Monthly Archives: May 2015

Books in Bloom and Authors and Readers

Readers selecting books during the Eureka Springs ninth annual Books in Bloom. Elegant

Readers selecting books during the Eureka Springs ninth annual Books in Bloom. Elegant

Ever have one of those really great weekends filled with everything delightful?  Books in Bloom out of Eureka Springs (Arkansas) was one.  Two days before I attended a jam-packed workshop from the Village Writing School (what else but on publishing and marketing) that offered a perfect segway into an elegant regional literary festival.

Bestselling authors read like a who’s who of the book world: William Bernhardt (Game Master and Challengers of the Dust), Tess Gerritsen (25 mystery titles), and Roy Blount (Long Time Leaving Dispatches from Up South), and Amanda Eyre Ward (five novels).  Toss in regional favorites Robert Cochran with co-author Suzanne McCray’s Lights! Camera! Arkansas!, Abby Burnett’s Gone to the Grave, and Margaret Jones Bolster with Kaleidoscope: Redrawing an American Family Tree and you’ve got some pretty heady stuff.

Simply put, I was honored and humbled for my Washed in the Water:Tales from the South to be included in this august company.

Added benefit —the army of volunteers working the event benefitting the Carroll and Madison Public Library.

 

 

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Keeping Fayetteville (Arkansas) Funky

The 37-mile Northwest Arkansas Razorback Greenway between Fayetteville and Bella Vista officially opened May 3 to fanfare from almost every trailhead on the route.

The Greenway is a bike aficionado, runners dream, and hiking-best bet. Don’t stop there— the trails and loops are dog (on leash), family, and wheelchair friendly. A variety of loops crisscross communities pearled along the belt, offering shopping, local restaurants, farmers markets, and art (think Crystal Bridges) along the trail. Check out the May issue of DoSouth, Northwest Arkansas Times Democrat Gazette May 3 spread, and the Free Weekly for different perspectives on the opening. Gotta love northwest Arkansas.

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