (biography)

Conger Beasley, “Shelby’s Expedition to Mexico” (nonfiction)

Christy Brawner, “How to Be Spiritual Without Being Weird” (nonfiction)

Kevin Brockmeier, “Things That Fall From The Sky” (short fiction)

Melanie Sue Bowles, “The Horses of Proud Spirit” (nonfiction)

Ralph Burns, “Ghost Notes” (poetry)

Pat Carr, “The Death of a Confederate Colonel” (fiction)

Laura Parker Castoro, “Icing on the Cake” (fiction)

Ron Davis, “The Disenfranchisement of the African American Male” (nonfiction)

Tom Franklin, “Smonk” (fiction)

Nikki Giovanni, “Acolytes” (poetry)

Christopher Hitchens, “God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything” (nonfiction)

Cary Holladay, “The Quick Change Artist” (short fiction)

Andrew Holleran, “Grief” (fiction)

Jashub Israel, “From Hell to Harlem” (nonfiction)

Elizabeth Jacoway, “Turn Away Thy Son: Little Rock, the Crisis that Shocked the Nation” (nonfiction)

David Jauss, “You Are Not Here” (poetry)

Patricia Spears Jones, “Femme Du Monde” and “The Weather That Kills” (poetry)

Janis F. Kearney, “From Hope to Harlem” (nonfiction)

Nick Kotz, “Judgment Days: Lyndon Banes Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Laws That Changed America” (nonfiction) presented by the Clinton School of Public Policy

Sandy Longhorn, “Blood Almanac” (poetry)

Reginald Martin, “A Deeper Shade of Sex” (anthology)

Roland Mesnier, “Dessert University” (cookbook) and “All the President's Pastries” (memoir)

Kareem Moody, “Raise Them Up: The Real Deal on Reaching Unreachable Teens” (nonfiction)

Alison Moore, “The Middle of Elsewhere” (nonfiction)

Jack Pendarvis, “The Mysterious Secret of the Valuable Treasure” (short fiction)

Ron Rash, “The World Made Straight: A Novel” (fiction)

Jonathan Reynolds, “Wrestling With Gravy: A Life, With Food” (memoir)

Michelle Richmond, “The Year of Fog” (fiction)

Tom Schaller, “Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South” (nonfiction)

Charles J. Shields, “Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee” (biography)

Hampton Sides, “Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West” (fiction)

Milton Viorst, “Storm From the East: The Struggle Between the Arab World and the Christian West” (nonfiction)

Allison Wallace, “A Keeper of Bees: Notes on Hive and Home” (nonfiction)

Michael Wallis, “Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride” (nonfiction)

Frank Warren, “The Secret Lives of Men and Women” (nonfiction)

Miller Williams, “Making A Poem: Some Thoughts about Poetry and the People Who Write It” (poetry)

Daniel Woodrell, “Winter's Bone” (fiction)

Randall Woods, “LBJ: Architect of American Ambition” (nonfiction)

Children’s book authors

Faith Anaya, chef and teacher of “KIDS COOK!”

Rick Anderson, illustrator, “Natural Numbers: An Arkansas Number Book”

Cheryl Barnes, “Woodrow the White House Mouse”

Jackie Mims Hopkins, “The Gold Miner's Daughter: A Melodramatic Fairy Tale”

Grace Howell, “True Friends” (fifth- and sixth-grade readers, ages 10-12, historical fiction)

Greg Leitich Smith and Cynthia Leitich Smith, “Santa Knows”

Brian and Terri Kinder (songs and fun for kids of all ages)

Walter Mayes, author, storyteller, workshop Leader, “Walter the Giant Storyteller's Giant Stories” (grades pre-K-2)

Darcy Pattison, “19 Girls and Me” (grades pre-K through 2, fiction)

Deborah Wiles, “Love, Ruby Lavender” (ages 8-12)

Professional Development Workshop leaders

Tricia Suellentrop, speaking on her work in using literature with troubled teens

Alison Moore, multi-media presentation and discussion, “Riders on the Orphan Train”

Walter Mayes, author, storyteller, workshop leader, “Valerie and Walter's Best Books for Children”

Christy Brawner, “How to be Spiritual Without Being Weird: 12 Core Values for Thriving in the Modern World” (nonfiction)

Melanie Sue Bowles, “The Horses of Proud Spirit” (nonfiction)

Festival Author Session Venues
Main Library of Central Arkansas Library System; Clinton Presidential Center; Cox Creative Center; Historic Arkansas Museum; Pyramid Art, Books and Custom Framing, and River Market Clark Room (third floor above Boulevard Bread).

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