Desha County Museum to host Author’s Fest


Seven authors, most of them with ties to Dumas and Desha County, will be at a book-signing event at the Dumas Community Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Desha County Museum is the host for the Author’s Fest. Admission is free but donations to the Desha County Museum will be accepted.

The authors will include:

• John T. Wayne, grandson of actor John Wayne, started writing novels with “The Gaslight Boys” back in 1985. His works, including upcoming releases, include “Rattlesnake Canyon”, “Bad Medicine”, “The Destrehan’s Honor”, “Mormon Wells”, “Peace in the Valley” and “Showdown at Scatter Creek”.

• Deborah Brooks Lang-ford has been writing poems all her life and has also written children’s books. Her works include “My Heart I Give”, “Poets Recipes from the Heart” and “Break of a New Dawn”.

• Former Dumas resident Cindy Grantham Brown has authored three books, with plans for many more. She authored and illustrated a children’s book inspired by her three children — “The Mouse That Wouldn’t Share”.

• Joanna Leigh also has Dumas roots. She and her husband, Kevin Davidson, live in Portland, where she is at work on her next adult novel.

• Ron Knight, who graduated from Dumas High School in 1961, writes under the name Lance Knight and has published two novels: “Lost & Found” and “American Knights Book 1, Miles Knight: The Immigrant”.

• Judy Webb Hubbell formerly worked in Dumas as an educator and now writes full time. She is currently working on her second book, “Confederate Veterans of Drew County, Arkansas”, and hopes to finish it by the end of summer.

• Charles Avent was always interested in the vampire genre. His vampires do not sparkle in daylight, but rather burst into flames. His novel, “Silent Dawn - Chasing Sunrise”, is a book written in that vein … pun intended.