Unless otherwise indicated, event is a reading and/or book signing. Call the location for details. To list your event in this calendar, contact Jim Harris at “Books,” Arkansas Times, P.O. Box 34010, Little Rock, AR 72203 or by phone (501) 375-2985, fax (501) 375-3623 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
8 Gloria Lewis (“Rain on Red Clay”), 5-6:30 p.m., WW
9 Jay Barth (“Politics and Governments of the American States”), 3-4:30 p.m., WW
11 David Sedaris will read selections from his “Barrel Fever” and “Naked,” 7 p.m., Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, $35, $30, $25. 479-443-5600
12 Jay Feldman (“When the Mississippi Ran Backwards: Empire, Intrigue, Murder and the New Madrid Earthquakes”), 5 p.m., TBIB
13 Lolly Winston (“Good Grief”), 5 p.m., TBIB
14 Jim Morgan (“Chasing Matisse: A Year in France Living My Dream”), 4:30-6 p.m., WW; Michael Perry (“Off Main Street: Barnstormers, Prophets and Gatemouth’s Gator, Essays”), 6 p.m., TBIB
15-17 Arkansas Literary Festival. Main Library and other venues in the River Market District. Free readings, presentations and panel discussions featuring authors and poets from all genres. Party and book signing with participating authors Friday, 6 p.m. at Trapnall Hall, 623 E. Capitol Ave. is $40 per person. Gala at the Clinton Presidential Center at 6 p.m. Saturday featuring William F. Buckley, Jr. is $125 per person. Free pub crawl on Friday night sponsored by the Arkansas Times. All festival proceeds benefit Arkansas Literacy Councils. 663-4321 or www.arkansasliteraryfestival.org.
16 Stuart Woods (“Two Dollar Bill”), 3-4:30 p.m., WW
18 James Morgan (“Chasing Matisse: A Year in France Living My Dream”), 6 p.m., TBIB
19 Haven Kimmel (“Something Rising (Light and Swift),” 6 p.m., TBIB; Wordsworth Bookclub, 7-8 p.m., WW
21 Cynthia DeHaven Pitcock, Bill J. Gurley (“I Acted From Principle”), 7 p.m., TBMP
26 Joshilyn Jackson (“Gods In Alabama”), 6 p.m., TBIB
28 Jo McDougall (“Satisfied With Havoc”) and film presentation of “Emerson County Shaping Dream, 7 p.m., TBMP
30 Jay Barth (“Arkansas Politics and Government”), 3 p.m., TBIB
1 “Books in Bloom,” the Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation’s first literary festival. Crescent Hotel garden, Eureka Springs, 1 p.m. Includes short presentations by C.D. Wright, Jennifer Paddock, Lynn Hightower, Steven Foster, Crescent Dragon and several local writers. Festival includes children’s tent with continuous storytimes and crafts. Authors’ reception at 5 p.m., $35, 1-870-423-5300 or visit the web site at www.booksinbloom.org.
Every Tuesday Little Rock Chess Association, learn how to play or enjoy a friendly game, 7-10:30 p.m., BN (no meeting the week of Christmas); Children’s Storytime, 10 a.m., BN; Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m., BAM
Every Thursday Storytime, 10 a.m., BN, Yu-Ghi-Oh reading group, 6 p.m., BN
Every Thursday morning Books-a-Million Buddies (geared to elementary and pre-school children), call Pam for reservations, 771-7581
Every Saturday Themed storytime, 10:30 a.m., BAM; Cranium Night, 6 p.m., BN
Every second and fourth Thursday C.U.R.E. meeting, 7 p.m., BN
BAM: Books-A-Million, 2747 Lakewood Village Drive, NLR, 771-7581
BREN: Brentano’s Bookstore, Park Plaza, 663-0324
BN: Barnes & Noble-Chenal, 11500 Financial Centre Parkway, 954-7648
BN-NLR: Barnes & Nobel-North Little Rock, 4000 McCain Blvd.
LB: Lorenzen & Co. Booksellers, 7509 Cantrell Road, 663-8811
PA: Pyramid Art, Books and Custom Framing, Museum Center, 500 E. Markham St., Suite 110, 372-5824
RMBG: River Market Books and Gifts, Cox Creative Center, 120 Commerce St., 918-3093
TBMP: That Bookstore at Mountebanq Place, 1107 Oak St., Conway, 888-287-7791
TBIB: That Bookstore in Blytheville, 316 W. Main St., Blytheville, 870-763-3333
T&T: Tyler and Tyler Booksellers, 4558 JFK Blvd., NLR, 753-8530
WALD: Waldenbooks, McCain Mall, 758-5447
WW: Wordsworth Books & Co., 5920 R St., 663-9198
The House completed action today on Sen. Trent Garner's SB 522, intended to discourage "mass picketing," a piece of legislation similar to many being passed by Republicans lawmakers nationwide to tamp down political demonstrations. The vote was 58-22.
Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled today that he had no choice based on a past Arkansas Supreme Court decision but to dismiss a lawsuit by Death Row inmates seeking to challenge the constitutionality of the state's lethal injection process.But the judge did so unhappily with sharp criticism of the Arkansas Supreme Court for failing to address critical points raised in the lawsuit.