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  • T.J. Stiles discusses his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Cornelius Vanderbilt, America’s first tycoon and a man Stiles believes helped invent American capitalism.
    Tuesday, May 11, 2010

     Author T.J. Stiles discusses his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt on Tuesday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Art historian Carol Inge Hockett discusses the role of women in ancient Egypt as learned through sculptures, carvings, tomb paintings and other forms of art.
    Tuesday, May 11, 2010

     Art historian Carol Inge Hockett presents Nefertiti’s Sisters: Women in Ancient Egypt – an examination of the role of women in ancient Egypt as learned through sculptures, carvings, tomb paintings, and other forms of art – on Tuesday, May 11, at 1 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Kansas City Public Library director Crosby Kemper III leads this book group discussion of the enduring modern American classic Housekeeping, which is among his favorite novels.
    Saturday, May 8, 2010

    Kansas City Public Library director Crosby Kemper III leads this book group discussion of the enduring modern American classic Housekeeping, which is among his favorite novels. This book group discussion is open to all and takes place in the Large Meeting Room on the main level of the Plaza Branch.

  • Yvonne Patterson presents her Wings of Love program which features 12 birds including eagle  owls, toucans, cockatoos, macaws, and doves.
    Saturday, May 8, 2010

    Yvonne Patterson presents her Wings of Love program which features 12 birds including eagle owls, toucans, cockatoos, macaws, and doves.

    Wings of Love is a unique show that is both entertaining and educational. The birds talk, skate, bicycle, and spell. Audience participation is encouraged as Patterson shares the intelligence and natural beauty of rare birds.

  • Rita Roth, author of The Power of Song and Other Sephardic Tales leads children in song, stories, & hands-on activities.
    Friday, May 7, 2010

    Author Rita Roth discusses her book The Power of Song and Other Sephardic Tales.

    The book received the 2007 National Jewish Book Award for Family Literature. Roth conducted research at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at the University of Haifa. She was honored in March 2008 at the Library of Congress.

    The book will be available for sale.

  • Reif Larsen discusses his debut novel, The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, an imaginative and  meticulously crafted novel about  a 12-year-old genius cartographer.
    Thursday, May 6, 2010

    Reif Larsen discusses his debut novel, The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, an imaginative and meticulously crafted novel about a 12-year-old genius cartographer.

  • In his new biography, Terry Teachout draws on newly available sources, including hundreds of private recordings of backstage and after-hours conversations with Louis Armstrong.
    Thursday, May 6, 2010

    Louis Armstrong was among the greatest jazz musicians of the 20th century and a giant of modern American culture, knocking the Beatles off the top of the charts and writing one of the finest jazz autobiographies.

    In Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong, Terry Teachout draws on new sources, including hundreds of private recordings of backstage and after-hours conversations. Teachout is an arts columnist for The Wall Street Journal.

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and bestselling author Anna Quindlen discusses Every Last One, an  unforgettable portrait of a mother, a father, a family, and the explosive, violent consequences of what seem like inconsequential actions.
    Wednesday, May 5, 2010

    Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and bestselling author Anna Quindlen discusses her book, Every Last One, an unforgettable portrait of a mother, a father, a family, and the explosive, violent consequences of what seem like inconsequential actions.

  • Author Karl Marlantes discusses his new novel Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War.
    Tuesday, May 4, 2010

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

    Author Karl Marlantes discusses his new novel Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War.

    Matterhorn tells the story of Second Lieutenant Waino Mellas and his comrades in Bravo Company.  Mellas, an ambitious young reservist with an Ivy League education and a chip on his shoulder, is assigned to lead a rifle platoon of 40 Marines, most of them teenagers.

  • Jerry Muller discusses the  historical relationship between capitalism and the Jewish people and explains why anti-capitalism and anti-Semitism have frequently been linked.
    Tuesday, May 4, 2010

    Jerry Muller discusses his new book Capitalism and the Jews, a collection of four essays examining the historical relationship between capitalism and the Jewish people, on Tuesday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    Muller will explain why the Jewish experience with capitalism has been so important and complex, as well as ambivalent.