A benefit luncheon for the Mulberry Public Library featuring two area authors is set for Saturday at the Kirksey Maternity Hospital event center in Mulberry.
Friends of the Mulberry Public Library are holding the luncheon at noon with authors Anita Paddock and James Crownover. Tickets for the event are $20 and can be purchased at the library.
Attendees will hear from the two authors, who will speak during the luncheon, said Vonna Steele, Friends of the Mulberry Public Library president. Afterward, the authors will be selling and signing their books, Steele said.
“This is a fundraiser for the Mulberry library to go toward its expansion,” Steele said.
Proceeds will go for the library’s planned expansion of the children’s area, Steele said.
Organizers are asking for tickets to be purchased by Thursday, Aug. 17, so a head count can be taken to determine how much food is needed for the event, Steele said.
Author James Crownover is a resident of Elm Springs in Northwest Arkansas.
Crownover won two coveted Spur awards from the Western Writers of America for his first book “Wild Ran the Rivers” for best first Western historical novel and best first novel.
Bestselling author Anita Paddock, a longtime resident of Fort Smith, is originally from Van Buren.
Paddock has been on a signing tour of her new book, “Closing Time,” which recounts the events surrounding the 1980 murder of Kenneth Staton, a well-respected owner of a jewelry store in Van Buren, and his daughter Suzanne Staton.
Paddock’s first novel, “Blind Rage,” recounts the events following the 1981 murder of prominent Van Buren citizen Ruie Ann Park. After the book came out, the case was featured on the television show Crime Watch Daily.
Kirksey Maternity Hospital is a historical building that has been renovated and includes a small museum with items from its time as a medical facility.