Summer at FPL: Once, Twice, Thrice with Authors and Heroes

Summer at FPL: Once, Twice, Thrice with Authors and Heroes

roy reedSummertime and Fayetteville Public Library offer heroes, heroines and escapes from the ordinary with three diverse author events.

Take Wednesday, June 17. Eyewitness Roy Reed discusses Selma, Alabama during the 1965 Freedom March. A New York Times reporter, he stood on the front lines of the growing civil rights movement. He shares his thoughts, memories, and reactions to those pivotal and bloody times as depicted in the 2015 film Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay and starring David Oyelowo. KUAF’s Kyle Kellams interviews Reed about his years covering the civil rights movement in a casual format that gets to the story behind the story.

scarlett lewisOn Thursday, June 18, Scarlett Lewis will discuss the Choose Love Movement. Founder of The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation and author of Nurturing Healing Love: A Mother’s Journey of Hope and Forgiveness, Scarlett’s story is one of love and survival after losing her son: How to face the impossible, find courage when you think you have none, and choose love instead of anger, fear, or hatred. Scarlett is the recipient of the International Forgiveness Award, the Live Your Legacy Award and the Common Ground Award for her advocacy work for peace and forgiveness.

Mid-July, Robert Jackson Bennett discusses “The Word as Art.” A multi-award winning author, he will discuss writing through the lens of his latest nove,l City of Stairs, on July 15. With five novels, and a sixth scheduled for release 2016, his based-in-reality tales of buried histories, secrets, and murder float somewhere between sci-fi/fantasy, horror, and historical fiction. Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Robert Jackson robert bennettBennett attended University of Texas, Austin, and remained a resident after falling in love with the area. Ultimately, Bennett finds the biggest reward comes from readers sharing his imaginative stories with others.

The three author events, held in the Walker Community Room, are free and open to the public. Movies and books are available for circulation.

Roy Reed: Reporting from Selma

Kyle Kellams interviews Roy Reed

Wednesday, June 17, 6:00 PM

Scarlett Lewis

Choose Love Movement

Thursday, June 18, 7:00 PM

Robert Jackson Bennett

Presents The Written Word as Art

Wednesday, July 15, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The author series, held in the Walker Community Room, is free and open to the public. Selma and the Lewis and Bennett books are available in the library for check-out.

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