Thursday, November 4, 2010

Author Charlaine Harris delights fans at ‘If All Arkansas’ book event

A pleasant, middle-aged woman from Magnolia was the center of attention at “An Intimate Evening with Charlaine Harris” and most of the audience was thrilled to be in her midst.

Harris, 58, was the speaker in the culminating event of If All Arkansas Read the Same Book in the R.J. Wills Lecture Hall at Pulaski Technical College’s Campus Center on Friday night.

The hall was near capacity, and Crystal Long, coordinator for Arkansas Center for the Book, said all tickets had been distributed.

The author’s first series of books featured Georgia librarian Aurora Teagarden and the Shakespeare series, set in rural Arkansas, featured Lily Bard. But it was the Southern Vampire series, featuring Louisiana barmaid Stackhouse, that turned Harris into a literary star. The first three books were the basis of the first three seasons of Alan Ball’s “True Blood” series, which is a hit on cable TV network Home Box Office.

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