The Arkansas Literary Festival will be in town April 24-26, and as an early primer I thought we could revisit some stories from a few of the lineup’s highlights. 

David Finkel will read at the Clinton School of Public Service Thursday, April 24 at 6 p.m. His book “That You For Your Service” follows the post-war lives of the soldiers of an Infantry Battalion returned from Baghdad. The New York Times compared it to “The Odyssey.”  Here’s his profile of Larry King back in 1991 for the Washington Post. 

Joe Nick Patoski will be at the Main Library on Saturday, April 26 at 10 a.m. to read from his book about the history of the Dallas Cowboys. Here’s his piece on the rise and fall of Blaze Foley from No Depression.

Mary Roach will be at the Ron Robinson Theater on Saturday at 11:30 talking about her new book “Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal.” She also wrote this great piece about shrunken heads a couple of years ago for Outside. The first sentence is “Late one afternoon in the Ecuadoran Amazon, a short but imposing Achuar tribeswoman walked up to me with a knife in her hand.”


Jennifer Senior will appear at the Main Library on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. to read from “All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood.” Here’s her New York Magazine piece on the “corrosive, traumatizing” effects of high school. 

Brett Martin will be in the Arkansas Studies Institute Building Room 124 on Saturday at 2:30 talking about his book “Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad.” Last year he profiled Bill Murray for GQ and it is worth your time.