Arkansas Literary Festival 2018 Events at HAM

April 28, 2018 10 AM to April 28, 2018 5:30PM

Historic Arkansas Museum - 200 E. Third Street, Little Rock AR

Additional Event Details

Historic Arkansas Museum is proud to be a venue for the 2018 Arkansas Literary Festival on Saturday,  April 28.

The following sessions are free and open to the public:


Blake Perkins’ Hillbilly Hellraisers: Federal Power and Populist Defiance in the Ozarks examines the long, deep roots of resistance to government in the region from the late 1800s to the present. Then, Debby Schriver chronicles how Tony Alamo Christian Ministries prospered there. Based on extensive interviews and harrowing trips to compounds, she documents abuse and the group’s gradual adoption of cult-like behaviors and practices in Whispering in the Daylight: The Children of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries and Their Journey to Freedom.


11:30 am • THE WAY FORWARD

Carmen Maria Machado, author of National Book Award finalist Her Body and Other Parties, joins her friend Berlin-based Bennett Sims, White Dialogues, for this “literature striding into genre” panel. These “incantatory, cerebral, and profoundly unnerving” stories “will delight you, hurt you, and astonish you as only the smartest literature can.”


A Sure Defense: The Bowie Knife in America provides an overview of the bowie knife’s role in American history, the evolution of its form including Arkansas’ contributions, the beauty and artistry of these historic objects, and how they continue to inspire. Bill Worthen, the former Director of Historic Arkansas Museum, and Mark Zalesky, publisher of KNIFE Magazine, coauthored the beautiful book.



Martin Philip’s Breaking Bread: A Baker’s Journey Home in 75 Recipes “masterfully combines cookbook and memoir to reveal not only the secrets to creating loaves of unparalleled beauty and flavor, but also the secrets to a good life. Originally from Arkansas, this Vermont-based expert baker will read, introduce images, and even strum his banjo a bit.



“Overflowing with strange beauty, such weirdness and truth,” these collections of “timeless, incisive, and precise” short stories are “remarkable reports from unexpected pockets of reality.” Lee Conell, Subcortical, Christine Schutt’s Pure Hollywood, and Matthew Pitt, These are Our Demands, dare to “peel away the illusion of safety” demanding “our meditation, our intimate consideration, our awe” as they explore “unexpected narrative places.”


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