Books in Bloom Celebration is Sunday at Crescent

Friday, May 4, 2007

EUREKA SPRINGS -- "Books in Bloom, A Garden Party Celebration of Writers and Readers," has announced the schedule of events for its third annual literary festival this Sunday.

The event, designed to promote books and reading, will be held Sunday, May 6, from noon to 6 p.m., in the garden of the historic Crescent Hotel, in Eureka Springs. "This is a homegrown festival," says Jean Elderwind, co-chair of the festival which the Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation sponsors. "We have a beautiful, outdoor setting and a relaxed, informal atmosphere that both readers, and writers, respond to." Throughout the afternoon, writers will give presentations and readings. These include:

In the Crescent Hotel Conservatory:

12:30 - 1:15 p.m.

Catherine Coulter

"The Life and Times of a Commercial Fiction Writer"

Coulter is the author of 50 historical romances and contemporary suspense novels, of which 38 have been New York Times bestsellers. Her newest FBI thriller, "Double Take" (Putnam) will be released this June.

1:30 - 2:25 p.m.

Pat Carr

"Writing Historical Fiction in 20 Minutes!"

Carr has published over 100 short stories, as well as 12 books of fiction, including "If We Must Die," (Texas Christian University Press), a PEN book award finalist.

2:30 - 3:15 p.m.

Jeffery Deaver

"A Writer's Life"

Mystery writer Deaver is a six-time nominee for the Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America, as well as writing award-winning suspense novels and short fiction. He is the author of "The Bone Collector" (made into a movie starring Denzel Washington) and "A Maiden's Grave" (retiled "Dead Silence" on HB0).

3:30 - 4:15 p.m.

Dana Stabenow

"Low Tides and Libraries"

Stabenow has written science fiction, but is best known for her Kate Sugak mystery series, including "A Cold Day for Murder" which won the Edgar award for Best Original Paperback in 1993.

4:30 - 5:15 p.m.

Andrei Codrescu

"Poetry and Her Handmaidens"

Codrescu - poet, novelist, screenwriter and memoirist - is most widely known for his commentaries on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" where his distinctive Romanian accent makes him instantly recognizable. He has won numerous prizes as a poet and writer, including a Peabody Award and an ACLU Freedom of Speech Award. His most recent book, in 2006, is "New Orleans, Mon Amour: Twenty Years of Writings from the City" (Algonquin Press).

Running concurrently in the Reader's Tent:

Noon - 12:25 p.m.

Dale McCurry, author of "Letters from the Pen"

12:30 - 12:55 p.m.

Alison Moore, performance piece: "Riders on the Orphan Train"

1:00 - 1:25 p.m.

Mohja Kahf, author of "The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf"

1:30 - 1:55 p.m.

Daniel Woodrell, author of "Winter's Bone"

2:00 - 2:25 p.m.

Doug Stowe, author of "Basic Box Making"

2:30 - 2:55 p.m.

Laura Parker Castoro, author of "Icing on the Cake"

3:00 - 3:25 p.m.

Katie Estill, author of "Dahlia's Gone"

3:30 - 3:55 p.m.

Will LaPage, author of "Parks for Life"

4:00 - 4:25 p.m.

Suzette Haden Elgin, reading her science fiction poetry

4:30 - 4:55 p.m.

Randy Denmon, author of "The Lawless Frontier"

5:00 - 5:25 p.m.

Velda Brotherton, author of "Fly with the Mourning Dove"

In addition to these reading schedules, numerous local authors will be on hand in the Sow's Ear bookstore tent: Dr. Jim Young, Tom Koob, Wayne Clark, Lanny Gibson, Sharon Laborde Horton, Ron Horton, Don Erickson and J.K. Phillips.

In the Children's tent, David Harrison will debut his three newest children's books, "Piggy Wiglet," "Cave Detectives," and "Bugs". Daina Sargent, author and representative of Ozark Publishing, will bring the company's Animal Pride and Learn to Read series of books. Other events for children include readings, poetry, storytelling and puppets.

The University of Arkansas Press will also have a booth at the festival, as will the Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow, of Eureka Springs.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Web site at www.booksinbloom.org or call (870) 423-5300.

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