Russellville Native to Debut “Ozark Dogs” at ATU

Ozark Dogs Event at ATU April 2023

Author Eli Cranor will unveil his second novel, “Ozark Dogs,” during an event at Arkansas Tech University on Tuesday, April 4.

Cranor will speak at 6 p.m. in room 300 of Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center, 305 West Q Street in Russellville. Admission will be free and open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by Pendergraft Library and Dog Ear Books of Russellville.

There will be a drawing for a free, autographed copy of “Ozark Dogs” and Dog Ear Books will sell copies for $27.99 each (plus tax) during the April 4 event.

Publisher Soho Crime describes “Ozark Dogs” as a “Southern thriller” in which “two families grapple with the aftermath of a murder in their small Arkansas town.” The April 4 event will coincide with the book’s date of publication.

Cranor’s debut novel, “Don’t Know Tough,” won the Peter Lovesey First Crime Novel Contest. It was named to USA Today’s list of Best Books of the Year and one of the New York Times’ Best Crime Novels of 2022.

A native of Russellville, Cranor played college football at Florida Atlantic University and Ouachita Baptist University. He played professional football and was a high school football coach. Today, he lives in his hometown with his wife and children.

Cranor’s weekly slice of life column, “Where I’m Writing From,” is published by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and his craft column, “Shop Talk,” appears monthly at

For more information about Cranor’s April 4 appearance at ATU, visit or call (479) 964-0546.