No artist captured the people and landscape of early 20th-century Missouri more than native son Thomas Hart Benton. As a child growing up in southwest Missouri, and later as an adult, he hiked the Ozarks’ hills and valleys and floated its rivers. Benton’s travels throughout the region are reflected in many of his paintings and writings.
The son of a World War II veteran and himself a decorated former Marine who fought a year in Vietnam, Karl Marlantes based his first two books on his military and post-military experiences. In Deep River, he draws movingly from his roots in a small logging town in the Pacific Northwest.
The legend of George S. Patton is one of triumph touched by controversy. He delivered both in the Mediterranean theater of World War II, setting the stage for the campaign that would cement his name in the pantheon of American military history: the 1944-45 invasion and liberation of Western Europe.
He has been the face of Kansas City for eight years. Now, as Sly James completes his second and mandatory final term as mayor, he looks back on a life that took him from his upbringing in a segregated working-class neighborhood to military service in the Marines, a groundbreaking legal career, and ultimately the 29th floor of City Hall.
Kansas City-based kid rocker and Library favorite Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove takes audience members on an extraterrestrial musical adventure through the Milky Way as part of the Library’s 2019 Summer Reading Program, Dare to Discover. Learn about the planets in our solar system, and become a member of the Alien All-Star Band.
What does film tell us about our fascination with and perception of the moon? University of Missouri-Kansas City film studies professor Mitch Brian explores the question, walking through Hollywood’s depiction of space flight and lunar landings using clips from silent movies, blockbuster classics, and documentaries. His presentation is part of the Library’s 2019 Summer Reading Program: Dare to Discover.
Neighbors from the Red Planet arrive under a pretense of peace, but it soon becomes clear their real intent is to colonize and conquer. Maybe vaporizing Congress was the first clue. Tim Burton directs an all-star cast including Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, and Sarah Jessica Parker. Slim Whitman upstages them all.