Mena High School students from the AP Language and Composition class enjoyed a unique opportunity on Friday, April 1, when they traveled to Fayetteville, along with teacher Mrs. Mysti Gates, to attend an evening event with national best-selling author, Erik Larson. The event, which began at 7:00 p.m. at the Fayetteville Public Library, featured Larson giving a book talk on his new book entitled Dead Wake, a question and answer session, then an opportunity to meet Larson.
Larson is known for his popular titles Devil in the White City, Dead Wake, Thunderstruck, Isaac’s Storm, In the Garden of Beasts, as well as several others. MHS students in Gates’ AP Language and Composition class had read Devil in the White City this school year as part of their required reading for the class, which is a novel about the 1893 World’s Fair and America’s first known serial killer, H.H. Holmes. Larson’s newest book Dead Wake is about the sinking of the Lusitania. Larson is known for writing narrative history novels.
Barnes and Noble in Fayetteville was selling copies of Larson’s books at the event. Larson finished the evening with book signings and autographs, as well as taking additional questions. The MHS students were among those to get Larson’s autograph, and they also had their picture taken with him.