Books in Bloom scheduled for May 20

Friday, March 9, 2018

On Sunday, May 20, Books in Bloom will have its 13th annual celebration of books, the people who write them and the people who read them. From noon to 5 p.m., the gardens of the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs will sport festive tents filled with accomplished writers and their books. A giant Writers Tent will offer ongoing readings, while in the Conservatory, this year’s slate of best-selling authors will offer insights into the writing life and speak about their motivations and careers in publishing.

Whether you’re an avid reader, an aspiring writer, or just enjoy listening to interesting speakers, Books in Bloom offers an afternoon that is sure to entertain and enlighten. A project of the Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation, Books in Bloom has earned a nationwide reputation for presenting some of today’s most dynamic authors in a relaxed, garden-party atmosphere. Best of all, there is no charge. The festival is made possible by the generous underwriting of the Crescent Hotel and Spa, as well as contributions from a variety of businesses, organizations and individuals.

This year’s featured speakers include Lisa See, who through her many novels illustrates the strong bonds between women, romantic love and love of country; Marcus Sakey, whose thrillers have been adapted to film and Deborah Crombie, “The Master of Modern British Mystery.”

The Writers Tent will offer a variety of authors and subjects, ensuring there will be something for every taste, including romance, mystery, novels that highlight social justice issues. Authors include Martin Philip, Northwest Arkansas native now head baker at King Arthur Flour, who tells of his journey in his new book along with sharing recipes. Do you enjoy listening to recorded books? You may recognize Susan Ericksen, narrator of more than 500 audio books, who will talk about the joys and challenges of giving voice to a host of characters.

In all, 13 authors will grace Books in Bloom this year. Author announcements may be found at

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