This fall, in a first-ever event, the Hot Springs Book Festival will gather authors near and far for two days of book talks, sellings, signings, and fairs at various venues.

Hosted by the Garland County Library with support from the Literacy Council of Garland County and National Park College Adult Education, the festival will feature authors David Hill, Corabel Shofner, Trenton Lee Stewart, and Nate Powell. There will also be a fair for local authors showcasing their pieces. Attendance for all events is free, but registration for the book discussions is required. Register for each event through the library's website at

It all starts Friday, September 17th, at The Legendary Vapors.

The festival will kick-off with Hill talking about his recently published book The Vapors: A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs, America's Forgotten Capital of Vice. With a venue as fitting as The Vapors itself, you’re invited to come enjoy a night of local historical nonfiction and local jazz from the Hot Springs Jazz Society. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:15 p.m. Register for this event here

On Saturday, September 18th, festivities will start back up with Shofner talking about her children’s novel Almost Paradise at 10 a.m. in the library. Her book signing will begin at 10:45 a.m.

At 11 a.m. in the library Stewart, who is from Hot Springs and now resides in Little Rock, will talk about his book series The Mysterious Benedict Society that has been streaming on Disney Plus as an ongoing series since June 25. His book signings will begin at 11:45 a.m.

From 1-2:30 p.m., a local author book fair will take place in the library, providing the opportunity to check out the many authors residing in your community. Book sellings and signings will be available. A livestream with the authors will be held at 3 p.m. for those who would like to attend virtually.

The festival will conclude at 6 p.m. at a location to be announced with last, but certainly not least, Nate Powell talking about his career as a graphic novelist. The Little Rock native is best known for his graphic novel Swallow Me Whole, and his illustration of the March trilogy, the autobiographical series written by U.S. Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. Powell is a recipient of the Ignatz Award, Eisner Award, and National Book Award.

Don’t miss this first-ever festival! The theme is #readlocal, so the more Hot Springians in attendance, the better. All books being discussed are available to borrow at the Garland County Library.

The Garland County Library is located at 1427 Malvern Avenue in Hot Springs. For more information about virtual programming, online databases, curbside pickup, home delivery, and more, contact the library at 501-623-4161. Questions can also be sent to Visit for access to online catalog, accounts, and e-materials.

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