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Arkansas Literary Festival at HAM

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Historic Arkansas Museum is partnering with the Arkansas Literary Festival to host four diverse literary events on the Saturday portion of the festival!

Schedule of Events

Hillbilly/Cult at 10:00 a.m.
Blake Perkins' Hillbilly Hellraisers: Federal Power and Populist Defiance in the Ozarks examines the long, deep roots of resistance to government in the region from the late 1800s to the present. Then, Debby Schriver chronicles how Tony Alamo Christian Ministries prospered there. Based on extensive interviews and harrowing trips to compounds, she documents abuse and the group's gradual adoption of cult-like behaviors and practices in Whispering in the Daylight: The Children of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries and Their Journey to Freedom.

The Way Forward at 11:30 a.m.
Carmen Maria Machado, author of National Book Award finalist Her Body and Other Parties, joins her friend Berlin-based Bennett Sims, White Dialogues, for this "literature striding into genre" panel. These "incantatory, cerebral, and profoundly unnerving" stories "will delight you, hurt you, and astonish you as only the smartest literature can."

America's Excalibur at 1:00 p.m.:
America's Excalibur: A Sure Defense: The Bowie Knife in America provides an overview of the bowie knife's role in American history, the evolution of its form including Arkansas' contributions, the beauty and artistry of these historic objects, and how they continue to inspire. Bill Worthen, the former Director of the Historic Arkansas Museum, and Mark Zalesky, publisher of KNIFE Magazine, coauthored the beautiful book.

Timeless Trio at 4:00 p.m.:
"Overflowing with strange beauty, such weirdness and truth," these collections of "timeless, incisive, and precise" short stories are "remarkable reports from unexpected pockets of reality." Lee Conell, Subcortical, Christine Schutt's Pure Hollywood, and Matthew Pitt, These are Our Demands, dare to "peel away the illusion of safety" demanding "our meditation, our intimate consideration, our awe" as they explore "unexpected narrative places."