How closely do literary images of the Ozarks mirror reality? Our moderator and panelists will discuss how books, both fiction and nonfiction, have shaped images of the Ozarks since the publication of Harold Bell Wright’s The Shepherd of the Hills in 1907 and how these images have affected the region’s history and development. In addition, authors will discuss their connection with the Ozarks, how and why they incorporate the region into their work, and how contemporary literature continues to shape public perceptions of the Ozarks and Ozarkers.
Washington, MO, August 25–27
Mark your calendars for the next Missouri Book Festival: September 13–14, 2024!