Fayetteville 2016 True Lit Festival Celebrates Reading and Writing

True Lit: Fayetteville’s Literary Festival will be held Monday, October 17, through Thursday October 27 this fall. The literary festival in its third year, will offer a variety of events, including author talks, writing workshops, and more. True Lit is sponsored by the Fayetteville Public Library, Fayetteville Public Schools, Fayetteville Education Foundation, Fayetteville Montessori School, and the University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing and Translation.

The festival organizers are proud to host award-winning children’s and young adult author Louis Sachar as the headliner for the festival this year. Sachar is best known for the Wayside School series and Holes, winner of both a Newbery Medal and a National Book Award.

Full schedule is available at http://www.truelitfest.com/schedule.

Soccer Under the Swastika Presented October 9 in Fayetteville

Soccer under the Swastika: Survival in Hitler’s Death Camps is presented Sunday, October 9 at 2:00pm. Stories of survival and resistance during wartime, drawn from a book by Dr. Kevin Simpson, professor of psychology at John Brown University, are presented and sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Arkansas, Arkansas Holocaust Education Committee, and the Arkansas Humanities Council. These accounts of survival and resistance challenge what you already know about World War II.

Contact ksmipson@jbu.edu for further information.

The program is free and open to the public; held in the Fayetteville Public Library, Walker Room, October 9.

Try FPL: Heartfulness Meditation

Try FPL series continues with Heartfulness Meditation on October 4, 6:30p at the Fayetteville Public Library. Amita Rathore guides this meditation process. Registration is required, you must be 16 years of age or older.

Heartfulness Meditation offers a simple and practical way to learn relaxation and heart-based meditation. The benefits of this practice […]

T2 Artist Forum with Director Michael Landman in Fayetteville

At 6:00 o’clock, October 4, in the Fayetteville Public Library, Ozarks at Large host Kyle Kellams at the Fayetteville Public Library has an intimate conversation with the director and cast of TheatreSquared’s I and You, a “sharp, fresh and funny new play about the existential crisis of being an almost-adult.” The play runs October […]

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.