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Arkansas Literary Festival 2011 schedule 

THURSDAY, APRIL 7

6 p.m.: Curtis Wilkie on "The Fall of the House of Zeus." Moderator: Skip Rutherford. Choctaw Station, Clinton Presidential Center.

7 p.m.: "Spoken Word Live!" Poetry competition. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, followed by after-party at New Mediums Art Lounge, 521 Center St.

7 p.m.: Mary Kwas on "A Pictorial History of Arkansas's Old State House: Celebrating 175 Years." The Old State House.

Family sessions

All day: Literacy on the Lawn. With First Lady Ginger Beebe and authors. Arkansas Governor's Mansion.

All day: Patricia McKissack, "Days of Jubilee." Clinton Presidential Center.

6:30 p.m.: "Super Family Fun Night." With illustrator Rich Davis, teaching Pick and Draw game. Youth Services Room, Main Library.

FRIDAY, APRIL 8

Noon: "Literature at Lunch." Kevin Brockmeier on "The Illumination." Moderator: Jeff Baskin. Argenta Community Theater, NLR.

6 p.m.: "A Prized Evening." Awarding the Porter and Worthen Literary Prizes and Thea Foundation scholarships. Darragh Center, Main Library.

7:30 p.m.: "Author! Author!" Cocktail reception with authors. Concordia Hall, Arkansas Studies Institute.

Family sessions

All day: The WITS Initiative. Authors in the schools, also April 11 and 12.

SATURDAY, APRIL 9

9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Street Festival. Musicians, sidewalk chalk art, Community Wall of Poetry, local artists selling wares, roaming storytellers, book-signings. Fourth and Main Streets, NLR.

10 a.m.: "Garden Grows." Panel with Janet Carson, "In the Garden," and Chris Olsen, "Five Seasons." Darragh Center, Main Library.

10 a.m.: "Your First Time." Panel with Eleanor Brown, "The Weird Sisters," and Kyran Pittman, "Planting Dandelions." Moderator: Amy Bradley-Hole. Room 124, Arkansas Studies Institute.

10 a.m.: Caleb Smith on "The Prison and the American Imagination." Moderator: Bobby Richards. Fifth floor, Main Library.

10 a.m.: "Portis." Panel with Graham Gordy, Jay Jennings and Kane Webb. Third floor, Cox Creative Center.

10 a.m.: "Teacher Training on Arkansas History I." With Tom Paradise, "Arkansas: An Illustrated Atlas." Moderator: Kay Bland. Ottenheimer Theatre, Historic Arkansas Museum.

10 a.m.: "Innocence and the Accused." Panel with Mara Leveritt, "Devil's Knot"; Fred B. McKinley, "A Plea for Justice"; and Cristi R. Beaumont. Moderator: John Hardin. Argenta Community Theater, NLR.

10 a.m.: "Fact into Fiction." Workshop with Laura Parker Castoro, "Love on the Line," and Phillip McMath, "The Broken Vase." The Creative Space, Fourth and Main Streets, NLR.

10 a.m.: Live music by Steve Bates. Fourth and Main Streets, NLR.

11 a.m.: Live music by Lyle Dudley. Fourth and Main Streets, NLR

11:30 a.m.: Michael Takiff on "A Complicated Man." Moderator: Kane Webb. Darragh Center, Main Library.

11:30 a.m.: Laura Browder on "When Janey Comes Marching Home." Moderator: Philip Martin. Room 124, Arkansas Studies Institute.

11:30 a.m.: Si Kahn on "Creative Community Organizing." Moderator: Bob Russell. Fifth floor, Main Library.

11:30 a.m.: "Non-fiction Graphic Novels." Panel with Josh Neufeld, "A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge," and Sean Fitzgibbon, "DomestiCATed." Moderator: Randy Duncan. Third floor, Cox Creative Center.

11:30 a.m.: "Teacher Training on Arkansas History II." With Janis Percefull, "Cedar Glades Express." Moderator: Kay Bland. Ottenheimer Theatre, Historic Arkansas Museum.

11:30 a.m.: "Perspectives in Poetry." Panel with Mary Angelino, Antoinette Brim, Angie Macri, Shin Yu Pai and Laura Newbern. THEA Center for the Arts, NLR.

11:30 a.m.: Laura Freeman-Hines on the "Nikki & Deja" series. Moderator: Quantia Fletcher. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.

11:30 a.m.: "Cooking with Vikings." Workshop with Elizabeth Heiskell, "Somebody Stole the Cornbread from My Dressing," and Lee Richardson, "Wild Abundance." 18th floor, 300 Third Tower.

Noon: Live Music by Mockingbird Hillbilly Band. Fourth and Main Streets, NLR.

1 p.m.: Ree Drummond on "The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels." Moderator: Lisa Fischer. Darragh Center, Main Library.

1 p.m.: "The Sports Book." Panel with John Rodwan Jr., "Fighters & Writers," and Bob Reising, "Chasing Moonlight." Moderator: Rex Nelson.

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