Previous Special Events

Thursday, March 4, 2010
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Daniel Walker Howe explains how President Abraham Lincoln’s youthful obsession with self-improvement made him one of the most successful presidents in American history on Thursday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Howe will discuss how Lincoln’s program of self-education through disciplined reading, and other experiences in his young adulthood, shaped his moral character and influenced his politics and his worldview.


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Demetria Martinez will discuss her journey as a renowned author, lecturer, activist, and columnist.

Among Martinez’s most notable books is Mother Tongue, based in part upon her 1988 trial for conspiracy against the United States government in connection with smuggling Salvadoran refugees into the country. She was later found to be not guilty on First Amendment grounds. Martinez’s collection of autobiographical essays, Confessions of a Berlitz-Tape Chicana, earned her the 2006 International Latino Book Award.


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award winner from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas, poet Carter Revard will discuss his prolific body of work.


Monday, March 1, 2010
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The At Ease with Opera series returns to the Kansas City Public Library on Monday, March 1, with Don Dagenais presenting The Galley Years: Verdi’s Path to Rigoletto at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Dagenais will discuss how Verdi’s early career influenced his three great mid-career operas, Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, and La Traviata. The discussion will include audio and video excerpts.


Sunday, February 28, 2010
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The English Speaking Union’s annual Shakespeare Competition will be held Sunday, February 28, at 2 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Thursday, February 25, 2010
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

 Author and political activist Charles Hardy discusses his book Cowboy in Caracas: A North American Memoir of Venezuela’s Democratic Revolution on Thursday, February 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

A former Catholic priest, Hardy has lived in Venezuela for more than 20 years. He spent eight of those years in a shack made of cardboard and tin in one of Caracas’ barrios.


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Kansas City Star television critic Aaron Barnhart discusses his new book Tasteland, a look back at the best TV of the past 15 years, on Thursday, February 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

The event marks the release of the book, in which Barnhart chronicles the 100 best television programs to air during his 15 years as a critic. Each selection includes Barnhart's comments. His selections can all be rented, bought, or downloaded.


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Longtime Kansas City Star columnist Mike Hendricks and his wife, local blogger Roxie Hammill, discuss their new book Mike and Roxie's Vegetable Paradise on Wednesday, February 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Monday, February 22, 2010

Novelist and critic Edmund White discusses his new memoir City Boy on Monday, February 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Kansas City Art Institute’s Milton Katz presents Making Creativity Dance: A History of the Kansas City Art Institute on Sunday, February 21, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.