Olly Neal and Ernie Dumas: A Virtual Discussion

In May, Butler Center Books published OUTSPOKEN: The Olly Neal Story, by Olly Neal Jr., as told to Jan Wrede. Although we weren’t able to do the big book-launch event we had planned due to the pandemic, we were honored to be able to host a virtual discussion with Olly Neal, guided by longtime journalist Ernie Dumas (also a Butler Center Books author), as part of CALS’s Six Bridges Book Festival. As expected, the wide-ranging conversation was enlightening and entertaining, offering hard-won wisdom from both men that came from years of navigating the complicated racial, legal, and political landscape of Arkansas.

The September 10 discussion is now available to watch on YouTube here.


Olly Neal’s book and Ernie Dumas’s book are both available at bookstores in Little Rock and elsewhere; in the Galleries at Library Square inside the CALS Roberts Library in Little Rock; from online retailers; and through the University of Arkansas Press (via University of Chicago Press) at 800-621-2736 or https://www.uapress.com/product/outspoken/ and https://www.uapress.com/product/the-education-of-ernie-dumas/.


OUTSPOKEN: The Olly Neal Story by Olly Neal Jr., as told to Jan Wrede
Butler Center Books, Central Arkansas Library System
May 2020, 349 pages, 6 × 9, 68 images
$29.95 paperback, ISBN 978-1-945624-25-4


The Education of Ernie Dumas: Chronicles of the Arkansas Political Mind by Ernest Dumas
Butler Center Books, Central Arkansas Library System
May 2019, 280 pages, 6 × 9, 15 images
Paper: $24.95 (978-1-945624-24-7)
Hardback: $29.95 (978-1-945624-20-9)






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