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Arkansas Literary Festival presenters include 'The Perfect Storm' author, former NBA All-Star

By Rachel Herzog

This article was originally published February 12, 2018 at 4:05 p.m. Updated February 13, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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1/22/2015 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STEPHEN B. THORNTON Arkansas Literary Festival Director Brad Mooy, left, passes out information on festival authors to Cathy Spivey, top right, Michael Taggard and Jennifer Willis, bottom right, after a presentation announcing upcoming Central Arkansas Library Systems events Thursday at the Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock. CALS announced some of the more than 80 presenters to be featured at the twelfth annual Arkansas Literary Festival, April 23-26, 2015. They also announced Arkansas Sounds' monthly concert series and film series lineups for the Ron Robinson Theater and other library programs.

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The Central Arkansas Library System will host more than 70 presenters at the 15th annual Arkansas Literary Festival in April, including writers, filmmakers, singers and other artists, according to a news release.

The festival will take place April 26 to 29 at various locations in downtown Little Rock.

Presenters come from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from professors at New York University and Yale University to Joe Barry Carroll, a former NBA All-Star, the release states. The authors included have won awards that include the Pulitzer Prize, a Grammy and the Coretta Scott King Honor.

The festival will feature award-winning journalist Sebastian Junger, who wrote "The Perfect Storm," a bestseller that was turned into a film starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg. He will reportedly discuss his coverage of multiple wars along with his literary and film work.

Singer-songwriter Wanda Jackson, known to many as the "Queen of Rockabilly," will perform as well as talk about her life and her autobiography, Every Night Is Saturday Night: A Country Girl's Journey to The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Many of the presenters have ties to Arkansas or the South and will discuss topics that include science fiction, fantasy, crime, Southern life, social commentary and women's history, the library system said.

Other special events include a cocktail reception with the authors and sessions for children as well as presentations at Pulaski County elementary, middle and senior high schools and area colleges, according to the release.

To see the full list of presenters, visit the festival's website. A full schedule of events will be available April 1.

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