Friday, April 9, 2010

Friday Ark. Lit Fest Picks: Ken Gormley and more

Posted By on Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 10:38 AM

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KEN GORMLEY
Clinton School, Sturgis Hall, noon.

A constitutional law professor and the dean of Duquesne University law school, Gormley followed up his acclaimed biography of Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox with the recently released “The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr.” Reviewers — including Max Brantley in the Times' — agree: It's the tome to end all tomes on White Water. “Exhaustive” is a word that comes up often. Janet Maslin, reviewing the book in The New York Times, wrote, “There are times when this book seems akin to climbing Mt. Everest in house slippers: impressive but not entirely necessary.” But here's betting plenty of folks around here are revisit those Ken Starr-plagued times, gory details and all.

ALSO: Steve Weinberg discusses his book “Taking on the Trust” about pioneering muckraker Ida M. Tarbell, who exposed Standard Oil's unethical business practices in the early 20th century (Ottenheimer Theater, Historic Arkansas Museum, 2:30 p.m.). And the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center hosts a forum on African-American fiction, with Daniel Black, RM Johnson and Alice Randall (5:30 p.m.).

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