Event Archive

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Format: 2014-09-22
Format: 2014-09-22
  • The Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post book critic offers a stirring introduction to Kansas City’s 2010 Big Read selection, Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson.
    Tuesday, April 6, 2010

    Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Michael Dirda introduces Kansas City’s 2010 Big Read selection—Marilynne Robinson’s novel Housekeeping—on Tuesday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Kansas City-based writer and producer Jack Cashill discusses his new book and explains what we have – and have not – learned from past financial crises.
    Thursday, April 1, 2010

    Kansas City-based independent writer and producer Jack Cashill marks the one-year anniversary of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act with a skeptical analysis that looks past the headlines and delves into the pages of history on Thursday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Library Director Crosby Kemper III leads a conversation on entrepreneurship with Joe Ratterman, president and chief executive officer of BATS Exchange.
    Wednesday, March 31, 2010

    Library Director Crosby Kemper III leads a conversation on entrepreneurship with Joe Ratterman, president and chief executive officer of BATS Exchange.

    Based in Lenexa, Kansas, BATS Exchange is one of the fastest growing equity markets in the United States with a team focused on fostering innovation and competition in the securities markets. BATS was founded in June 2005 at a time when market innovation and technology leadership were at risk due to over consolidation in the exchange industry.

  • Bill Braniff, an instructor at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, discusses the environment in which terrorist organizations operate.
    Tuesday, March 30, 2010

    Bill Braniff discusses the terrorist threat faced by the United States and explains how close examination of the environments in which terrorist organizations operate is crucial to understanding the global Salafi-jihadi movement on Tuesday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Howard Frank Mosher discusses his new Civil War odyssey about a Vermont teenager's journey south to find his missing-in-action brother.
    Tuesday, March 30, 2010

    Howard Frank Mosher discusses his new book Walking to Gatlinburg: A Novel on Tuesday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

    The story begins with 17-year-old Morgan Kinneson helping a black slave, Jesse, escape to Canada during the American Civil War. When Morgan is drawn away by the chance to kill a moose that would feed his family for months, he returns to find that Jesse has been murdered.

  • Longtime New Yorker contributor, John McPhee, discusses his new essay collection, Silk Parachute as well as his career as author, editor, and writing instructor.
    Monday, March 29, 2010

    Pulitzer Prize winner John McPhee discusses his career and the writing life as part of the Writers at Work series on Monday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • DEBATE Kansas City convenes a debate among candidates, judged by students.
    Sunday, March 28, 2010

    On Sunday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., DEBATE-Kansas City (DKC) allows students participating in School Board Sound Off to ask questions of candidates running for seats in the upcoming Kansas City, Missouri Board of Education election in School Board Sound Off.

    DKC, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing urban Kansas City students the opportunity to hone their skills in debating, works to increase civic engagement by connecting students to important issues.

  • Gary Negbaur returns with Max’s Family Band to perform his unique brand of children’s music.
    Friday, March 26, 2010

    Gary Negbaur returns with Max’s Family Band to perform his unique brand of music.

    The band consists of Gary, a pianist, singer, and songwriter, and his wife, Yvette, a theater and cabaret singer. Inspired by the antics of their 3-year-old son, Max, the Negbaurs composed 15 songs for and about him that are relatable to children and parents alike.

  • Cartoonist Leigh Rubin discusses his new book The Wild and Twisted World of Rubes, a collection of his best cartoons.
    Thursday, March 25, 2010

    Leigh Rubin discusses his new book The Wild and Twisted World of Rubes, a collection of the best cartoons from his 25 years drawing the one-panel cartoon Rubes on Thursday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Fiction writer and UMKC Cockefair Chair Writer-in-Residence Margot Livesey discusses her work in a conversation with Angela Elam of KCUR 89.3 FM’s New Letters on the Air.
    Wednesday, March 24, 2010

    Fiction writer and UMKC Cockefair Chair Writer-in-Residence Margot Livesey will discuss her work in a conversation with Angela Elam of KCUR 89.3 FM’s New Letters on the Air.