Who will claim the Iron Throne and why? On the eve of the premiere of the final season of Game of Thrones, M.L. Cavanaugh’s new book brings together 30 expert strategists to answer that question and engage in questions surrounding the most popular television series of our time.
As characters battle for power and control, there is magic and witchcraft, fiery dragons, frozen zombies, chaotic combat, swordplay and brutal intrigue, creating one of the most intense worldwide strategy plotlines in contemporary television.
By applying the theories of our actual world to the examples in fictional Westeros, including Tyrion Lannister’s unlikely success, Daenerys Targaryen’s fire-strafing dragons and Jon Snow’s abilities as a leader, Cavanaugh will discern the fascinating connections between George R. R. Martin’s fantasy world and real war and politics.
Cavanaugh is an active duty Army Strategist with experience in 11 countries and assignments ranging from the Pentagon to Strategic Command and Iraq to West Point. He is the youngest recipient of the U.S. Military Strategists Association’s professional award, the Order of Saint Gabriel the Archangel (2015), in addition to earning West Point’s faculty-wide Apgar Award for Excellence in Teaching (2014), and being named the U.S. Army’s Athlete of the Year (2009).
A Founding Member of the Military Writers Guild, Cavanaugh is a Non-Resident Fellow and co-founder of the Modern War Institute at West Point.
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Fans of superheroes, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, comics, and gaming will converge on the Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) 2nd Annual CALS Con on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m on the Main Library campus, 100 Rock Street. All CALS Con events are free and open to the public.
CALS Con is a family-friendly celebration of all things fandom. The event kicks off the library’s 2015 superhero-themed Summer Reading Club, Every Hero Has a Story. Fans of all ages may come dressed as their favorite character. The day will include six panels, a social media scavenger hunt, table top gaming, LEGO display and open building, drop-in gaming area, and a meet up area. The first 700 people to register for the event will receive a special CALS Con swag bag.
CALS Con will conclude with a cosplay contest at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Avenue. Attendees are encouraged to post about their CALS Con experience on social media using #CALScon2015.
Main Library 1st Floor Events
||9 am – 4 pm
|Cosplay Contest Registration
||9 am – 3 pm
||9 am – 3 pm
Darragh Center Lobby
|CALS Con Meetup/Photo Op Area
||9 am – 4 pm
|Social Media Scavenger Hunt
||Participate in CALS Con on a whole different dimension. Seek fun items all over the library campus and digitally document the finds on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with the hashtag #CALScon2015 to be entered in a prize drawing.
||9 am – 4 pm
|Table Top Saturday
||Check out games of all sorts from our collection or bring personal copies to play. Light snacks provided.
||10 am – 3 pm
|Open LEGO® Build
||Members of the Arkansas LEGO Users Group will present a giant LEGO display. Plenty of bricks are available for building.
||10 pm – 12 pm
& 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
|Color-Your-Own Super Hero Mask
||2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
||10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Ron Robinson Theater
||Can’t get enough of Elsa, Anna, and Olaf? Panelists and attendees will be discussing favorite characters and what’s next for them.
|Game of Thrones Panel
||Winter is coming! Join us for a fan discussion of the George R.R. Martin novels and the popular HBO television show. Topics include the divergence of the television adaptation from the novels and the role of prophecy in the story. Bring your own pet theory!
|Harry Potter Panel
||Bending All the Rules. Panelists will discuss various controversies, issues, and even conspiracy theories that have come to light since the last book was published.
||LEGO has produced more than 500 billion pieces and inspired generations of builders and makers. Discuss the past, present, and future of this powerful brand.
|Doctor Who Panel
||Doctor Who has a fandom that spans generations and decades. The panel will discuss what is loved about Classic Who as well as New Who, and talk about how the Doctor helps people understand their own place in the universe.
|Star Wars Panel
||Episode VII – The Force Awakens heralds a new era in the Star Wars saga. The panel weighs in on the original series, the prequels, and the highly anticipated sequels. Scoundrels, princesses, and Jedi of all ages are welcome.
||The CALS Con finale event. Register to participate by 3 p.m. or attend to cheer on favorite costumes and characters.