Books In Bloom


In the Conservatory


12:30 pm – 1:20 pm
Roy Blount, Jr.
How I Get My Ideas

It takes a while to explain, with reference to snakebite, absent-mindedness, the plight of the singing-impaired, the challenges entailed in writing with a giant who slept with 20,000 women (Wilt Chamberlain), and an unfortunate in-flight experience involving a Frenchwoman and Jack Daniel's.


1:30 pm – 2:20 pm
Tess Gerritsen
A Prescription for Inspiration

Tess Gerritsen discovered her talent for writing mysteries while on maternity leave from her position as a physician. Her first books were romantic thrillers, but eventually she began to tap into her professional training to write medical thrillers that quickly took her to the top of bestsellers lists. Two recurring characters, a homicide detective and a medical examiner, were turned into the popular series Rizzoli and Isles on TNT. She will speak about how she comes up with story lines and what inspires her to keep writing her award-winning fiction.


2:30 pm – 3:20 pm
William Bernhardt
The Importance of Writing: Why It Matters and Will Continue to Matter

William Bernhardt discusses his own journey as a writer and what he hoped to accomplish with his forty-plus books, including the eighteen-book Ben Kincaid mystery series, the young adult Shine series, the nonfiction books on fiction writing, his book of poetry, and his two most recent books, The Game Master and the forthcoming Challengers of the Dust. Bernhardt will discuss the impact of stories and the profound beneficial effect reading can have, the impact of the digital age, and the prospects for reading and writing in the future.


3:30 pm – 4:20 pm
Amanda Eyre Ward
The Opposite of Writer's Block

Amanda will talk about her five novels...and the one that got away. She will discuss how she moved on from a failed novel by listening to two fictional heroines who became the stars of her newest book, The Same Sky.

In the Reader’s Tent

Andries 12:00 pm – 12:25 pm
Kathryn Andries
Wake Up To Your Dreams! 
The hidden messages of our soul are found in our dreams. We dream every night, amounting to 1/3 of our life.  Are you ready to explore this part of your life? Author Andries will teach a simple method to interpreting dream symbols, and techniques to enhance dream recall. She will also explain common dream scenarios, such as flying, being caught naked in public, losing your teeth, and nightmares. Most importantly she will explain the significance of the people appearing in our dreams. 
Bolsterli 12:30 pm – 12:55 pm
Margaret Bolsterli
Kaleidoscope: Redrawing An American Family Tree
Author, editor and professor emerita at the University of Arkansas, Bolsterli has long mined the history of the South, and Arkansas in particular. Her books,Vinegar Pie and Chicken Bread, Born in the Delta and others, vividly illustrate a time, place and pioneering way of life now long gone. She will speak of mining her own family history, and of the unexpected revelations that her research brought to light.
Cochran-cover 1:00 pm – 1:25 pm
Robert Cochran and Suzanne McCray
Picks and Pans: Arkansas On the Big Screen
This husband and wife duo screened hundreds of films in researching the part our state has played in early movie making. The resulting book, Lights! Camera! Arkansas!,traces the roles played by Arkansans from the dawn of Hollywood’s film industry.  They will share anecdotes gleaned during the writing of their book, including how the Arkansas landscape has been cast.
Dean 1:30 pm – 1:55 pm
James and Kimberly Dean
The Story Behind Pete the Cat
Award winning artist and illustrator James Dean will talk about the real Pete the Cat, the inspiration for a series of popular children's books with a huge following. The actual Pete may have single-pawedly saved Dean from an unsatisfactory career as an electrical engineer! Kimberly Dean partners with her husband to create hip new adventures for their iconic groovy blue cat. They will invite the audience to ask questions about the world of picture books and children's literature, as well as about their collaboration.
Burnett 2:00 pm – 2:25 pm
Abby Burnett
Gone to the Grave
Death and dying were once handled very differently from modern times. Prior to the arrival of professional undertakers and embalmers, friends and neighbors buried the dead, and few parts of the complicated process have survived to the present day. The study of Ozark burial customs includes building coffins, laying out and sitting up with the dead, holding delayed funerals and observing numerous customs, superstitions and taboos. These practices were almost unchanged across the Ozarks but, by the end of World War II, had largely disappeared.
White 2:30 pm – 2:55 pm
Sarah E. White
Turning a Passion into a Profession
Sarah E. White will discuss how she became a professional craft writer. Using her background in journalism she's been able to find a niche -- and ways to make money -- while having a lot of fun along the way, and her story can serve as inspiration and give others ideas for making their own passions more profitable. 
Lillard 3:00 pm – 3:25 pm
Amy Lillard
Amish Fact and Fiction
Amy Lillard was writing and publishing romance novels when her agent suggested she try her hand at Amish Fiction. These stories, set within an isolated religious community, appeal to many readers who long for gentle, faith-based love stories that speak of a simpler time and place. Lillard, who lives in Oklahoma, will read an excerpt from her work, speak about her method of researching her novels and what she has learned about Amish culture. She will welcome questions from the audience.
Hartney 3:30 pm – 3:55 pm
Nancy Hartney
Southern Tales, Customs, and Folklore
Nancy Hartney writes slice of life tales about the Deep South that chronicle a time past that is poignant, vivid and sometimes brutal. She reads from her award-winning book and discusses the folkways and social mores illustrated in her tales. These customs, illustrated in her acclaimed book, can introduce the newcomer to southern traditions while reconnecting others with past memories. 
Yates 4:00 pm – 4:25 pm
Steve Yates
The Teeth of the Souls
Steve Yates will talk about and read from his new novel, The Teeth of the Souls (Moon City Press 2015). Sequel to Morkan’s Quarry(Moon City Press 2010), The Teeth of the Souls is set in Springfield, Missouri, and is the story of a marriage that became a lie, and a lie that became a marriage.
Davidson 4:30 pm – 4:55 pm
Jean Davidson and John Davidson Oeflein
Harley-Davidson Family Memories
What's it like to grow up with a family name that's recognized all over the world? Jean Davidson and her son, Jon, together collected family stories, and sifted through photos and memorabilia, to put together a comprehensive history of the two men who began the Harley-Davidson brand by building their first motorcycle. They will share select incidents, including perhaps, the 'racy' event that may have inspired Jean's grandfather's interest in motorcycles to begin with.