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Format: 2015-01-27
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  • Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Shirley Christian presents an original talk on Carrie Westlake Whitney, librarian and director of the Kansas City Public Library from the late 1800s to the early 1900s.
    Wednesday, May 26, 2010

    Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Shirley Christian presents an original talk on Carrie Westlake Whitney, librarian and director of the Kansas City Public Library from the late 1800s to the early 1900s.

  • Henry Adams provides new insights into two of the greatest artists of the 20th century when he presents Tom and Jack: The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock.
    Tuesday, May 25, 2010

    Henry Adams unfolds a poignant personal drama that provides new insights into two of the greatest artists of the 20th century when he presents his book, Tom and Jack: The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock.

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic  Roger Ebert joins the annual Off-the-Wall Film Series for a cross section of his favorites that he believes deserve wider attention.  A Simple Plan (1998)
    Friday, May 21, 2010

    Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert curates the annual Off-the-Wall Film Series for EbertfestKC, showing films or formats he believes deserve wider attention.

  • The best-selling author of Life of Pi discusses his latest novel, Beatrice and Virgil, a story about a donkey and a howler monkey.
    Thursday, May 20, 2010

    Best-selling Life of Pi author, Yann Martel, discusses his latest novel, Beatrice and Virgil, on Thursday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

    Beatrice and Virgil is about asuccessful writer named Henry who becomes discouraged when his book about the Holocaust, a "flip book" made up of a novel and an essay that can be read in any order, is rejected by publishers.

  • National Book Award-winning author Nathaniel Philbrick discusses his new book about the Battle of Little Bighorn.
    Monday, May 17, 2010

    National Book Award-winning author Nathaniel Philbrick discusses The Last Stand, his new book about the Battle of Little Bighorn.

    In his narrative, Philbrick sketches the two antagonists, Sitting Bull and George Armstrong Custer, and reminds readers that the Battle of the Little Bighorn was also, even in victory, the last stand for the Sioux and Cheyenne Indian nations. Philbrick evokes the history and geography of the Great Plains with an archetypal story of the American West, which continues to haunt imaginations.

  • Kenneth H. Winn tells the story  of Indian agent George Sibley and Ellen Lorr whose failure to marry touched off a legal and political battle in early 1800s Missouri.
    Sunday, May 16, 2010

    Kenneth H. Winn tells the seldom-heard story of Indian agent George Sibley and Ellen Lorr, whose failure to marry touched off a legal and political battle in early 1800s Missouri, on Sunday, May 16, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • A free monthly series of probing films, followed by discussions featuring cinema and psychoanalysis experts for an examination of how celluloid gets under our skin – and into our psyche.  Juno (2007)
    Sunday, May 16, 2010

    The Searching the Psyche through Cinema film series continues with Juno, a whip-smart comedy about the travails of teenage pregnancy. Ellen Page plays an independent-minded 16-year-old in search of the perfect adoptive parents for her child. As her due date nears, she learns tough lessons about relationships, love, and adulthood.

  • The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, presents Shakespeare to Go! showcasing a production of scenes drawn from Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, presents Shakespeare to Go! showcasing a production of scenes drawn from Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    Four actors play 19 roles in 40 minutes with a 10-minute Q&A session following the performance. Shakespeare to Go! provides a condensed experience that sheds new light on these classics.

  • Vicki Myron returns to discuss  her latest book about Dewey, a bedraggled stray who was found  in a book drop and grew up to become a winsome library cat.
    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    Vicki Myron returns to discuss her latest book about Dewey, a bedraggled stray who was found in a book drop on the coldest night of the year and grew up to become a winsome library cat, well-known for his friendly manner and stalwart spirit.Dewey the Library Cat: A True Story is a middle grade adaptation of the earlier best-seller written by the soft-hearted librarian who adopted the orange cat.

  • Celebrate Children’s Book Week as Dino O’Dell performs songs from his latest CD Itty Bitty Monsters, including “I’ve Got a Friend,” “Peanut Butter Pond,” and “Smoochin’ with a Giant Squid.”
    Friday, May 14, 2010

    Celebrate Children's Book Week as Dino O'Dell performs songs from his latest CD Itty Bitty Monsters, including "I've Got a Friend," "Peanut Butter Pond," and, "Smoochin' With a Giant Squid."

    O'Dell (A.K.A. Kevin Dolan), a Kansas City native, earned a B.A. in music from the University of California at Santa Cruz. For the last 15 years Kevin has taught music, drama, language arts, and improvisation at preschools, elementary schools, theater, churches, and libraries.