Library kicks off reading festival with ‘War Eagle, Arkansas’ screenwriter Graham Gordy

The Fayetteville Public Library will kick off the 5th annual Cover to Cover Reading Festival at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5 with Little Rock Screenwriter Graham Gordy.

Gordy, the writer of the 2007 film War Eagle, Arkansas and co-writer of the Mike Myers film The Love Guru, will give an author talk on screenwriting to kick off the event. He will also show his new short film, Spanola Pepper Sauce Company, a collaboration with actor/director Ray McKinnon.

McKinnon and Gordy are also rumored to be the team behind the 2009 viral video Dwight David Honeycutt for Conway School Board.

The author talk with Gordy is the first in a series of events scheduled for the Cover to Cover Festival, intended to inspire residents to pick up a book, and read.

The library will offer prizes for participants who pick up a reading log, and record the titles and authors of books they read during the 90-day festival. For every five books read, participants will receive one entry into a grand prize drawing. Plus, the first 100 folks to join will get a free Fayetteville Public Library book bag.

Other prizes include FPL mugs, books, tickets to TheatreSquared performances, and Barnes & Noble gift cards.

Here’s full schedule of events for the Cover to Cover Reading Festival.

Cover to Cover Events: Big Ideas Come From Books

Saturday, Feb. 5, 1 p.m. – Graham Gordy, author of the War Eagle screenplay, kicks off the festival with an author talk and a screening of his newest short film, Spanola Pepper Sauce Company

Saturday, Feb. 19, 1 p.m. – Can Music Make You Smart? with musician and researcher Elizabeth Margulis

Saturday, March 5, 1 p.m. – What’s a Book Look Like These Days? with FPL’s Shawna Thorup

Community Read

Saturday, April 2, 1 p.m. – Can we Make Fayetteville a Blue Zone? Community discussion of The Blue Zone by Dan Buettner focusing on secrets from the longest-lived, happiest communities on earth.

Festival Finale

Friday, April 8, 7 p.m. – Bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith speaks at FPL that evening.