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Panel To Discuss Book By KLRE-KUAR Station Manager Ben Fry

Ben Fry
Michael Hibblen

Toys of Desperation, a posthumously-released novel, written by longtime KUAR Station Manager Ben Fry is being featured as part of the Arkansas Literary Festival this weekend.

The book, published by Et. Alia Press, is about Billy Williams, who lives in the fictional town of Weir Arkansas. He traverses the town on his bike crossing the railroad tracks, while the 1973 Watergate hearings are being televised. Billy Williams hears the voice of his father and sets out to find what it is that his father is telling him.

The panel discussion of the book will take place at 2:30 Saturday, April 27 at River Market Books & Gifts. The panel will feature Ben's widow Karen Fry, daughter Sarah Fry, KUAR Interim Station Manager Nathan Vandiver, and UALR Rhetoric & Writing Professor, George Jensen who founded with Et. Alia Press.

Michael Hibblen was a journalist for KUAR News from May 2009 — December 2022. During his final 10 years with the station, he served as News Director. In January 2023, he was hired by Arkansas PBS to become its Senior Producer/ Director of Public Affairs.
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