Books in Bloom Literary Festival in Eureka Springs


Books in Bloom Literary Festival: a Celebration for Writers and Readers will take place Sunday, May 15 at the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs.


Festival-goers have the opportunity to meet accomplished authors, and to hear them read from or speak about their work. Aspiring writers learn about various aspects of writing and publishing, and avid readers are introduced to authors working in a wide variety of genres.

Attendees are encouraged to come for a couple of hours or for the whole afternoon of presentations and readings. Books in Bloom authors will be available for book signing and conversation before and after their presentations.

In the Conservatory:

12:30 p.m.-1:25 p.m. – Leo Mazow

Mazow’s presentation explores songs as subject matter in the art of the American Regionalist painter, muralist, printmaker, and educator Thomas Hart Benton (1889–1975). At the close of this illustrated lecture, Mazow and his vocal accompanist Brittany Stephenson—who together form the musical group The Coverlets—will perform.

1:30 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. – Amy Stewart

Stewart’s new novel, Girl Waits with Gun, is based on the true story of three extraordinary women: Constance, Norma, and Fleurette Kopp. In 2012, Stewart stumbled across a 1914 newspaper article about them and went on to uncover their amazing history through genealogical archives, court records, old newspapers, and interviews with family members.

Perry will talk about the life of a professional writer.  He will pass on some of the things he learned, thought, wrote, said, and wished he’d said during a lengthy career writing novels, short fiction, and television.

Lippman will discuss how her decision to begin from a place of belief whenever she hears a story about sexual assault changed her life and her work as a novelist. Lippman explains, “To be clear, I’m open to discovering I was wrong to believe, but I never regret that initial choice. And I would not hew to this standard as a member of a jury, or as a journalist. But as a person, I have found an important kind of peace by choosing to believe that sexual assault is seldom something people lie about.”

Nehring will discuss problems writers must deal with that are increasing every month.

Allen writes mysteries set in the Edwardian Era. He hopes, someday, to do it better than Sir Arthur, and wants to tell festival-goers how he does it.

Boerner will discuss her personal journey to find a publisher as well as the essential tasks you should spend time on while you are writing your first book.

Smith will delve into the world of “seeing” as a sensory experience and place as character. She will read passages from her debut novel, Mourner’s Bench to show how she draws readers into her world.

Richards writes Westerns. A frequent speaker at writers’ conferences, he generously shares what he has learned about becoming a successful author regardless of genre you choose.

The trial of five men for the brutal murder of a drifter in the Ozarks in 1929 produced sensationalized press coverage around the nation. The story involved allegations of dismemberment and sexual assault, charges of imposture, and the testimony of a dead man. But the region itself became just as integral to the story as the alleged murderers and their supposed victim. Blevins explains.

This presentation will explore the backstory of Breaking Wild, including the author’s personal journey and discoveries, as well as those of her characters.

Biggs will see six new books that he’s illustrated out in late 2016 and early 2017. He’ll have a brief synopsis of his work and take a sneak peek at the new book coming soon.

Imagine working and living in a 300-foot long, 30-foot wide, three-story building with no windows and surrounded by technology. Smith will talk about her new book about men who served their country in submarines.

This 11th annual Books in Bloom Festival is part of Eureka Springs’ May Festival of the Arts celebration. Books in Bloom was established in 2005 by the Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation as its signature event to promote the value of books and reading.

The Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation was established in 2001 with the primary goal of ensuring the long-term financial stability of the Carroll and Madison Library System, its administrative office, and the six libraries within its two-county service area. It pursues this goal by encouraging financial support from all segments of the community.

The libraries are located in Berryville, Eureka Springs, Green Forest, Huntsville, Kingston and St. Paul.

The purpose of the Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation is to be a foundation, a solid financial base so that its six libraries, their communities, their thousands of patrons young and old, will always have free and public access to information. That, after all, is the fundamental and defining purpose of any public library. The Foundation, whose gifts to the regional library system are immeasurable, is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.