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CALS 5th Floor Writers' Names Revealed

CALS 5th Floor Writers' Names Revealed

The names of the top two vote-getters in each of 17 categories will be displayed in the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Main Library's newly remodeled 5th floor. As space allows, up to 18 additional names may be added. The fifth floor will be open to the public this winter, and will become the Main reading room for the downtown Library.

Over 1,300 votes were cast on ballots collected in branches, online, and at Regions Bank locations. Nominations for writers to be on the ballot were solicited from library patrons, and the resulting ballot contained the names of 165 writers. The election was sponsored by Regions Bank.

C. S. Lewis received the most votes overall, and 430 participants who selected Lewis were automatically entered in a drawing to receive $500 worth of "gently used" books from River Market Books & Gifts, the library's used book store. Laura Sisterhen of Little Rock was the winner of the gift certificate for books.

The top two names from each category to be included:

POPULAR FICTION: GENERAL
John Grisham, Alice Walker

POPULAR FICTION: MYSTERY/SUSPENSE
Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen King

POPULAR FICTION: FANTASY/SCIENCE FICTION
J.K. Rowling, Ray Bradbury

POPULAR FICTION: HISTORICAL
Margaret Mitchell, James Michener

POETRY
Rudyard Kipling, William Butler Yeats

PLAYWRIGHT
Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw

WORLD LITERATURE
Anne, Emily & Charlotte Brontë, Leo Tolstoy

AMERICAN LITERATURE
John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway

SOUTHERN LITERATURE
Harper Lee, Maya Angelou

GENERAL PHILOSOPHY
Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet), René Descartes

SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY
Confucius, Sigmund Freud

POLITICAL THEORY
Thomas Paine, John Locke

ECONOMIC THEORY
Karl Marx, John Kenneth Galbraith

RELIGION
C.S. Lewis, Martin Luther King, Jr.

SCIENCE
Charles Darwin, Louis Pasteur

HISTORY
David McCullough, Barbara Tuchman

ARKANSAS
Dee Brown, Charles Portis

As space allows, other names to be included: Thomas Aquinas, Kevin Brockmeier, Geoffrey Chaucer, Paul Laurence Dunbar, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edward Gibbon, E. Lynn Harris, Louis L'Amour, Niccolò Machiavelli, Isaac Newton, Friedrich Nietzsche, Flannery O'Connor, Eugene O'Neill, George Orwell, Ayn Rand, Dorothy Sayers, Adam Smith, H.G. Wells.

Decorating libraries with the names of important writers is an old tradition. CALS incorporated this tradition into the renovation of the Fones building as the site of the new Main Library in 1995, when library patrons voted on the names which were engraved on the parapet of the Main Library. For more information contact Susan Hill Gele at 918-3086.