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August author events and more at Laman Library

There are several interesting events and activities geared toward patrons of all ages at William F. Laman Library in North Little Rock during the month of August.

On Tuesday, August 26, at 7 p.m. author and former congressman Ed Bethune will be at Laman for a discussion and book signing as part of the library’s Meet the Author program. Bethune’s book Gay Panic in the Ozarks, explores a gruesome and shocking crime that took place over forty years ago in the Ozark Mountains, during which a young gay man was lynched to death. The book also examines attitude of the community in the decades that followed.

In addition to the regular activities, such as gaming and Monday Movie Mania, the Teen Center is featuring Doctor Who Night on Thursday, August 21, at 5 p.m.; an Open Mic Night on Tuesday, August 26, at 5 p.m.; and Afternoon Toons on Friday August 22 & 29 from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Other fun events taking place at Laman this month include The Sum of Many Parts: Quiltmakers in Contemporary America featuring work by a diverse group of quilters from various parts of the country. This all day event on Saturday, August 16, is curated by Teresa Hollingsworth and Katy Malone of South Arts, Atlanta, GA.

A Thriller Brunch and Author Skype Talk with writer Maegan Beaumont will be held at the Argenta Branch on Main Street in North Little Rock, Saturday, August 23, from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. During this event a light brunch will be served and Beaumont, who is the author of novels Carved in Darkness and Sacrificial Muse, will visit with attendees via Skype. The event is free but registration is required, so those planning to attend should call the library to reserve a seat.

The Argenta Branch will also host a presentation by pottery artist Celia Storey for the Argenta Art Walk on Friday, August 15, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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