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Format: 2014-10-21
Format: 2014-10-21
  • Historian and author Duane W. Roller presents his book about one of the most famous and misunderstood personalities from classical antiquity.
    Thursday, September 30, 2010

    Historian and author Duane W. Roller presents his book, Cleopatra: A Biography, described as a “rich, comprehensive portrait of Cleopatra in her many dimensions.”

  • David Herlihy presents his book about a young man who left his Pennsylvania home in 1892 to travel around the world on a bicycle prototype, only to mysteriously disappear in Turkey.
    Wednesday, September 29, 2010

    The September 2010 Special Events calendar incorrectly listed the location of this event. David Herlihy will appear at the Plaza Branch.

    David Herlihy presents his book about Frank Lenz, a young man who left his home in Pittsburgh, Pa., in the spring of 1892 to cycle around the world on a new-fangled “pneumatic safety” (the prototype of the modern bicycle), only to disappear mysteriously in Turkey.

  • Doreen Cronin – author of the bestselling children’s books Click, Clack, Moo and Giggle, Giggle, Quack – discusses her new book Rescue Bunnies, the story of a Rescue Bunny trainee named Newbie.
    Tuesday, September 28, 2010

    Doreen Cronin reads from her new book, Rescue Bunnies, a beautifully illustrated story featuring Newbie, a Rescue Bunny trainee, on Tuesday, September 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

    Newbie has passed the Physical Fitness Test, the Emergency Rescue Roping Test, and even the Blind Taste Test. Now it’s time for the toughest Rescue Bunny test of all... the Field Test.

  • The most successful of the Saturday Night Live alumni, Bill Murray continues to win new fans and reward longtime followers with his selective choice of big screen starring roles and always memorable bit parts.
    Monday, September 27, 2010

    Lost in Translation (2003) on September 27. While traveling in Tokyo, two Americans with nothing in common aside from insomnia (Scarlett Johansson and Murray, in his only Oscar nominated performance) paint the town red and form a close friendship in this surprisingly affecting film. Directed by Sofia Coppola. Rated R. (102 min.) 

  • A screening of the historic first presidential debate between Vice President Nixon and Senator Kennedy, featuring expert commentary from veteran newsman Sander Vanocur.
    Monday, September 27, 2010

    American life changed forever in 1960 when Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy ushered politics into the multimedia age with the first televised presidential debates.

    The Great Debates Revisited
      • Special Events
      • Book Discussions
      • Film Series
      • Sponsor Infomation

    To mark the 50th anniversary of this landmark moment in American political history, the Kansas City Public Library, the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, and the Truman Library Institute present The Great Debates Revisited. This series of programs during September-October 2010 features weekly screenings of the four televised match-ups plus introductory commentary by expert speakers and follow-up Q&A sessions. The Great Debates Revisited also includes book discussion groups on Theodore H. White's The Making of the President 1960 led by former area mayors as well as Hollywood films examining the lives and legacies of Kennedy and Nixon. 

  • The most successful of the Saturday Night Live alumni, Bill Murray continues to win new fans and reward longtime followers with his selective choice of big screen starring roles and always memorable bit parts.
    Saturday, September 25, 2010

    The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997) on September 25. An American tourist (Murray) in London lands in the middle of a very real espionage operation that he mistakes for some form of audience participation theater. With Peter Gallagher, Joanne Whalley, and Alfred Molina. Rated PG. (94 min.)  

  • Author Jonathan Franzen discusses his epic new book, Freedom, his first novel since The Corrections.
    Wednesday, September 22, 2010

    Location: Unity Temple, 707 W. 47th St.

    Author Jonathan Franzen discusses his new book Freedom, his first novel since The Corrections.

  • Bestselling author Terry McMillan discusses her latest novel Getting to Happy, the followup to Waiting to Exhale.
    Tuesday, September 21, 2010

    Location: Unity Temple, 707 W. 47th St.

    Bestselling author Terry McMillan discusses her latest novel Getting to Happy, the follow-up to Waiting to Exhale.

    The story revisits Savannah, Gloria, Bernadine, and Robin as each woman comes to a crossroads in their life, 15 years after the events of the previous book. Their challenges are many, including addiction and self-delusion, as they learn to heal past hurts and to reclaim their joy and their dreams.

  • The most successful of the Saturday Night Live alumni, Bill Murray continues to win new fans and reward longtime followers with his selective choice of big screen starring roles and always memorable bit parts.
    Monday, September 20, 2010

    Groundhog Day (1993) on September 20. A modern classic starring Murray as a sarcastic weatherman who is forced to relive the worst day of his life—until he gets it right. With Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliott. Rated PG. (101 min.)

  • Joan Stack discusses Thomas Hart Benton's illustrations for special editions of Mark Twain’s books issued by The Limited Editions Club in the 1930s and 1940s.
    Sunday, September 19, 2010

    Missouri natives Mark Twain and Thomas Hart Benton were kindred spirits who found inspiration in Missouri’s people, places, and practices.

    On Sunday, September 19, at 2 p.m., Joan Stack explores Benton’s illustrations for special editions of Twain’s books issued by The Limited Editions Club in the late 1930s and 1940s. The program will be held at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.