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Oct. 18-22: Ben Farmer Lectures

Come and meet noted author and editor Ben Farmer, when he discusses his new novel Evangeline, a novelization of Henry Wadsworth Longfellows’s epic poem “Evangeline, A Tale of Arcadie.”

Ben Farmer will appear at

  • October 18, Pedagogy Workshop: 6-9 pm (SUA 102-0)
  • October 19, UALR Adolescent Book Club: 4:30-5:30 pm (Stabler Hall 407)
  • October 22, Writers’ Workshop, 9-10 am (Stabler Hall 501)
  • October 22, Reading and Book Signing, 4-5 pm (WordsWorth Books and Co.; located at 5920 R Street in the Heights)
Updated 10.15.2010

Cooper Honors Speaker: Linda LeGarde Grover will talk on “When the Kettle Jumped into the Fire: Windigo Presence in Ojibwe Prose and Poetry”

Linda LeGarde Grover is an Ojibwe Indian and an enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Her reservation (called Bois Forte or Nett Lake) is in northern Minnesota about an hour’s drive south of the Canadian border. She is a professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where she has researched the effects of federal and state Indian education policy on Ojibwe communities. She is the 2009 recipient of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction for her book manuscript The Dance Boots, recently published by the University of Georgia Press.

Linda Grover will be speaking on Monday, October 11 at 7 pm in Donaghey Student Center, Meeting Room D.

Updated 9.20.2010

Cooper Honors Speaker: Benjamin Alire Sáenz will talk on “How Mexico Haunts My Imagination”

Benjamin Alire Sáenz is a distinguished Mexican American fiction writer, poet, and author of children’s books who teaches at the University of Texas at El Paso. His first

collection of poetry, Calendar of Dust, was honored with an American Book Award in 1991, and his most recent book of poems, The Book of What Remains, was published this year. Sáenz will give his talk on Thursday, September 30, at 7 pm, in Donaghey Student Center, Meeting Room A.

His first book of fiction was a collection of short stories, Flowers for the Broken, which came out in 1992. His critically acclaimed first novel, Carry Me Like Water, was published in 1995 and was also awarded a Southwest Book Award and a Latino Literary Award for Best Novel. His second novel, The House of Forgetting, was published two years later and has been translated into German and French.

Sáenz has also published four bilingual children’s books including Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and won the Americas Book Award, The Paterson Prize, and the JHunt Award for 2005. Sammy and Juliana was also named one of the top ten Young Adult novels by the American Library Association and was also named one of the top books of the year by the Center for Children’s Books, The New York Public Library, and the Miami Herald. He has published several award-winning young adult novels since then. Saenz’s talk is sponsored by the Cooper Program and also by Hola! Arkansas and Leo Monterrey as part of the Arkansas Mexico 2010 celebrations.

Updated 9.17.2010
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