EN­TER­TAIN­MENT NOTES

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST/TELEVISION - ERIC E. HAR­RI­SON

Else­where in en­ter­tain­ment and the arts:

WED­NES­DAY Su­per­hero on screen

The Lit­tle Rock Con­ven­tion and Vis­i­tors Bureau’s River Mar­ket Movies in the Park will screen Cap­tain Amer­ica: The First Avenger (PG-13, 2011), at dusk Wed­nes­day at First Se­cu­rity Am­phithe­ater in Lit­tle Rock’s River­front Park, off Pres­i­dent Clin­ton Av­enue (eas­i­est ac­cess is via Ot­ten­heimer Plaza, on the east side of Ot­ten­heimer Mar­ket Hall). The am­phithe­ater opens an hour ahead of the screen­ing. Ad­mis­sion is free. Movie­go­ers should pro­vide their own blan­kets and/or chairs; fam­i­lies, pic­nics and leashed pets are wel­come, but glass con­tain­ers are not. An adult must ac­com­pany all chil­dren un­der 18; an ID is re­quired. Call (501) 375-2552 or visit moviesinthep­arklr.net, river­mar­ket.info or the Face­book page, face­book.com/MoviesInTheParkLit­tleRock.

ETC. Porter Prize win­ner

Arkansas nov­el­ist and play­wright Padma Viswanathan is the re­cip­i­ent of the $2,000 2017 Porter Fund Lit­er­ary Prize, pre­sented an­nu­ally to an Arkansas writer with a sub­stan­tial and im­pres­sive body of work. An award cer­e­mony for this and the an­nual Booker Worthen Lit­er­ary Prize will take place Oct. 26 in the Dar­ragh Cen­ter, Cen­tral Arkansas Li­brary Sys­tem Main Li­brary, 100 Rock St., Lit­tle Rock. Ad­mis­sion is free.

Nov­el­ist Jack But­ler and nov­el­ist and lawyer Philip McMath founded the Porter Prize in 1984. The an­nual prize has since gone to 31 po­ets, nov­el­ists, non­fic­tion writ­ers and play­wrights, in­clud­ing 2010 re­cip­i­ent Bob Ford, a Fayet­teville play­wright and nov­el­ist, who in­formed Viswanathan that she had re­ceived the award.

Viswanathan is the au­thor of two nov­els, The Toss of a Lemon and The Ever Af­ter of Ashwin Rao, and also writes plays, short sto­ries, es­says and cul­tural jour­nal­ism. She lives with her fam­ily in Fayet­teville, where she is an as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor of cre­ative writ­ing at the Univer­sity of Arkansas.

Padma Viswanathan is the 2017 win­ner of the Porter Lit­er­ary Fund Prize.

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