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  • The acclaimed author of Mother Tongue will discuss her journey as an equally renowned lecturer, activist, and columnist.
    Demetria Martinez
    Wednesday, March 3, 2010
    Central Library

    Demetria Martinez will discuss her journey as a renowned author, lecturer, activist, and columnist.

    Among Martinez’s most notable books is Mother Tongue, based in part upon her 1988 trial for conspiracy against the United States government in connection with smuggling Salvadoran refugees into the country. She was later found to be not guilty on First Amendment grounds. Martinez’s collection of autobiographical essays, Confessions of a Berlitz-Tape Chicana, earned her the 2006 International Latino Book Award.

  • The rise of Hugo Chavez as witnessed by author and political activist Charles Hardy.
    Charles Hardy: Cowboy in Caracas
    Thursday, February 25, 2010
    Plaza Branch

     Author and political activist Charles Hardy discusses his book Cowboy in Caracas: A North American Memoir of Venezuela’s Democratic Revolution on Thursday, February 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

    A former Catholic priest, Hardy has lived in Venezuela for more than 20 years. He spent eight of those years in a shack made of cardboard and tin in one of Caracas’ barrios.

  • Kansas City Star television critic Aaron Barnhart discusses his new book Tasteland, a look back at  the best TV of the past 15 years.
    Aaron Barnhart: Tasteland
    Thursday, February 25, 2010
    Central Library

    Kansas City Star television critic Aaron Barnhart discusses his new book Tasteland, a look back at the best TV of the past 15 years, on Thursday, February 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    The event marks the release of the book, in which Barnhart chronicles the 100 best television programs to air during his 15 years as a critic. Each selection includes Barnhart's comments. His selections can all be rented, bought, or downloaded.

  • Longtime Kansas City Star  columnist Mike Hendricks and his wife, local blogger Roxie Hammill, discuss their new book Mike and Roxie’s Vegetable Paradise.
    Mike & Roxie's Vegetable Paradise
    Wednesday, February 24, 2010
    Central Library

    Longtime Kansas City Star columnist Mike Hendricks and his wife, local blogger Roxie Hammill, discuss their new book Mike and Roxie's Vegetable Paradise on Wednesday, February 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Novelist and critic Edmund White discusses his new memoir City Boy and explains how he overcame  various setbacks  to write 23 books, including A Boy’s Own Story– his autobiographical novel about growing up gay in the 1950s.
    Edmund White: City Boy
    Monday, February 22, 2010
    Central Library

    Novelist and critic Edmund White discusses his new memoir City Boy on Monday, February 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Professor Milton Katz discusses the 125-year history of The Kansas City Art Institute, one of the oldest cultural institutions in the city.
    Milton Katz: Making Creativity Dance
    Sunday, February 21, 2010
    Central Library

    The Kansas City Art Institute’s Milton Katz presents Making Creativity Dance: A History of the Kansas City Art Institute on Sunday, February 21, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Author and educator Jay Greene explains which education reforms he believes are most likely to succeed and shares the evidence that has led him to those conclusions.
    Jay Greene: Which Education Reforms are Most Likely to Succeed?
    Thursday, February 18, 2010
    Central Library

     Educator Jay Greene explains which education reforms hold the most promise and why on Thursday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Author Marc Wortman discusses his new book about the Union victory he says “pierced the  heart” of the Confederacy  and all but ended the Civil War.
    Marc Wortman: The Bonfire
    Wednesday, February 17, 2010
    Central Library

    Author Marc Wortman discusses his new book The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta on Wednesday, February 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    The Bonfire recounts the battle for Atlanta, known then as “the Gate City of the South,” during the summer of 1864 that resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers and ultimately lead to the burning of the city in September 1864.

  • Author John Brewer discusses his new book that traces the twisting path of the Hahn La Belle – a painting of famously uncertain origin.
    John Brewer: The American Leonardo
    Thursday, February 11, 2010
    Central Library

    Author John Brewer discusses his new book The American Leonardo: A Tale of Obsession, Art and Money on Thursday, February 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    The American Leonardo traces the twisting path of the Hahn La Belle – allegedly the work of Leonardo da Vinci – and illuminates the workings of the 20th century art market and the questions surrounding art attribution.

  • Historian Joseph R. Fischer presents The First Indian War:  The Continental Army’s Campaign Against the Iroquois.
    Joseph R. Fischer: The First Indian War
    Wednesday, February 10, 2010
    Central Library

    Historian Joseph R. Fischer presents The First Indian War: The Continental Army’s Campaign Against the Iroquois on Wednesday, February 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.