Event Archive

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Format: 2016-02-13
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  • As part of the Park University Ethnic Poetry Series, Heid Erdrich  hosts a talk and reading from her latest poetry collection
    Wednesday, September 30, 2009

    The Kansas City Public Library hosts poet Heid Erdrich for a talk and reading from her latest poetry collection National Monuments, winner of the 2009 Minnesota Book Award for Poetry, on Wednesday, September 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. This presentation is a part of the Park University Ethnic Voices Poetry Series.

  • The first of two Harry’s Front Porch Forums focuses on  Americans turning away from public life and becoming spectators rather than participants
    Tuesday, September 29, 2009

    The first of two Harry’s Front Porch Forums takes place on Tuesday, September 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, this film series concentrates on the Mexican films of Luis Buñuel
    Sunday, September 27, 2009

    Young Oliverio is forced to interrupt his marriage ceremony after receiving word that his mother is dying. She asks Oliverio to fetch a distant lawyer to write her will. During his trip on an old beaten down bus, he is confronted by unforeseen difficulties and the flirtations of a young woman. In Spanish with English subtitles. Not Rated. (85 min.)

  • The former U.S. Poet Laureate keynotes the Missouri Poetry Society’s Convention
    Friday, September 25, 2009

    Former United States Poet Laureate Ted Kooser will keynote the Missouri Poetry Society’s Convention with a presentation on Friday, September 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • 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.)

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