Arkansas Author Carla Killough McClafferty shares research of book with Hot Springs Village Writers

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Arkansas author Carla Killough McClafferty presented an intriguing presentation about how she researched her book about George Washington with the Hot Springs Village Writers’ Club on Monday, January 23, at the Home Plate Café, 5110 North Highway 7, in Hot Springs Village.

McClafferty’s McClafferty describes her book, The Many Faces of George Washington: Remaking a Presidential Icon, as “C.S.I. meets the Biography Channel.” The book deals with the question, ”What did George Washington really look like?” To find out, Mount Vernon gathered the world’s leading experts to create three life-like figures of the man at the ages of 19, 45, and 57. Half of the book details the making of these figures, and the other half is a biography of Washington.

Carla Killough McClafferty is an award-winning author of nonfiction books including The Many Faces of George Washington: Remaking a Presidential Icon, In Defiance of Hitler: The Secret Mission of Varian Fry, Something Out of Nothing:  Marie Curie and Radium, The Head Bone’s Connected to the Neck Bone: The Weird, Wacky and Wonderful X-ray, and Forgiving God. Her newest book, Tech Titans, will be published this spring through Scholastic.

McClafferty, a popular public speaker, has presented at venues including Mount Vernon, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown National Battlefield, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the U.S. Consulate in Marseilles, France.



 Author Elizabeth Carroll Foster, an Arkansas native and member of the Hot Springs Village Writers’ Club, was honored by the MilitaryWriters of America in their Dispatches publicationas Author of the Month of December for her memoir, Follow Me: The Life and Adventures of aMilitary Family.

The National Association of Professional Women, 2010-2011, also featured Foster as “Woman of the Year.”

Foster, a journalist and newspaper editor before turning to fiction, has also written a novel, Southern Winds A’ ChangingHer newest book, Musings, Mutterings, and Aw Shucks: Collection of Short Stories, Essays andFeatureswill be available in January for local book.

MWSA Dispatchreviewer, Charlene Rubush, recommends Foster’s memoir, “Her story will resonate with many who have lived a life in the military … It is a testament to the bravery and courage of the distaff side of military life, and a validation of their many sacrifices.”

Foster set her novel, Southern Winds, “at a time when racial tensions were alive in the South, the lives of two women-one a school teacher and one an African American sharecropper-become forever entwined.”

Musings, Mutterings, and Aw Shucks by Elizabeth Carroll FosterFoster’s newest book, Musings, Mutterings, and Aw Shucks, is a collection of fictional short stories, non-fiction essays and featureshighlight eclectic characters, embellish true experiences, and illustrate unconditional love, disappointment, and friendship. Some stories share poignant, as well as occasionally witty instances that allow readers to reminisce about holidays past, sympathize with middle-aged women unwittingly caught up on the cusp of the Women’s Liberation Movement. One story allows readers to empathize with young single mothers, another to love a golden retriever just as he loves his master. The stories are a glimpse into both imaginary and real-life worlds that share a perspective on life, love, and the pursuit of happiness.

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