Arkansas Literary Festival 2011 schedule 


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.


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.


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.

1 p.m.: Matt de la Pena on "I Will Save You." Moderator: Graham Gordy. Fifth floor, Main Library.

1 p.m.: John Brandon on "Citrus County." Moderator: Ty Jaeger. Third floor, Cox Creative Center.

1 p.m.: "Memoirs of Arkansas." Panel with Pat Carr, "One Page at a Time," and Jo McDougall, "Daddy's Money." Moderator: Phillip McMath. Ottenheimer Theatre, Historic Arkansas Museum.

2:30 p.m.: Eliza Griswold on "The Tenth Parallel." Moderator: Clea Bunch. Darragh Center, Main Library.

2:30 p.m.: Ace Collins on "Jefferson Burke and the Secret of the Lost Scroll." Moderator: Garry Craig Powell. Room 124, Arkansas Studies Institute.

2:30 p.m.: Raul Ramos y Sanchez on "House Divided." Moderator: Michel Liedermann. Fifth floor, Main Library.

2:30 p.m.: "Read This." Panel with "We Ate the Book." Moderator: Katherine Whitworth. Third floor, Cox Creative Center.

2:30 p.m.: Melanie Bowles on "The Dogs of Proud Spirit." Moderator: Ann Nicholson. Ottenheimer Theatre, Historic Arkansas Museum.

2:30 p.m.: James Marsh on "Snapshots of Vietnam." Moderator: Jeff Baskin. Starving Artist Cafe, 411 Main St., NLR.

2:30 p.m.: Thomas Chatterton Williams on "Losing My Cool: How a Father's Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture." Moderator: Jennifer "Coffy" Davis. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.

2:30 p.m.: "Baked." Workshop with Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito, "Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Revisited." 18th floor, 300 Third Tower.

3 p.m.: Live music by Steve Davison. Fourth and Main Streets, NLR.

4 p.m.: "Fantasy and Light." With Peter S. Beagle, "Sleight of Hand." Moderator: Kevin Brockmeier. Main Library, Darragh Center.

4 p.m.: Live music by Lark in the Morning. Fourth and Main Streets, NLR.

4 p.m.: "Primary Source Research." Workshop with Carla Killough McClafferty. Room 124,

Arkansas Studies Institute.

4 p.m.: Alanna Nash on "Baby Let's Play House: Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him." Moderator: Karen Martin. Fifth floor, Main Library.

4 p.m.: Brock Thompson on "The Un-Natural State." Moderator: Jeff Kosiorek. Third floor, Cox Creative Center.

4 p.m.: Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With the Wind." With Ellen Brown. Moderator: Bill Worthen. Ottenheimer Theatre, Historic Arkansas Museum.

4 p.m.: "The Music Session I: Folk." Len Holton of the Little Rock Folk Club opens for musician Si Kahn. Argenta Community Theater, NLR.

4 p.m.: Jay Jennings on Carry the Rock: Race, Football and the Soul of An American City. Moderator: Spirit Trickey. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.

5 p.m.: "The Music Session II: Country." David Frizzell sings classics. Argenta Community Theater, NLR.

5:30 p.m.: "The Great Migration." With Isabel Wilkerson, "The Warmth of Other Suns." Moderator: Shareese Kondo. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.

6 p.m.: "We Ate the Book with a Vintage Red." Readings by We Ate the Book. Zin Wine Bar, 300 River Market.

7 p.m.: "Charlaine Harris After Dark." Discussion with the author of the Sookie Stackhouse series. Christ Episcopal Church.

8 p.m.: "Pub or Perish." Readings by festival authors and open mic, sponsored by the Arkansas Times. Big Whiskey's, 225 E. Markham.

Family sessions

9 a.m.: Radio Disney's "Rockin' Road Show." Main Library, Count Pulaski Way.

9 a.m.: "Super Seuss Saturday." Alyse Eady, Miss Arkansas 2010, reads her favorite Dr. Seuss book. (RSVP to 748-0472.) Clinton Presidential Center.

9:30-noon: Shuttlecocks/Trolley Troupe. Impromptu performances by Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre and We Ate the Book during rides on designated trolley.

9:30 a.m.: The Kinders unplugged. A short, acoustic performance from the original duo. Youth Services, Main Library.

10 a.m.: "Wolfe at the Door" puppets. Master puppeteer Jan Wolfe performs. Youth Services, Main Library.

10:30 a.m.: "A Book Fiesta." Kids party to introduce 2011 Festival children's authors in an interactive way. Youth Services, Main Library.

1 p.m.: Children's Activity Hour. Crafts for kids. Youth Services, Main Library.

1 p.m.: "Tail Waggin' Tunes." Obedience-trained dogs that help children read in a non-threatening environment. Fourth and Main tent, NLR.

2 p.m.: "Arkansas Shakespeare-ience." Actors from the Arkansas Shakespeare Theater company bring the works of the Bard to life. Youth Services, Main Library.

2 p.m.: Midwest Winds. The Air Force Band's woodwind quintet performs. Fourth and Main tent, NLR.

3:30 p.m.: Youth Poetry Competition. Finalists chosen from CALS competitions compete for a grand prize. Youth Services, Main Library.

6:30 p.m.: "Super Fun Family Night" Speed drawing from Rich Davis. Youth Services, Main Library.


1:30 p.m.: David Frizzell on "I Love You a Thousand Ways." Moderator: Stephen Koch. Darragh Center, Main Library.

1:30 p.m.: "Loyalty, Failure and Honor." Panel with Carl Moneyhon, "Edmund J. Davis of Texas"; Mark Christ, "Civil War Arkansas 1863"; Lorien Foote, "The Gentlemen and the Roughs." Room 124, Arkansas Studies Institute.

1:30 p.m.: "Magamorphosis." Workshop with Paul Reyes, "Exiles in Eden." Fifth floor, Main Library.

1:30 p.m.: "Mysterious Insane Crocodiles." Panel with Suzanne Arruda, "The Crocodile's Last Embrace," and Sheldon Russell, "The Insane Train." Moderator: Sharon Lee. Third floor, Cox Creative Center.

1:30 p.m.: Janie & Wyatt Jones on "Arkansas Curiosities." Moderator: Maribeth Murray. Second floor, Main Library.

1:30 p.m.: "Making Good Songs Better." Workshop with folk musician Si Kahn. East Room, Main Library.

1:30 p.m.: "Toad Suck Review." Panel with the editors of Toad Suck Review. Ottenheimer Theatre, Historic Arkansas Museum.

1:30 p.m.: Tanner Critz on "End to Ending." Moderator: Joe Jacobs. Witt Stephens Jr. Nature Center.

1:30 p.m.: Daniel Seddiqui on "50 Jobs in 50 States." Moderator: Lance Turner. Youth Services, Main Library.

3 p.m.: John O'Hara on "A New American Tea Party." Moderator: Allen Kerr. Darragh Center, Main Library.

3 p.m.: "Write that Children's Book." Workshop with Darcy Pattison, "The Scary Slopes." Room 124, Arkansas Studies Institute.

3 p.m.: Alex Vernon on "Hemingway's Second War." Moderator: Jay Ruud. Fifth floor, Main Library.

3 p.m.: "Developing Intriguing Characters." Workshop with Suzanne Arruda, "The Crocodile's Last Embrace." Third Floor, Cox Creative Center.

3 p.m.: Robert L. Brown on "Defining Moments." Moderator: Jajuan Johnson. Second floor, Cox Creative Center.

3 p.m.: William Downs Jr. on "Stories of Survival: Arkansas Farmers during the Great Depression." Moderator: Neal Moore. East Room, Main Library.

3 p.m.: "Zombie/Austen Mashup." Panel with Robin Becker, "Brains," and Joan Ray, "Jane Austen for Dummies." Moderator: Stacey Jones. Ottenheimer Theater, Historic Arkansas Museum.

3 p.m.: "Fishtacular." Panel with Mark Spitzer, "Season of the Gar," and Keith Sutton, "Pro Tactics Catfish." Moderator: Steve "Wildman" Wilson. Witt Stephens Jr. Nature Center.

3 p.m.: Stacy Pershall on "Loud in the House of Myself." Moderator: Sally Browder. Youth Services, Main Library.


Noon: "Literature at Lunch." Benjamin Hale on "The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore." Moderator: Ross Cranford.


12:15 p.m.: "Literature at Lunch." Nate Powell, "Swallow Me Whole." Moderator: Mark Barnes, Jr.

5:30 p.m.: "Tales from the South." Radio show with writing contest winners. Starving Artist Cafe, 411 Main St., NLR.


7 p.m.: "An Evening with David Sedaris." Readings by the author of "Me Talk Pretty One day" and "Naked." Connor Performing Arts Center, Pulaski Academy. $40-$50.



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