The 14th annual Books in Bloom literary festival is going to be May 19, 12-5 pm, at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs. You’ll have the chance to mingle with authors, listen to them give talks, and even get your books signed by them. This year’s authors include Brooks Blevins (whom I really enjoyed meeting back in 2016 when he was last at Books in Blooms), Jeffrey Deaver, and Chris Bohjalian.
Here are a few newer books you might want to check out in the weeks leading up to Books in Bloom, so you can already start researching which talks to attend and which authors to meet.
Lauren Wilkinson’s American Spy (2019)*
An intriguing debut novel, American Spy follows Marie, a female African American FBI intelligence officer in the 1980s who is recruited to infiltrate the revolutionary government of the country of Burkina Faso. What ensues complicates Marie’s views of her profession, her personal life, and her politics. Based on a true story.
*Ebook and audiobook also available on Libby.
Recommended for those who enjoy nuanced spy thrillers.
Patsy Watkins’s It’s All Done Gone (2018)
University of Arkansas journalism professor Patsy Watkins compiled these photographs of Depression-era Arkansas from a collection of Farm Security Administration pictures. The project was intended to record the extent of the Depression around the country, and these stark, stunning photographs capture 1930s life in the Natural State.
Recommended for those who like photojournalism books, as well as local history.
Jared M. Phillips’s Hipbillies: Deep Revolution in the Arkansas Ozarks (2019)**
Focused on a more recent period in Ozark history, this book looks at the history of the counterculture movement in the Ozarks during the 1960s and 1970s. Also a professor at the University of Arkansas, Phillips relies on extensive oral histories, as well as archival research, to tell this story of change and culture clashes.
**Ebook also available on Libby.
Recommended for those who enjoy local history.
For more information on this year’s Books in Bloom, check out their website.
Which Books in Bloom authors are you most excited to meet? Which books are you reading before the festival? Who would you like to see at Books in Bloom next year? Tell us in the comments! As always, please follow this link to our online library catalog for more information about any of these items.