Author Talk w/ Eli Cranor

What: Author Talk w/ Eli Cranor
When: 7/13/23 @12pm
Where: Livestreamed at and
Who: Ages 18+
No Registration

Edgar-Award-winning author Eli Cranor lives and writes from the banks of Lake Dardanelle, a reservoir of the Arkansas River nestled in the heart of True Grit country. His critically acclaimed debut novel, Don’t Know Tough, won the Peter Lovesey First Crime Novel Contest and was named one of the “Best Books of the Year” by USA Today and one of the “Best Crime Novels” of 2022 by the New York Times. Eli also pens a weekly column, “Where I’m Writing From” for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and his craft column, “Shop Talk,” appears monthly at CrimeReads.

​Eli’s newest novel Ozark Dogs ​is now available wherever books are sold.

(In-Person) Book Talk featuring Bitty Martin

Reservations required.

As part of the second night of the first-ever Hot Springs Book Festival, Bitty Martin, author of the upcoming and highly anticipated Snake Eyes: Murder in a Southern Town gives her debut book talk ahead of release.

Hot Springs, Arkansas, was shaken to its core in 1966 after a girl was found dead outside of town at Blacksnake Ranch. The owner claimed it was an accident, but people had their doubts. He may have gotten away with murder–until he killed again. Snake Eyes: Murder in a Southern Town is being released May 15, 2022 by Prometheus Books. Bitty Martin, the author, says, “This true story has been waiting a lifetime to be told.”

Reservations required.

LIVESTREAM: Program livestreamed at and

(V) Arkansas Epidemics in the 1800s

Arkansas Epidemics in the 1800s: | 2/15 | 12 P.M. | Virtual

The Garland County Historical Society (in association with the Garland County Library) presents “Arkansas Epidemics in the 1800s: News Coverage from Days of Pioneer Presses to the 1895 Hot Springs Information War”

John J. Archibald, Arkansas publisher and printer, will explore newspaper coverage of Arkansas epidemics of the 1800s. He will tell how newspaper coverage changed through the 1800s, with an emphasis on the 1895 smallpox epidemic information war between Hot Springs doctors and the national media, and he will demonstrate some of the news gathering processes used by Arkansas publishers in the 1800s.




(V) Country Doctors of Arkansas

Country Doctors of Arkansas | 1/18 | 12 PM | Virtual

The Garland County Historical Society (in association with the Garland County Library) presents “Country Doctors of Arkansas”—a program by Dr. Sam Taggart—at noon, Tuesday, January 18 at the Garland County Library. (*In-person events are subject to postponement or switch to virtual format*)

From the 1830s to the present, guest presenter Dr. Sam Taggart profiles rural doctors from across the state in the pages of his recent book, Country Doctors of Arkansas.  He explores the evolution of country doctors and profiles doctors serving small Arkansas communities.




(In-Person) Night at The Legendary Vapors w/ Author David Hill

Reservations required.

As part of the first night of the first-ever Hot Springs Book Festival, author David Hill will speak for the first time in person in Hot Springs about his popular 2020 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 Legendary Vapors itself, you’re invited to come enjoy a night of local historical nonfiction and local jazz from the Hot Springs Jazz Society.

The event is free, but reservations are first come, first served. Names will be verified at the door. Light appetizers included. The Legendary Vapors will also sell alcoholic beverages to guests 21+ at its bar.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for seating and a concert by the Hot Springs Jazz Society.
David Hill’s presentation starts at 7:00 p.m. Please arrive early. Reserved seats will not be held past 6:45.

The Legendary Vapors is located at 315 Park Avenue in Downtown Hot Springs.

Reservations required.