Previous Special Events

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
Experiments in Living

Bestselling author A.J. Jacobs discusses his newest book The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment on Wednesday, September 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Tuesday, September 29, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

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.


Sunday, September 27, 2009
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch

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.)


Friday, September 25, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

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.


Thursday, September 24, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch
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.


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.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

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.  


Tuesday, September 22, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch
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.


Sunday, September 20, 2009
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch

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.)


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.