2008 Arkansas Literary Festival Schedule of Events 

SWEET: Chef Mesnier talks cake.
  • SWEET: Chef Mesnier talks cake.


Noon: “Thirty Ways of Looking at Hillary.” Susan Morrison presents writings by noted authors, Darragh Center, Main Library.

6 p.m., 7:15 p.m.: National Public Radio's “The Book Guys.” Darragh Center, Main Library. Call 918-3029 for reservations.


Noon: “Writing About Religion for a Popular Audience.” Cecil Murphey, Robert L. Short. Main Library.

5:30 p.m.: “Rethinking Religion and Politics.” E.J. Dionne Jr., Clinton School of Public Service.

7 p.m.: Festival Author Party. Lafayette Building, $55-$100.


All day: “Literature Live!” Street performers read from festival authors works. River Market East Pavilion, Rock Street in front of Main Library.

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Professional development workshop: “Cultural Competence: Critical Times, Critical Issues.” Donna Elam, Clinton Presidential Library Classroom. Reservations encouraged.

9:30 a.m.: “Dogs and Their People.” Sonny Brewer, Beth Finke, Main Library.

9:30 a.m.: “Get It Write ... Or Else.” Elise Blackwell, Tito Perdue, Cox Creative Center.

9:30 a.m.: “Delta Roots.” Margaret Jones Bolsterli, Main Library.

10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Kids' Session: “Hands On Literacy Activities.” Historic Arkansas Museum.

10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Kids' session: “Read to a Stallion.” 1850s Farmstead.

10 a.m.: Kids' session: “No Brats Allowed.” Kimberly Willis Holt, Ottenheimer Theater, HAM.

10 a.m., 1 p.m.: Kids' Session: “Puppetry: Snow White in the Dog House.” Sturgis Gallery, HAM.

10 a.m.: Kids' session: “Once Upon a Time There Was a Story Which Wanted to be Told.” Crescent Dragonwagon, Trinity Gallery, HAM.

10 a.m.: Writing workshop: “Hammer and Nail: Building Better Writing.” Joey Cole, Fribourgh Room, Main Library. Reservations encouraged.

10 a.m.: “Falling in Love with the Crescent City.” Sara Roahen, River Market Clark Room.

10:30 a.m.-noon: Professional development workshop: “Black Stallion-Inspired Literacy in the Classroom.” Larry Bramblett, Peg Smith Room, HAM. Reservations encouraged.

10 a.m.: Reader's Theatre Competition. High school student writers. Willy D's.

10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.: Kids' Session: “Storytime with the Characters: Sarah, Plain and Tall.” Hands On History Room, HAM.

10:30 a.m.: Workshop for teens: “Introduction to Verbal Self-Defense: No Bullying Allowed (Aloud).” Suzette Haden Elgin, Cromwell Hall, HAM.

11 a.m., 2 p.m.: Kids' Session: “Puppetry: Fairytale Theater.” Sturgis Gallery, HAM.

11 a.m., 2 p.m.: Kids' Session: “Storytime with the Characters: Mother Goose.” Hands On History Room, HAM.

11 a.m.: Kids' session: “Adventures Abound.” Trenton Lee Stewart, Ottenheimer Theater, HAM.

11 a.m.: Writing Workshop. “Getting It Out There.” Caroline C. Lewis, Fribourgh Room, Main Library. Reservations encouraged.

11 a.m.: “Girl Empower.” M. Gigi Durham, Main Library.

11 a.m.: “Rising Star.” Tony Earley, Cox Creative Center.

11 a.m.: “The True Story of Reconstruction.” Douglas A. Blackmon, Pyramid Books.

11:30 a.m.: Kids' session: “Dog Tales.” Beth Finke and seeing-eye dog Hanni, Trinity Gallery, HAM.

Noon: Kids' session: “Black Stallion Rides Again.” 1850s Farmstead.

Noon: Writing workshop: “Nothing New under the Sun: Lyrics Together.” Wade Derden, Angie Macri, Fribourgh Room, Main Library. Reservations encouraged.

12:30 p.m.: “Let Us Eat Cake.” Roland Mesnier, River Market Clark Room, $12.

12:30 p.m.: “Mom-oir.” Kelly Corrigan, Main Library.

12:30 p.m.: “Why People Behave Badly.” Barbara Oakley, Cox Creative Center.

12:30 p.m.: “The African-American Experience in Fiction.” Tina McElroy Ansa, Pyramid Books.

1-3 p.m.: Professional development workshop: “How to Travel to Texas without Leaving your School.” Kimberly Willis Holt, Peg Smith Room, HAM. Reservations encouraged.

1 p.m.: Kids' session: “Prey.” Lurlene McDaniel, Ottenheimer Theater, HAM.

1 p.m.: Kids' session: “Science, Machines And More!” Linda D. Williams, Trinity Gallery, HAM.

1 p.m.: Writing workshop: “As is Painting, So is Poetry: A Conversation Between a Poet and a Painter.” Antoinette Brim, David Warren, Fribourgh Room, Main Library. Reservations encouraged.

2 p.m.: Kids' session: “Crossword Puzzles for the Family.” Trinity Gallery, HAM.

2 p.m.: Kids' session: “A New ‘Pecking Order.' ” Jacques Couvillion, Ottenheimer Theater, HAM.

2 p.m.: “Crossword Puzzles for All.” Jan Buckner Walker, Historic Arkansas Museum. Reservations encouraged.

2 p.m.: Reception for Teen Literary Champions. Main Library.

2 p.m.: “Being the Queen Mother.” Jill Conner Browne, Main Library.

2 p.m.: “Men and Their Novels: Does Gender Matter?” Brad Land, Cox Creative Center.

3 p.m.: Kids' session: “Making Dreams Come True.” Richard Mason, Ottenheimer Theater, HAM.

3 p.m.: Kids' session: “Whoooooa, Domino!” Steve Whisnant, Trinity Gallery, HAM.

3 p.m.: “Food-Shelter-Story.” Crescent Dragonwagon, River Market Clark Room, $15.

3:30 p.m.: “The New Master of Noir.” Patrick McGrath, Darragh Center, Main Library.

3:30 p.m.: “Willie Nelson, American Legend.” Joe Nick Patoski, Cox Creative Center.

3:30 p.m.: “Sci-Fi Alive.” Suzette Haden Elgin, East Room, Main Library.

7 p.m.: “Pub or Perish.” Poetry and prose readings. Sticky Fingerz, 107 S. Commerce St.


1:30 p.m.: “Is Peace in the Middle East Possible?” Zachary Karabell, Cox Creative Center.

1:30 p.m.: “The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy.” Robert Leleux, East Room, Main Library.

1:30 p.m.: “A Poetic Trio: Home is Where the Art Is,” Greg Brownderville, Fribourgh Room, Main Library.

1:30 p.m.: “It's a Mystery.” Ace Atkins, East Room, Main Library.

3 p.m.: “Arkansas Fiction II.” Kevin Brockmeier, Darragh Center, Main Library.

3 p.m.: “Arkansas History.” Carolyn LeMaster, Cox Creative Center.

3 p.m.: “Freelancing as a Career Option.” Jay Jennings, Joe Nick Patoski, Rebecca Skloot, East Room, Main Library.

3 p.m.: “Muslim in the Midwest.” Mohja Kahf, Pyramid Books.

4:30 p.m.: “Arkansas Fiction III.” Donald Harington, Main Library, Darragh Center.


10:30 a.m.: 2008 Awards Ceremony. Arkansas Literary Councils Inc. honors Arkansans who've contributed to literacy in Arkansas, State Capitol Rotunda.


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