Event Audio

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  • True-crime blogger Laura James tells the story of a tumultuous Kansas City relationship described as "a ruthless mixture of sex and greed ending inevitably in bloody violence"
    Laura James: The Love Pirate and the Bandit's Son
    Wednesday, July 15, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Recommended reading:
    True Crime

    On Wednesday, July 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., true-crime blogger Laura James tells the story of sex, deceit, money, and murder when she discusses her book The Love Pirate and the Bandit's Son: Murder, Sin, and Scandal in the Shadow of Jesse James.

  • Astronomer, astrophysicist and five-time astronaut Dr. Steven Hawley gives a presentation to complement the exhibit Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery
    Steven Hawley: Galileo, Apollo, and Beyond
    Tuesday, July 7, 2009
    Central Library

    Related exhibit:
    Visions of the Universe

    Related films:
    Cinema Across the Universe

    Participate in the International Year of Astronomy when Dr. Steven Hawley—astronomer, astrophysicist and astronaut—presents Galileo, Apollo, and Beyond on Tuesday, July 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Author and journalist Gary Pomerantz presents the riveting true story of a 1920s Kansas City housewife who killed her husband over a game of bridge
    Gary Pomerantz: The Devil's Tickets
    Wednesday, June 24, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Recommended reading:
    1920s-30s America

    Gary Pomerantz talks about his new true- crime book set in Kansas City, The Devil’s Tickets: A Night of Bridge, a Fatal Hand, and a New American Age, on Wednesday, June 24, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Stephen Katz tells the story of his Ukrainian-born grandfather, Isaac Katz, and the rise of the Katz Drug Company, the Wal-Mart of its day
    Isaac Katz and Katz Drug Stores
    Sunday, June 21, 2009
    Central Library

    In 1917, as the U.S. entered World War I, Isaac Katz turned a challenge into an opportunity. A wartime decree prohibited stores from staying open past 6 p.m. – peak hours for the Katz brothers’ tobacco store near Union Station in Kansas City. Only pharmacies could remain open in the evening. Katz found a retired pharmacist and hired him right away, saving the business and launching a new era – the chain of Katz drug stores.

  • Preview the KC Urban Farms and Gardens Tour and learn more about the increasing number of Kansas City residents interested  in growing food to feed themselves and others during a panel discussion
    Cultivating Kansas City: Food From the City, For the City
    Thursday, June 18, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    Eating Locally

    On Thursday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., The Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture presents the kick-off event for the 2009 Kansas City Urban Farms and Gardens Tour with the panel discussion, Food From the City, For the City.

  • Craig Santos Perez reads from his latest poetry collection, inspired by his upbringing in Guam
    Craig Santos Perez: from Unincorporated Territory
    Wednesday, June 17, 2009
    Central Library

    The Kansas City Public Library hosts poet Craig Santos Perez for a talk and reading from his new collection from Unincorporated Territory on Wednesday, June 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. 

  • New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman discusses her latest book, a coming-of-age family saga that follows three siblings through the mundane and the miraculous
    Alice Hoffman: The Story Sisters
    Tuesday, June 16, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Recommended reading:
    Alice Hoffman Read-Alikes

    New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman discusses her new book, The Story Sisters, on Tuesday, June 16, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Judith Trager presents an  illustrated talk about the  Don’t Fence Me In exhibit  and discusses the evolution  of quilts as works of art
    Don't Fence Me In: Judith Trager
    Sunday, June 14, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    The Art of Quilting

    Judith Trager discusses the art of contemporary quilting and the quilts in the Don’t Fence Me In exhibit on Sunday, June 14, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • The chairman emeritus of  H&R Block discusses how the entrepreneurial start-up he and  his brother Richard co-founded in Kansas City in 1955 grew to become the world’s largest tax services company
    A Conversation with Henry Bloch
    Thursday, June 11, 2009
    Central Library

    To mark the grand opening of the H&R Block Business and Career Center at the Central Library, join us for a public conversation with Henry W. Bloch, co-founder and chairman emeritus of H&R Block. Conducted by Crosby Kemper III, director of the Kansas City Public Library, the program takes place on Thursday, June 11, at the Central Library at 6:30 p.m.

  • Historian David O. Stewart discusses his contention that Johnson nearly unraveled  Lincoln’s legacy
    David O. Stewart: Impeached
    Wednesday, June 10, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    Andrew Johnson

    Author and historian David O. Stewart discusses his new book Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy on Wednesday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.