Best-selling author Greg Iles will sign copies of newest book CEMETERY ROAD today at CALS Ron Robinson Theater at noon

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) will host a book signing featuring bestselling author Greg Iles on Thursday, March 7, noon at Ron Robinson Theater, Library Square, 100 Rock Street. Iles will sign copies of his new novel, Cemetery Road, and a limited number of backlist books with purchase of Cemetery Road.

WordsWorth Books will have books available for purchase on site. The event is free and open to the public.

Cemetery Road follows protagonist Marshall McEwan who left his hometown at age eighteen and vowed never to return. The trauma that drove him away ultimately spurred him to become one of the most successful journalists in Washington D.C. But just as the political chaos in the nation’s capital lifts him to new heights, Marshall is forced to return home in spite of his boyhood vow.

Greg Iles spent his youth in Natchez, Mississippi. His first novel, Spandau Phoenix, was the first of fifteen New York Times bestsellers, and his Natchez Burning trilogy continues the story of Penn Cage, protagonist of The Quiet Game, Turning Angel, and #1 New York Times bestseller The Devil’s Punchbowl. Iles’s novels have been made into films and published in more than thirty-five countries. He is a member of the lit-rock group “The Rock Bottom Remainders,” lives in Natchez, Mississippi, with his wife, and has three children.

Cemetery Road will be available for purchase starting March 5For more information, call the 918-3098 or email bmooy@cals.org.

Oxford American hosts an evening with Nathaniel Rich

odds-against-tomorrow-250x300The Oxford American magazine is pleased to welcome novelist Nathaniel Rich to Little Rock tonight.

Rich will read from his novel ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW.

Local writer Jay Jennings will emcee the event, and music will be provided by the John Burnette Duo. WordsWorth Books & Co. will have copies of the novel for sale.

The event is free and open to the public.  It starts at 7pm. The event will take place at the Oxford American headquarters at 1300 South Main Street

Nathaniel Rich is the author of The Mayor’s Tongue. His essays and short fiction have appeared in the Oxford American, Harper’s, The New York Review of Books, McSweeney’s, and The New York Times Magazine.

Born in New York City, he now lives in New Orleans. Visit his website at www.nathanielrich.com.

Little Rock author Frank Thurmond book signing

Frank ThurmondLittle Rock author Frank Thurmond will have a book signing today. For those not in Little Rock for the Razorback game, they should journey to That Bookstore In Blytheville for his 1pm book signing.

Thurmond will be signing copies of his new book entitled BEFORE I SLEEP: A MEMOIR OF TRAVEL AND RECONCILIATION, published by Et Alia Press. The book is available locally at the Clinton Museum Store, Wordsworth Books, and the UALR bookstore. It can be ordered online through Amazon.com.

After growing up in Little Rock, Thurmond has now returned and is an instructor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  In addition to being an author, he is a classical guitarist.

Frank Thurmond at WordsWorth this Saturday

Little Rock native Frank Thurmond, an instructor at UALR as well as an author and musician will have a book signing and reading at WordsWorth Books tomorrow (Saturday, March 31) at 1pm.

Thurmond’s book, Before I Sleep: A Memoir of Travel and Reconciliation was published by Et Alia press.  Here is how they describe it:

Before I Sleep begins with a telephone call: Absent for three decades, Thurmond’s birth father phones from his death bed, offering his son a chance for reconciliation. During those decades of absence, the son has passed through childhood in the rural South to fulfill his dream of studying abroad at Oxford University. Along the way, his travels take him from Dallas to Madrid to Soviet Moscow. The people he meets are larger-than-life, including Allen Ginsberg, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Queen Elizabeth II. Recounting life-shaping events and the insights they yield, Before I Sleep brings Thurmond’s physical, intellectual, and spiritual journeying vividly to life. Readers will find this an engaging and deeply inspiring memoir.

Thurmond will also be featured at the Arkansas Literary Festival in April.

The Sedaris Diaries

David Sedaris, author of The Santaland Diaries about his experiences working as an Elf at Macy’s one year, will be having a book signing tonight at WordsWorth Books in the Heights.  Sedaris is on a book tour promoting his new book Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk.  Wordsworth has the newest book, Holidays on Ice (which contains Santaland) and many of Sedaris’ other books.

The event tonight is billed as a book signing which may have a brief reading. It is not a Sedaris performance (though he has done two of those in Little Rock over the past few years in support of the Arkansas Literary Festival).

The event is ticketed. To get a ticket, one must purchase a Sedaris book at WordsWorth.  For more information call (501) 663-9198.