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Library Interview: Linda Rodriguez

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For Kansas City author Linda Rodriguez, the distance between literary writing like poetry and popular writing like mystery fiction is no further than the width of her desk.

Script-In-Hand Preview: For Colored Girls...

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It’s not a musical, exactly, but Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf is a hugely musical experience. Shange described her play as a “choreopoem.”

Library Interview: Christopher Leinberger on Urbanism

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Live by the automobile. Die by the automobile. That’s Christopher Leinberger’s mantra. He has become convinced that the means by which we get around determines what our cities look like.

Unbound Q&A: Howard Iceberg on the Titanic, Hemingway, and Rock & Roll

Photo by Michael McClure for <em>The Pitch</em>. Used by permission.

To kick off the Library’s Titanic Weekend of events April 13-15, 2012, observing the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic, Kansas City rock and roll lifesavers Howard Iceberg & the Titanics are playing a free concert on the Rooftop Terrace at Central.

Library Interview: Thomas Hart Benton Biographer Justin Wolff

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“I’m interested in art that speaks to the public, that takes on the political life of its moment,” says Justin Wolff, author of a new book about the life of the great Missouri artist Thomas Hart Benton.

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