Author and former Tourism Director Joe David Rice will speak about his book, “Arkansas Backstories: Quirks, Characters, and Curiosities of the Natural State,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Arkansas Heritage at 1100 North St. in Little Rock.
“The stories involving robber barons, scoundrels and wannabe politicians are fascinating,” Rice said about his book. “I think even non-history buffs will enjoy learning about some of the incidents and characters that have helped shape this state.”
Rice’s lecture is part of the quarterly “Pen to Podium: Arkansas Historical Writers’ Lecture” series, which is sponsored by the Arkansas State Archives and Friends of the Arkansas State Archives. Tickets are available online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pen-to-podium-with-joe-david-rice-tickets-73867851733.
The event is free and includes a reception with refreshments provided by the Friends. The reception starts at 5:30 p.m.
Rice, a well-known writer, researcher and adventurer, has investigated Arkansas’s unique and lesser-known historical facts, places and people. “Arkansas is a complex place — part Old South, part Old West and part traditional hill country – that has shared an amazing array of people and products with the world,” according to the back of Rice’s book.
Rice’s delves into tidbits like how the first sitting member of Congress was shot to death in Monroe County and how the CIA used secret contracts with an Arkansas organization to train animals for clandestine activities. During the lecture, Rice plans to talk about how his book came about and what he has learned from the experience of researching, writing and publishing historical works.
Rice first published “Arkansas Backstories” in 2018. A companion to his original book was published this past April. Both books, volumes 1 and 2, are available through stores online. Rice will have books available for sale at the lecture.
For more information, contact the Arkansas State Archives at email@example.com or 501-682-6900.