“The Things They Carried” author Tim O’Brien, author and Emmy winner Jeffrey Blount (“The Emancipation of Evan Walls”), journalist* Casey Sep (“Furious Hours”) and mystery writer Deborah Crombie (“A Bitter Feast”) are just four in a lineup of 60 authors that will present at the Six Bridges Book Festival April 23-26.
The Central Arkansas Library System hosts the festival, in its 17th year (and previously known as the Arkansas Literary Festival). Along with readings and workshops, this year’s event will feature a performance by comedian Matteo Lane at the Ron Robinson Theater.
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Among the others coming: Camille Acker, author of “Training School for Negro Girls”; Afia Atakora, author of “Conjure Women”; Dan Pipenbring, who co-authored “The Beautiful Ones” with Prince, and the late artist’s one-time tour manager Alan Leeds; “Master Chef” season 7 winner Shaun O’Neale, author of “My Modern American Table”; Stephanie Story, author of “Raphael, Painter in Rome”; “The Moth StorySlam” host R. Eric Thomas; and University of Arkansas writing professor Padma Viswanathan, author of “São Bernardo.”
Other Arkansas authors to appear include novelist Mark Barr, author of “Watershed”; Kevin Brockmeier, whose latest novel is “The Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories”; Trenton Lee Stewart, author of the Mysterious Benedict Society series, Parents for School Choice founder Virginia Walden Ford, author of “School Choice: A Legacy to Keep”; Jennifer O’Brien, author of the autobiographical “The Hospice Doctor’s Widow”; children’s book author Darcy Pattison; young adult books novelist Emily Roberson; food writer Kat Robinson; historian Charles Bolton, author of “Fugitivism: Escaping Slavery in the Lower Mississippi Valley”; poet Geoffrey Brock, author of “The Tenderness of Stones”; and businessman Mark Saviers, author of the nonfiction “Flipped.”
*A previous version of this post mistakenly described Casey Sep as a fiction writer.