books

Courtesy / MM Kent

MM Kent, an award-winning artist who resides in Fayetteville, has self-published A Coward’s Guide to Oil Painting: the Novel. The coming of age love story is set in the hippie subculture of 1969, with a pair of characters traversing the American South and the wilds of Mexico on two separate quests. And yes, each chapter opens with guidance on painting with oils.

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In her new personal essay colleciton, Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land, author Toni Jensen explores the intersection of gun violence, race, gender and the environment. The University of Arkansas creative writing professor explains how being Metis, experiencing gun violence first-hand and the pandemic all shaped the stories in her latest book. 

With more people stuck at home, many are turning to fiction and literature for escapism. Chelsea Hodge, a staff member in the University of Arkansas Honors College, is using the beloved Harry Potter series to help her students stay connected. When the college's annual Harry Potter-themed event was canceled, Hodge decided to host a live webcam reading of the books each weekday at 3 p.m. for her students and colleagues. 

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Garrard Conley is the author of Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith and Family. The book, which was adapted into a movie in 2018, tells the story of Conley’s experience as the son of a Baptist pastor in a small Arkansas town. As a young man, Conley was conflicted about his sexuality and when he was outed to his parents, he went to a conversion therapy program. He is now an advocate for ending such practices.

Nightbird Books in Fayetteville is closing Feb. 29. During its nearly 14 years of operations, the locally-owned, independent bookstore has hosted book clubs, workshops and the Ozark Poets and Writers Collective readings.

Alexander Watson

Alexander Watson and his partner Dale Harris didn't really understand what they were doing when they bought a boat and planned to navigate the Arkansas River, but, over time, they figured it out. The adventure is recounted in Watson's book, River Queens: Saucy Boat, Stout Mates, Spotted Dog, America.

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Steve Inskeep, a host of NPR's Morning Edition, explores the lives of Jessie and John Fremont in his new book, Imperfect Union: How Jessie and John Fremont Mapped the West, Invented Celebrity and Helped Cause the Civil War. The Fremonts were influential in the westward expansion of the United States.

Louis Kahn's Legacy

Jan 14, 2020
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A new book from the University of Arkansas Press, Louis I. Kahn The Nordic Latitudes, considers the work, teachings and legacy of the legendary architect. One of the authors, Per Olaf Fjeld, came to the University of Arkansas to discuss the book.

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Early this morning, Ralph Nesson left his home in south Fayetteville and started a five-day walk in support of child literacy. Ralph, the founder of the nonprofit Northwest Arkansas Books for Kids, has a goal of raising $10,000 during his annual Walk for Kids.

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Harry Thomason grew up in a small Arkansas town and went on to helped create television shows like Designing Women. He remembers stories of Arkansas and Hollywood in his new book, Brother Dog: Southern Tales and Hollywood Adventures.

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