Literary Series: Visiting Authors




Carol Weston
Mon., March 13, 4-5pm

Carol is a Juvenile fiction author of the Ava Wren series.  AVA AND PIP, AVA AND TACO CAT, and AVA XOX are the diaries of a fifth grade “word nerd” named Ava who has a good heart and a passion for palindromes. The New York Times says AVA AND PIP is “a love letter to language” and “perfectly captures the complexities of sisterhood.



John Backderf
Tues., March 14, 5-6pm

Backderf is an American cartoonist known by the pseudonyms Derf and Derf Backderf. Derf is most famous for his recent internationally bestselling graphic novel, and soon to be movie, My Friend Dahmer. He is also known for his comic strip, The City, which appeared in a number of alternative newspapers from 1990–2014.



Maria Hoskins
Tues., March 28, 6-6:45pm

Maria grew up in Mayflower, Arkansas. As an adult she worked as a community outreach specialist for the federal government for 25 years. Hoskins found herself becoming a children’s author when she went looking for a book depicting a Christmas like the ones she used to enjoy as a child, but could not find the book she was looking for, so she wrote it herself. Maria has written two books: Christmas Night on the Farm and Down Home in Arkansas.



Karen Akins
Thurs., April 6, 5-6pm

Karen Akins writes humorous, light sci-fi for young adults and the young in spirit. Karen is the author of Loop and Twist.  She was the winner of the 2016 Arkansas Teen Book Award for Loop.



Sarah Prineas
Mon., April 10, 4-5pm

Sarah Prineas is an American fantasy author who lives in Iowa. Sarah writes for children, young adults and adults. She is most known for the children’s fantasy series, the Magic Thief Series.



George Jared
Tues., April 11, 2:15-4:15

George Jared, an Arkansas true-crime writer and investigative journalist, is a reporter for Talk Business & Politics, covering issues related to Northeast Arkansas and the Delta.  Jared is also an Author and a former reporter for the Jonesboro Sun.



C.J. Box (Via Skype)
Sat., April 15, 10:30am-12pm

C.J. Box, #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels, including the Joe Pickett series, was recently awarded the 2016 Western Heritage Award for Literature by the National Cowboy Museum. The novels have been translated into 27 languages. His novels have been optioned for film and television. Over ten million copies of his novels have been sold in the U.S. alone.



Talya Tate Boerner
Tues., April 18, 6-7:30pm

Talya Tate Boerner grew up playing in the cotton fields of Mississippi County, Arkansas. Now she lives in Fayetteville with her husband and splits time between Northwest Arkansas and her family’s farm in Mississippi County.

Talya’s debut novel, The Accidental Salvation of Gracie Lee, has been chosen as the “If All Baxter County Read the Same Book”. Although the story is fiction, the characters and setting will be familiar and relatable, especially to those with southern roots, less than perfect families, and questions about life in general.  Stop by the Library and ask for her book at the Circulation Desk.