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 1:25 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 2:25 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 3:25 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 4:25 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.
In the Authors Tent
12:00 PM to 12:25 PM
Adventures in Writing
Mr. Parnell provides a personal and humorous look at how a non-professionally trained author’s books have come to be! It also seeks to encourage others to loose their muse and allow it to flourish!
Mr. Parnell is donating half of all sales proceeds go to the Buffalo River Watershed Alliance to support their efforts to rid the Buffalo of corporate agriculture.
12:30 PM to 12:55 PM
The Rivalry of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo
Oil and Marble is historical fiction, based on the very real rivalry between Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. The author will address her extensive research and the true stories about the great art at the heart of her novel.
1:00 PM to 1:25 PM
How I Survived ‘Ex-Gay’ Therapy and Learned Real Compassion
What do we do when fundamentalism damages our understanding of compassion and goodness?
Memoirist Garrard Conley shares stories from his book Boy Erased, dealing with growing up in a fundamentalist household and attending a conversion therapy program. In the midst of harmful practices and intense bigotry, Conley had to dig deep to find compassion for himself and even for the counselors who harmed him. After over a decade of recovery, he now shares some of his insights on human nature.
1:30 PM to 1:55 PM
Sara Flannery Murphy
A Place on the Bookshelf: Writing, Marketing, and Reading in Blended Genres
Genre serves as a useful guide for writers, readers, publishers, and booksellers. But what happens when the story you want to tel crosses these boundaries? Blending different genres together can be invigorating and also tricky. Ms. Murphy will discuss the challenges and benefits of writing and marketing a genre-bending novel, as well as mentioning some of her favorite books that don’t have an obvious place on the bookshelf.
2:00 PM to 2:25 PM
Ozarks Literary Fiction
C.R. Albin will touch upon the relatively small place of Ozark fiction in the map of American literature and will consider the challenges of writing about a region too often defined by cliché and stereotype. He will acknowledge those writers who influenced his approach to writing about a distinctive and particular region and close by reading a few brief passages from Hard Toward Home.
2:30 PM to 2:55 PM
Kimberly and James Dean
The Story Behind Pete the Cat
Award-winning artist and Illustrator, James Dean, will talk about the real Pete the Cat, the inspiration for the series of wildly popular children’s books. The actual Pete may jave single-pawedly saved Mr. Dean from an unsatisfactory career as an electrical engineer. Kimberly Dean partners with her husband to create hip new adventures for their iconic groovy cat. Questions welcomed about the world of picture books and children’s literature, as well as, about their collaboration.
3:00 PM to 3:25 PM
The World is in the Details
While writing a novel is in many ways different from writing a poem, the keys to creating a “world” or experience for the reader begins, in both cases, in the details around us. From an anecdote about a Buddha statue, to a newspaper story about a caiman, to memories of the ways people drive in a small town, paying attention to the memorable (and even seemingly small) details can lead to unexpected meanings and stories–as I discovered and rediscovered in the eight years of writing The Principles Behind Flotation.
3:30 PM to 3:55 PM
The Wonders of Arkansas
Arkansas is a unique place that outsiders have a hard time summing up in a few words. The state is mostly Southern but also a tad Midwestern and a bit Southwestern. It’s a place that defies easy characterization. Rex Nelson, the author of “Southern Fried: Going Whole Hog in a State of Wonder,” takes a trip around the state to visit some of its most colorful people, places and events.
4:00 PM to 4:25 PM
How To Get Published In Seven Short Years
Kate Hart will give an introduction to publishing in the young adult market, including tips, tricks, cautionary tales,and challenges that are unique to writing for teens.