Calling Nonfiction Writers

2017 Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference, May 26 – 27, Point Park Univ., Pittsburgh, PA. Looks like a great conference for nonfiction writers and those who love to write for magazines (like I do). The keynote is “The State of the American Magazine” led by editors from Esquire, Harper’s, the NY Times Magazine, the New Yorker, […]

Write Western

Western Writers of America Annual Convention, June 21 – 24, Marriott Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, MO. Exciting that this conference is held so close to NWAR this year. Lots of time to explore the history of Kansas City including a tour of the Arabia Steamboat Museum and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Sessions of […]

Poet Adamo Speaks at FayLib April 6

Poet Ralph Adamo

Poet Ralph Adamo will present a talk entitled Southern Expression at the Fayetteville Public Library on Thursday, April 6 at 6 p.m.

Adamo is the author of seven collections of poetry and is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts award for poetry and was the first-ever recipient of […]

An Evening with Ann Patchett

Fayetteville Public Library is proud to welcome Ann Patchett as the 2017 Fulbright Author on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 7:00pm.

Ann Patchett is a celebrated author, a devoted reader and a champion of literary culture. She is the author of seven novels, The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician’s Assistant, Bel Canto, Run, State of Wonder, and Commonwealth. She was the editor of Best American Short Stories, 2006, and has written three books of nonfiction–Truth & Beauty, What Now?, and This is the Story of a Happy Marriage.

A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Patchett has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including England’s Orange Prize, the PEN/Faulkner Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the American Bookseller’s Association’s Most Engaging Author Award, and the Women’s National Book Association’s Award. Her books have been both New York Times Notable Books and New York Times bestsellers. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages.

In November, 2011, she opened Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, with her business partner Karen Hayes. She has since become a spokesperson for independent booksellers, championing books and bookstores. In 2012 she was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Ann Patchett lives in Nashville with her husband, Karl VanDevender, and their dog, Sparky.

Theater Squared Artist Forum Presents Lisa D’Amour

KUAF’s Kyle Kellams in conversation with Lisa D’Amour that at the Fayetteville Public Library February 9 at 6:30p, will focus on the wide range of her playwriting work. Her work includes Detroit, her hugely original interdisciplinary work for which she nominated for Pultizer Prize, her eight-hour How to Build a Forest, and Milton, a community […]

UA Press and Fayetteville Public Library Present Novelist Hisham Matar

Novelist Hisham Matar discusses his new memoir, The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between on Tuesday, December 6 at 6:00 pm in the Fayetteville Public Library.

Twenty-two years after his father’s kidnapping and disappearence, Hisham Matar returns to Libya searching for answers and trying to discover how to process his feelings of love, […]

T2 Artist Forum at Fayetteville Public Library

Ozarks at large host Kyle Kellams in conversation with Robert Ford, novelist, playwright and TheatreSquared artistic director, December 7 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. T2 presents an adaption of Dickens’ Great Expectations for the theater’s current season. Robert Ford and Kyle Kellams discuss the joys and perils of adapting a beloved classic for the stage, how […]

Pickin’ Post Mike Shirkey Hosts John McCutchins

Pickin’ Post radio show Mike Shirkey will host John McCutcheon, Friday, November 11 at 7:00pm in the Fayetteville Public Library. The Washington Post described John as folk music’s “Rustic Renaissance Man,” a moniker flawed only by its understatement.

“Calling John McCutcheon a ‘folksinger’ is like saying Deion Sanders is just a football player…” (Dallas Morning News). John is a whirlwind of energy packing five lifetimes into one. In the past few years alone he has headlined over a dozen different festivals in North America (including repeated performances at the National Storytelling Festival), recorded an original composition for Virginia Public Television involving over 500 musicians, toured Australia for the sixth time, toured Chile in support of a women’s health initiative, appeared in a Woody Guthrie tribute concert in New York City, gave a featured concert at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, taught performance art skills at a North Carolina college, given symphony pops concerts across America, served as President of the fastest-growing Local in the Musicians Union and performed a special concert at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. This is all in his “spare time.” His “real job,” he’s quick to point out, is father to two grown sons.

But it is in live performance that John feels most at home. It is what has brought his music into the lives and homes of one of the broadest audiences any folk musician has ever enjoyed. People of every generation and background seem to feel at home in a concert hall when John McCutcheon takes the stage, with what critics describe as “little feats of magic,” “breathtaking in their ease and grace…,” and “like a conversation with an illuminating old friend.” Learn more about John McCutcheon’s at http://www.folkmusic.com/

Due to increased demand for this event, registration is requested. Tickets for this after hours event are $20 and available for purchase at the event. Doors open at 6:30pm and music is set to begin at 7 p.m.

http://fplwebapps.faylib.org/events/event_registration/register.asp?event_id=460

Lori Ericson at FPL and 2nd Sunday Author Series

Local Author Lori Ericson appears at the Fayetteville Public Library 2nd Sunday Author Series November 13 from 2:00pm-4:00pm in the Walker Community Room. Lori will give a book talk on her first mystery thriller “A Lovely County”.

The sadistic murder of a young boy and corruption at the county jail have small town reporter Danni Edens scrambling to beat the competition to the story and redeem her tattered career. But a brutal attack comes with a message to stop snooping around. She has already uncovered appalling privileges given to inmates, and now wonders what other secrets can be discovered. As she digs deeper, Danni must decide how far she’s willing to go to get the story.

Her second novel “A Lovely Murder” is due out in November.

Lori Ericson was raised in her family owned cemetery in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She earned a journalism and English degree from the University of Arkansas, and spent nearly twenty years as a newspaper reporter winning several journalism awards from the Arkansas Press Association and the Associated Press, and a national award from the Press Women of America, under the byline Lori Harrison-Stone. She’s now writing fiction and working as a city planner for a city that served as her beat for a number of years.

Books will be available for sale and signing after her presentation.

UA Press Author Showcase with Leonard Schwartz

Sunday, November 6 at 2:00 pm for the Fayetteville Public Library University of Arkansas Press Author Showcase featuring Leonard Schwartz. He will discuss his latest book, The New Babel: Toward a Poetics of the Mid-East Crises. This work explores –from a Jewish American perspective and in the forms of poetry, essays, and interviews–the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, […]