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Mark Barr's "Watershed" is electric

Barr has written an outstanding novel about characters he deeply cares about. That devotion, in turn, has allowed him to craft a delightful story about this country’s very first experience with a transformative technology, and about the lives of people who made up the first cross-over generation — those before and after the introduction of electricity.

Kai Coggin's "Incandescent" burns brightly

In “Incandescent,” the voices behind the poems are passionate. They don’t over-rationalize humanity or pan its essence through long-winded metaphors. Sometimes they’re overcome with uncontrollable emotion. Sometimes they can’t say anything at all. Sometimes they find fire and life in the unexpected, in a slosh of memory, in the cycles of the natural world.

'Stonewall 50': Five Questions with Seth Pennington of Sibling Rivalry Press

"That’s why it’s so important to open the floor to everyone, to make a space for queer art — everyone has a story but not everyone will share it if they are not seen first," Pennington said. "If we nurture this community we have, if we can be brave in that way, what I hope most: more queer people will stay."

George Takei’s “They Called Us Enemy” exhumes Rohwer, comic book-style

In “They Called Us Enemy,” the “Star Trek” actor’s new graphic novel memoir from Top Shelf, Takei tells the story of his family being removed from their homes in 1942 and sent by train to an internment camp — a euphemism, Takei notes archly, for imprisonment — in southeast Arkansas.
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A forgotten classic

Tom Graves' comic novel 'Pullers' is set in the world of competitive arm wrestling.

Review: 'Don't Start Me Talkin'

By Tom Williams, Curbside Splendor Publishing, $15.96 (paperback).

Pollan to WAC, Harris to Blytheville

Plus, Douglas Blackmon and Books in Bloom in Eureka Springs.

January book calendar

Trista Harris, Jay Ruud and more.
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December book calendar

Food for fines and more.

October book events

Nate Powell's new one

And a new teen section for the Main Library.

Jo McDougall's latest

Better known as an accomplished poet, Jo McDougall has turned her considerable talent to writing a memoir about the vibrant rice farm where she grew up in Southeast Arkansas.
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William B. Downs discusses Arkansas in the Great Depression

Among other visiting authors in the month of June.

Joe Yonan, author of "Serve Yourself," comes to the Clinton School

Among other visiting authors in the month of May.

Dean Faulkner Wells, niece of William, visits Wordsworth

And more visiting authors in the month of April.

The debut of Toad Suck Review, Nicholas Sparks to UCA and more.

The new incarnation of the UCA Department of Writing-based Exquisite Corpse Annual, will celebrate its release on Friday, March 4, with the "Toad Suck Review Launchapalooza" on the rooftop of Michelangelo's in Conway.

Book Notes, Feb. 2

The big release of the month came earlier this week, when Pantheon released "The Illumination," the latest novel from Little Rock author Kevin Brockmeier.

New high profile cookbooks and Arkansas history books.

P. Allen Smith and Maya Angelou, two Arkansas celebrities perhaps not thought of primarily as chefs, released cookbooks late last year.

Book Notes, Dec. 2

Mark Spitzer, Marshall Chapman and other upcoming author events in and around Central Arkansas.

Book Notes, Nov. 4

Sedaris, birding and all the month's book events.
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