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Two Nights In Lisbon
Chris Pavone is the author of five international thrillers, including The Expats and most recently Two Nights in Lisbon, that have appeared on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal; won Edgar and Anthony awards; and been translated into two dozen languages. He lives in New York City.
Tautly wound and expertly crafted, Two Nights in Lisbon is a riveting thriller about a woman under pressure, and how far she will go when everything is on the line. “I defy anyone to read the first twenty pages of this breakneck novel, then try to put it down for five minutes….This is smart suspense at its very best.”—bestselling author John Grisham
Sponsored by WordsWorth Books
Demonic Foes: My Twenty-Five Years as a Psychiatrist Investigating Possessions, Diabolic Attacks, and the Paranormal
Board-certified psychiatrist Richard Gallagher is a full professor of psychiatry at New York Medical and a faculty psychoanalyst at Columbia University. A Princeton graduate, Phi Beta Kappa in classics, he trained in psychiatry at Yale. The longest-standing American member of the International Association of Exorcists, he has evaluated more such cases than any physician in history and has been described as the world’s expert on genuine possessions.
The enthralling book Demonic Foes: My Twenty-Five Years as a Psychiatrist Investigating Possessions, Diabolic Attacks, and the Paranormal, which traces a scientific authority’s own transformation from skeptic to believer, shows how to recognize false cases, then chronicles the most harrowing authentic possessions he’s encountered. He highlights the “once-in-a century” example of a possessed “Satanic Queen,” whose multiple “psychic abilities” and exorcisms, including her levitating, proved disturbing but astonishing.
Meet Us By The Roaring Sea
Akil Kumarasamy is the author of the recent novel Meet Us by the Roaring Sea and the linked story collection, Half Gods, which was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice, was awarded the Bard Fiction Prize and the Story Prize Spotlight Award, and was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, American Short Fiction, BOMB, and elsewhere.
In Meet Us by the Roaring Sea, in the near future, a young woman finds her mother’s body starfished on the kitchen floor in Queens and sets out on a journey through language, archives, artificial intelligence, and TV for a way back into herself. She begins to translate an old manuscript about a group of female medical students—living through a drought and at the edge of the war—as they create a new way of existence to help the people around them. In the process, the translator’s life and the manuscript begin to become entangled. Written in vivid and pulsating prose, alternating between the young woman’s present life and passages of the translated manuscript, the novel is a remarkable, genre-bending exploration of memory, technology, friendship, love, consciousness, and the costs of caring for others in an age when we are so often lost in the swamps of our own minds.
What Follows Is True: Crescent Hotel
Writer/artist Sean Fitzgibbon explores unusual, real places and events through his work. He’s been teaching college art for almost twenty years, has an MFA in art, and is passionate about art and visual storytelling. He has exhibited work in galleries throughout the U.S.
Graphic nonfiction What Follows Is True: Crescent Hotel explores the Crescent Hotel’s strange two years as the Baker Hospital, one of the darkest and most controversial legends in the town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Sponsored by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Saint Sebastian's Abyss
Mark Haber was born in Washington DC and grew up in Florida. His first collection of stories, Deathbed Conversions, was translated into Spanish in a bilingual edition as Melville’s Beard by Editorial Argonáutica. His debut novel, Reinhardt’s Garden, was nominated for the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut novel. His second novel is Saint Sebastian’s Abyss. Haber is the operations manager and a bookseller at Brazos Bookstore in Houston.
In Saint Sebastian’s Abyss, former best friends who built their careers writing about a single work of art meet after a decades-long falling-out. One of them, called to the other’s deathbed for unknown reasons by a “relatively short” nine-page email, spends his flight to Berlin reflecting on Dutch Renaissance painter Count Hugo Beckenbauer and his masterpiece, “Saint Sebastian’s Abyss,” the work that established both men as important art critics and also destroyed their relationship.
Robert E. Lee and Me
Ty Seidule (Brigadier General, U.S. Army, Retired) is a visiting professor of history at Hamilton College and professor emeritus of history at West Point. He serves as the vice chair of the Congressional Naming Commission tasked to rename Department of Defense assets that honor Confederates.
In a forceful but humane narrative, Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause challenges the lies of the Confederate legacy―and explores why some of this country’s oldest wounds have never healed. Ty Seidule grew up revering Robert E. Lee. From his southern childhood to his service in the U.S. Army, every part of his life reinforced the Lost Cause myth: that Lee was the greatest man who ever lived, and that the Confederates were underdogs who lost the Civil War with honor. As a soldier, a scholar, and a southerner, his views have radically changed and he now believes that American history demands a reckoning.
Sponsored in part by CALS Adult Programming
Photo: Nancy L. Ford
Sister Friends Forever
Kimberla Lawson Roby is a New York Times bestselling author and a speaker. She has published twenty-nine books which have sold more than three million copies. She is the 2013 NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literary Work–Fiction, and in 2020, she was named by USA Today as one of the 100 Black Novelists You Should Read. She resides in Illinois with her husband.
Sister Friends Forever is an emotional novel that follows four lifelong friends—Serena (single), Michelle (engaged), Kenya (married), and Lynette (divorced)—as each faces a crisis in family, love, and forgiveness, finding that they need their friendship more than ever.
The Genome Defense
Jorge L. Contreras received his law degree from Harvard and teaches intellectual property, science policy, and the law and ethics of genetics at the University of Utah, and has served on high‑level governmental advisory committees. His articles have appeared in Science, Nature, and the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, among others. He has been featured on NPR, PRI, and BBC radio, and his opinions are cited in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, and the Washington Post.
The Genome Defense: Inside the Epic Legal Battle to Determine Who Owns Your DNA
Author and law specialist Jorge L. Contreras devoted years to investigating the groundbreaking civil rights case AMP v. Myriad. In The Genome Defense, Contreras shows how ACLU lawyers, along with a committed group of activists, scientists, and physicians, took their one-in-a-million case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Contreras interviewed more than a hundred key players involved in all aspects of the case—from judges and policy makers to ethicists and genetic counselors, as well as cancer survivors and those whose lives would be impacted by the decision—expertly weaving together their stories into a fascinating narrative of this pivotal moment in history, as society grapples with balancing scientific discovery with corporate profits and the rights of all people.
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Join boho-chic lifestyle blogger and debut author Lauren Thomas, The Modern Hippie Table, as she demonstrates how to build beautiful themed charcuterie arrangements directly on your table. You'll find inspiration on how to incorporate traditional meats and cheeses with seasonal florals and other edibles tucked into the empty spaces. Limited seating.
Sponsored by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Saturday, Oct. 29, Roosevelt Thompson Library (38 Rahling Circle), 10am $15
Bhatt and Thomas will be on a free panel discussion at the Thompson Library the same day, 1pm
James Beard award winner Vishwesh Bhatt captures the “evolving American South” in his debut cookbook, I Am From Here: Stories and Recipes From a Southern Chef. Included in NPR’s ‘Books We Love in 2022’, this dazzling blend of stories, photos and recipes makes the compelling case for a Southern cuisine defined by inclusion, innovation and tradition. Bhatt will cook something “unpretentious, inventive and incredibly delicious” for the group to sample. Limited seating. Sponsored in part by Friends of Central Arkansas Library System
Saturday, Oct. 29, Roosevelt Thompson Library (38 Rahling Circle), 4pm $15
Bhatt and Thomas will be on a free panel discussion at the Thompson Library the same day, 1pm
An exhibition of more than 80 pieces from the author/illustrator who has sold more than 14 million books worldwide. You will know his work from The Day the Crayons Quit, The Day the Crayons Came Home, How to Catch A Star, Stuck, Here We Are and many more. More than 400 Jeffers books will be given away over the course of the exhibition. The exhibition is part of the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature and was also featured at the Orlando Museum of Art.
Sponsored by John & Robyn Horn Foundation, the Windgate Foundation, The Rodger S. & Barbara Ann Kline Foundation.
Thursday, Oct. 20 to Thursday, Dec. 29
Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library & Learning Center, regular library hours
For information regarding free book giveaways in conjunction with the exhibition, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
After a day of programming for students at the Clinton Presidential Library, the extremely talented author/illustrator of The Legend of Gravity and several others will attend this fun reception. Palmer has even designed a cover for Time magazine. Charly Palmer, Telling Stories: Illustrations & New Works will be displayed at Hearne Fine Art from October 7 to December 1.
Sponsored in part by the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Center, Hearne Fine Art/Pyramid Art, Books & Little Rock Central High Tiger Foundation.
Hearne Fine Art
The Arkansas Illustrated exhibition features artists living and working in the State who have created or worked on print or digital comics and graphic novels. The exhibition will represent a wide range of illustration styles and media in the comics format. Some of the artists represented in the exhibition are: Gustav Carlson, Frank Fentress, Greg Fischer, Sean Fitzgibbon, Marko Head, Michael Jukes, Stephen Koch, Alex Langley, David Orr, Michael Tierney, and Freshawn Womack.
October 14, 2022 - January 28, 2023, Underground Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square
CALS Roberts Library, regular gallery hours
To get you in that John Waters mood…She's the perfect all-American parent: a great cook and homemaker, a devoted recycler, and a woman who'll literally kill to keep her children happy. Beverly Sutphin's murderous habits turn her into a media celebrity in John Waters' sharp-edged satire on family life, tabloid TV, video store customers who don't rewind, and other topics. Starring Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, and Matthew Lillard.
Ron Robinson Theater (120 River Market Ave.), 7-8:30pm
A visiting actress notices dramatic and dangerous changes in the behavior and physical make-up of her 12-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, a young priest at nearby Georgetown University begins to doubt his faith while dealing with his mother's terminal sickness. And, book-ending the story, a frail, elderly priest recognizes the necessity for a show-down with an old demonic enemy.
Friday, Oct. 28, Ron Robinson Theater, 8-10:15pm
On Oct. 29, the night before the 35th anniversary of the historic Faith album, the Six Bridges Book Festival transports you to The Edge of Heaven for a one-night-only performance of George Michael Reborn. This amazing must-see tribute to Wham! & George Michael stars Robert Bartko, who exudes the energy and passion of the superstar in the 80s and 90s. Robert’s spot-on looks, wardrobe, vocal range (no lip-syncing), dance moves, crowd interaction, and charisma leave audiences cheering for an encore. Close your eyes and you’ll swear you’re listening to the real deal. Amazing.
Bartko, a life-long fan of George Michael and Wham!, said that it was during his early high school years, when many began to point out a resemblance between the two. Bartko had a successful career as a solo recording artist and producer. Soon after the passing of his idol, he began dedicating his talents to pay tribute to the late superstar with an electrifying live show. He has thrilled audiences at clubs, concerts, private and corporate events, festivals and tribute shows throughout the country, including his recent sold-out “House of Blues” performance.
Doors open at 7pm and the show begins at 8pm. Tickets are $25 pre-event and $30 night of the show. Seating is general admission, so arrive early for the Freedom to choose the best seats. This tribute is sponsored by Meadors, Adams & Lee.
Saturday, Oct. 29, Ron Robinson Theater, 8pm
Sunday, Oct. 30, Ron Robinson Theater, 6:30 - 9pm