Previous Special Events

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.


Friday, September 18, 2009
10:45pm @ Central Library

The Kansas City Public Library screens cult films with broad appeal as the annual Off-the-Wall Film Series draws inspiration from The A.V. Club, the arts and entertainment section for the satiric publication The Onion.


Friday, September 18, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

On Friday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., award-winning journalist and documentary photographer David Bacon will discuss the issues of labor, immigration, and international politics.

A reporter and documentary photographer for almost 20 years, Bacon was also a labor organizer for unions in which immigrant workers made up a large percentage of the membership.


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Author Tracy Daugherty discusses Hiding Man, his new biography of Donald Barthelme, on Thursday, September 17, at 7 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Barthelme, who came to prominence as the leader of the postmodern movement, was a fixture at The New Yorker, publishing more than 100 short stories, but he is best-known for his classic novels Snow White and The Dead Father.