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Book Signing and Discussion with Joyce Faulkner, Garrison Avenue

June 27, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Joyce Faulkner, author of "Garrison Avenue," will hold a book signing and discussion. "Garrison Avenue" is historical fiction about the only lynching in Fort Smith, Ark., during the Jim Crow era. Filled with drama, humor and tragedy, it explores where we have been as a city and welcomes conversation about our ancestors' choices and our own ideas for the future. Many of the locations referenced in the novel are chapters of the author's own story – St. Anne’s Academy, Immaculate Conception Church, the Goldman Hotel, the First National Bank, the Malco Theater and Garrison Avenue itself. After graduating from St. Anne’s in 1966, Faulkner studied writing at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She also holds degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and Business Administration from Cleveland State. This drama began when Faulkner came home for her fiftieth high school reunion in 2016. The historians at Miss Laura’s, the Fort Smith Museum of History, the National Historic Site and the Fort Smith Historical Society wanted to know why there was so little about the area in Faulkner’s many books. The answer was that she had spent the last fifty years in Pittsburgh, Penn. and Cleveland, Ohio with short stints in places New York, California, Japan, Texas and Florida. She and her husband had traveled to Canada, Germany, Poland, Korea and Africa. Every job assignment and every vacation gave her new plots, legends, characters, points of view and books to write. It was time, her classmates and old and new friends insisted, that she focus on Arkansas. She agreed. Months later, emerging from a superficial survey of area history, she and her husband planned a four-month research trip. What she found was a city steeped in adventure, intrigue and enough great characters to feed a writer’s soul for years to come. They moved back permanently in the spring of 2018. "Garrison Avenue" is the first in a new series of Faulkner's books set in Fort Smith. Co-author Dr. Micki Voelkel is an Arkansas native and associate dean in the Center for Business and Professional Development at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. She publishes research in the field of adult education and gender justice. She holds a B.S in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, an M.Ed in Adult Education and an Ed.D in Workforce Development Education from University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She has a varied background in writing and performing arts. She has more than 30 years experience in community and professional theatre as an actress and director. Voelkel lives in Van Buren, Ark. with her husband Bob, and a toy poodle named Tokyo. "Garrison Avenue" is her first novel. The book signing and discussion are included with museum admission.

Admission: $7 adults; $5 veterans/military; $2 children; under age 6 are free.

Event Location and Contact Information:
Fort Smith Museum of History
320 Rogers Avenue
Fort Smith, Arkansas


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