Event Archive

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  • Award-winning author Sara Paretsky discusses the 13th installment in her V.I. Warshawski mystery series.
    Thursday, September 24, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Private Detective Mysteries

    Award-winning author Sara Paretsky discusses the latest installment in her V.I. Warshawski mystery series on Thursday, September 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • The fourth season of the Latino Writers Collective series focuses on the anthology The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry, presented by Francisco Aragón, Brenda Cárdenas, and John Olivares Espinoza
    Wednesday, September 23, 2009

    On Wednesday, September 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., the Latino Writers Collective presents Cuarta Pagina.

    This event of the writers’ series, in its fourth season, will focus on the anthology The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry and will be presented by its editor, Francisco Aragón, and two of its contributors, Brenda Cárdenas and John Olivares Espinoza.

  • Film director Andrea Kalin introduces her documentary and takes questions following a public screening
    Wednesday, September 23, 2009

    Film director Andrea Kalin for a screening of her new documentary Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story on Wednesday, September 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.  

  • Award-winning author Joseph O’Neill discusses his national best seller set in post 9/11 New York that The New York Times said “has more life inside it than 10 very good novels.”
    Tuesday, September 22, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Immigrant Experience in America

    Award-winning author Joseph O’Neill discusses his new novel Netherland on Tuesday, September 22, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Jennifer Tarwater and Rolland  Love discuss Kaw Point and its role in the Lewis & Clark expedition
    Sunday, September 20, 2009

    The Lewis & Clark Expedition paused at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers for three days on its way west in 1804 – longer than at any other place on its 7,600-mile journey aside from a winter encampment with the Mandans. Now called Kaw Point, this site proved significant for wildlife observation – yielding first glimpses of bison and the Carolina Parakeet – and its natural defenses. This campsite also served as the scene for the court-martial of two expedition members.

  • In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, this film series concentrates on the Mexican films of Luis Buñuel
    Sunday, September 20, 2009

    When he discovers his wife’s infidelity, Quintin abandons Maria and their daughter Lencho after he is told that she is not his child. Years later, his ex-wife convinces Quintin that she lied about his paternity and urges him to seek out his daughter. In Spanish with English subtitles. Not Rated. (80 min.)

  • The New Cult Canon theme features cult films with mass appeal, inspired by The A.V. Club
    Friday, September 18, 2009

    The Kansas City Public Library screens cult films with broad appeal as the annual Off-the-Wall Film Series draws inspiration from The A.V. Club, the arts and entertainment section for the satiric publication The Onion.

  • The award-winning journalist  and documentary photographer discusses issues of labor,  immigration, and international politics
    Friday, September 18, 2009

    On Friday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., award-winning journalist and documentary photographer David Bacon will discuss the issues of labor, immigration, and international politics.

    A reporter and documentary photographer for almost 20 years, Bacon was also a labor organizer for unions in which immigrant workers made up a large percentage of the membership.

  • Author Tracy Daugherty discusses his new biography of the man who revolutionized the short story in the first event of the 2009-10 Writers at Work series
    Thursday, September 17, 2009

    Author Tracy Daugherty discusses Hiding Man, his new biography of Donald Barthelme, on Thursday, September 17, at 7 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    Barthelme, who came to prominence as the leader of the postmodern movement, was a fixture at The New Yorker, publishing more than 100 short stories, but he is best-known for his classic novels Snow White and The Dead Father.

  • Scholar David Vine tells the story of one of the most strategically important and secretive U.S. military installations outside the United States
    Thursday, September 17, 2009

    David Vine, an assistant professor of anthropology at American University, presents his book Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia. The presentation takes place on Thursday, September 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.