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Monday, September 19, 2016

Claude Monet intended his most famous series of paintings – of the water lilies in his garden at Giverny, France – as a means of “peaceful meditation.” But according to historian and best-selling author Ross King, they belied the great impressionist’s frustration in trying to capture the fugitive effects of light, water, and color.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

When The Kansas City Star profiled the 10 greatest departed heroes in the city’s history earlier this year, it started – naturally – with Ewing Marion Kauffman. “Mr. K” launched Marion Laboratories in his basement and nurtured it into a global pharmaceutical giant, brought big-league baseball back to KC with his purchase of the expansion Royals, and promoted education and entrepreneurship through the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Ernest Hemingway had one constant in the last 27 years of his life: his fishing boat Pilar. The 38-foot vessel became the writer’s sanctuary after he purchased it in 1934, a place where he entertained some 500 guests as he struggled with artistic and emotional decline. Author Paul Hendrickson made it the heart of his acclaimed biography Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Literacy KC and The Writers Place have worked for decades to make Kansas City a more literate community. Literacy KC, founded in 1985, helps adults and families enhance literacy skills and quality of life. The Writers Place, established in 1992, extends support, resources, and inspiration to area writers.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Fifty years ago this month, on September 8, 1966, NBC launched a new science-fiction television series that would become one of the most revered franchises in American entertainment history. Star Trek generated five more TV series (with a sixth in the works) and three generations of films along with an array of books, games, and toys.

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Salem Witch Trials remain one of the more astonishing chapters in American history. The Massachusetts village was gripped in hysteria in the late 17th century, officials accusing more than 200 women and men of witchcraft. Nineteen were hanged, and 80-year-old Giles Corey was pressed to death with large stones for refusing to enter a plea. Few records were kept.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The works of Nicaragua-born poet, novelist, and literary critic Conny Palacios have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and she has read her poetry in England, Spain, and throughout Latin America. Nine years ago, she was one of four writers invited to Washington, D.C., to read from her works during the Library of Congress’ celebration of 400 years of Hispanic poetry in the U.S.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Religious zealotry plagues the world today, extremists avowing that they have all the truth, all the wisdom, all the divine favor.

Actually, says former Kansas City Star columnist and longtime religion writer Bill Tammeus, the road to a healthy, mature faith runs through the valley of the shadow of doubt. Uncertainty is a good thing.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Are you a local writer or an aspiring author? Consider visiting the Westport Writer's Group - an eclectic group of writers committed to helping each other grow while also having fun!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Location: City Market, 400 Grand St.

Looking for some good reads, new music, or a movie or two to enjoy this summer and fall? On the first Saturday of the month from August through October, in the atrium north of Steamboat Arabia at the City Market, the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library are selling an array of books and other items for a mere $1 to $2. Choose from recently published hardback fiction, nonfiction, popular young adult, and audio books; soft-cover books for all ages; DVDs; and CDs. Some “special finds” are priced at $5 and up.

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