A venture to this state park is on the must-do list for many, the park being the only spot in North America where you can dig for diamonds and other gemstones and keep your finds.
She's long been a bestselling author, but now with a successful television adaptation of her most popular franchise, Magnolia's Charlaine Harris is on her way to becoming a household name. In March, she was the first author to ever have seven books, all from her Southern Vampire series, on the New York Times bestseller list. And on Tuesday, the eighth book of her Sookie Stackhouse series, “Dead and Gone” (Ace Books, $25.95, hardcover), was released. It's about, at least in part, the death of a “werepanther.” Nuff said. “True Blood” returns to HBO June 14.
The UA Press has two new titles out. “Finding the Lost Year: What Happened When Little Rock Closed Its Public Schools” ($29.95, cloth), by UCA professor and documentarian Sondra Gordy, examines the Lost Year, 1958-59, when, following the desegregation crisis, Little Rock schools were closed to all students, both black and white. “Jim Crow America: A Documentary History” ($19.95, paper; $59.95, cloth), edited by Catherine M. Lewis and J. Richard Lewis, offers a collection of primary sources — from the likes of Marcus Garvey, Booker T. Washington and Langston Hughes — to tell the story of the Jim Crow era in American history.
Polly Price, the dean of faculty at Emory Law, will be at the Clinton School on May 12 to discuss her new book “Judge Richard S. Arnold: A Legacy of Justice on the Federal Bench” (Prometheus Books, $25.98, hardcover). Price draws on internal court documents, interviews with judges and law clerks and Arnold's diaries, to capture the late Arkansan and federal appeals court judge, who had he not been in poor health in 1994 likely would've made it to the Supreme Court.
On the horizon: Davy and Peter Rothbart, the guiding forces behind the always awesome FOUND magazine, come to the ACAC on June 1 in support of their new book, “Requiem for a Paper Bag” (Simon and Schuster, $15.99, paperback). Like previous work, it's a collection of found pictures, notes and stories, but this time a lot of contributions come from celebrities like Seth Rogen and David Simon (of “The Wire”).
Fans of David Sedaris, better get them while they're still available. Tickets, to see the humorist speak at Pulaski Academy's Connor Performing Arts Center on Hinson Road on Sunday, Oct. 11, are on sale now at any Central Arkansas Library Branch or by calling 918-3098 or 918-3009 and charging with a credit card (there's a $5 convenience fee for going that route). They're $40 to $50.