Friday, September 30, 2011


It’s official ! There will be two launches for Volume 9 of Kansas City Voices, an annual periodical of writing and art. The first will be at 2 pm on Sunday, November 6, at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City, MO, Public Library. This launch, I’ve been told, will feature the art work and the graphic artists.

The second launch will take place at 1 pm on Saturday, November 12, at theCentral Resource Branch of the Johnson County Library, 9875 West 87th Street, Overland Park. Keep up with the current news of Kansas City Voices by checking out the blog at The newest feature is a guest blog by Ann Otto.

Thursday, September 29, 2011


It’s not off the press, not yet, but you can place an advance order for Jan Duncan-O’Neal’s chapbook, in fact early orders encourage sales and help determine the print run.

Go to the publisher’s website, Find the link to “Our Publications.” Scroll down to “Our Chapbooks/Now Available for Purchase” and find “Autumn2011, Jan Duncan-O’Neal, Voices: Lost and Found.”

And what’s the book about? Let’s ask Jan . . .

My chapbook, Voices: Lost and Found,contains poems about family, friends, people I have known or heard about in stories. Some of the poems are about loss especially death, but others introduce the reader to past times and places. You'll meet my jazz age grandma, an eccentric neighbor who told our fortunes, the huckster man who sold corn from his truck, and a boy's first love with music. Most of all, you will find poems to touch the heart.


As described in Margaret and Gary Kraisinger’s book, The Western: The Greatest Cattle Trail 1874-1886, the Western cattle trail was established in 1874, and carried more cattle, a longer distance, for a longer period than the better-known Chisholm trail.

Memories of the trail will be perpetuated on Saturday, October 1, with the dedication of the Cattle Trail Marker south of Oberlin. The event is part of the annual Mini Sappa celebration, and will follow a pancake breakfast, singing performances, and a book signing of The Northern Cheyenne Exodus in History and Memory, by authors Ramon Powers and James Leiker. (See post below, CHEYENNE TRAIL THROUGH KANSAS.)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


The authors of The Northern Cheyenne Exodus in History and Memory, Ramon Powers and James Leiker, will be speaking at 9:30 am on Saturday, October 1, at the Last Indian Raid Museum, 258 South Penn, in Oberlin.

The publishers, University of Oklahoma Press, write:

The exodus of the Northern Cheyennes in 1878 and 1879, an attempt to flee from Indian Territory to their Montana homeland, is an important event in American Indian history. It is equally important in the history of towns like Oberlin, Kansas, where Cheyenne warriors killed more than forty settlers. The Cheyennes, in turn, suffered losses through violent encounters with the U.S. Army. More than a century later, the story remains familiar because it has been told by historians and novelists, and on film. In The Northern Cheyenne Exodus in History and Memory, James N. Leiker and Ramon Powers explore how the event has been remembered, told, and retold. They examine the recollections of Indians and settlers and their descendants, and they consider local history, mass-media treatments, and literature to draw thought-provoking conclusions about how this story has changed over time.

James N. Leiker, author of Racial Borders: Black Soldiers along the Rio Grande, is an Associate Professor of History at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park. Ramon Powers, former Executive Director of the Kansas State Historical Society, is the author of numerous articles on Plains Indians history.


Standing Room Only at Jo McDougall’s readings? Well, not really, because that’s something the fire department rarely permits, but I did hear that recently the crowd was so big the event had to be moved to another room.

McDougall, author of Daddy’s Money: A Memoir of Farm and Family, can be heard at 8 pn on Thursday, October 6, at Russ Hall 409 on the Pittsburg State University campus.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


From Maryfrances Wagner, one of the editors, comes this invitation:

We're hoping many of you will be able to come to our I-70 Review Celebration on Friday, September 30 at 7:00 at The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO. Contributors will be reading from our new issue, and we'll have food and drink for all.

If you are unable to come, we hope you'll still send us material for our next issue. We are now receiving submissions until January 31, 2012. Go to our website and check out the details. We are accepting poetry (3-5 poems), micro fiction and nonfiction (under 300 words). We hope you'll want to send us something to consider.

We'll have copies of the new issue available for $12.00. Any contributor who has not received your complimentary copy can pick it up the night of the reading, or we will mail it to you.

Many thanks to all, and we hope to see you at the September 30 celebration.

And thank you, Maryfrances, for your e-mail.


You’ll find all three together at Zimmer’s Books and Maps at 3 pm on Friday, October 7, when Gary Clarke, Topeka zoo director, signs his new book of stunning photographs, Africa: Wildlife, Rainbows and Laughter.

(Slightly edited) This massive 14” x 10” hardbound bolume is printed on 272 pages of 100 lb glossy paper and features over 300 color photographs from Clarke’s 140 Africa safaris, 37 years in the making and limited to only 1000 signed and numbered copies, priced at $100. Clarke will be at Zimmer’s as part of October’s First Friday Art Walk, from 3-8 pm.

Copies of this title will be available, as well as Clarke’s previous books, Hey Mister, Your Alligator’s Loose and I’d Rather Be On Safari. Also on display will be a small selection of masks created by Joe Sutcliff. Masks will also be on exhibit next door at the Nexlinx Gallery. Refreshments at both venues.

And you know how to find Zimmer’s, south side of 6th street, between Kansas and Jackson, in Topeka.


Two quotations from Langston Hughes’ lyric poem, ‘In Time of Silver Rain,’ will be included in what is being popularly called the “butterfly mural” which was dedicated on Sunday in Joplin.

The mural is on the south wall of Dixie Printing Company at 15th and Main, (if you know Joplin). The first Hughes’ quotation was: ”And trees put forth new leaves to sing in joy beneath the sky.” We’ll be able to see the second quotation when the mural is completed in a few days.

Monday, September 26, 2011


Well, it might be halfway between Kansas City and Denver.

Plainview is the fictional setting for Catherine Trieschmann’s play, How the World Began, which opened on Sunday at the South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, California.

They have strong beliefs in Plainview, Kansas. And high school biology teacher Susan Pierce knows the score. A transplant from Manhattan, she arrived here with a desire to start a new life and a willingness to help out in the aftermath of a devastating tornado. Susan tries to tread carefully, but sometimes things fall out of her mouth willy nilly, like that offhand comment in her biology class about the origins of life. Folks in Plainview get up in arms about that kind of thing.

When the reviewers says ‘Manhattan,’ I don’t think they are referring to the ‘Little Apple’ on the banks of the Kansas River. So where exactly is Plainview? Hmmmmm, another town that is halfway between Kansas City and Denver is Hays, where the playwright lived for several years. Makes you wonder . . . .


On Friday, September 30, from 11am to 2 pm, you can ask Max Yoho all about his newest book, Me and Aunt Izzy, at Lloyd Zimmer’s Books and Maps, 117 SW 6th Avenue in Topeka.

Since the sub-title is Doing Time at the Jesse James Hideout and Coal Mining Company, and I have this weird thing in common with Jesse James, the first thing I would ask Yoho would be: Where in heck is this Jesse James Hideout?

Find out more about Max Yoho and his other books at his website with the curious and unforgettable name of


Come to the Book Barn, 410 Delaware in Leavenworth, from 11 am to 1 pm on Saturday, October 1, to hear a book chat by Mary Ann Sachse Brown, the author of Celebrating Women of Leavenworth County.

From the Leavenworth County Historic Society:

2010 was a year of "Writing Women Back into History". Inspired by this theme and the focus LCHS had on women throughout the year, the book, Celebrating WOMEN of Leavenworth County is being released as an LCHS fundraiser. With nearly 300 pages and over 150 photographs, the book, written by Mary Ann Sachse Brown, features over 100 biographical sketches of women who trod on Leavenworth county soil since its founding. A large percentage of the portraits are from the Everhard Collection and supplemented with images from the Leavenworth Public Library, the Kansas Historical Society, and private collections. Proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the Carroll Mansion Museum.

If you can’t attend the book chat about historic ladies who made a difference, but would still like a signed book, call the Book Barn at 913-682-6518.

Sunday, September 25, 2011


It’s dangerous to think about writing a satire about something you’ve never really read before. You know how you think you know all about famous books, because you’ve heard so much about them, but then you find out you don’t really know as much as you thought you did. I was plotting out a clever essay which would parallel something equally troublesome in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, a literary device which an internet search has failed to find.

So, while I’m pondering my dilemma, I wander onto the Town Crier Book Store website, and the first thing that hits my eye is an attention-grabbing T-shirt for Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, a replica of the book cover. Town Crier also has On The Road, Pride and Prejudice, Moby Dick, The Great Gatsby, A Clockwork Orange, Catch-22, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and many more. At the store at 716 Commercial Street in Emporia.

Hummmm, wonder if I could absorb the story of Fahrenheit 451 by wearing the shirt, or if I’m going to have to actually read the book?


Wind farms which sprouted up along I-70 east of Hays and west of Salina in August of 2008 are part of the book, Windfall: Wind Energy in America Today, by Robert W. Righter.

From the publishers, the University of Oklahoma Press:

Righter addresses the cultural dimensions of resistance to wind energy and makes considered predictions about the directions wind energy may take. His sympathetic treatment of opposing arguments regarding landscape change, unwanted noise, bird deaths, and human medical implications are thought-provoking, as is his recommendation that we place the lion’s share of turbines on the Great Plains.

The Great Plains? That means Kansas, doesn’t it?


You’ll be able to get your copy of Beyond the Phog at several book signing events this week, in advance of the official publication date. (If I have to explain the title of the book to you, it’s probably not a book to catch your interest.)

At the newly opened Johnny’s Tavern, 95th and Antioch, on Wednesday, September 28, author Jason King will be signing copies from 4-7. On Thursday, September 29, King will be at Mac’s Sports Pub (located in the strip mall next to the Johnson County Central Resource Library) from 47. On Friday, September 30, the book will be available at Jock’s Nitch on Massachusetts.

On game day – Kansas against Texas Tech at 11 am – King will be in the Student Union at 9:30 am, and again after the game.

With Beyond the Phog, King provides Kansas fans with an unprecedented glimpse into one of the most memorable eras in the program’s rich history. Extensive interviews with nearly 40 players from the last decade, as well as both head coaches, reveal fascinating details about the inner-workings of a true college basketball dynasty.

Okay, in case there is anyone in the state of Kansas who doesn’t know, The Phog was Forrest Clare Allen, 1885-1974, student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, and known himself at the Father of Basketball Coaching.


”And trees put forth new leaves to sing in joy beneath the sky.”

Those words from Langston Hughes, who was born in Joplin, adorn part of a large community mural being created in the heart of Joplin. In the planning for several months, the project took a different turn after the May 22 tornado. Muralist Dave Loewenstein said, ““What we discovered when we worked with the kids . . . even though we never mentioned the tornado once, many of them, because they lived through it, were drawing about it,” he said. “So we included some of the challenging imagery that they made in a portion of the mural to show how Joplin has been challenged with a lot of things recently. The last part of the mural shows the enormous community and nationwide response to what happened, and a real vision for the future.”

Part of the mural depicts a tornado-damaged tree, with new leaves beginning to sprout. A public dedication will be held at 2 pm on Sunday, September 25.

Loewenstein is an award-winning muralist, writer and printmaker from Lawrence, where Langston Hughes spent much of his childhood.

Saturday, September 24, 2011


I’m late (as usual) and they’re probably packing stuff up at this moment, but earlier in the morning the folks at the Town Crier Book Store were busy selling copies of the books by the guest authors – see post below, CELEBRATE WAW WINNERS IN EMPORIA – as well as t-shirts, braceles and posters as souvenirs of the celebration, at the Memorial Union on the Emporia State University campus.

Town Crier Book Store’s regular location is at 716 Commercial Street in Emporia.


The fun began last night with the Read-Ins and Sleepovers in the 59th Annual William Allen White Awards at Emporia.

This years winners are Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff, and The Boy Who Dared: A Novel Based on the True Story of Hitler Youth by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, who will both be present to autograph their books and offer encourage to aspiring young writers.

Today’s ongoing events are listed at and include autograph sessions, book and souvenir sales, and various childrens’ activities, culminating in the awards ceremony at the Memorial Union, Emporia State University.

I know, it will all be over before I can get this post on the blog, but perhaps I can post the news earlier in 2012.


The press release says it all:

Internationally-acclaimed poet Albert Goldbarth has been named this year’s recipient of the 2011 Don Coldsmith Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement. The Don Coldsmith Award pays tribute to a distinguished Kansas author whose lifetime contributions have utilized the written word to enhance the proud literary legacy of the Sunflower State.
This annual award is sponsored by the Lucas, Kansas-based company Ad Astra Publishing and will be presented during the noon luncheon of the annual conference of Kansas Association of State Librarians on Thursday, October 13, 2011, in Salina, Kansas.
2011 marks the third year of the award’s presentation. Previous recipients were Dr. James Hoy, Emporia KS (2009) and Nancy Pickard, Mission KS (2010).
Albert Goldbarth was chosen as this year’s recipient of the Don Coldsmith Award for a nearly 40-year writing career in which he has lifted the genre of humorous poetry to previously unimagined heights while at the same time receiving worldwide critical acclaim.
“[He is] the American poet of his generation for the ages. Often humorous but always serious, Goldbarth combines erudite research, pop-culture fanaticism, and personal anecdote in ways that make his writings among the most stylistically recognizable in the literary world.” – Judith Kitchen, Georgia Review.
“Albert Goldbarth is . . . a contemporary genius with the language itself . . . There is simply no contemporary poet like him.” – David Baker, The Kenyon Review.
The critic Herbert Leibowitz has said of Goldbarth, “Goldbarth could outtalk and outwit Leno and Letterman, Stewart and Colbert; he’s much funnier than all of them.”
Albert Goldbarth was born January 31, 1948 in Chicago. He is known for his prolific production, his gregarious tone, his eclectic interests and his distinctive ‘talky’ style. He has been a Guggenheim fellow and won the National Book Critics Circle award in 1991 and 2001, the only poet to ever receive the honor twice. He also won the Mark Twain Award for Humorous Poetry, awarded by the Poetry Foundation, in 2008.
Goldbarth received his BA from the University of Illinois, Chicago Circle campus, in 1969 and his MFA from the University of Iowa in 1971. He taught at the Elgin Community College in Chicago until 1972 and as a coordinator for the Traveling Writers Workshop for public schools in the Chicago area.
In 1974, he completed a year of classes at the University of Utah while working toward his PhD in creative writing. Over a year’s time, Goldbarth received the Poetry Northwest Theodore Roethke Prize, published a chapbook, Under Cover, and had completed two full-length poetry collections, Coprolites and Opticks (published in 1974). He left Utah early to pursue a teaching career and worked briefly at Cornell and Syracuse Universities before moving to the University of Texas, Austin, where he taught from 1977 to 1987. Goldbarth has lived in Wichita, Kansas since 1987 and is the Adele Davis Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Wichita State University.
Albert has published more than twenty-five collections of poetry, including To Be Read in 500 Years: Poems (Graywolf Press, 2009); The Kitchen Sink: New and Selected Poems 1972-2007 (2007); Saving Lives (2001) and Heaven and Earth: A Cosmology (1991), both of which won the National Book Critics Circle award for poetry; Popular Culture (1990), which received the Ohio State University Press / The Journal Award; and Jan. 31 (1974), which was nominated in 1975 for the National Book Award.
Goldbarth was invited to edit Every Pleasure: The “Seneca Review” Long Poem Anthology (1979). He has also written several collections of essays, including Many Circles (Graywolf Press, 2001), winner of the PEN West Creative Nonfiction Award, A Sympathy of Souls (1990) and Great Topics of the World (1994), and a novel, Pieces of Payne (Graywolf Press, 2001). His work has been featured in numerous anthologies, including The Harvard Book of Contemporary Poetry (Harvard University Press, 1985). Goldbarth’s latest work is To Be Read in 500 Years (Graywolf Press, 2009).
When asked about the “job of poetry” Goldbarth told The Missouri Review, “It’s not my place to define the job of poetry, but a lot of my poems do try to serve as memorials, as segments of frozen time that save people or cultural moments that have otherwise passed away or are in danger of passing away.”
The Don Coldsmith Award is named after the prolific and internationally-popular Emporia, Kansas doctor who passed away on June 25, 2009. A primarily Western fiction author and past president of the Western Writers of America, Coldsmith wrote over 40 books, 150 articles and 1600 newspaper columns. He was named in a recent survey one of the Best 24 Western Authors of the Twentieth Century. Coldsmith’s “Spanish Bit Saga,” a series of related novels, helped to redefine the Western novel by adopting the point of view of the Native Americans, rather than the European immigrants. There are more than six million copies of the “Saga” series in print, as well as editions in German, French and Swedish.
Ad Astra Publishing LLC was founded as a royalty press in 2007 by David Readio and Von Rothenberger. The company’s primary mission is the promotion of the writing of literature by Kansas authors and about Kansas.

Friday, September 23, 2011


Tickets are limited to the Kaya American Girl History Event, 7-8 pm on Friday, September 30 at The Book Barn, 410 Delaware, in downtown Leavenworth, so you need to drop in, or call 913-682-6518 if you’d like to attend.

You’ll discover the Nez Perce connection to Fort Leavenworth and experience what it’s like to life in Kaya’s culture. The event is suitable for both boys and girls from 6 to 10, or history lovers of any age. Those attending will discuss the Nez Perce/Fort Leavenworth connection, hear their music, sample their food, and possibly do a craft.

A donated item will be asked for as admission, specifically, items to benefit the VA Medical Center on 4th Street Trafficway in Leavenworth. Again, call 913-682-6418 for reservations and information, or take a look at the events listing on The Book Barn’s website,


"Poets are the outlaws, outcasts, oddballs
no one hears or notices.
Like blind Homer, intent upon the rhythm of the story,
we are all that’s ever left.”

Not sure where I found this, but I attribute it to Mary Ann Napoleone, who goes on to describe poets as “the unseen legislators of the world.”
She’s talking about 100 thousand poets for change, and the events that will be taking place around the world on Saturday, September 24.

See earlier posts of DO YOU KNOW ANY POETS? or CIRCLE THE PLANET WITH POEMS, or go to the website


The Raven is excited to welcome Scott Phillips for a reading from his new novel, The Adjustment, at 7 pm on Tuesday, September 27. That’s the Raven Bookstore, 6 East 7th, just around the corner from Mass in Lawrence.

Against the background violence committed by the returning soldiers trying to make an adjustment back into civilian life, Wayne Ogden attempts to destroy his former mentor and take down Collins Aircraft--the once fabled company that provided planes to Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh, and Wiley Post.

Scott Phillips is the author of The Ice Harvest, The Walkaway, and Cottonwood. He was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, and lived for many years in France. He now lives with his wife and daughter in St. Louis, Missouri.


It’s an incredible opportunity to meet your favorite authors on Saturday, September 24, at the Kansas Book Festival at the Kansas Museum of History Society, 6425 SW 6th Avenue, in Topeka.

Follow the links to the 2011 Kansas Book Festival Program. There are so many events, presentations, talks, book signings at different places all over the grounds and inside the building. All day long. Gonna be hard to choose which authors, artists, storytellers, yarnspinners you want to hear.

Everybody’s gonna be there – except me. I’ll be at a book signing out-of-state, not to be mentioned, because it ain’t in KANSAS.

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Who are going to be participating in Saturday’s 100 Thousand Poets for Change? I’ve already posted about events in Kansas City, KS, in CIRCLE THE PLANET WITH POEMS, but I don’t want to over look Glasco, where at 11 am at least one poet will be participating in the global event at the Pocket Park on Main street. Look for posters.

Earlier, I missed Larned, where Dustin ‘Dystan’ Barnes is marking the day in advance with the posting of several works.

If you can’t be in Glasco, Kansas City or Larned, KS, there are locations all over the world including the next to last, Wherever You Are.


Regional poets have a chance to welcome the return of the I-70 Review at the launch of the 2011 issue at 7 pm Friday, September 30, at
The Writers Place,
3607 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO.

Poets whose work will appear in the new issue, and who may be heard at the launch, are Walter Bargen, Robert Stewart, William Trowbridge, Stan Banks, Tom Averill, Kevin Rabas, Susan Whitmore, Judith Bader Jones, and Silvia Kofler.

Look for submission guidelines on the website at Submissions accepted between July 1 to January 31.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Whispering Prairie Press announces the launch of Volume 9 at 1 pm on Saturday, November 12, at the Johnson County Central Resource Library, 9875 W 87th Street, Overland Park.

Please join us for great literature and fantastic art as we celebrate the 9th issue of Kansas City Voices. It’s finally time. Volume 9 of Kansas City Voices is off to the presses. We’re so excited about this issue we’re actually planning two launches, one on the Kansas side and one on the Missouri. Hope you’ll join us at one or both of the events. (More info on the Missouri launch to come.) Can’t wait to see you there.

I Love A Mystery NOT CLOSED

I Love A Mystery posted on my Facebook this news:

We’re trying very hard to get the word our that we’re “NOT CLOSED!” If you have any websites of Facebook pages or a bulletin board at work . . . please help us let people know we’re still here (and bring out more books every day!).

Now that we’re staying open, we gave the place a facelift! We’ve added a little conference area and redecorated. Stop by and check us out!

At 6114 Johnson Drive, in Mission, due west of the Plaza, on the Kansas side, north side of street. Website is


There’s something that Jesse James and me have in common, so whenever anyone mentions Jesse James, it’s sure to grab my attention.

As in Max Yoho’s new book, Me and Aunt Izzy: Doing Time at the Jesse James Hideout and Coal Mining Company. From the website,
Dancing Goat Press:

Eleven-year old Jefferson Davis Johnson has been sentenced to a summer of “moral rehabilitation” under the watchful eye of his great aunt, Queen Isabella of Spain Johnson. A relic of the “roaring twenties,” this stern matriarch may have her own ideas about what a boy should learn . . . And, for Pete's sake, does any other boy have a relative who cohabits with the ghost of Jesse James? The setting for this tale is Southeast Kansas, called “the Little Balkans,” an area known for its coal mines and ethnic diversity.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


That’s 36 days left to get your entries ready for ‘INSCAPE 2012’, the literary journal compiled at Washburn University.

Writers may submit one fiction piece, one non-fiction piece and up to five poems. Submissions should not have been previously published. Full details, plus a history of the first issue in 1972 at


At the Raven Bookstore’s BIG TENT this week you’ll hear Becky Mandelbaum and Eric McHenry. On Thursday, September 22, at 7 pm, you know the place – 6 East 7th Street in Lawrence.

Becky Mandelbaum is a junior from Wichita majoring in English and Creative Writing. She has won several English department awards and is currently working on a collection . . . based on her experiences in three national parks.

Eric McHenry is the author of Mommy Daddy Evan Sage . . . a collection of children’s poems . . . and Potscrubber Lullabies . . . which received the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He . . . teaches creative writing at Washburn University.


Danger in the Desert is the sub-title of Leonard Porter’s second book, Reflections of a Pilot, Part 2. The sub-title of his first book is even more alarming -- Seconds to Eternity.

Leonard Porter will be speaking about his experiences at 2 pm on Thursday, September 22, at the Johnson County Library Corinth Branch, 8100 Mission Road.

Leonard Porter was hired by Trans World Airlines as a contract captain and was assigned to Saudi Arabian Airlines to indoctrinate young Saudi pilots in airline flying. He and his wife lived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Going through customs at the Saudi airport in those years was an adventure and set the tone for their entire visit. Leonard’s flying within the borders of Saudi Arabia was fraught with danger on every flight. There were no radio aids within the Kingdom except for Jeddah, Riyadh, and Dhahran. Desert sandstorms were frequent surprises. This story relates to many very dangerous flights and situations, and their outcomes will amaze and surprise you.

Monday, September 19, 2011


The Writers Place Poetry Reading at 7 pm on Thursday, September 20, will include members of the Latino Writers Collective, Gloria Martinez Adams, Gustavo Adolfo Aybar, Maria Vasquez Boyd, Jose Faus, Miguel M.Morales, Linda Rodriguez and Jason Sierra.

The event is hosted at the Johnson County Central Resources Library, 9875 W. 87th Street, Overland Park.


From the Claflin Books and Copies website (slightly edited):

Susan Campbell Bartoletti, author of The Boy Who Dared, 2011 William Allen White Award winner, and They Called Themselves the K.K.K., will give a presentation on her research and writing process on Thursday, September 22 pm, at the Manhattan Public Library, 629 Poyntz Avenue. Books will be available for purchase and signing following the presentation.

Never been to Claflin’s? More from their website:

Claflin Books and Copies is an independently and locally owned bookstore in Manhattan, Kansas. We are located right next to Kansas State University, home of the Kansas State Wildcats. Our inventory is hand-selected by our knowledgeable staff, not just stocked. We are also a high quality full service quick print center.

Look them up at the northwest corner of Denison Avenue and Claflin Road, west of the KSU campus. You’ll be warmly greeted.


Clare Vanderpool, 2011 John Newbery Medal winner for best children’s fiction, comes to the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library for three programs on Tuesday, September 20. The third session at 3 pm is open to the public, but call 785-580-4565 to see if reservations are still available.

Moon Over Manifest brings twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker to the town of Manifest for the summer. It’s the depth of the 1930s depression, and her father, with whom she had spent her entire life, leaves her in Manifest while he pursues other interests. I love the cover illustration, an almost-teenager clad in overalls, walking alone along the railroad tracks.

The event is in the Marvin Auditorium at the library, 1515 SW 10th Avenue.

Sunday, September 18, 2011


Teachers, parents, encourage your students/children to enter the Association for Conflict Resolution Third Annual Poetry Contest. For rules and submission information go to (you may have to put “contest” in the search box).

The poem should be on the theme “Demonstrating Respect – at home, in school, or in the community.” Examples of subjects may include: Gaining respect peacefully, Showing consideration when we disagree, Importance of respect, Connecting peace and respect, Peaceful conflict resolution when we are disrespected, and What it feels like to be respected.

Poems will be judged in three categories, 3-5th grades, 6-8th grades, and 9-12th grades. First place in each category wins $100, second place in each category wins $75. Poems should be written in English, maximum of 20 lines, submitted from October 1 to November 1, 2011.


One hundred thousand poets for change are organizing a global event for Saturday, September 24, including Kansas City, Kansas and Glasco, Kansas. (And Paraguay.)

You can join other poets from around the planet in a demonstration and celebration of poetry to promote serious social, environmental, and political change. If you are organizing an event, you can register at 100TPC at , just keyboard it in, because I haven’t yet looked up the html. Or, if you want to participate in an event, check the events location sidebar menu on the home page, poets in nearly 100 countries participating.

In Kansas City, Kansas, events start at 1 pm at the John Brown statue at North 27th Street and Sewell Avenue. Organizer Fred Whitehead urges participants to bring lawn chairs and be prepared to share one or two of their poems – or just come to listen. Call Fred Whitehead at 913-342-6379.
More about Glasco in a future blogpost.

Website is . That’s a BIG web address, but it’s a BIG project.


W.W. Norton & Company says:

Along with Amish farms, rolling countryside, and interesting history, Kansas offers rodeos, powwows, pancake races, Renaissance fairs, and spinach festivals. Kansas is known for wheat, cattle, and wide-open spaces, but it also has day spas, boutique hotels, museums, concerts, and vital urban scenes. There's a lot to see and do here; with an insider guiding you, you can expect extras, like a detailed look at the exciting cultural centers of eastern Kansas, with their fine restaurants, nightlife, and art. There really is no place like Kansas!

And you can discover Kansas, too, through An Explorer’s Guide: Kansas, by meeting the author, Lisa Waterman Gray, at a booksigning at 2 pm today, Sunday, September 18, at Barnes and Noble at Oak Park Mall, 11323 West 95th Street, Overland Park. Check out Gray’s other works at her website

Saturday, September 17, 2011


“In the 1920s and 1930s Kansas City . . . was known as Tom’s Town, after its political boss, Tom Pendergast. This is the Kansas City presented in the new book Pendergast’s Retaliation: A True Cold Case File . . . published by Carolyn Clyde Dolan and Shirley Clyde McCollough . . . based on their research into a relative’s supposed suicide…”

Authors Dolan and McCullough will be signing copies of their book from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, October 8, at Books and Grannies, in downtown Fort Scott

Friday, September 16, 2011


Cheryl Unruh, Emporia Gazette columnist and author of
Flyover People, Life on the Ground in a Rectangular State,
will visit the porch of the William Allen White house and talk about modern day journalism and her passion for all things Kansas, on Sunday, September 18, at 2 pm. The White house is a state historic site maintained by the Kansas Historical Society.

The Sunday series started last week with Dorothy Hanger, who reminisced about her mother, Zula Bennington Greene, better known as “Peggy of the Flint Hills.”

Following programs will include “William Allen White’s Faith on the Porch,” with Pastor Andrew McHenry, minister of the First Congregational Church of Emporia on September 25; “Poetry on the Porch V,” the fifth annual poetry reading in honor of the first book by William Allen White, a book of poetry, when the public is invited to read original poetry or favorite poems, on October 2; and “Docents on the Porch,” when current docent Darla Malein, will give an inside look at what docents do at the WAW house, on October 9.

All porch programs are free, tours of the house are available at an admission fee. William Allen White was a member of the Kansas Authors Club, maybe a charter member.


For a look at the nursing home of the future, you might want to read Peace Sign, the story of a boomer whose heart is growing weaker – “she is eventually forced to go to The Resort, a senior care facility of the future where she discovers that for her generation there is no age like old age, with hippie parties and nano-technology.”

Author Vivian Crosby will be signing at 1 pm on Sunday, September 18, at, appropriately, Cedar Lake Village, 15325 South Lone Elm Road in Olathe.

How to get there? Cedar Lake Village is part of the Olathe Medical Center campus, but it will be easier to get there from South Lone Elm. If you’re traveling south on I-35, take the northbound Lone Elm exit. (Yes, if you haven’t driven Lone Elm road for a few years, it’s no longer a lonely gravel lane, it’s part of the newest I-35 Exchange in Southern Johnson County.)

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Jean Grant, will discuss her motivation for writing the novel, The Burning Veil, in a program at 2 pm on Sunday, September 18, at the Topeka and Shawnee County Library, 1515 SW 10th Avenue in Topeka.

Writes Grant:

I’ll discuss how the situation for women in Saudi Arabia has improved since 2001, the time period of the novel and will read bits of the book to illustrate my points. I’ll have veils and abayas on hand so people can try them out.

The Burning Veil was The Book of the Year in the category of Fiction-Religious in the contest sponsored by the Forward Reviews publications.


You betcha Robert Collins knows railroads, and at the Frisco Historical and Modeling Society meeting on Saturday, September 17, he’ll be at the former Frisco headquarters at 3253 East Chestnut Expressway in Springfield, MO, at a table swapping books, stories and iron-horse legends.

Robert already has several historical railroad books to his credit, betcha he’s got another book in the works. Check out Robert’s blog, One Kansas Author, in the sidebar on the right.

Sunday, September 11, 2011


A native of Missouri, Aaron Likens, the author of Finding Kansas: Decoding the Enigma of Asperger’s Syndrome, writes:

Some people who know me and know that I have Asperger’s think that there’s nothing wrong with me. These people, however, only see me in certain situations and have no idea how paralyzed I can be in some situations. This can be very aggravating because I know something isn’t perfect with me, but when I hear such remarks as, “Oh, you’re fine,” or “I can’t see how you have that at all,” it really bothers me.

To make a good example, let’s say a person is paralyzed. However, for reasons unknown, this person is perfectly fine anytime they are in the state of Kansas. If you saw this person while in Kansas you’d flat out tell them, “Hey, you’re not paralyzed!” At the time this comment would be true, but to the person, they know that the second they leave the state they are paralyzed again.

Now this person, knowing the magic of Kansas, would probably sell his home in whatever state he’s in and move to Kansas so he would not be paralyzed.

Go to to read more about Aaron Liken’s journey with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Readers interested in learning more about Asperger’s Syndrome might enjoy two books by Norm Ledgin, a Kansas writer, Asperger’s and Self-Esteem, and Diagnosing Jefferson.


David Stokes, a minister himself, tells the astonishing story of a nationally-known minister who faced murder charges after shooting and killing an unarmed man in his church office.

From David Stokes’ website:

The Shooting Salvationist chronicles what may be the most famous story you have never heard. In the 1920’s, the Reverend J. Frank Norris railed against vice and conspiracies he saw everywhere to a congregation of more than 10,000 at First Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, the largest congregation in America, the first “megachurch.”

Stokes will be talking about his book at 7 pm on Tuesday, September 13, at the Johnson County Library, Blue Valley Branch, at 9000 W. 151st Street, Overland Park. The event is sponsored by Rainy Day Books.

Saturday, September 10, 2011


Something about the title of this new novel was hauntingly familiar, I just couldn’t figure out why until I stumbled onto a review that mentioned the setting as Spain. Then it hit me – Atocha is the name of a railroad station in Madrid, and I, too, had left the Atocha station. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t follow through and write a book about it.

Ben Lerner’s character, is Adam Grant, a Kansan in Spain on a research project. Another line from a review that really caught my eye was as follows: Adam's hope is to present himself in "the flattering light of the subjunctive"—to make himself seem mysterious and elusive by obfuscating his past and his real personality.

Now I know I will have to read the book. Having struggled myself with the subjunctive of the romance languages, I’ll have to see how Adam manages.


Come to the Kansas Book Festival on Saturday, September 24, and it’s a guarantee that you will find something to entertain, delight, amuse, enchant, (and educate) from opening to closing. All events will be held at the Kansas Museum of History, 6425 SW 6th Street in Topeka.

The special event is the initiative of Kansas’ First Lady, Mary Brownback, who will open the day’s activities with a welcome from the Outdoor Entertainment Stage at 8:45 am. On the event website, Mrs. Brownback has posted the following: “We believe we’ve created an event that, while appealing to both adults and children, will promote literacy and encourage a life-long love of reading by bringing authors, publishers and illustrators together with the people of Kansas.”

You’ll have to make some hard decisions; besides the outdoor stage, there will be multiple presentations inside the buildings. For sure, there’s too much going on for anyone to be bored.

Friday, September 9, 2011


The title of Doug Armbruster’s workshop at the Kansas Authors Club 2011 convention in Coffeyville October 7-9 is a mouthful: “Writing a Press Release that Will Actually Get Published – or How to Stay on Your Local Editor’s Good Side.”

I’ve got to assume that Armbruster’s talk will include clues on how to determine which side IS the editor’s good side. Whichever, Armbruster will speak from several years of experience with several newspapers to share clues about what editors look for in the news releases that cross their desks, or fill their computer screens.

Editors will edit ( that’s their job, isn’t it?) well-crafted news releases to produce articles that fit the needs of their readers; for the poorly-composed release, it’s the delete button. Armbruster can help writers understand the difference.


Peace Signs is a novel to be read by boomers – and by the children of boomers. Author Vivian Ann Crosby will be talking and signing books at 1 pm on Sunday, September 11, at Feeney’s Hallmark, 16150 West 135th Street in Olathe, that’s between Mur-Len and Blackbob streets.

What lies in the future for the boomers? The story starts in the year 2027, and . . . well, maybe you better get the book from author Crosby. You’ll easily recognize her – she’ll be the one wearing the peace-sign necklace.


Leslie Tuttle won the Byron Caldwill Smith Award with a book entitled Conceiving in the Old Regime: Pronatalism and the Politics of Reproduction in Early Modern France.

But when she accepts the award and speaks at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, September 13, the title of her talk will be Making Babies, Making the Nation-State: The Case of Pre-Revolutionary France. Now, you’ve got to admit that sort of clarifies things.

Tuttle’s lecture will be at the Hall Center Conference Hall on the University of Kansas campus. Tuttle is a native Kansan and Associate Professor of History at KU.

Thursday, September 8, 2011


What do the words Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, and Fallout have in common?

They’re all titles of young adult novels by New York Times best-seller list author Ellen Hopkins, who will be appearing at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, September 14, at the Johnson County Central Resource Library, 9875 West 87th Street in Overland Park.

Add to that list Perfect, a story of teens who follow different, extreme routes in their search for perfection.


Less than a day after getting my hands on a copy of Jo McDougall’s book, Daddy’s Money: A Memoir of Farm and Family, I had it read cover-to-cover. Mailed it to my sister, with the suggestion that when finished, she should mail it on to my niece. Now the word I’m getting is that the book is not going to leave my sister’s house – my niece will have to get her own copy.

McDougall will be talking about her experiences in writing the book in a program at 7 pm on Tuesday, September 13, at the Corinth branch of the Johnson County Library, 8100 Mission Road. If you purchase a copy of McDougall’s book, be careful who you lend it to – you may never get it back.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Robert Collins says, “I plan to have a table in the artists’ alley,” at Glitch Con 2011 September 9-11 at the Double Tree Hotel, 301 SE Walton Blvd. Bentonville, AR.

So exactly what is Glitch Con?

We are a fandom oriented convention focusing on Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming, and Anime. Our goal is to bring the very best of what these cultures have to offer to Northwest Arkansas to bring the local fandom communities together and provide the very best in entertainment for our attendees while raising money for our charity of choice.

Collins writes:

My third novel, "Monitor," came out last year from Whiskey Creek Press. I've had two other science fiction novels published, "Lisa's Way" and "Expert Assistance." I've had stories and articles appear in periodicals such as Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine; Tales of the Talisman; Space Westerns; Sorcerous Signals; Wild West; and Model Railroader. In 2007 Pelican released my biography of "Bleeding Kansas" leader Jim Lane, and before that a biography of a Kansas Civil War general. I've had six Kansas railroad books published by South Platte Press.


Max Yoho of will be at the Wamego Senior Center, 501 Ash Street, at 10:30 am on Thursday, September 8.

Yoho is the author of With the Wisdom of Owls and The Moon Butter Route. More to come later about Yoho’s newest book, Me and Aunt Izzy.


Kansas’ former poet laureate, Denise Low, will be one of the poets in the opening program of the Birchbark Books Reading Series at 7 pm on Wednesday, September 14, at the Kenwood CafĂ© in Minneapolis, MN.

Low is the author of Ghost Stories of the New West: From Einstein’s Brain to Geronimo’s Boots, from Woodley Press, was named one of the best Native American Books of 2010 by The Circle of Minneapolis.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


That was the question Ephraim Von Horne put to his family in the mid-1800’s in The Homestead Trail: Kansas Calls, a tale woven by Roberta Seiwert Lampe. Ephraim claimed some land northwest of present-day Wichita and went back East to prepare his family for the move.

From the Tate Publishing company website:

Inspired by the journey of an actual family, The Homestead Trail takes the reader on an exciting and enlightening trip across the United States. Learn of the Golden Spike era of the railroads; an adventuresome riverboat trip up the Missouri River; the excitement of the Pony Express; the heart-stopping nearness of the Longhorn cattle drives; the glamour of the ‘wind wagons,’and the stark reality of the Santa Fe Trail.

Lampe’s other titles include Two Farm Cats, A Pig Wish, The Farm Girl’s Revenge, and Santa Fun, Books One, Two and Three.

'Bent Road' to KANSAS

In a rare appearance in Kansas – most of her book signings have been in Florida – Lori Roy will be discussing/signing her new novel, Bent Road, at 1:30 pm on Sunday, September 25, at the Manhattan Public Library, 629 Poyntz Road. (On Saturday, September 24, Roy will be at the Kansas Book Festival, Kansas Museum of History, Topeka. See other posts.)

Excerpt from the book:
On their last night in Detroit, Arthur had lain next to her in bed and whispered about their new life in Kansas.


What ARE you trying to say?

That’s the challenge keynoter Chuck Bowman will put to his listeners at the Saturday night banquet of the Kansas Authors Club 2011 convention October 7-9 in Coffeyville.

For Bowman, being in Coffeyville is coming/going back home again to his birthplace. Bowman began his media career as a television announcer and broadcaster, and expanded exponentially, as an actor, a director and producer. It takes a lot of scrolling to look at all his credits on the IMBd (Internet Movie Database) alone.

I have no doubt that Bowman has worked with legions of writers, many of whom he probably had to quiz with the question: “What are you trying to say?”

Monday, September 5, 2011


Wow! Go to Jim Correll’s workshop at the 2011 Kansas Authors club convention October 7-9 in Coffeyville, and you could wind up with a feed-bag chock full of good marketing advice.

Correll is the facilitator and business coach of the Successful Entrepreneur program at Independence Community College, a position to which he brings years of substantial business experience touching many different fields. What you won’t read is mention of his LinkedIn page – if you’ve ever needed any help understanding how you could benefit from LinkedIn, Correll is the guy to go to for advice.

Topic of Correll’s workshop? Need you ask? “Marketing Your Book.”


Cherilyn David, a 2011 convention workshop presenter, is a blogger. I’m struggling to find a word here – I don’t want to call her a “fellow blogger,” because we’re both women, but I’m not coming up with another word.

When I went to look at her blog, www.cherilyndavidblog.comI found a warning about a product you never should buy, but I also found a posting of book/movie reviews. She also has another website at

Sunday, September 4, 2011


Wish I’d been in Coffeyville a few months ago, and I could have watched Michael DeRosa creating a piece of urban art, a side-of-a-building mural.

DeRosa, visual arts director at Coffeyville Community College, will present a workshop at the 2011 KAC convention on “The Philosophy of a Well Composed Image – The Photograph is a Visual Language.”

Let’s see, the convention is at Sleep Inn and Suites, which is at 605 NE Street, on Highway 169, and DeRosa’s mural is at the intersection of Highways 169 and 166 – shouldn’t be too hard to find.


Like spinning gold from straw, maybe you can make something out of it yet. The Johnson County Public Library has announced an essay contest challenging writers to describe one of their worst days. The competition is inspired by the opening sentence of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, “As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.”

Go to and click on the picture of one of the library’s delivery trucks, the one which advertizes “Kafka’s Pest Kontrol” on the sides. You’ll find contest details there.

Let’s see, my worst day? Well, it began the day I was supposed to fly to Cuba, and my passport still had not been returned by the travel agent, and then . . . .


What is a weasel? A varmit? A polecat? A mustela nivalis? What would I do if I ran into a boogle of weasels?

According to Rick Sinnott, a “weasel word” is a modifier, like “probably,” used to neutralize a more definitive word. The origin of the expression refers to a weasel’s ability to remove the contents of an egg without crushing the shell. Grammatically speaking, a weasel word sucks the sense from an otherwise wholesome noun, leaving an empty container.

I’m musing about all this while I’m reading the Kansas Authors Club newsletter about the presenters for the upcoming convention on October 7-9.

Melissa Jagears will tell us how to ferret all the weasel words out of our compositions with her workshop on “Fiction Jargon, Rules, and Techniques for Beginners.” More about Jagears at

Saturday, September 3, 2011


One of the 2011 Kansas Authors Club convention presenters is Liz Moore, who ran away, actually, for a year in 2000. She has chronicled her adventures in her book, Making it Home: My Year as a Middle-Aged Runaway.

Moore is a former reporter, and former communications director and marketing manager for not-for-profit organizations. After her wanderlust was cured, she settled down in her hometown of Independence where she is site director of the Little House on the Prairie Museum. (Moore should feel right at home – Laura Ingalls Wilder was a bit of a wanderer, too.)

Moore’s workshop for the convention is “Publishing to the New Kindle. Is It For You?”


They’re at it again – that very successful writing partnership of Ken Ohm and Don Pady. From their website:

This rapidly-unfolding novel, partly based on historical facts, becomes an exciting adventure between the activities of early settlers in and around early Emporia–and twenty-eight graduate students who combine their intellectual talents to solve the many riddles about the Fagans couple through scientific, technological and sociological investigations. What happens when the class finally discovers and unearths the long-lost treasure on Fagans Mound will quickly change the minds of those who steadfastly believe that dead men tell no tales.

Oh, you need to know the name of the book before you can order it? Hidden Gold: Lost Treasure in the Flint Hills.

Friday, September 2, 2011


Labette County, to be published in September, compares the past with the present through vintage and modern photographs – the attractive cover features then-and-now views of one of Parsons’ churches.

“We hope that those who read Labette County will take time to explore the county themselves, visit the towns – there are eight – and historic sites, and work even harder to help preserve its past,” said authors Mike Brotherton and Dave Mattox, long time residents and board members of the Parsons Historical Society Museum.

The book was published by Arcadia Publishers, also the publishers of a 2008 book by Brotherton and Mattox, Images of America – Parsons. Books in the Arcadia Publishers Then & Now series offer a nostalgic view of American life by placing historical images side by side with contemporary photographs.

All you Kansans know where Labette County is, next door to Montgomery County, where Kansas Authors Club District Three will host the 2011 convention in Coffeyville on October 7-9. The Parsons Historical Museum and the Iron Horse Museum are located near US Highway 160 and South 18th Street. If you’re coming from that direction, you might stop for a visit.


I’m not sure where I got this quote, maybe from Facebook:

We're in production of Flint Hills Review 2011. It should be out in December. We start reading again Jan.-March. Send us some of your work. Send to: Flint Hills Review, Box 4019, EMLJ, Emporia State University, 1200 Commercial St., Emporia, KS 66801.

Specific submission details at the Flint Hills Review website at


Rainy Day Books
and the Johnson County Library are joining forces to present Nina Revoyr, the author of Wingshooters, in an evening program, 7 pm, Wednesday, September 7, at the Johnson County Central Resource Library, 9875 W 87th Street, Overland Park.

Wingshooters has been described as a Northern To Kill A Mockingbird. Nine-year-old Michelle, a Japanese-American being raised by grandparents, already knows what it’s like to be a social outsider, and fears the fate of a black couple from Chicago who move into an isolated northern community. Revoyr herself is a Japanese-American – read more at her website


From the Missouri Writers Guild:

Our thanks to all writers who submitted to the Storm Country: A Tribute to Joplin anthology! We had over 300 submissions from all across the Midwest from writers supporting the Joplin Book Drive to assist the school libraries.

Submissions are closed and readers are reading and judging at this time.

Editorial decisions will be completed by August 30th. Please do not rush the readers! First-level reading of submissions was completed by the Joplin Writers’ Guild. Submissions were then passed to Kelli Allen, poet and managing editor of Natural Bridge, a journal of contemporary literature, Susan Kirkpatrick, who published Ozarks magazine for over 15 years, and myself.

Storm Country: A Tribute to Joplin will be published by Mozark Press in September. Printing is being funded by the Missouri Humanities Council.

The above is from Deborah Marshall, President Missouri Writers’ Guild and Coordinator of the Joplin Book Drive. The rest of her remarks can be seen at

I will be in Joplin again next week, and may be able to attend a meeting of the Joplin Writers Group.


You better believe it! The crew in and around Coffeyville are working hard to prepare an interesting, valuable, worthwhile, productive, maybe even challenging 2011 convention to prod you out of the doldrums and get your writing fervor burning again.

Are you a beginning writer, don’t know how to get started? Or an seasoned, experienced (yawn, yawn) grizzled old veteran of the publishers’ wars, your writing juices all dried up, and your fountain pens all gone dry? The convention has just the thing – a whole two-and-a-half days of things – to jar you out of your complacency and get you moving.

It’s at Coffeyville, you know, just across the border from Oklahoma, mere miles from Missouri, not even that far from Arkansas. (Invited my sister from Little Rock to share a room with me, but she turned me down – surely she can overlook those childhood pranks I played on her.)

Keyboard "" into your address window (or click here) and you’ll arrive at the OFFICIAL Kansas Authors Club website with all the details. (Take another look at the address window, and you’ll see that the URL has magically changed to something about “” because the website is actually hosted by the Kansas State Library – thanks, state librarians.)

October 7-9. You better be there.

Thursday, September 1, 2011


This is really great news, from a Facebook posting from the I Love A Mystery Folks:

Hallelujah! We received so much press about closing that it looks like we can stay open for awhile! We're seeing lots of new customers, delighted to find a new bookstore. It's unlikely that we'll be adding new books to the shelves, at least not any time soon, but we are crashing the storage boxes of used books and pulling out some gems! Don't miss out!

For those who don’t know, I Love A Mystery is located in Mission, at 6114 Johnson Drive, Mission, 66202, on the north side of Johnson Drive, 1 ½ blocks west of Woodson or 1 ½ blocks east of Lamar.
And, (drumroll) the website couldn’t be easier:


Eleven poets are lined up for a reading at 7 pm on Friday, September 9, at The Raven bookstore, 6 E. 7th Street, in Lawrence.

The stellar team are among the 20 poets whose work has appeared in Tallgrass Voices, edited by Gary Lechliter and published by Hill Song Press. You’ll hear Roy Beckemeyer, Ronda Miller, Tom Mach, Nancy Hubble, Kristine Polansky, Cathy Callen, Brian Daldorph, Anne Haehl, Sally Jadlow, Jamie Heller and Mark Scheel.

There are nine more poets in Tallgrass Voices who couldn't make the reading -- maybe there'll be an encore performance later.


I wonder if that line from Jimmy Driftwood’s iconic song, Tennessee Stud, is repeated anywhere in Thomas Fox Averill’s new novel, Rode ? (Where to put the question mark when it’s not really part of the book’s title?)

Author Averill will be discussing (answering questions?) and booksigning at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, September 7, at Nightbird Books, 205 W. Dickson Street in Fayetteville, AR.

Twenty-four and one-half hours later, at 8 pm on Thursday, September 8, Averill will be at the Union Building at Pittsburg State University. (That’s only 100 miles or so. Wonder if he’ll go by car? Naw, he’ll probably be riding horseback.)


A stellar line-up has been announced for the Kansas Book Festival to be held on Saturday, September 24 at the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka.

The program will be opened at 8:45 am by Mary Brownback, First Lady of Kansas. You’ll find the schedule of events and appearances at Click on “2011 Festival Information”, click on “Speaker Program”, you’ll be given another link to click on, and presto (!) you’re there – thirty-three Kansas writers, or writers who write about Kansas. Another link will lead you to “speaker bios”.

It’s a little tricky to get to the museum at 6425 SW 6th Avenue, so be prepared for some turns and twists, including a round-about, after you take the Wanamaker exit from I-70. The actual location of the museum is in the northwestern area of Topeka, so why the address is SW is beyond me.


I have to admit I had to look Macksville up on a map, but there it is, just where it’s been for 125 years, eight miles east of Belpre (there’s something I should be remembering about the library at Belpre), where on Saturday, September 3, you can find Cheryl Unruh doing a reading from Flyover People.

Macksvillians, no that’s not right, it must be Macksville-ians, will be celebrating 125 years of existence with a parade at 10 am, Cheryl at 1 pm, and lots of other entertainment all day long.
You’ll find a website of interesting information at, hosted by the Kansas State Library.