True Lit Featured Speakers


Gene Luen Yang

PUBLIC LECTURE | Wednesday, October 23, 7 p.m.

Location: Walker Community Room, Fayetteville Public Library

Gene Luen Yang is the bestselling writer and artist behind American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, the Avatar: the Last Airbender comics, DC’s New Superman series and many other iconic works. Gene will discuss the importance of narratives that convey a multitude of cultural experiences. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

 Gene Luen Yang will also present to Fayetteville Public School students through the Blair Author and Lecture Series sponsored by the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation.  


jarrett krosoczka

WORKSHOP | Tuesday, October 22, 6 p.m.

Location: Walker Community Room, Fayetteville Public Library

Author and illustrator of dozens of popular picture books and graphic novels including Punk Farm, the Lunch Ladyseries, Platypus Police SquadStar Wars™: Jedi Academy series and Hey Kiddo, Jarrett Krosoczka will lead an illustrator workshop focusing on techniques such as character expression, perspective, shadow and gesture.  

This workshop is intended for illustrators ages 14 and up and registration is required.

A book signing will follow the workshop at 7 p.m.


Melanie Benjamin

PUBLIC LECTURE | Sunday, October 20, 2 p.m.

Location: Walker Community Room, Fayetteville Public Library

Melanie Benjamin is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling historical novels The Swans of Fifth Avenue, about Truman Capote and his society swans, The Aviator’s Wife, a novel about Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and The Girls in the Picture, about two of Hollywood's earliest female legends—screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford. She will be discussing her latest novel, Mistress of the Ritz, a tale of suspense wrapped in a love story, exploring the story of a woman and a man who discover the best in each other amid the turbulence of war.


Alison Hawthorne Deming

PUBLIC LECTURE | Thursday, October 24, 7 p.m.

Location: Walker Community Room, Fayetteville Public Library


Bryan Borland

Bryan Borland is the founder and publisher of Sibling Rivalry Press, an independent publishing house based in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is a 2015 Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry and winner of the 2016 Judith A. Markowitz Emerging Writer Award. He was selected as the inaugural "Best Poet of Arkansas" by the readers of the Arkansas Times in its annual Best-of-Arkansas issue in July 2018. His most recent work is Tourist (2018), a chapbook which chronicles his cross-country tour during the 2016 presidential election.

Join Bryan as he honors poet Karl Tierney by reading from “Have You Seen This Man?: The Castro Poems of Karl Tierney”. Karl Tierney was born in 1956. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Emory University in 1980 and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas in 1983. That same year, he moved to San Francisco where he dedicated himself to poetry. He published more than 50 poems in magazines and anthologies before his death. In December of 1994 he became sick with AIDS and took his own life in October of 1995.