Our Books in Bloom authors will be available for book signing and conversation before and after their presentations. Please join us in welcoming them to Books in Bloom and the Ozarks!
In the Conservatory
12:30 PM to 1:20 PM
The Amazing Transformation of Stonewall Jackson
How did an eccentric physics professor who was going nowhere in life became one of the most influential figures in the Civil War? In April 1862 Jackson was merely another Confederate general in an army fighting what seemed to be a losing cause. The author brings Stonewall Jackson to life with his vivid narrative on what shaped the man, and his stunning rise from obscurity to a brilliant, twenty-four-month military career that has become the stuff of legend. The author will use both a slide show and sound to create a fully dimensional portrait of a man whose abilities caused both North and South to mourn his untimely death.
1:30 PM to 2:20 PM
Laurie R. King
Writing the Unexpected
After 25 novels, how do I, the writer, stay eager for the next one? How can I write a series that doesn’t repeat itself—and beyond that, how do I step outside that series without leaving its readers behind?
Answer: I always write the unexpected. Whether it’s Sherlock Holmes stories that aren’t really about Holmes or a standalone that’s neither historical nor a mystery, each book has to shake things up. Even if it means the murder of my main character…
2:30 PM to 3:20 PM
Longmire and Me
What happens when the author from one of the smallest towns in America gets in cahoots with the sheriff of the least populated county in Wyoming? Longmire, that’s what. New York Times Bestselling Author Craig Johnson, the author of the Walt Longmire mystery novels, the basis for the hit Netflix drama, Longmire with its sixth season coming up, shares the experience of being a cowboy author from a town of twenty-five to being translated into twelve languages and whose books produced the highest-rated, scripted drama in a network’s history.
3:30 PM to 4:20 PM
Rocket Girls: The Unsung Heroes of NASA
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that women have long been left out of history books. Consider the elite group of young women who broke the boundaries of both gender and science at NASA in the mid-twentieth century. For decades, the story of how these women transformed rocket design and made space exploration possible—with little more than paper, pencil, and mathematical prowess at their disposal—has remained little known and rarely told. In Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, From Missiles to the Moon to Mars, Nathalia Holt sheds light on the women who helped transform NASA, taking readers through the revolutionary changes of careers that spanned half a century.