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The most recent recording displays at the top. The Library offers recordings only with the permission of the presenter. Please allow 7-10 days for the recording to be posted.

  • As part of the Park University Ethnic Poetry Series, Heid Erdrich  hosts a talk and reading from her latest poetry collection
    Heid Erdrich
    Wednesday, September 30, 2009
    Central Library

    The Kansas City Public Library hosts poet Heid Erdrich for a talk and reading from her latest poetry collection National Monuments, winner of the 2009 Minnesota Book Award for Poetry, on Wednesday, September 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. This presentation is a part of the Park University Ethnic Voices Poetry Series.

  • Bestselling author A.J. Jacobs discusses his latest collection of essays – including My Outsourced Life, for which he hired a team of people in Bangalore, India, to answer his e-mails, respond to phone calls, and argue with his wife.
    A.J. Jacobs: The Guinea Pig Diaries
    Wednesday, September 30, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Recommended reading:
    Experiments in Living

    Bestselling author A.J. Jacobs discusses his newest book The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment on Wednesday, September 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • The fourth season of the Latino Writers Collective series focuses on the anthology The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry, presented by Francisco Aragón, Brenda Cárdenas, and John Olivares Espinoza
    Cuarta Pagina
    Wednesday, September 23, 2009
    Central Library

    On Wednesday, September 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., the Latino Writers Collective presents Cuarta Pagina.

    This event of the writers’ series, in its fourth season, will focus on the anthology The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry and will be presented by its editor, Francisco Aragón, and two of its contributors, Brenda Cárdenas and John Olivares Espinoza.

  • Award-winning author Joseph O’Neill discusses his national best seller set in post 9/11 New York that The New York Times said “has more life inside it than 10 very good novels.”
    Joseph O’Neill: Netherland
    Tuesday, September 22, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Recommended reading:
    Immigrant Experience in America

    Award-winning author Joseph O’Neill discusses his new novel Netherland on Tuesday, September 22, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Author Tracy Daugherty discusses his new biography of the man who revolutionized the short story in the first event of the 2009-10 Writers at Work series
    Tracy Daugherty: Hiding Man
    Thursday, September 17, 2009
    Central Library

    Author Tracy Daugherty discusses Hiding Man, his new biography of Donald Barthelme, on Thursday, September 17, at 7 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    Barthelme, who came to prominence as the leader of the postmodern movement, was a fixture at The New Yorker, publishing more than 100 short stories, but he is best-known for his classic novels Snow White and The Dead Father.

  • Scholar David Vine tells the story of one of the most strategically important and secretive U.S. military installations outside the United States
    David Vine: Island of Shame
    Thursday, September 17, 2009
    Central Library

    David Vine, an assistant professor of anthropology at American University, presents his book Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia. The presentation takes place on Thursday, September 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Walter Schroeder examines the history and lasting value of this reference guide to Missouri
    Walter Schroeder: The WPA Guide to Missouri
    Wednesday, September 16, 2009
    Plaza Branch

    Walter Schroeder leads an examination of The WPA Guide to Missouri on Wednesday, September 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Thomas Frank, author of What's the Matter with Kansas?, presents his scathing thesis on how conservatives ruined government, enriched themselves, and beggared the nation
    Thomas Frank: The Wrecking Crew
    Tuesday, September 15, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    Contemporary Conservatism

    Thomas Frank, the author of the bestseller What’s the Matter with Kansas?, presents the revised paperback edition of his book, The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule, on Tuesday, September 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Award-winning journalist Jeff Benedict shares the story of Susette Kelo, the woman whose quest to save her house landed her in the center of a national debate on eminent domain.
    Jeff Benedict: Little Pink House
    Tuesday, September 15, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Recommended reading:
    Legal Battles: David vs. Goliath

    Award-winning investigative journalist Jeff Benedict discusses his new book Little Pink House: A True Story of Defiance and Courage on Tuesday, September 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Get behind the wheel with author Tom Vanderbilt as he discusses how traffic works, who is most most likely to honk at whom, and what our driving says about us.
    Tom Vanderbilt: Traffic
    Monday, September 14, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Recommended reading:
    Books on Traffic & Driving

    Author Tom Vanderbilt discusses his new book Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do on Monday, September 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.