Author Wiley Cash to receive award from Lyon College

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Novelist honored

New York Times bestselling novelist Wiley Cash will read from his work at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Bevens Music Room, Brown Chapel, Lyon College, 2300 Highland Road, Batesville. After the reading, the college will award him its Heasley Prize for Fiction, an endowed recognition that goes each year to a noted writer. Admission is free. Email [email protected].

Cash’s novels, many of them set in his native North Carolina, include “A Land More Kind Than Home” (2012), “This Dark Road to Mercy” (2014), “The Last Ballad” (2017) and “When Ghosts Come Home” (2021).

‘More Than a Medal’

The Sequoyah National Research Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock will screen “More Than a Medal,” highlighting work to honor minority World War I military service members, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, Fine Arts Building, UALR, 2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock.

The documentary focuses on stories of two World War I veterans — one Black, one Asian American — and the work of the Valor Medals Review Task Force, which is reviewing the military records of Black, Asian, Hispanic, Jewish and American Indian service members who ought to receive posthumous honors.

The screening is in partnership with the World War One Valor Medals Review and the George S. Robb Centre for the Study of the Great War. Admission is free. Call (501) 916-3336 or email [email protected].

‘Behind Big House’

Preserve Arkansas offers “Behind the Big House,” a two-day program including live historical interpretations and lectures to highlight the contributions of Black Americans to Arkansas history, the importance of the living spaces of enslaved people and their role in heritage tourism, Dec. 2-3 at the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Taylor House, 184 Plantation Lane, Tillar.

The nonprofit is partnering with the Arkansas Humanities Council, Arkansas Archeological Survey, the University of Arkansas at Monticello, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Preservation of African American Cemeteries on the program, which explores extant slave dwellings and interprets the experiences of the people who lived in them. Taylor House, on the Hollywood Plantation, later known as the Valley Plantation, once spanned more than 10,000 acres across Desha, Drew and Lincoln counties.

Admission is free; it’s not necessary to register, but those who plan to spend Friday night on the property should RSVP at [email protected]. For more information and a full schedule, visit