About Us

Our Board of Directors

  • Brooke Johnson, Co-President
  • Scott Kammerzell, Co-President
  • Joe DeRouen, Director

OUR BACKGROUND:

The Ozark Book Authority was launched in 2019 by Brooke Johnson and Scott Kammerzell thanks to the sponsorship of the Rogers Public Library Foundation. Brooke and Scott both served on the Rogers Public Library Foundation's Board of Directors for several years (and still do!) but they wanted to do even more in the community by bringing people together for a large book-celebrating event. What started as the idea for Ozark Book Con soon grew into a full-blown mission to build-up our local book community and support literacy programs throughout Northwest Arkansas, and so the Ozark Book Authority was born!

OUR MISSION:

  • Create a central resource for the people of Northwest Arkansas to find local book clubs, writing groups, and author events.
  • Partner with local libraries, businesses, and organizations to produce literary events throughout the region.
  • Organize Ozark Book Con each fall, a blockbuster event to celebrate a love of all things books in our community.
  • Support literacy programs across the Northwest Arkansas region.

WHAT WE DO:

We are a non-profit* community outreach organization with the mission to improve literacy across Northwest Arkansas by bringing people together through a love of the written word.

We started this platform as a literary resource for the residents of Northwest Arkansas to find literary events, book clubs, and writing groups already happening in our community. And by working with local libraries and literary-minded organizations, we plan to produce our own literary programming for the community year-round, culminating in Ozark Book Con in the fall.

Proceeds from our events will go toward local organizations who produce and promote literacy programs and initiatives in the Northwest Arkansas area.

Together, we can combat illiteracy and uplift our community through the power of books!


*We are currently in the process of obtaining 501(c)(3) non-profit status.

To contact our administrators, please fill out our Contact Form.