Previous Special Events

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Author Daniel Woodrell discusses his new collection of short stories, The Outlaw Album, in a discussion led by Kansas City’s own Whitney Terrell.

The Outlaw Album includes the stories of a husband who cruelly avenges the killing of his wife’s pet, and an injured rapist who is cared for by a young girl until she reaches her breaking point.

Organized by Whitney Terrell and co-sponsored by the Writers at Work Round Table.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

For more than 60 years, the name Ollie Gates has been synonymous with Kansas City-style barbeque, sauces, and their trademark greeting, “Hi! May I help you?” Reception courtesy of Gates Bar-B-Q.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

In February 1940, the Nazis established what would become the second largest Jewish ghetto in Poland. The ghetto’s chosen leader, Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski, realized that his survival rested on his ability to make the ghetto indispensable and set out to transform it into a productive industrial complex, forcing adults and children to work punishing hours to provide supplies for the German military.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
8:00am @ Plaza Branch

Kansas City’s self-described “bean baron” Danny O’Neill discusses the founding and continued success of The Roasterie, which he started in the basement of his Brookside home in 1993. Continental breakfast courtesy of The Roasterie.

Monday, November 14, 2011

A lifelong fan of the Sherlock Holmes adventures, Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Michael Dirdaa presents an insider’s account of The Baker Street Irregulars – a worldwide association of Holmes fanatics who delight in curious and playful scholarship relating to the most famous detective of all time.

Monday, November 14, 2011
8:00am @ Plaza Branch

Ten finalists in the Alterra Alliance Project contest – which will provide one KC-area entrepreneurial start-up with $10,000 cash and a host of business and professional services – deliver their “elevator speech” to a public audience and a panel of judges comprised of Kansas City business leaders, who will then announce the winner immediately afterward.

Sunday, November 13, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Public Library invites children and parents to be part of monthly interactive story times presented by the Coterie Theatre. Theatre artists read from their favorite children's books while audience members enjoy an opportunity to "jump into the story" on stage.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Local author and journalist Darryl Levings discusses his new book, a work of historical fiction that follows Price’s Raid in 1864 from the day forces crossed the border from Arkansas
to clashes at Westport and Mine Creek.

This was Missouri in 1864: Teenaged bushwhackers rode and killed with Jesse James, William Clarke Quantrill, and Bloody Bill Anderson; a uniform was no guarantee of a soldier’s allegiance; and officers and men often looked the other way when anyone mentioned the law. Co-sponsored by Star Books.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan features panels created by international artists and American students to help viewers imagine the experience of Afghan civilians – from death and destruction to hope for peace.

Mike Ferner, interim director of Veterans for Peace and a Vietnam War veteran, discusses the exhibit on Sunday, November 13, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. A 1 p.m. reception precedes the event.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Spend an Afternoon with four Contemporary African American Authors

Keith Lee Johnson, author of the Little Black Girl Lost stories

RM Johnson, author of The Harris Family and The Million Dollar Divorce

Bernice McFadden, author of 2011 NAACP Image Award Nominee Glorious

Carleen Brice, author of Orange Mint & Honey and Children of the Waters

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