Prayer Walks for Schools

Cornerstone Southern Baptist Church in Beech Grove is organizing a Prayer Walk for Schools to be held today, Saturday, June 5.

Participants are asked to meet at Greene County Tech High School from 8 a.m.-9 a.m., and then the group is scheduled to meet at Paragould High School to continue the Prayer Walk for Schools. All who believe in prayer are invited to attend.

For more information contact Betty Hicks at 870-586-0069.

Fiona Davis to discuss ‘The Lions of Fifth Avenue’ June 10

From the Arkansas Center for the Book at the Arkansas State Library: The first If All Arkansas Read the Same Book event of 2021 is coming up on Thursday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m.

Fiona Davis will be live to discuss her novel “The Lions of Fifth Avenue” (New York: Dutton, 2020), with time for audience Q&A. The virtual event is free of charge. Registration information is available on the Arkansas State Library website: https://www.library.arkansas.gov/events/if-all-arkansas-read -the-same-book/.

Fiona Davis is the nationally bestselling author of historical novels set in iconic New York City buildings, including “The Chelsea Girls,” “The Masterpiece,” “The Address,” and “The Dollhouse.” Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages, and she is based in New York City. Davis’ fifth novel, “The Lions of Fifth Avenue,” follows parallel narratives set in 1913 and 1993, in which book thefts from the New York Public Library (Main Branch on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street) connect the time periods.

The Arkansas Center for the Book at the Arkansas State Library is a division of the Arkansas Department of Education. The If All Arkansas Read the Same Book community-read project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School will be held at Bible Baptist Church, located at 304 East Vine St., in Paragould, June 15-19, Tuesday-Friday from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., and Saturday from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. For more information call (870) 240-8584.

Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum reading retreat set for Sept. 24-25

The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott, will host a reading retreat Sept. 24-25.

Its focus will be on Ernest Hemingway’s works and life. The retreat, “Hemingway in Piggott,” includes a dinner and screening of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s PBS documentary about the famed author.

The books to be read and discussed are “Unbelievable Happiness and Final Sorrow” by Dr. Ruth Hawkins, former executive director of Arkansas State University Heritage Sites. It covers the marriage between Ernest Hemingway and second wife Pauline Pfeiffer and “The Hemingway Women” by Bernice Kert, which covers Hemingway’s four wives and other women who influenced his life. In addition, “The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway,” featuring forwards by John, Patrick, and Gregory Hemingway, and edited by Charles Scribner Jr. will be discussed.

Each book is available through the Hemingway-Pfeiffer museum store. To place an order and register for the retreat, please call (870) 598-3487.

A limited number of spots are available for those interested in participating. Registration is $100 by Sept. 1. There is a $25 late registration fee after that, though the fee may be refunded until Sept. 13.

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