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5x5 Five Minutes, Five Questions Laurie R. King

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Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of 25 novels and other works, including the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes stories. She is, her publicist says, probably the only writer to have both an Edgar and an honorary doctorate in theology.

"It's hard for me to say what it's been like to grow up with Sherlock and Russell because they, like my parents, were simply always there," Zoe Quinton says of the popular stories by her mother, Laurie King. "Laurie wrote 'Beekeeper' when I was not even a teenager myself, so of course I (like all teenage girls) envisioned myself as Mary Russell: strong, smart and acerbically witty. In the longer term, growing up with fictional characters as part of my household shaped my own choice of career, as I have been working with Laurie to create and sell the Russell stories for over 10 years now. Soon they will become a part of my own children's lives, and the story will go on."

James Deane is the creator of Pete the Cat.

FAQ

Books in Bloom

WHEN — Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

WHERE — In the gardens at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs

COST — Free

INFO — BooksinBloom.org

BONUS — Authors attending include C.D. Albin, Garrard Conley, James & Kimberly Dean, S.C. Gwynne, Kate Hart, Nathalia Holt, Craig Johnson, Sara Flannery Murphy, Rex Nelson, Todd Parnell, Stephanie Storey, Alexandra Teague.

FYI

May Festival of the Arts

Highlights

Today — White Street Walk, 4-10 p.m., White Street

Saturday — Art in the Park, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Basin Park; Birdcage Art Bazaar, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Birdcage on Spring Street; Grady Nichols in concert, 5-7 p.m., Basin Park

Sunday — Books in Bloom, noon-5 p.m., Crescent Hotel

Wednesday — Plein Air Festival, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Basin Park

May 28 — Dancing in the Park, 1-3 p.m., Basin Park

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