2017 Author Talks

The Art of Storytelling: An Evening with Anne Perry

Tuesday, June 13, 6 p.m.

New York Times best-selling mystery author Anne Perry is the keynote speaker for the Fayetteville Public Library's 2017 Summer Author Series. She will be discussing her writing process and work in addition to taking audience questions. A signing will follow her talk and books will be available for purchase.

Anne Perry is best known for her historical detective fiction series set in Victorian England: the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels which include Dorchester Terrace and Midnight at Marble Arch, and for her William Monk novels featuring A Sunless Sea and Blind Justice. She is also the author of a series of five World War I novels, as well as fourteen holiday novels, most recently A Christmas Message, and a historical novel, The Sheen on the Silk, set in the Ottoman Empire.

Perry has been the guest of honor at Killer Nashville and BoucherCON, and was the recipient of the Edgar Award in 2000 for her short story "Heroes." She lives in Los Angeles and Scotland.

For more information on this speaker, please visit the publisher's website.


Charles Alison: A Brief History of Fayetteville, Arkansas

Wednesday, June 28, 6 p.m.

will discuss his new book A Brief History of Fayetteville, Arkansas which discusses the pivotal details that have shaped Fayetteville's evolution into one of Arkansas's largest cities.

Charlie Alison has lived in Fayetteville since 1965, working as a journalist for the last 35 years. He is executive editor for the office of university relations at the University of Arkansas, where he edits the alumni magazine and the university’s catalog of studies, among other projects. He is a member of the Washington County Historical Society’s board of directors and editor of the society’s quarterly historical journal, Flashback. He is co-author with Ellen Compton of Images of America: Fayetteville, published by Arcadia Publishing.

Books will be available for sale and for signing following the event.


UA Press Author Showcase: Jeff Shannon

Thursday, July 20, 6 p.m.

Jeff Shannon, UA professor and former Dean of the Fay Jones School of Architecture, will discuss his latest book Shadow Patterns: Reflections on Fay Jones and his Architecture. This collection of essays assembles critical accounts and personal memories to provide the broadest array of perspectives on Fay Jones the architect and Fay Jones the man. Readers will learn about Jones's personal qualities, his relationship with mentor Frank Lloyd Wright, and uncover the power of his work.

Books will be available to purchase and a signing follows the discussion.