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.
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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.
"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."
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.
Tom Graves' comic novel 'Pullers' is set in the world of competitive arm wrestling.
By Tom Williams, Curbside Splendor Publishing, $15.96 (paperback).
Plus, Douglas Blackmon and Books in Bloom in Eureka Springs.
Trista Harris, Jay Ruud and more.
Food for fines and more.
And a new teen section for the Main Library.
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.
Among other visiting authors in the month of June.
Among other visiting authors in the month of May.
And more visiting authors in the month of April.
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.
The big release of the month came earlier this week, when Pantheon released "The Illumination," the latest novel from Little Rock author Kevin Brockmeier.
P. Allen Smith and Maya Angelou, two Arkansas celebrities perhaps not thought of primarily as chefs, released cookbooks late last year.
Mark Spitzer, Marshall Chapman and other upcoming author events in and around Central Arkansas.
Sedaris, birding and all the month's book events.