Joe Barry Carroll, a Pine Bluff native and retired NBA All-Star, will discuss his book, “Black American Voices: Shared Culture, Values, and Emotions,” during the Arkansas Literary Festival.

The event will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at Central Arkansas Main Library at Little Rock.

“Joe Barry Carroll is a former NBA All-Star whose second book, Black American Voices: Shared Culture, Values, and Emotions, shares lyrical and uplifting narratives, photographs, and African art that speak undeniable truths about culture, faith, families, legacy, success, and America’s first black president,” according to the festival organizers. “Carroll, originally from Pine Bluff, is an artist, philanthropist, financial advisor, and photographer.”

His first book was an award-winning memoir, “Growing Up…In Words and Images,” published in 2014.

“In it, Joe reveals intimate stories, and his expressive paintings of the people, places, and experiences that shaped his character, beliefs, and actions. Both books were released under the Joe Barry Carroll Publishing imprint,” according to

“Carroll was born the 10th of 13 children, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and spent his teen years in Denver, Colorado. He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in economics, and was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1980 National Basketball Association Draft by the Golden State Warriors,” according to

“Black American Voices: Shared Culture, Values, and Emotions,” was published in 2017.

For details on the literary festival, visit .