Pine Bluff author to be featured storyteller on ‘Tales from the South’


NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Bestselling author, Laura Parker Castoro, will be the featured storyteller for a very special “Tales from the South Tin Roof Project” on Tuesday. The live taping of the radio series will be at Starving Artist Café in the Argenta Arts District in downtown North Little Rock.

Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner and drinks will be served from 5-6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Live music will be by The Salty Dogs.

Castoro is a national best-selling author with 39 books published in the U.S. Her work has also been published in 15 foreign languages, including among others German, French, Italian, Russian, Icelandic, Hungarian, Chinese and Japanese. She began her career writing historical and contemporary romance. She went on to write novels in others genres — western, saga, romantic suspense, YA non-fiction, African American, and mainstream, and recent novels include humorous looks at the contemporary life, loves, and trials of women of “a certain age.” Her publishers have included Warner, Pocketbooks, Avon, Simon and Schuster (Jan Messner), Dell (three different imprints), Harlequin Intrigue, Silhouette Intimate Moments and Silhouette Special Edition, Kensington, Berkley, Red Dress Ink, MIRA and Harper Collins/Avon A+ Trade. She has also published work for magazines and newspapers, including “Good Housekeeping” magazine.

Castoro is a much sought-after lecturer on topics related to the craft of writing and the demands of getting published. She also appears as a guest or featured speaker at numerous other types of programs and meetings throughout the U.S. She teaches creative writing classes, as well as one- and two-day commercial fiction and marketing workshops. The Denise Marcil Literary Agency, of New York City, represents her. In 2005 she was inducted into the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame, and she is past president and currently a board member of The Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow.

Castoro grew up in Pine Bluff, which she still calls home. She and her husband have three children.

Tickets for the show are $5, plus the cost of dinner and drinks. Seating is very limited. Tickets can be purchased online at www.talesfromthesouth.com

The show will air on KUAR (89.1) in Central Arkansas on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.

“Tales from the South” is recorded during “Dinner and a Show” at Starving Artist Café. The show airs locally on KUAR Thursdays at 7 p.m. and is syndicated by World Radio Network, a satellite radio distribution service, available to more than 130 million listeners worldwide. Shows are also distributed nationwide to multiple public radio stations via PRX (Public Radio Exchange). Podcasts are available on ITunes, the NPR website, the KUAR website, the PRX website, and the “Tales from the South” website.