Literary Series: Visiting Authors




Brooks Blevins
Sun., Sept. 23, 2-3 pm

Blevins is a professor at Missouri State and is a multidisciplinary expert on all things Ozarks. He is a respected scholar with a broad range of interests extending from the history of American higher education to agriculture, religion, and society in the U.S. South. He has written seven books and edited or co-edited two additional volumes.

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Marissa Moss
Tues., Oct. 9, 4-5:30 pm

Moss is an author/illustrator who has written over 50 children’s books, from picture books to middle-grade and young adult novels.  Marissa’s book Last Things is a true and intensely personal story of how one woman coped with the devastating effects of a catastrophic illness in her family. Her graphic memoir about ALS won the 2017 Robert Cowan Award and was selected by the Women’s NAtional Book Association for the 2017 Great Group Reads.  Marissa is sponsored locally by Hospice of the Ozarks.



Tim Ernst
Sun., Dec. 2, 2-4 pm

Tim Ernst is Arkansas’ Wilderness Photographer. He has been hiking, driving and crawling around the wonderful Ozark Mountains for most of his life, preserving the images he sees on film for everyone to enjoy. His photographs have appeared in hundreds of national, regional and local publications. Each year Tim creates new slide programs of his work and tours them around the region. These audio-visual programs come to life with moving photos and wonderful music that you really have to experience to believe.




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Dr. Adam Long
Thurs., Oct. 25, 2 pm

Adam is the director of the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum.  Long’s scholarship focuses on the changing South at the beginning of the Twentieth Century.  Though Ernest Hemingway is not from the South, he visited and wrote in Arkansas regularly and the prominent Pfeiffer family of Piggott was one of his greatest influences.  Through this Arkansas connection, Long explores the ways in which the Arkansas Delta (and the South more generally) was connected to a rapidly changing world in the 1920s and 1930s.

Ernst Hemingway’s novel, A Farewell to Arms, has been chosen as the “If All Baxter County Read the Same Book”. Stop by the Library and ask for her book at the Circulation Desk.