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Format: 2015-03-05
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  • In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, this film series concentrates on the Mexican films of Luis Buñuel
    Sunday, October 11, 2009

    A humble priest, Nazarín shares the misery of the needy that live near the small town of Chanfa in the early 1900s. After protecting a prostitute responsible for starting a fire that destroys a hostel, Nazarín is forced to flee the town. While traveling, his own actions cause conflicts that go against his vision of Christian charity. Winner of the Grand Prix International at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival. In Spanish with English subtitles. Not Rated. (95 min.)

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author  Jane Smiley’s book for young readers revolves around Abby Lovitt, a seventh grader who has always been more at ease with horses than with people.
    Saturday, October 10, 2009

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley presents her first book for young readers, The Georges and the Jewels.

  • Experience the world of William Bent, fur trapper and trader with Kansas City connections  as portrayed by John  Atkinson.
    Saturday, October 10, 2009

    Experience the world of William Bent, fur trapper and trader with Kansas City connections as portrayed by John Atkinson.

  • A film series devoted to Tim Burton, the auteur whose distinct visual landscapes are a play land for unique and sometimes grotesque characters
    Saturday, October 10, 2009

    An auteur who presents a distinct visual landscape, Tim Burton is known for reinterpretations of folk and fairytales featuring his own unique characters—flawed personalities that are sometimes childish, grotesque, or simply insane. Despite employing such an eccentric and idiosyncratic storytelling technique, his films have earned mainstream acceptance and incredible box-office returns. The Kansas City Public Library explores the work of Tim Burton with An Attraction to the Horrific.

  • Shane Evans presents his new children’s book, Olu’s Dream, the story of a mischievous, adventurous, funny, and thoughtful child with a limitless imagination who discovers a dream world that he can bring into his reality.
    Friday, October 9, 2009

    Award-winning illustrator—and now author—Shane Evans presents his new children's book, Olu's Dream.  Olu's fantastical dreams, where he discovers monsters, takes a ride on a whale, and speeds through space with his teddy bear, inspire him to use his imagination at any time of night or day.

  • Robert Wallace, former director of the CIA’s Office of Technical Service, traces the development of modern spy gear and discusses how American technology revolutionized the “spygame.”
    Thursday, October 8, 2009

    Robert Wallace, the former director of the CIA’s Office of Technical Service, discusses his new book Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA’s Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda.

    Spycraft tells the story of how technology that would not appear in the public marketplace until decades later was often used to further the American intelligence-gathering cause. The book traces the development of spy gear from secret writing and bugging devices to subminiature cameras and covert internet communications.

  • A groundbreaking panel discussion touching on issues ranging from political influence on elections to societal stereotypes to whether or not English should be the only language spoken in classrooms.
    Thursday, October 8, 2009

    Being Latino in America: Our Present and Future is a groundbreaking panel discussion designed to tell the diverse stories of a rich culture.

    The discussion will reflect the triumphs and turmoil as well as the diversity of people in the culture.

    Panelists from various Latin ancestries with diverse backgrounds and professions will discuss several issues ranging from political influence on elections to societal stereotypes to whether or not English should be the only language spoken in classrooms.

  • Author Thomas Larson discusses the modern memoir and offers tips on how aspiring writers can find a niche in the challenging genre.
    Wednesday, October 7, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Memoir Writing

    Thomas Larson, author of The Memoir and the Memoirist: Reading and Writing Personal Narrative, discusses the rise in popularity of the modern memoir and offers tips on how aspiring writers can find a niche in the challenging genre.

  • Former KU chancellor Robert Hemenway discusses his landmark biography of Zora Neale Hurston
    Tuesday, October 6, 2009

    The Kansas City Public Library hosts Robert Hemenway for a discussion called Jump at the Sun: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston on Tuesday, October 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Robert Hicks presents his  historical novel based on the life  of John Bell Hood, arguably one  of the most controversial generals of the Confederate Army – and  one of its most tragic figures.
    Tuesday, October 6, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Civil War Era Novels

    Author Robert Hicks presents his historical novel, A Separate Country.

    Set in New Orleans in the years after the Civil War, A Separate Country is based on the life of John Bell Hood, arguably one of the most controversial generals of the Confederate Army – and one of the most tragic figures.