- LANIER'S JOURNEY: As one of the Little Rock Nine.
September's a big month for Arkansas books. Coinciding with the 52nd anniversary of the desegregation of Central High, two of the Little Rock Nine will be in town to discuss their new memoirs. Terrence Roberts, whose “Lessons from Little Rock” (Butler Center Books, $24.95, cloth) will be distributed in October, will give a talk at the Arkansas Studies Institute at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22. Carlotta Walls LaNier, whose “A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High” (Random House, $26, hardcover) was published late last month, will speak at the Clinton School for Public Service's Sturgis Hall at 6 p.m. Sept. 24. In between, at 5 p.m. Sept. 23, Roberts, LaNier and author Robert Paul Walker will join at the Central High School Visitor's Center to sign copies of their respective books.
The latest from Arkansas treasure Donald Harington came out earlier this week. In “Enduring” (Toby Press, $24.95, hardcover), the Fayetteville novelist continues his exploration of Stay More, the fictional Ozarks town he created some 40 years ago and the setting of most of his novels. Latha Bourne, the first character the author created (in 1970's “Lightning Bug”), who's reappeared in a number of his books, receives the full treatment in “Enduring.”
Down the road a bit: Random House publishes John Grisham's next book, “Ford County,” on Nov. 3. In the short story collection, Grisham returns to Ford County, Miss., the setting of his first novel, “A Time to Kill.”
Finally, don't overlook author and NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu's appearance at the Faulkner County Library on Friday at 7 p.m. He'll be discussing his book, “The Posthuman Dada Guide.” Call 501-327-7482 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.