Books in Bloom 2015


In the Conservatory


12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Elizabeth Berg
Weaving Life's Little Moments into Fiction that Resonates

Award-winning novelist Elizabeth Berg will share her thoughts on the makings of a writer, how her experiences shaped her sensibilities, and how her career as an author began. She will touch on the inspirations behind some of her novels, and what it's like to see one's book turned into a movie, as well as her experiences as an "Oprah pick."  Finally, she will share a 'sneak peek' of her forthcoming novel, and will take questions from the audience.

Shelden1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Michael Shelden
Young Winston Churchill

Michael Shelden, the author of Young Titan, will discuss the revealing story of the early life of Winston Churchill, who was a surprisingly dashing figure in his youth. Slender and charming, he became the youngest member of the British cabinet in half a century, and many of his admirers thought he would be prime minister before he was forty. In an Edwardian era full of stunning society beauties, he courted five of the most fascinating women of his time, including a prime minister's daughter. Shelden will share his insights into this amazing young man's rise to power, and the reasons why a tragic setback almost ended Churchill's political career.

Reichs2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
Kathy Reichs and Kerry Reichs
Writing in Their Bones

Mother and daughter Kathy Reichs and Kerry Reichs separately write novels, and collaboratively write for the hit FOX television show Bones. They come together at Books In Bloom to talk about writing, family, Hollywood, strong female characters, and answer your questions.  Despite different genres and approaches to writing, this dynamic duo has more in common than their names. Writing is in their bones.

Brooks3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Terry Brooks
Staying Relevant at 70

After 35 years in the business, what keeps me going? Haven't I done enough damage to the forests of America by now? Do I really have anything new to say? This author looks back and forward to the ways in which he has and will try to keep his writing fresh and his audience entertained.

In the Reader’s Tent

Hout12:00 pm – 12:25 pm
Dr. Judson N. Hout
How Could a Practicing Physician With No Writing Experience Become a Published Author?
The audience is invited to hear about Dr. Hout's journey from practicing medicine to writing fiction and how he combines two demanding careers.
Christ12:30 pm – 12:55 pm
Mark Christ
I Do Wish This Cruel War Was Over: Voices of Civil War Arkansas
The author will discuss the letters and diaries that tell the story of the Civil War in Arkansas from the perspectives of the men and women who experienced it first-hand. Their accounts give voice to the common people who did the fighting and surviving in a brutal environment and bring immediacy to those long-ago events.
Walter1:00 pm – 1:25 pm
Brian Walter
Donald Harington Enduring
Brian Walter will discuss the making of his documentary Stay More: The World of Donald Harington and the enduring legacies of the 'Nabokov of the Ozarks.'  Walter will share anecdotes from the interviews and his long and sometimes playfully combative friendship with the author, including Harington's email comments about the documentary during the early stages of production.  Walter will also read from Harington's work, including a passage or two from the final chapter of Harington's final novel, Enduring, in which an unlikely interloper from St. Louis named Brian Walter invades the "all-night quiltathon" that Latha Bourne, the undying demi-goddess of Stay More, will be hosting for her many ardent suitors.
Ream1:30 pm – 1:55 pm
Anne K. Ream
When in Doubt, Listen to Women
Anne K. Ream will share the stories of three extraordinary women she encountered during a multi-year, multi-country journey spent documenting the stories of those have been effected by gender-related violence - women whose sense of power and purpose makes them important role models for the author (and potentially for all of us).   "One of the most moving aspects of writing "Lived Through This:  Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivors" has been spending time with women who have been shaped, but refuse to be defined, by what they have lived through," Ream says.  "Their stories remind us of all that remains possible in the wake of the terrible."
Foster2:00 pm – 2:25 pm
Steven Foster
Experiences from a Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs: The Boon and Bane of the Internet for Writers and Editors
For experienced or aspiring writers and their editors, the Internet offers infinite resources beyond imagination. The key is learning how to separate the wheat from the chaff. Scientific consensus is achieved through agreement of experts on a set of given data, coupled with reproducible results. Deductive reasoning leads to factual conclusions. Forensic scientists, physicians and jurors routinely use abductive reasoning—gathering all data (even if seemingly irrelevant) then sifting through observations to form the best hypothesis. The result is the likeliest possible explanation. Awareness of these varied philosophical approaches to utilizing information is crucial to making the Internet the writer's best friend.
Parkinson2:30 pm – 2:55 pm
Denise Parkinson
Helen of the River: A Relevant Muse
The author explores, through a brief reading and Q & A, relevant aspects of Daughter of the White River. Helen Spence's suffering and exile echoes the injustice dealt to her community, the River People of the Arkansas Delta. Her image, once blackened by unrestrained slander and libel, has been redeemed by the revelation of prison records from Arkansas' (also forgotten) Women's Prison. Today, the women's prison has been rediscovered, thanks to readers of the book. This inspires the author to share Helen's story further!
Jacobs3:00 pm – 3:25 pm
John Hornor Jacobs
Q&A with John Hornor Jacobs
In the November of 2007, John Hornor Jacobs entered the National Novel Writing Month. Thirty days later, he had the first fifty thousand words of his award-winning first novel, Southern Gods. Since then, he's written seven more novels, has an agent, and publishers all over the world. Join Jacobs for a discussion regarding his circuitous path to becoming a professional author.
Robinson3:30 pm – 3:55 pm
Kat Robinson
Classic Eateries in the Ozarks and the Arkansas River Valley
If life is a highway, food is the fuel. The restaurant cuisine of Arkansas was crafted by transportation--and by family heritage. Join Kat Robinson in this tasty travelogue to the nooks and hideaways that add to the unique charms of these two regions.
Schafer4:00 pm – 4:25 pm
Lothar Schafer
Infinite Potential: What Quantum Physics Reveals About How We Should Live
Drawing on his teaching experience of many decades, the author explains the visible phenomena of quantum physics in simple language, showing how these phenomena can expand our grasp of the nature of consciousness.
Holmes4:30 pm – 4:55 pm
Susan Holmes
Blueprint for Murder: Writing a Regional Mystery Series
The author will discuss blending fact, fiction, and current events to create a sustainable series. She'll explain how Ozark treasure legends came to be part of the plot in Deadly Ties, and why the book has been called "a cozy mystery with an edge." Hear excerpts and ask questions about the characters, conflict, and dogs in the series.