Van Buren author John Connell will be the guest for Authors in the Afternoon from 4-6 p.m. May 11 at the Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave. Connell will promote and sign copies of his children's picture book, "The Lonely Fish." The story was written 20 years ago, and the author decided to publish it as a 50th birthday present to himself.

Copies of "The Lonely Fish" will be available for sale and signing at this open-house style event. Visit or call 783-0229 for information.