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For all of our divisions – underscored in the loud and contentious run-up to Election Day two weeks ago – we draw unity in America from sharing the same land. Journalist Tom Zoellner deftly explores that common denominator, frayed as it might be, in his book The National Road: Dispatches From a Changing America.
Princeton historian and author Nell Painter gave up a decorated, 30-year career in academia to pursue a lifelong love of art, emerging at age 69 with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine arts. It was anything but easy. Joining the Library’s Kaite Stover, she recounts her challenging move into a new, youth-obsessed world in a discussion of her acclaimed book Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over.
Drawing from his penetrating new book Know Your Price, the Brookings Institution’s Andre Perry joins Emmet Pierson Jr. of the nonprofit Community Builders of Kansas City in examining the long and deliberate devaluation of African Americans and the communities in which they live and the social and economic damage it has wreaked.
Jonathan Scott, Deenise Becenti, Joyce Johnson, Nelson Johnson, Anya Schoolman
Indie Lens Pop-Up Film Series
When Jonathan Scott, the eco-conscious co-star of HGTV’s popular Property Brothers, added solar panels to his Las Vegas home, the project turned out to be a revelation. He found himself navigating a series of roadblocks, raised by the local public utility commission to discourage that type of competition.
Five days before Americans go to the polls, two leading writers/journalists with both local and national perspective – best-selling author and columnist Sarah Smarsh and The New York Times’ John Eligon – assess the issues, trends, and events that have shaped the political landscape and what they portend for November 3. The election-year Writers for Readers event benefits an ongoing partnership between the Kansas City Public Library and the University of Missouri-Kansas City's MFA Program in Creative Writing. It enables a graduate student to teach writing classes at the Library and assist in planning for a new literary award and city-wide book festival. Tickets to the virtual presentation provide access to the exclusive stream of the discussion. Additional details will be sent to ticketholders prior to the event date.
Les Payne’s new biography of Malcolm X already has made waves, revealing a clandestine meeting between the incendiary civil rights activist and an armada of Ku Klux Klan leaders in the 1950s to explore a shared interest: the formation of a separate, all-Black state.
Alice Randall, seen widely as one of the most significant voices in contemporary African American fiction, was born in Detroit and can attest that there is more to the city’s rich musical history than Motown.