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Library Interview: Amity Shlaes on Calvin Coolidge

Calvin Coolidge

Politicians seem to love the sound of their own voices. Calvin Coolidge, who became President after the sudden death of Warren Harding in 1923, didn’t have that problem. He made silence a hugely effective tool.

Library Interview: Rebecca Solnit's Infinite City

Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit’s interests are all over the map: art, landscape, public and collective life, ecology, politics, hope. But Solnit’s Infinite City is more than all over the map. It’s literally filled with maps of her native San Francisco.

Enter the Infinite KC Mapmaking Contest!

Infinite City book cover

What makes Kansas City Kansas City? To celebrate the arrival of Rebecca Solnit, author of the spellbinding book Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, we’re giving away a signed book and a vintage map to the best idea for a new, unconventional map of KC.

Library Interview: U.S. Senate Historian Donald A. Ritchie

Donald A. Ritchie

What's it like to be the in-house historian for the United States Senate? Before he visits the Library on Monday, February 20, Donald A. Ritchie told us about how Congress has changed – and how it hasn't – in the past 200 years.

Author Interview: South African Novelist Zakes Mda on Mandela, Apartheid, and Ubuntu

Zakes Mda by Jim Shirey

As a boy in South Africa, Zakes Mda saw his father dragged off by police in the middle of the night. His crime was criticizing the racist white government.