David McCombs Poetry Reading at Fayetteville Public Library

Sunday, October 2 at 2pm in the Fayetteville Public Library Davis McCombs presents his new poetry book, lore. This collection won the Agha Shahid Ali Prize from the University of Utah Press.

“Drawn from the rich folk traditions of his native Mammoth Cave region in Kentucky as well as the folklore of his adopted […]

FPL 2nd Sunday Local Author Series with Zan Jarvis

September 2nd Sunday local author Zan Jarvis for a presentation of her first novel “River and the Lost” in the Fayetteville Public Library’s Walker Room September 9 at 2:00 pm.

Fourteen-year old River gets a message from the Spirit World that she must recover lost “treasure”.  Without knowing what she seeks, she embarks on a journey into an unknown realm. As the tale unfolds, River finds she is the only hope for energizing the ancient birthright-power of all things female and restoring wholeness to our natural world.

Zan has written everything from advertising copy and radio newscasts to magazine articles and sports coverage. In Fayetteville, her byline has appeared in the Free Weekly and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. She has produced features for the Ozark at Large radio show on KUAF. Jarvis has been a Fayetteville resident since 1978.

After her lecture books will be available for sales and signing.

Song Lyrics and StoryTelling with Kate Campbell and the Pickin’ Post

Fayetteville Public Library and Pickin’ Post radio show host Mike Shirkey present Kate Campbell in concert, Friday, September 9th at 7:30pm.
Kate Campbell is the kind of artist who steps to the beat of a different drummer. Over the course of 20+ years, she has resisted the temptation to follow musical trends but instead chooses to set the pace for her unique musical journey. This distinction is palpable in her latest release, The K.O.A. Tapes (Vol. 1).

Kate’s endearing, clear-water vocal delivery and her eloquent gift for storytelling have drawn repeated comparisons to such bastions of the Southern literary tradition as Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty, and William Faulkner. Her easy command of a full range of American musical styles has earned Campbell recognition as a formidable talent by critics.  Perhaps Roots Time best summarized the extensive arc of Kate’s 18-album career by stating, “What a great talent Kate Campbell represents is made clear by the legends in music that appear as guest artists on her albums.” Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Nanci Griffith, Guy Clark, Maura O’Connell, John Prine, Mac McAnally, Buddy Miller, Spooner Oldham, and the heart of the Muscle Shoals classic soul and R&B hit-making machine are both admirers and collaborators in her distinctly literate musical vision.
To learn more visit http://www.katecampbell.com/. 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.

Playwriting Master Class with Robert Schenkkan at FPL

Thursday, August 25 at 5:00 pm PLAYWRITING MASTER CLASS with award winning playwright, Robert Schenkkan happens at the Fayetteville Public Library. Open to all members of the writing community. Mr. Schenkkan will share his insights into the craft and art of playwriting. Come prepared to write. Class size will be limited and registration required.

Robert Schenkkan is a Pulitzer-prize winning, Tony Award winning, Writer’s Guild Award winning, two-time Emmy nominated writer of stage, television and film.  He is the author of fourteen original full-length plays, two musicals and a collection of one-act plays. He co-wrote the feature film, The Quiet American and Hacksaw Ridge, and his television credits include: All The Way, The Pacific, The Andromeda Strain and Spartacus.

Schenkkan will also be at the library for the T2 Artist Forum at 6:30 on August 25th. This event is open to the public.

Support for the Fayetteville Public Library and TheatreSquared is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Register at http://fplwebapps.faylib.org/events/event_registration/register.asp?event_id=431.

Second Sunday Local Author Series with Sarah Blossom Ware at FPL

Sunday, August 14 at 2:00pm Sarah Blossom Ware will discuss her book Hillbilly Justice on the School Bus. Hillbilly Justice is a delightful snapshot memoir about growing up as a hillbilly in the Ozark Foothills of Northwest Arkansas, weaving history and humor to honor the wonderfully unique and resourceful hill people of the Ozarks. […]

J. B. Hogan: Past, Present and Future

On September 10, 2015, from 2-4 p.m. in the Walker Room of the Fayetteville Public Library, J.B  Hogan will roll out his latest novel, Tin Hollow, a tale of  life in  small Arkansas town.

When a popular minor league baseball player is found murdered in an alley just inside the Black area of segregated Jefferson, Arkansas in 1935, would be lawyer Carl Tatum is enlisted by the white police department to help solve the crime. What Tatum, educated at Howard University but denied the opportunity to practice law in his home state, discovers on his way to the truth about the murder nearly costs him his life and exposes a level of vice that threatens to bring down the corrupt power structure of this small backwoods town.

J. B. Hogan grew up in Fayetteville and returned home some dozen years ago. Since then he has immersed himself in local history and preservation and has served as president of the Washington County Historical Society and chairman of the Fayetteville Historic District Commission. He has given local history presentations at a number of venues in town and taught several classes for the University of Arkansas Continuing Education OLLI program.

J. B. Hogan has had over 250 stories and poems and seven books published including Losing Cotton (novel), The Rubicon (poems and short fiction) and Fallen (short fiction) from Oghma Creative Media. His books The Apostate (novella and long stories) and Angels in the Ozarks (local baseball history) were published by Pen-L Publishing. His latest book, Tin Hollow (mystery/suspense novel), will be released by Oghma Creative Media September 3, 2016.

A book signing and sales will follow the event.

UA Press Showcase Author Brooks Blevins

The University of Arkansas Press Author Showcase series continues on Tuesday, August 9 at 6:00pm in the Fayetteville Public Library. This quarterly series is designed to showcase the amazing talent that the University of Arkansas Press publishes each year.

Professor Brooks Blevins discusses  the new book, Back Yonder, which spotlights the classic Ozark writer Charles Wayman Hogue.  This is the first book in the Chronicles of the Ozarks series, which aims to make classic Arkansasan works available to modern readers.

Hogue’s stories of growing up in the Ozarks were widely acclaimed and the New York Times said he could “brilliantly illuminate mountain life to its very heart and in its most profound aspects.”  Back Yonder is a memoir of rural life in Arkansas during the post-Civil War era that shows a family making its way in rugged, impoverished, and sometimes violent place.

Brooks Blevins, who provides the introduction to the book, is a native of the Arkansas Ozarks and is the Noel Boyd Professor Ozarks Studies at Missouri State University.  His books include Ozark favorites such as Arkansas/Arkansaw: How Bear Hunters, Hillbillies, and Good Ol’ Boys Defined a State; Hill Folks: A History of Arkansas Ozarkers, and Their Image; and, Ghost of the Ozarks: Murder and Memory in the Upland South.

Books will be available to purchase at the event.

University of Arkansas Press Spotlight Author Kelly Mulhollan June 29

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 – 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Walker Community Room
In 1979, Ed Stilley was leading a simple life as a farmer and singer of religious hymns in Hogscald Hollow, a tiny Ozark community south of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Life was filled with hard work and making do for Ed, his wife Eliza, and their five children, who lived in many ways as if the second half of the twentieth century had never happened.
But one day Ed’s life was permanently altered. While plowing his field, he became convinced he was having a heart attack. Ed stopped his work and lay down on the ground. Staring at the sky, he saw himself as a large tortoise struggling to swim across a river. On his back were five small tortoises—his children—clinging to him for survival. And then, as he lay there in the freshly plowed dirt, Ed received a vision from God, telling him that he would be restored to health if he would agree to do one thing: make musical instruments and give them to children.
And so he did. Beginning with a few simple hand tools, Ed worked tirelessly for twenty-five years to create over two hundred instruments, each a crazy quilt of heavy, rough-sawn wood scraps joined with found objects. A rusty door hinge, a steak bone, a stack of dimes, springs, saw blades, pot lids, metal pipes, glass bottles, aerosol cans—Ed used anything he could to build a working guitar, fiddle, or dulcimer. On each instrument Ed inscribed “True Faith, True Light, Have Faith in God.”
True Faith, True Light: The Devotional Art of Ed Stilley documents Ed Stilley’s life and work, giving us a glimpse into a singular life of austere devotion.
About the Authors
Kelly Mulhollan is a longtime musician and founding member of the award-winning band Still on the Hill. He is also a journeyman-level carpenter, and Ed Stilley’s friend of many years.
Kirk Lanier is a lifelong musician and photographer who lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Robert Cochran is professor and chair of American Studies at the University of Arkansas and director of the Center for Arkansas and Regional Studies.
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June 29 at 6:00 p. m. Kelly Mulhollan presents his new book on the life of Ed Stilley’s life. In 1979, Ed Stilley was leading a simple life as a farmer and singer of religious hymns in Hogscald Hollow, a tiny Ozark community south of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Life was filled with hard work and making do for Ed, his wife Eliza, and their five children, who lived in many ways as if the second half of the twentieth century had never happened.

But one day Ed’s life was permanently altered. While plowing his field, he became convinced he was having a heart attack. Ed stopped his work and lay down on the ground. Staring at the sky, he saw himself as a large tortoise struggling to swim across a river. On his back were five small tortoises—his children—clinging to him for survival. And then, as he lay there in the freshly plowed dirt, Ed received a vision from God, telling him that he would be restored to health if he would agree to do one thing: make musical instruments and give them to children.
And so he did. Beginning with a few simple hand tools, Ed worked tirelessly for twenty-five years to create over two hundred instruments, each a crazy quilt of heavy, rough-sawn wood scraps joined with found objects. A rusty door hinge, a steak bone, a stack of dimes, springs, saw blades, pot lids, metal pipes, glass bottles, aerosol cans—Ed used anything he could to build a working guitar, fiddle, or dulcimer. On each instrument Ed inscribed “True Faith, True Light, Have Faith in God.”
True Faith, True Light: The Devotional Art of Ed Stilley documents Ed Stilley’s life and work, giving us a glimpse into a singular life of austere devotion.
Kelly Mulhollan is a longtime musician and founding member of the award-winning band Still on the Hill. He is also a journeyman-level carpenter, and Ed Stilley’s friend of many years. Others working on the project include Kirk Lanier, a lifelong musician and photographer who lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas and Robert Cochran, professor and chair of American Studies at the University of Arkansas and director of the Center for Arkansas and Regional Studies.

The program at the Fayetteville Public Library Walker Room is free and open to the community

An Evening with Erik Larson at the Fayetteville Public Library April 1

Fayetteville Public Library will present An Evening with Erik Larson on Friday, April 1 with two separate events.

Free and open to the public is the FPL Author series with Erik Larson at 7:00pm on the Main Floor, Media Elllipse. Author of five New York Times bestsellers, most recently Dead Wake: The Last Crossing […]

Dr. Ethan Katz at FPL with Discussion on Jewish-Muslim Relations

The Fayetteville Public Library will host historian, Dr. Ethan Katz, for a discussion on Jewish-Muslim relations and of his latest book, The Burdens of Brotherhood: Jews and Muslims from North Africa to France, on Sunday, March 6 from 3 pm to 5 pm in the Walker Community Room.

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in France last year, much attention has been given to the relationship between Muslims and Jews. Headlines from France suggest Muslims have renewed an age-old struggle against Jews and that the two groups are once more at odds. Katz, an Associate Professor of History and Affiliated Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Cincinnati, says the past tells us a different story.

His new book, The Burdens of Brotherhood: Jews and Muslims from North Africa to France published by Harvard University Press, describes the history of the relations between France’s Jews and Muslims from World War I until the present. There were times in history when Jews and Muslims interacted as fellow immigrants instead of as members of opposing ethnic groups. He looks at the experiences of ordinary people to show how relations between Jews and Muslims were shaped by everyday encounters and by perceptions of their collective similarities and differences. Gradually things became more politicized, which lead to riots and strained relations.

Dr. Katz’s visit is sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Arkansas and the Jewish Federation of Arkansas. He will also speak at Temple Shalom on Sunday, March 6, at 7pm, and at the University of Arkansas on Monday, March 7, at 4:30pm in the Honors College Auditorium in Gearhart Hall.

Books will be available for purchase and signing following his talk.