The E. Allen Gordon Library of the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton will host author Jenny Wingfield for a special appearance Oct. 8 at 1:00 pm. Her book, “The Homecoming of Samuel Lake,” is the 2015 selection for “If All Arkansas Read the Same Book,” a program led by the Arkansas State Library and funded by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. Students and the community are encouraged to attend this free event.

“The Homecoming of Samuel Lake,” set in Arkansas, is about the Moses family. Every first Sunday in June, members of the Moses clan gather for an annual reunion at a sprawling hundred-acre farm in Arkansas. And every year, Samuel Lake, a vibrant and committed young preacher, brings his beloved wife, Willadee Moses, and their three children back for the festivities. In the midst of it all, Samuel and Willadee’s outspoken eleven-year-old daughter, Swan, is a bright light. Her high spirits and fearlessness have alternately seduced and bedeviled three generations of the family. But just as the reunion is getting under way, tragedy strikes, jolting the family to their core and setting the stage for a summer of crisis and profound change.

Jenny Wingfield is a native of Fountain Hill, Ark . The daughter of a Methodist minister, she grew up “pretty much all over Louisiana”, attending nine schools in twelve years. After earning her B.A. in English and French at Southern State College (now SAU) in Magnolia, she taught in the Hope and Ashdown, Ark. public schools. Wingfield broke into freelancing by writing celebrity articles for Scene Magazine, Music City News, and The Saturday Evening Post. Several years later, she shifted lanes, tackling screenwriting. Her film credits include The Man In The Moon (Reese Witherspoon’s debut movie), The Outsider (starring Naomi Watts), Hallmark Hall of Fame’s A Dog Named Christmas (winner of the 2010 Genesis Award), and several Disney animation projects.

“If All Arkansas Read the Same Book” is presented by the Arkansas Center for the Book at the Arkansas State Library, and all programs are offered free-of-charge to the public. Created in 2001, this statewide reading program is designed to encourage the enjoyment of reading and to promote book discussion in libraries of all types across Arkansas. The Gordon Library at UACCM is one of the host sites for the 2015 "If All Arkansas Read the Same Book" program. For more information, contact Rebecka Virden by email at or by calling 501-977-2033.


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