Previous Special Events

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.


Thursday, September 17, 2009

David Vine, an assistant professor of anthropology at American University, presents his book Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia. The presentation takes place on Thursday, September 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Wednesday, September 16, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Walter Schroeder leads an examination of The WPA Guide to Missouri on Wednesday, September 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Recommended reading:
Contemporary Conservatism

Thomas Frank, the author of the bestseller What’s the Matter with Kansas?, presents the revised paperback edition of his book, The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule, on Tuesday, September 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
Legal Battles: David vs. Goliath

Award-winning investigative journalist Jeff Benedict discusses his new book Little Pink House: A True Story of Defiance and Courage on Tuesday, September 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Monday, September 14, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
Books on Traffic & Driving

Author Tom Vanderbilt discusses his new book Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do on Monday, September 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Sunday, September 13, 2009
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The rich and drunken widower Ramiro allows his family to exploit him – except for his outraged brother Gregorio, who convinces his relatives that Ramiro is ruined and that the family must work to survive. Considered Luis Buñuel’s first comeback film since L’Age d’Or. In Spanish with English subtitles. Not Rated. (90 min.)


Saturday, September 12, 2009

On Saturday, September 12, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., Saturdays at Central features Paul Mesner Puppets presenting Anansi Returns.


Thursday, September 10, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

During one of the most inhumane times in world history, Adolph Hitler’s attempt to murder all of Europe’s Jews almost succeeded. Chief among the reasons that the savage goal fell short was the work of brave non-Jews who sheltered their fellow citizens. On Thursday, September 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., authors Bill Tammeus and Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn present the stories of everyday heroes from their book They Were Just People.