The Kansas City Public Library and New Letters host Thomas E. Kennedy for a discussion of how his trips across the U.S. turned into writing that transcends mere travelogue and enters the realm of literature, with Riding the Dog: On the Road with Literary Nonfiction on Thursday, October 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Kennedy is a native New Yorker who has lived in Copenhagen for more than 30 years. He has authored nine novels, three short fiction collections, and five compilations of literary nonfiction. He will discuss his new book Riding the Dog: A Look Back at America, inspired by his Greyhound Bus trip – and trips by train and bicycle – across the country.
New Letters editor Robert Stewart will open the program with an introduction about literary nonfiction, its differences from the traditional concept of an essay, and its evolution. New Letters magazine won the 2008 National Magazine Award for editorial excellence in the category of The Essay (for an essay written by Kennedy, published in the summer 2007 issue). This October marks New Letters’ 75th year of continuous quarterly publication.
Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending or RSVP online .