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Featured Authors

The Mysterious Mind behind Lemony Snicket

Daniel Handler

What secrets are lurking in the mind of Daniel Handler? I recently had the opportunity to speak with the author, better known as his character/alter-ego Lemony Snicket, the narrator of the 13-book saga A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Book Reviews

Words in Air: the Complete Correspondence of Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, ed. Thomas Travisano and Saskia Hamilton

Words in Air

In his poem, "To Sir Henry Wotton," John Donne observes: "Sir, more than kisses, letters mingle souls, For thus, friends absent speak. This ease controls The tediousness of my life; but for these I could ideate nothing which could please…" This is a sentiment Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell would heartily endorse.

Library Life

Staff Reading Picks for May

Sunset Limited

We are starting a regular blog post here at the Kansas City Public Library: Staff Picks! Every month our staff will list their reading selections. It could be a new release, an old favorite, or just something unique that they have come across.

Book Reviews

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

Earlier this year, the final book came out of a series that I have been reading most of my adult life. Its author never lived to see the final books published. The Wheel of Time is a master work and is a treatment of the Epic in prose form for the modern age.

Local History

The Case of the Forgotten Canvas and the Third Man - Part 2

William R. Basham

Each month, John Horner digs into the Missouri Valley Special Collections to unearth a story from local history and look at it in new light. Here he tells us the conclusion of the story of a missing painting and a mysterious man...