Join award-winning novelists and historians, plus local authors, poets, musicians and artists for the 2011 Missouri Literary Festival: The Civil War, to be held Sept. 23, 24 and 25 at The Creamery Arts Center in Springfield, MO. Festival attendees will enjoy a variety of re-enactments, concerts, author readings and presentations, poetry readings and more as Missouri Literary Festival honors the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. Check out the information on festival events and bios of festival authors below or view the 2011 Missouri Literary Festival Program
The Missouri Literary Festival/Springfield News-Leader Civil War Challenge Short Fiction Contest
The Missouri Literary Festival and the Springfield News-Leader have teamed up to host the 2011 Civil War Challenge Short Fiction Contest. Judging takes place this summer, and finalists will be posted to the News-Leader’s website, www.News-Leader.com, in August when readers can vote on their favorites for the People’s Choice Award.
According to the rules, short stories can be any in genre but have to contain some reference to the Civil War.
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2011 Missouri Literary Festival Authors
Adam I. Arenson is the author of The Great Heart of the Republic: St. Louis and the Cultural Civil War and an assistant professor at the University of Texas at El Paso. He holds an A.B. from Harvard College and a Ph.D. from Yale University. A historian of 19th century North America, he is investigating the cultural and political history of slavery, Civil War and Reconstruction, and tracing the development of American cities, especially in the American West and its borderlands. The Great Heart of the Republic is his first book. He is now researching After the Underground Railroad: African Americans Returning from Canada and the Forgotten History of Transnational Reconstruction.
David Wilson Atwood is the author of “Where The Mockingbird Sang - A Novel of the Civil War.” Set in the Arkansas Ozarks, the novel is based on the Civil War diaries of the author’s great-great-grandfather, Evans Atwood, a Springdale physician who served with 15th Arkansas Infantry, CSA. “Where the Mockingbird Sang” combines journal entries, historical fact and fiction in a narrative that begins before the start of the war and follows events through the aftermath of the conflict.
James S. Baumlin is publishing editor of “Confederate Girlhoods: A Women’s History of Early Springfield, Missouri.” According to Moon City Press, “Confederate Girlhoods” gathers materials from the Campbell-McCammon Collection as preserved in The History Museum for Springfield-Greene County. The book includes memoirs, correspondence and fiction by four generations of women in the Campbell family, a founding family of Springfield, MO. Focused on writings from 1855 to 1905, “Confederate Girlhoods” presents the women’s view of Indians and early settling; of slavery and Southern patriotism; of war and its social, political, economic aftermath; of the railroad and Westward migration; and of an Ozarks community’s early efforts at conservation and civic commemoration.
Civil War historian William C. Davis has more than 50 books to his credit as author or editor. His books “Battle of Bull Run” and “Breckinridge: Statesman, Soldier, Symbol” were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. A widely sought expert on the Civil War and Southern history, Davis served as on-camera senior consultant on the series “Civil War Journal” for A&E Network and The History Channel, and was historical consultant on television and film productions including “The Blue and the Gray,” “George Washington” and “The Perfect Tribute.” The only three-time winner of the Jefferson Davis Award, honoring book-length works on Confederate history, Davis is a professor of history at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and director of programs at the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies.
Randall Fuller, an associate professor of English at Drury University, is the author of “From Battlefields Rising: How the Civil War Transformed American Literature” and “Emerson’s Ghosts: Literature, Politics, and the Making of Americanists,” as well as various articles on 19th- and 20th-century American literature.
Kate Klise is an award-winning author of 19 children’s books, including the bestselling “Regarding the Fountain,” “Dying to Meet You,” as well as the “Little Rabbit” series of picture books. Described by critics as “fresh, funny, and a delight to read,” Kate’s books for young readers have netted award nominations in more than 20 states.
Kelly Knauer is a writer and editor for TIME Books in New York City, the book-publishing division of TIME Magazine. He has written and edited more than 30 TIME books on such subjects as Hurricane Katrina, the Middle East, great photojournalism, natural history, global warming, architecture, U.S. history and the life of Abraham Lincoln. A native of Springfield, Kelly has extensive experience as a corporate speechwriter and as a promotion writer for magazines including Foreign Affairs, Martha Stewart Living, American Heritage, Archaeology, Harper’s, Gourmet and The New Republic.
Janis Cooke Newman is the author of the historical novel “Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln.” Told from the perspective of Mary Todd Lincoln, whom the author calls one of the most misunderstood women in American history, “Mary” is a story filled with love and war, sex and seances, assassination, infidelity, madness and politics. The book was honored as USA Today’s Best Historical Fiction of the Year in 2006.
William Garrett Piston, a professor of history at Missouri State University, is the author of “Wilson’s Creek: The Second Battle of the Civil War and the Men Who Fought It.” He has taught history at MSU for 22 years, specializing in American Military History, and the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Jeff Shaara is the acclaimed author of the Civil War novel “Gods and Generals,” the prequel to his father Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work “The Killer Angels.” The younger Shaara also penned a sequel to “The Killer Angels, “The Last Full Measure,” which explores the final years of the war. Shaara is the author of nine historical novels focused on American warfare including the Revolutionary War, U.S.-Mexican War, Civil War, World War I and World War II.
Marideth Sisco is an oral essayist and Ozarks musician who will share memories from These Ozarks Hills.
Chris Stuckenschneider, columnist and book editor for the Washington Missourian, is author of Twist of Fate, The Miracle Colt and His Friends. Twist of Fate is the story of Twister, the “miracle colt” of Longmeadow Rescue Ranch. On Sept. 27, 2006, a tractor-trailer crashed on Interstate 44 in rural Missouri with 42 horses on board, bound for an Illinois meatpacking plant.The truck landed on its side, trapping the animals. Twenty-five horses and a hinny were rescued by volunteers, and Twister was born seven months later. Twist of Fate is Chris’s first book; her regular columns include the weekly Sights and Insights and the monthly Novel Ideas, and she is a motivating force behind the award-winning Book Buzz Youth Literacy Project.
Chris Sutton is a member of the Riverwind, MO-TEL and Gateway Storytelling guilds who has worked as an interpreter and storyteller for the Saint Louis Zoo and for the Missouri state parks. From Francis Scott Key to the Civil War to the history of the Dodo Bird, Chris brings his experience as an actor in theater, television and audio dramatization to his tales. Chris performs both children’s and adults’ stories focused on life lessons, living history, turn of the century, inspiration, nature-based adventures and twists of fate
Steve Yates, a novelist and native of Springfield, MO, is the author of “Morkan’s Quarry,” a father-and-son story of the Civil War set primarily in Springfield and the Missouri Ozarks. “Morkan’s Quarry” mines the rich Civil War history of Springfield, which was occupied by five different armies over the course of the war.
Judy Young, an award-winning author of children’s fiction, poetry and nonfiction, has penned 11 books, including “S is for Show Me, A Missouri Alphabet,” “The Hidden Bestiary of Marvelous, Mysterious and (maybe even) Magical Creatures” and her latest, “A Pet for Miss Wright,” was just released.