Friday, June 24, 2011


Come join John Estes and Julianne Buchabaum at the Raven Bookstore, 6 East 7th Street in Lawrence at 7 pm on Saturday, June 25.

John Estes directs the Creative Writing Program at Malone University in Canton, OH. He is the author of Kingdom Come, and two chapbooks, Breakfast with Blake at the Laocoon and Swerve. Julianne Buchsbaum is Humanities Librarian at the University of Kansas. Her collection of poems, A Little Night Comes, was published by Del Sol Press.


Whatever your opinion about President Barack Obama, you need to read Janny Scott’s book about his mother, A Singular Woman.

You’ll like what she writes: “Historically, the people of Kansas have been idealistic, progressive and pragmatic. They tried to do things that other people just talked about, and they believed in the possibility of change.” There’s more, but I don’t want to spoil it for you.

I guess I was wrong about Stanley Ann Dunham’s birthplace. Her son writes in his book, and I believed it, that his mother was born at Fort Leavenworth. Apparently, she was born in Wichita, but I think there is a possible explanation for the confusion. Her mother was a military dependant at the time, the military was responsible for the medical needs of a dependant, and the records were probably maintained through Fort Leavenworth.


Veterans of war will always have a story, though not all will share it openly. The “Battle of the Bulge” in World War II is one such story of a Hell most of us are fortunate enough to never know. Some of our fathers and grandfathers were there, however, and author Tad Pritchett has expertly woven their stories together into a powerful narrative that is both a tribute to those who served, as well as a reminder of some very real costs of freedom. “From Farm to Field” includes a collection of firsthand accounts of nearly 40 veterans who were part of that battle, and came back home to Kansas to continue their lives and raise their families.

Pritchett’s military background, combined with a sincere and respectful interest in the experiences of others, has enabled him to build a collection of personal war time stories that may be unique to the literature of World War II. Pritchett will be at Zimmer Books, 117 SW 6th Avenue in Topeka, on Friday, July 1, from 3-7 pm. (Thanks to Lloyd Zimmer for the above.)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


After her reading at the Kansas Statehouse on Saturday (see post below) Cheryl Unruh will be able to sign books that people bring with them, but, ironically, no books will be sold at the Capitol.

People wishing to buy a copy of Cheryl’s Flyover People: Life on the Ground in a Rectangular State can follow her to the SouthWind Gallery at 3074 SW 29th Street. At what time? As soon as she can get there after the program has ended, and she has had time to visit with the members of the audience who linger for a moment’s chat.

(Cheryl, just being invited to speak in those venerable chambers is so awe inspiring – don’t lose your voice, or be tongue-tied.)


Cheryl Unruh, Emporia Gazette columnist, and Don Lambert, actor and historian, will be heard in a special appearance in the House of Representatives chamber at the Kansas Statehouse at 10 am on Saturday, June 18.

Lambert will portray John Steuart Curry (1897-1946), painter of the John Brown murals, which were controversial, even in the time of their creation. Lambert was acquainted with Curry’s widow, and other relatives.

Unruh will read from her book, Flyover People: Life on the Ground in a Rectangular State,” a collection of essays that appeared in the Emporia Gazette since January 2003. The event is arranged by Savor Kansas. Attendees should arrive early to allow time to get through security.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Sonnet L’Abbe and Karen Ohnesorge will be heard at the Raven Bookstore at 7:30 pm on Thursday, June 16. The Raven at 6 East 7th street in Lawrence.

Sonnet L’Abbé is the author of two collections of poetry, A Strange Relief and Killarnoe, both published by McClelland and Stewart. She was shortlisted for this year’s CBC Literary Award for poetry, and has won the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award for most promising writer under 35, and the Malahat Review Long Poem Prize. L’Abbé has taught writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. She reviews poetry for the Globe and Mail, and is currently writing a dissertation on the American poet Ronald Johnson at the University of British Columbia. L’Abbé's recent work can be found HERE and HERE.

Karen Ohnesorge was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and she has lived mostly in Lawrence, Kansas since 1986. She currently serves as Dean of Instruction for Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas.

Thursday, June 2, 2011


Tom Mach will help the city of Gardner celebrate the Festival of the Trails on 10 am on Saturday, June 11, at the Gardner Historical Museum, 2204 West Main Street. He’ll be talking about the Civil War, and also signing copies of his two Civil War era books, Sissy! and All Parts Together.

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