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Northwest Arkansas Author Book Fair 2012@ the Springdale Public Library

About the Event

The Springdale Public Library is excited to invite you to our Friends of the Library Book Sale and our first ever Northwest Arkansas Author Book Fair! Stop by the Library Oct. 25 - Oct. 27 to find old and new gently used favorites during the book sale. Friends members receive a 50% discount on all book sale purchases. For more information about joining the Friends of the Library, call 479-750-8180 or visit us in person.

Additionally, on Oct. 27, from 2:00- 4:00 p.m., we've invited over twenty writers to visit the library. Whether you enjoy adventure, romance, horror, humor, nonfiction, photography, poetry, self-help, or children's books, our local writing community has you covered!

These talented authors who call Northwest Arkansas home will be on hand to visit with the public and sell and discuss their work. Read on or use the links to the left to find out more about the authors who will be in attendance.

Please note that the Friends discount does not include any items purchased directly from local authors.

Travis Ayres

The Bomber Boys

Travis L. Ayres was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in the Bayou State (Go Tigers! Who Dat!) He is a Viet Nam veteran who served in the U.S. Navy as a Petty Officer 3rd Class / Fire Control Tech.

After the Navy, Ayres began a 33 year career as a radio broadcaster. Using the "radio-name" Marc Sommers, Ayres worked on the air at such legendary radio stations as WTIX and WNOE (New Orleans) and WABC and WCBS-FM in New York City. At CBS-FM he was a member of the airstaff that won two Marconi Awards and his radio program was used as the soundtrack for the Ace Award winning HBO documentary "Yours To Keep." While still working in broadcasting he wrote and self-published his first book: Shiloh To Stones River - The True Story of John H Sullivan and the 16th Louisiana Infantry.

While hosting the morning drive program at Hartford's WDRC-FM Ayres met WW II veteran airman Anthony Teta and was inspired to write The Bomber Boys - True Stories of B-17 Airmen (Author House - 2005). The book found a market on the internet.

In the summer of 2009 Penguin Books approached with an offer to publish a brand new "updated" edition and on Oct 6, 2009 The Bomber Boys - Heroes Who Flew The B-17s In WW II hit book stores nationwide. The History Book Club has selected The Bomber Boys for "Hardcover" publication. The Library Journal has given The Bomber Boys a "Star Review" and rated it as "Highly Recommended."

Ayres and his family now call Arkansas and New Jersey and (of course) Louisiana home. Visit the author's website at

Phyl Campbell

Mother Confessor

Phyl Campbell has been scribbling dialogue on pieces of paper ever since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She has plenty of experience living in the worlds of academics, scientists, and storytellers, but is most at home watching her son become all of these and more. Kids grow up fast, don't they? When neither writing nor thinking up diabolical plots to take over the world, Phyl enjoys spending time online, curled up with a book, creating music, with her husband and son, or teaching. Phyl Campbell appreciates your questions and comments. "Like" her Phyl Campbell author page on Facebook for more information!

Fun Facts About Phyl:

Brad Carter

The Big Man of Barlow

Brad Carter is a lifelong resident of the great state of Arkansas. He is a product of the state's public school system and a liberal upbringing that resulted in him becoming well versed in the arts of beer swilling, hog-calling, and writing. After discovering the delights of both pulp and literary fiction, Brad developed the urge to write and set about drafting page after page of sometimes horrific, sometimes humorous prose. He attended the University of Arkansas, where he discovered the joys of writers' workshops and honed his craft in a genre-unfriendly atmosphere that taught him to focus on the crafting of character and setting, and worry less about catering to genre conventions. Brad currently lives in Northwest Arkansas, where his wife and daughter barely tolerate his behavior.

Brad's first novel, The Big Man of Barlow, was published last year. He recently signed a contract for his second novel, expected in 2013.

Houstine Cooper

Ruby's Mountain

When Houstine Cooper was growing up, her family moved a lot. She attended Springdale High School from 1936 - 1940. Following her graduation from Joplin High School, she left immediately to work in Colorado.

That "moving often" bug has stayed with her. Married to a professional Air Force man in 1946 who later taught school and coached, she kept her packing boxes in a back room, ready to move. She wrote short stories, poetry, and won several prizes by entering writing contests. A number of her poems have been published. One poem, "Phone Conversations," won a third place position among over 3000 entries. She was very flattered and encouraged to keep writing. Now she is a widow, back in Springdale, and enjoying June Jefferson's life writing classes at the Shiloh Museum. She is currently working on another book.

Alison Cothran

Carlyn Meets Granny Girl's New Friends

After Alison Cothran finished her MSN in Community/ Family Health Nursing, she taught nursing at a university in Arkansas. She did not feel education was the direction she was to take, so she attended meetings in Little Rock to explore other options.

Her husband had a business degree, and the couple wanted to work together to serve the community in some area. They both had wonderful memories of their grandparents and relationships with other elderly people from the community and church. The Cothrans opened Homestyle Assisted Living in 1998 with a permit to build a 40 bed facility in Washington County in Arkansas. The facility has successfully served the northwest Arkansas community for 14 years and has undergone 2 building expansions. The expansions have increased the building capacity to a 100 bed facility. Over the years Alison has hosted numerous children's groups and has been involved in planning many events at Homestyle Assisted Living. Her family has expanded over the years as well. They adopted 2 boys from Vietnam and a girl from China. Each of her 4 children have a different personality, yet they have all had wonderful experiences with Homestyle residents.

Alison Cothran's children's book, Carlyn Meets Granny Girl's New Friends, follows the adventures of Carlyn and her friend Granny Girl as they get to know the residents at an assisted living facility. The book teaches children of all ages to develop their circle of relationships to include senior adults. Visit to learn more.

Kymberley Cook

Her Blood's Warning

Kymberley is originally from Prairie Grove, Arkansas. She graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1996 and received a BS in Education with a focus in English/Literature. She still lives in that charming little town (the setting of one of her books she is currently in the process of editing) set in the country with her husband and two boys.

Though she had always wanted to write earlier in life, her journey as a writer had unlikely beginnings once she graduated college. "I'll admit after college, I didn't want to open a book, let alone write one. I was burnt out. After graduation, I wanted to focus on making a living for my family. It took almost a full decade for my love of reading and writing to come back. I was reading a few wonderful stories to my children when I once again became inspired to pick up a pen." And she did -- the first book she published was the first in the Lore of Leifmala series, The Forest Gorrath.

But, why start with a fantasy story? "I loved to hear stories of any kind, but my favorites were adventure fairy tales. Before I ever left grade school, I can remember sitting at an old fashioned type writer wanting to write something important, but I could never get out more than a paragraph." She has since overcome that obstacle and is excited to see where the pen takes her next.

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Mark DiRienzo

The Fisherman

Mark D. DiRienzo was born and raised in Niagara Falls, NY. Shortly after his 22nd birthday, he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. During his eight years in Las Vegas, he embarked on many adventures and worked in many industries, specializing in security/law enforcement/ investigations and corrections. He had the opportunity to travel the entire Western United States of America for work. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling, cooking and anything that has to do with being on or around the water or coast.

He now lives in Northwest Arkansas. During the day, he works in the legal field.He has just completed the follow up to his first novel, The Fisherman. Look for The Reaper to be released soon!

Pamela Foster

Redneck Goddess

Pamela Foster was born and raised in Eureka, California, where her family has worked and raised all manner of trouble for eight generations. She married and raised three sons while earning a degree from Humboldt State University. At forty, she began her life as a nomad. She lived in Hilo, Hawaii; the Caribbean coast of Mexico; the Arizona desert; the jungles of Panama; and the Ozark Mountains. In between moves she and her husband spent six months backpacking through Thailand, Nepal, and Vietnam.

Pamela's first novel, Redneck Goddess, was set in south Georgia. Bigfoot Blues takes place in the Pacific Northwest. Regardless of the setting, and wrapped around the humor and the suspense and the struggles of her characters, Foster always leaves the reader with a renewed joy in the small moments in life. Her novels are a celebration of ordinary people doing their best and, in the process, often becoming heroes.

What you might be surprised to know about Pamela Foster:

  1. She is the only person in her family to earn a college degree.
  2. She has spent, in total, over one hundred and twenty-five days under water.
  3. She is married to a disabled Vietnam Vet who is both her hero and her challenge.
  4. Her paternal great-great-grandfather, Merritt Curtis Foster, drove the Butterfield Stagecoach that dead-ended in Humboldt County, California. He got off the stage in the mid-1800's and his descendants are still roaming the area's foggy lagoons and redwood forests.
  5. During prohibition, her paternal great-aunt, Mandy Foster, owned and operated the best brothel on the waterfront of Eureka, California. The author evidently bears a likeness to this aunt. In Pamela's youth, old men familiar with Mandy approached her fairly regularly, always with the line, "You look like someone I knew a long time ago."
  6. Family legend insists that her maternal grandfather, Fritz Brockmueller, encountered a family of Bigfoots while building a mountain road along Bluff Creek, California.

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Carolyn Guinzio

Spoke & Dark

A Chicago native, Carolyn Guinzio received a B.A. from Columbia College and an MFA from the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College. Her work has appeared in Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, New American Writing, Smartish Pace, Willow Springs and many other journals. She is the author of West Pullman, winner of the 2004 Bordighera Poetry Prize, Quarry (Free Verse Editions, Parlor Press, 2008), and Spoke & Dark, chosen by Alice Quinn as winner of the A Room of Her Own/To The Lighthouse Prize (Red Hen, 2012). She also is the author of the chapbooks Untitled Wave (Cannibal, 2009) and a liss, (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). She has received awards from the arts councils of Kentucky and Illinois and the Fund for Poetry. Currently, she is the poetry editor at Yew: A Journal of Innovative Writing & Images by Women. She lives with her husband, the poet Davis McCombs and their two children in Fayetteville, AR.

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Tracy Harger

Self Help and the Bible

Tracy Harger is a theologian living in Northwest Arkansas. He has a varied work history and a military background. He uses his in-depth knowledge of scripture to connect self-help topics to Biblical facts in such as a way as to induce faith. This book was written to assist readers in their own personal growth.

Tamara Hart Heiner


Tamara Hart Heiner lives in Arkansas with her husband and three children. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English. She teaches in the mornings and spends the rest of the day avoiding the laundry and other chores, all in the name of parenting. Sometimes she gets to sit down in front of the computer and write for a few hours. And if her husband's lucky, she makes something for dinner besides macaroni and cheese.

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Rhonda Bell Holmes

The WORD Diet

Much to her surprise & joy, Mrs. Holmes, of Umoja Soul NWA Writing Group, has become an Inspirational Writer & Speaker. Her first book, The WORD Diet, is:

Other publications in which her writing has been included are:

As a Speaker, she enjoys conducting workshops and retreats, and presenting for all types of groups and organizations as well as churches. A few of those organizations are:

Don House

Not a Good Sign

When he's not out roaming the backroads, you can find Don House working in his isolated rural studio near Fayetteville. For over twenty-five years, he has photographed the human and natural landscape of Northwest Arkansas. Known for his powerful, rich, black-and-white imagery, his work has been featured in publications as diverse as Boys Life and The Wall Street Journal, and is collected and exhibited throughout the country. He is the author of two books - Buffalo Creek Chronicles and Not A Good Sign.

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F.L. Jones

Candy Apple

Ms. F.L. Jones, of Umoja Soul NWA Writing Group, is a poet, writer, author, actress and storyteller who has published a poetry book, Candy Apple: A Diverse Collection of Poems. Romantic love, inspiration, black history and deep spirituality are all displayed throughout the book. These poems will allow you to look deeper into the situations of life told through the eyes of a poet who has an excellent gift of perception.

Jones has a gift of listening and projecting emotions and feelings from different experiences in her poems. She enjoys writing articles about children's issues, disability issues. spirituality, romantic love, teenage problems and current events. Her second book of poems, Cotton Candy: Sweet Poems For The Entire Soul, is due in the fall.

Michael LaFears

Words from the Speaking Soul

Author Michael Lafears, Jr, of Umjoa Soul, is originally from Alexandria, LA and currently lives in Bentonville, where he's resided for the last 6 years. His first self-published book is Words From A Speaking Soul - Life's Unheard Cries. Inspiration for the book stems from childhood memories, current events and the trials and tribulations of young adults. His poems are inspired by relationships, religion, love, loss and politics. A self-published African-American author, Michael hopes to inspire his readers and provide a positive spin on negative subject matters. In his book, Michael tells the story of life from various perspectives in order for the reader to truly hear the cries often unheard within the soul of man.

Pam Long


Pam Long is a life-time resident of Benton County. She is the wife of Lowell Mayor, Eldon Long. She has three married children and six grandchildren. Pam has three published faith-based romance books and has also worked as a contributing writer for Ozarks' Farm and Neighbor and Peekaboo Magazine.

After realizing that young women have too few wholesome and stable role models today, it is Pam's desire to write fictional stories that inspire and encourage the reader. Her characters face many of the same struggles and trials that we face today and, through strong character and faith, they meet them head on with amazing results.

Emily's Three Miracles and Gideon's Cabin are the first two in a series of "Emily and Gideon" stories set in the late 1800's. Her third novel, Contessa is a modern romance set in Africa.

Tom Maringer

A Superior State of Affairs

Tom Maringer has done lots of different things - he is a family man, a writer, craftsman, geologist, and an educator. In his life as a craftsman, he makes fantasy coins in a workshop behind the house, as well as knives and swords, buttons for costumers and cabinet knobs for interior designers and cabinetmakers. In his work as an educator, he has taught nature studies to fifth graders at the Ozark Natural Science Center, as well as chemistry labs and geography classes at the university level. He received a master's degree in Physical Geography and spent two years working for the Benton County 9-1-1 Administration as a cartographer. During his study, he spent time rockhounding, exploring abandoned mines, rock climbing and spelunking. Such activities have faded from prominence in later years, but he still enjoys getting out to the hard-to-find places, getting underground and hanging about on ropes from time to time.

After his MA work was finished in 1996, but before he had found the position with Benton County, he spent most of my time writing a science-fiction/adventure novel centered around the adventures of a group of graduate students and Yooper locals in U.P. Michigan in the year 2017. It's entitled A Superior State of Affairs, and is available as a paperback from the publisher, AuthorHouse, or from any major bookstore.

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Brenda McCall


Brenda McCall, grandmother of a child with Down syndrome, is a member of Down Syndrome Connection of Northwest Arkansas. She is a writer whose work is aimed toward educating and inspiring young families living with and caring for differently abled children. She hopes BeBe's story will enable others to find the love and joy the experience can bring as it has to her own family.

Jennifer McClory

When the Lights Go Up

Jennifer is a Southern Belle through and through. She was raised in Arkansas and Louisiana and grew up wishing to be Scarlett O'Hara... or an otter. She graduated from University of Arkansas with a bachelors degree in English, creative writing, and journalism, but that's only because shoe shopping isn't currently offered as a degree program at any major university yet.

She spends much of her non-writing time playing the role of executive assistant to her son, Preston, who along with her better half, Joe, provide her with non-stop comedy. Visit her website at

Michelle Pennington


Michelle Pennington has a BA in Liberal Arts from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. To attain this degree, she studied Literature, Rhetoric, History, and Art. She married her sweetheart, Ethan, while still in college and developed a new penchant for skipping class to spend more time with him. Despite this distraction, she still managed to graduate Magna Cum-Laude.

Her love for the written word began at a young age. At four years old, she followed her mother around all day asking how to spell things. Her teen years were spent hiding in trees, on rooftops, and anywhere she could escape her chores for a while to read. Despite this aggravating behavior, her parents always encouraged her love of literature and her dream to write. Michelle is a hopeless romantic and an insatiable people watcher.

Currently she is a stay-at-home mom where she cares for her three children, who are at once adorable and exasperating. In the midst of the domestic whirlwind that is her life, she enjoys crafting, cooking, art, and reading. For more, visit her website at

Dusty Richards

Between Hell and Texas

If there was a Saturday matinee, Dusty was there with Hoppy, Roy and Gene. He went to roundup at seven years-old, sat on a real horse and watched them brand calves on the Peterson Ranch in Othello, Washington. When his family moved to Arizona from the Midwest, at age 13, he knew he'd gone to heaven. A horse of his own, ranches to work on, rodeos to ride in - Dusty's mother worried all his growing up years he'd turn out to be some "old cowboy bum."

He read every western book on the library shelves. He sat on the stoop of Zane Grey's cabin on Mrs. Winter's ranch and looked out over the "muggie-own" rim and promised the writer's ghost his book would join Grey's some day on the book rack.

Since English teachers never read westerns, he made up book reports like "Guns on the Brazos" by J.P. Jones. Then he sold them for a dollar to other boys too lazy to read when teenagers were lucky to earn fifty cents an hour. In fact, book reports kept him and his buddy in gas money to go back and forth to high school.

After graduating from Arizona State University in 1960, he came to northwest Arkansas, ranched, auctioneered, announced rodeo, worked 32 years for Tyson Foods in management, anchored TV news and struggled to get a book of his own sold.

In 1992, his first novel, Noble's Way, was published. In 2003, his novel The Natural won the Oklahoma Writer's Federation Fiction Book of the Year Award. In 2004, The Abilene Trail won the same award. Dusty invests a lot of his time helping others who want to learn how to write by speaking at seminars and conferences all over the United States. There is no difference in writing any kind of fiction. In Dusty's words, "You simply change the sets, costumes and dialect."

He serves on the board of Ozark Creative Writers Conference held annually in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, as well as on the boards of the Ozarks Writers League in Branson, Missouri, and the Oklahoma Writers Federation. He also serves on the board of his local electric co-op, and of the Springdale, Arkansas PRCA rodeo. He is a past board member of the Western Writers of America. In 2004 he was inducted into the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame. Over one hundred books have been published under his own name and pseudonyms. That does not count his five dozen plus short stories and hundreds of articles and columns.

Dusty and his wife, Pat, reside next to Beaver Lake east of Springdale, Arkansas - that is whenever they aren't off at speaking engagements or writing conferences, announcing rodeos or chuckwagon racing, or researching for western novels. He and his wife have two wonderful daughters, Ann and Rhonda, two great sons in law, and four super grand kids.

If he can steal time to do it, Dusty likes to fish for trout on the White River in Arkansas.

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Terry Seigler

Rush Creek: Reconciliation

Terry Seigler graduated high school in 1978 from Gallup High School, Gallup, New Mexico. For two years he worked at a supply house in Gallup selling silver and stones to the local Navajo and Zuni. There, he taught himself the craft of creating silver and turquoise jewelry as a hobby. After a semester in college, he transferred to a trade school in Paris, Texas where he learned the craft of jewelry making as a profession. He has been creating fine jewelry with precious metals and stones for over thirty years now. He is married with two daughters, one in college and one in med school. His hobbies include gardening, canoeing, camping, fishing and most recently, writing.

He began writing a few years ago as a hobby and wrote historical fiction stories about his friends and how they fictionally met their spouses in a past era. The stories of their romances are interlaced with adventure, action and drama. It was only for fun at the beginning but he found that he loved to research historical places and events and then create a fictional story around that event.

His latest story, Rush Creek: Reconciliation, takes place in the historic ghost town of Rush, Arkansas which is situated along the Buffalo National River. The story takes place in 1900 and is about a young man who leaves the family farm in Kingston, Arkansas to become a man on his own terms. He travels to the zinc mining town of Rush where business is booming. There he discovers love, danger, enemies, and loss - but most importantly, himself.

Umoja Soul Writing Group

Umoja Soul NWA Writing Group encourages unity, participation and outreach throughout the African-American Northwest Arkansas writing community. These published authors, poets and writers have joined together to promote literacy in young people, consult with new authors, host book discussions throughout the community, and deliver speaking presentations in schools and community organizations. By empowering minority writers in Northwest Arkansas and promoting diverse voices and ideas, Umoja Soul seeks to strengthen and enrich the literary voice of Northwest Arkansas through their message of unity, inclusion and literacy.

For more information about Umoja Soul, contact F.L. Jones at

Dustin Wiliams

The Fit Formula

Dustin is the owner and head personal trainer for Precision Fitness. He has been involved in the fitness world for eleven years. He began training prior to going to Northeastern State University, where he received a bachelor's degree in finance. After he graduated and began to work in the corporate world, Dustin lost focus on his health and wellness, which in turn caused him to gain 40+ pounds. He realized he not only needed to change his habits, but that he also couldn't imagine not helping others to do the same. He went back to school and received both his IBFA certification and is an MSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Now, he has lost 50 pounds and continues to focus on his nutritional education and knowledge. He has attended one of the most pretigious boot camp training sessions in Law Vegas, and has also trained with 4X Mr. Olympia, Jay Cutler. Dustin has currently been training clients full-time for over six years, and has helped many lose weight, gain muscle, and achieve their goals. People know Dustin as a focused individual and someone who will help them achieve their goals... no matter what it takes.

Dustin in now turning his attention toward youth sports specific training and is now IYCA Certified and a proud franchisee of Athletic Revolution. In addition to personal training, Dustin is also currently the Regional Head Judge for Natural Bodybuilding competitions and is a current best-selling author of the book The Fit Formula. He was also recently invited to go to Hollywood, CA to accept a Quilly award for his book making the Best Sellers list on He has also executive produced a documentary that was featured at Sundance in June 2012.

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