Books in Bloom 2015


12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
R. Clifton Spargo
Beautiful Fools

What if one of history's most storied literary love affairs was missing a chapter? What would it take to reconstruct it? F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda were the golden couple of America's Jazz age, as glamorous as they were brilliant. Volumes have been written about their decadent early days, but one chapter in the Fitzgeralds' complex history has never been told: the "lost trip" to Cuba that is at the heart of R. Clifton Spargo's new novel. In his talk, Spargo charts the last years of Scott and Zelda's marriage and presents a historical outline of what we can and can't know about their last trip together.

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Catherine Coulter
Have I got stuff to tell you!

Coulter will provide insights on the life and times of her career and how the publishing industry continues to evolve. Who knows what will come tomorrow? Luckily, finally, there are lots of good opportunities for writers, and consequently, for readers.


2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Craig Johnson
Longmire: Or How Many People Can You Kill in a Town of 25?

Craig Johnson, author of the New York Times Bestselling Walt Longmire novels and the basis for A&E's highest rated, scripted drama Longmire talks about how his life has, or hasn't changed from being a northern Wyoming rancher in a town of 25.


3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
James Grippando
There's No Place like Square One

After 20 novels, New York Times Bestselling Author James Grippando "Looks Back on the (Bumpy) Road to Success."



12:00 pm to 12:25 pm
Roy Lessin
Today is Your Best Day

Lessin will read from his latest book and talk about his inspiration for writing it.


12:30 pm to 12:50 pm
Anthony Priest

He will be reading a collection of formal poetry in which the narrator struggles with faith and doubt as he comes to terms with the landscape, life, and legacy of the Ozark Mountains.


1:00 pm to 1:25 pm
Trenton Lee Stewart
The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict

Author of the wildly popular series about the Mysterious Benedict Society, Stewart discusses his latest book which is about Nicholas Benedict, the nine-year-old orphan who started it all.


1:30 pm to 1:55 pm
Jerusalem Greer
Crazy Quilt Community

The unexpected delight of finding friendships and family through stitching, stirring and storytelling.


2:00 pm to 2:25 pm
Steve Wiegenstein
The Utopian Impulse of the 19th Century

Scholar of utopian movements, a fifth-generation native of the Ozarks, and author of the Civil War novel Slant of Light, Wiegenstein discusses how the popularity of this movement is seen both in history and in literature.


2:30 pm to 2:55 pm
Anna Loan-Wilsey
A Lack of Temperance

The author explains why Eureka Springs, a town infused with Victorian charm that also had its own brush with Carrie Nation and her Temperance Movement, was the natural choice for her debut novel which is set in the 1890's.


3:00 pm to 3:25 pm
Dianna Henry
Maize/Corn: connecting peoples of the world through the ages

Author will speak on her work with seed-saving, spiritual gardening, and 'communicating' with corn which led her to share the 'wisdom' of corn with others through her book. Henry, also known as 'Snow Eagle Seeds Sing', believes that heritage maize/corn can help our communities now and can be used as a healing tool, similar to how some use crystals and herbs.


3:30 pm to 3:55pm
Iris Simantel
Life Journeys of a Cockney Girl or How I got from There to Here

Simantel describes the journey from WW II England to the United States and back to England again in a lifetime built of memories.


4:00 pm to 4:25 pm
Jan Morrill
Wearing the Red Kimono

Jan Morrill is Sansei, third generation Japanese American. From her earliest recollection, she knew her mother and family had been internees in World War II, although the subject was too painful for them to discuss with her. Jan will read excerpts from her historical fiction, The Red Kimono, and share what she learned about her family, her culture and the history of internment while doing research.


4:30 pm to 4:55 pm
Melissa Clare
A Whale of a Time!

Author Melissa Clare will speak about her journey into interspecies communications, as well as the path towards publication, and will share selections from her book, With Love from the Dolphins & Whales: Messages received by Melissa Clare with the Blue Whale.