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"Meet the Author" Series Presents, Denise Parkinson

Event Type: MAIN - ADULT
Date: 6/17/2014
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 9:00 PM
Description:
 The once-thriving houseboat communities along Arkansas’ White River are long gone, and few remember the sensational murder story that set local darling Helen Spence on a tragic path. In 1931, Spence shocked Arkansas when she avenged her father’s murder in a DeWitt courtroom. The state soon discovered that no prison could hold her. For the first time, prison records are unveiled to provide an essential portrait. Join author Denise Parkinson for an intimate look at a Depression-era tragedy. The legend of Helen Spence refuses to be forgotten—despite her unmarked grave.

Denise White Parkinson was born, raised and educated in Arkansas. She attended college on scholarship and is a 1986 graduate of Hendrix College in Conway. Her career in journalism includes writing for the Arkansas Democrat, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Arkansas Times, Mature Arkansas news monthly, Little Rock Free Press, Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture, Memphis Flyer and Cooper-Young Lamplighter. Since 2008, she has been the lead writer for Hot Springs Life and Home magazine. She resides in Hot Springs with her husband and children, where her proudest achievement is founding Hot Springs Area Community Gardens Network.
Library: William F. Laman Public Library    Map to the Main Library
Location: Lecture Hall - Main Library
Contact: Debra Wood
Contact Number: 501.771.1995 x105
Presenter: Debra S. Wood