Hello again, dear readers!
Happy fall! Here we are at yet another great time of year to curl up with a great book — or two! This time, we might find ourselves nestled on the sofa with a hot cup filled with a steamy pumpkin spice beverage, or out in the middle of nature, under the stars, in a tent on an Arkansas State Park campsite. All options would be perfectly suitable to get in a welcome and quite lovely journey into any book of your choice — and I have a few terrific recommendations and reviews that will indeed suit your fancy.
The autumn months often mean festival season, as well. So, just as we celebrate music, food and other cultural offerings, a celebration and appreciation for books is absolutely in order! This month will mark another Six Bridges Book Festival sponsored by the Central Arkansas Library System. The 2021 festival will be virtual and free to the public, although registration is required. Included in this year’s lineup is an eclectic mix of fiction/non-fiction, health and fitness, food and cooking, as well as science, medicine, nature and more. The lineup of authors who will speak includes Arkansas-based author Kelli Marks, Pulitzer-winner Laura Groff, among other nationally celebrated writers. What a treat!
The House on Mango Street
by Sandra Cisneros
The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero. Told in a series of vignettes, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous, it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become.
The Ghost Variations
by Kevin Brockmeier
The Ghost Variations encourages readers to confront the timeless question: What comes after death? Here, in tales that are scary, funny, philosophical and touching, you’ll find that question sharpened, split, reconsidered — and met with a multitude of answers.
Easy One-Bowl Baking: No-Fuss Recipes for Sweet and Savory Baked Goods
by Kelli Marks
Little Rock-based author Marks has cooked up a set of recipes that will ensure you and your family hours of family bonding in the kitchen and the talk of all receptions and events on your holiday gathering list. In this book, the art of baking has been reduced to simply one bowl. Marks creates recipes that are mouthwatering and time- and space-efficient without sacrificing quality outcomes. These baked goods are share-worthy treats that are impressive and fun, but at the same time uncomplicated and mess-free.
In preparation for the festival, you can find your copy of the above-referenced books at the following locally owned and operated bookstores in Little Rock: Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing or WordsWorth Books. To learn more about the Six Bridges Book Festival, visit www.sixbridgesbookfestival.org.