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

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.

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, […]

Gathering of the Groups with Bryan Stevenson in Fayetteville

Bryan Stevenson

Fayetteville Public Library hosts the annual Gathering of the Groups with featured speaker Bryan Stevenson on Friday, November 4th, 2016 at 11:30 in the Walker Community Room. Bryan Stevenson is the author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption A moderated discussion will be led by KUAF’s News Director, Kyle Kellams. The Gathering of the Groups is open to members of Arkansas book groups. The program is free and a light lunch will be provided. Registration is required and will begin on October 10th.

Just Mercy is being read throughout Northwest Arkansas as part of the One Book, One Community Project. For further information on all events connected to this program go to

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of consipiracy, political machinations, and legal brinksmanship-and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

Just Mercy was named one of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Seattle Times among others, and winner of numerous awards, including: the Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction, the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction, and Books for a Better Life. Bryan Stevenson has also received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant.

Registration begins Monday, October 10, 2016 through FPL at 9:00am

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Pickin’ Post from Mike Shirkey with Steve Davison and Ken Bonfield

Pickin’ Post radio show host Mike Shirkey presents Steve Davison with Ken Bonfield in concert, Friday, October 21 at 7:30pm in the Walker Community Room of the Fayetteville Public Library.

On this musical evening, Davison and Bonfield will play solos and duets while on stage together. Expect music far ranging, from Celtic to Classical, including Blues, Folk, Country, and some good ol’ Travis thumbstyle fingerpicking. The music will be played on some amazing instruments – Bonfield’s Alan Carruth 11-string harp guitar, high-string, and baritone guitar and Davison’s Tony Yamamoto 12-string and his Sheldon Schwartz Oracle.

Steve Davison is a finger style guitarist who composes on both the 6 and 12 string guitar. An aging hipster, his musical career started at age 12 playing the drums in a multitude of rock and roll bands. At the tender age of 19 he saw a performance on solo acoustic guitar in Denton, Texas by a performer named Thom Ward (who he would really like to locate!) that changed his life. He put down the sticks and picked up the guitar and started a life long journey of discovery. His compositions are built around simple melodic structures and focus on the intimate qualities of the wooden guitar and the tonal possibilities of alternate tunings that give the guitar such an extraordinary range. His influences range from the jazz piano stylings of Claudia Burson (who taught him what was musical and what wasn’t) to the work of fingerstyle guitarists such as Leo Kotke, Ed Gerhard, Ken Bonfield, Peter Janson and Stephen Bennett.

Steve is a 2 time finalist and 2005 winner of the solo competition at the Arkansas Acoustic Music Festival and a finalist in the 2009 Merle Travis Fingerstyle Competition and the winner of the 2016 Merle Travis Fingerstyle Competition in the contemporary part of the competition. Mr. Davison was a featured performer on Arkansas Educational Network Television’s “AETN Presents” broadcast and his music was also used as a soundtrack for another AETN production, “The Historic Bridges of Arkansas”.

Fingerstyle Guitarist Ken Bonfield has performed throughout the United States for more than 20 years. Based in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Bonfield is a regular at guitar festivals, concert series, and acoustic venues across North America, and has released seven albums. His latest, Legacy, is a solo effort that focuses on harp and baritone guitars, with several new arrangements of original tunes Bonfield recorded on earlier albums. Although he came out of the 1960’s folk tradition, Bonfield was closely associated with new-age music in the mid 90’s. Today his sophisticated Americana compositions feature a solid dose of Celtic, jazz, and traditional folk influences that might best be described as American Baroque.

Tickets for this after hours event are $15 and available for purchase at the event. Doors open at 6:30pm and music is set to begin at 7:30pm.

UA Press and Jerry McConnell October 23, 2016

UA Press Spotlight: Jerry McConnell

Sun., Oct. 23, 2:00pm

Sunday, October 23 at 2:00pm Jerry McConnell appears at the Fayetteville Public Library with his book The Improbable Life of the Arkansas Democrat.  Based on more than one hundred interviews with employees of the Democrat, including editors, reporters, feature writers, cartoonists, circulation managers, business managers, salespeople, typesetters and others, from the 1930s through the early 1990s, when the Democrat took over the more prominent Arkansas Gazette after an aggressive newspaper war, the book is a tour du force.

Jerry McConnell, now retired, was a reporter and managing editor at the Arkansas Democrat, a sports writer at the Arkansas Gazette, and a sports editor at the Daily Oklahoman.  The event is free. A book signing follows the presentation as part of the True Lit Festival.

AETN Presents ‘Hamilton’s America’ at FPL

Sunday, October 16 at 2pm- 4pm the Fayetteville Public Library presents AETN to screen the film Hamilton’s America, a documentary that delves into the creation of the Broadway sensation Hamilton. Featuring footage from the original New York cast, this film also offers interviews with historians, politicians, and musicians that demonstrate just how timeless the […]

Fayetteville True Lit Festival with William Bernhardt Workshop “Fundamentals of Fiction”

William Bernhardt

New York Times bestselling author William Bernhardt offers “Fundamentals of Fiction” Thursday, October 20 in the Fayetteville Public Library Walker Community Room. This presentation/workshop is lecture, discussion and group interactive with a focus on story structure, characters, and plot. Additionally, participants may bring their works-in-progress for discussion and feedback.

William Bernhardt is author of more than forty books, including the blockbuster Ben Kincaid series, the historical novel Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness, a book of poetry The White Bird and a series of books on fiction writing. He founded the Red Sneaker Writing Center and hosts writing workshops and small-group seminars across the nation. This workshop is free; registration required beginning Monday, October 3, 2016 – 9:00am to Monday, October 17, 2016 – 8:00pm through FPL site.