Saturday, June 30, 2012


Meet the Past – James Naismith, the legendary inventor of basketball, in conversation with Crosby Kemper III at 6 pm on Wednesday, July 11, at the Central Library, 14 W 10th Street, Kansas City, MO. Naismith will be portrayed by Bill Worley.

In 1891 Canadian minister and physical education teacher James Naismith invented a game that could be played indoors. He called it “basket ball” after the peach baskets which served as goals. A few years later he founded the University of Kansas basketball program (he worked for KU until his retirement in 1937 at the age of 76).


Friday, June 29, 2012


Yes, Esther Luttrell is speaking somewhere, but I’ve lost my notes, and I don’t remember where or when.

Luttrell is the author of, among other books, Invitation to a Murder. One of her other books is “the little book that just won’t die”, Murder in the Movies, a new edition of which will be released in June. A third title of Luttrell’s is The Haunting of Leigh Maxwell, all of which you’ll find on .

Now if I could just find my notes . . . .


For some folks, Harmony is a ghost town that was once located in northwest Pawnee County.

But wait, Harmony, Kansas is also “brand new American musical” which will be performed until July 22 at the Diversionary Theater in San Diego, CA.

With a lively, soulful score, Harmony, Kansas tells the story of Heath, a gay farmer making his way in a rural community where homogeneity rules. When his city-born partner, Julian, talks him into joining a spirited group of gay guys who meet once a week to sing, Heath discovers a love for making music and a kinship he didn't expect. But his world is turned upside down when the group considers performing in public, threatening everything that matters to him, including the life he’s made with the man he loves.

Who knows? Harmony, Kansas might be playing on Broadway one of these days. Details at


I know it’s already on your calendar – the Kansas Book Festival September 15 at the Kansas Historical Society in Topeka.

The list of authors is not yet finalized. If you are interested in being a presenter, or have a suggestion of an author, get in touch with the festival folks at or fill out the form at

Don’t be shy – this is a chance for Kansas writers to show off their talents.


Blogger Randy Turner’s second book about the May 22, 2011 Joplin tornado, Spirit of Hope, is now available.

Several of the book’s contributors will be present at a book signing at 11 am on Saturday, June 30, at Always Buying Books, 5357 N. Main in Joplin. Among those participating will be Rick Nichols, whose piece is entitled “Pancakes, Prayers and Progress.”

Full disclosure here: Rick is my son, and his essay is a description of our experience on that Sunday in May, clinging for our very lives to the kitchen floor while the IHOP building on Rangeline blew apart over our heads.


“Send us your bio in 50 words-or-less.”

How many times have you writers out there been faced with that request? Okay, you’ve just finished a 100,000 word manuscript, but you spend two days figuring out how to write your bio in only 50 words.

Warren Bull has some good advice in his Friday blog for

Thursday, June 28, 2012


Okay, it seems some writers find inspiration for their literary works in the kitchen.

Appears to be the case for Wichita author H.B. Berlow, who fits very well into the category of Writers Who Cook. Keep reading:

“Well, friends and family, that seems to be an apt description of me. Writers Who Cook. Kansas authors, Hazel Hart and Bonnie Myrick Eaton, have created yet another series in their Keyhole Conversations vlog. And I'm the star of the first episode. I really think they just wanted a free meal and some good wine. Seriously, it is a joy to cook and share the love of food. I hope you all enjoy as well.”

For a visit to Berlow’s kitchen, go to Keyhole Conversations

Your appetite whetted? More about Berlow at And more at

You can’t miss him – he’s the guy in the Hawaiian shirt.


Ironic to learn, now that the University of Missouri Press has been cut out of the university’s budget, that one of the recent publications is a book by a Kansan, Nicholas Krehbiel.

During World War II, the United States drafted 10.1 million men to serve in the military. Of that number, 52,000 were conscientious objectors, and 12,000 objected to noncombatant military service. Those 12,000 men served the country in Civilian Public Service, the program initiated by General Lewis Blaine Hershey, the director of Selective Service from 1941 to1970. Despite his success with this program, much of Hershey’s work on behalf of conscientious objectors has been overlooked due to his later role in the draft during the Vietnam War.

Seeking to correct these omissions in history, Nicholas A. Krehbiel provides the most comprehensive and well-rounded examination to date of General Hershey’s work as the developer and protector of alternative service programs for conscientious objectors. Hershey, whose Selective Service career spanned three major wars and six presidential administrations, came from a background with a tolerance for pacifism. He served in the National Guard and later served in both World War I and the interwar army. A lifelong military professional, he believed in the concept of the citizen soldier—the civilian who responded to the duty of service when called upon. Yet embedded in that idea was his intrinsic belief in the American right to religious freedom and his notion that religious minorities must be protected.

Ordering information and more about Krehbiel’s book, General Lewis B. Hershey and Conscientious Objection during World War II, at

But don’t wait, no predicting how long the current UMP booklist will be available.


David Colburn's article in the Peabody Gazette-Journal reads in part:

Local Santa Fe Trail buffs will benefit from a private book collection loaned long-term to Marion City Library by the Cottonwood Crossing chapter of the Santa Fe Trails Association.

General history, personal journals, and individual topics such as wagons and forts are part of the collection, Head Librarian Janet Marler said.

“We had just a few books on the Santa Fe Trail, and luckily they have ones we didn’t have,” Marler said. “We’re very fortunate and grateful to have them.”

The books will be on display in the library’s Kansas Room and available for checkout, Marler said.

I have to wonder: How long will e-books be available to help the historians of the future?


In support of the READKANSASREAD program, Governor Sam Brownback spent part of Wednesday at the Central Library in downtown Wichita, reading One Kansas Farmer to an audience of children.

One Kansas Farmer was co-written by Devin Scillian with his wife, Corey, and illustrated by Doug Bowles. More information about the state-wide reading program is at


Jim Suber, who writes the column The View – from Rural Route #8, which appears in The Wamego Times, besides other Kansas newspapers, has two items of interest to writers (some writers, that is).

“Just as wheat harvest was winding down, the wheat growers invited a large group of food writers, bloggers and even authors to come out to the fields where it all begins.

“They did just that, and according to those involved, the trip and the experience were quite positive. Yes, a little learning can be a dangerous thing, indeed, but now any writers firing from the hip just may pause a moment to recall some words or scenes or feelings that they had while riding a real working combine with a real farmer though a real wheat field. Sometimes eyes and hearts are opened up on a field trip and perhaps a runaway view will instead be tempered by the experience of Kansas at harvest.

“The other one mentioned was a pasture-to-plate excursion arranged by the Kansas Beef Council for 40 chefs and other food “influencers” from nine states. I know they were treated in a high caliber fashion throughout their visit, and they might never view the beef they handle or procure in a too-cavalier fashion, having gained some insights others might never enjoy.”

You were not one of the authors/writers who received an invitation to participate in either event? I didn’t receive an invitation, either. (I guess I better push myself away from the table and get some writing done . . . let’s see, what would be a good title for a cookbook? Mary-Lane Kamberg has already taken the I Don’t Know How to Cook Cookbook, I’ll have to come up with something else.)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


In London, where a helicopter dropped its load of thousands of poems, like oversize bookmarks, from the skies.

Simon Armitage came up with the idea for Poetry Parnassus, part of the Cultural Olympiad, with Jude Kelly, artistic director of the Southbank Centre. The concept was for a non-competitive poetic Olympics, a week of workshops, seminars and readings, featuring a poet for every country competing in the Games. It would be a celebration of what Armitage has called the world's "most democratic and ancient art-form".


You can reserve your copies of Kansas City Voices 10th Anniversary Edition before November 1, 2012, and get free shipping and handling at (You do want several copies, they make marvelous, unique Christmas gifts for all your family and friends.)

Better yet, you can place your order at the readings at 5 pm on Saturday, June 30, at the Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO, while listening to some of the contributors to Volume No. 9. See READINGS FOR KC VOICES a couple of posts below.


Freeman takes place in the first few months following the Confederate surrender and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. cUpon learning of Lee's surrender, Sam, a runaway slave who once worked for the Union Army, decides to leave his safe haven in Philadelphia and set out on foot to return to the war-torn South. What compels him on this almost-suicidal course is the desire to find his wife, the mother of his only child, whom he and their son left behind 15 years earlier on the Mississippi farm to which they all "belonged."

Leonard Pitts, Jr., author of Freeman, is a widely-read newspaper columnist. He will be speaking at 7 pm on Thursday, June 28 at Watermark Books and Café, 4701 E. Douglas, in Wichita. At 7 pm on Friday, June 29, Pitts will at the Community Christian Church, 4601 Main Street in a program hosted by Rainy Day Books.

Contact the following book stores for information:


Gloria Adams AND Bob Chrisman AND Dawn Downey AND Stella Robbins AND Erica Williams – all talented writers whose work appears in Volume 9 of Kansas City Voices.

Where can you hear them? At 5 pm on Saturday June 30 at The Writers’ Place, 3607 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO.


“Hey, Folks. Due to popular demand, we're opening earlier on farmers’ market days starting this week. On Wednesdays, we're open at 10 a.m. (closing at 5 pm instead of 8 pm) and Saturdays, we're open at 9 am, closing at the our usual 5 pm. All other hours remain the same.”

Mysteryscape is located at 7309 W. 80th, just west of Metcalf, and just south of the Overland Park Farmers’ Market.


The date for the 2012 Annual Whispering Prairie Press Writer’s Conference will be October 20, to be held at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Road, Overland Park.


What writer doesn’t dream of creating an enduring character, for example, Waldo.

The Book Barn in Leavenworth will be participating in a month-long search to find Waldo at various businesses around town.

Earn community service hours by dressing up as Waldo, Odlaw, Wenda, or Wizard White Beard or dressing up your dog as Woof and coming downtown throughout July, especially on the 21st and 31st of July. See the Main Street Office at 416 Cherokee, Leavenworth, or the Book Barn at 410 Delaware to register your volunteer hours each time you come down. Remember prep and planning times count just as much as appearance in the downtown.

The July 31 closing event will feature a Grand-Prize Drawing and Birthday Celebration with Waldo Cake, Games and Prizes. Confused? Check out the details in the Events listing on


With those three on the program, what more could you want? Thomas Fox Averill, Kevin Rabas and Dennis Etzel will be at the microphone at 7 pm on Friday, June 29, at the Writer’s Place, 3611 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO.

Averill, an O. Henry Award-winning short story writer, is writer-in-residence at Washburn University in Topeka. His novel, Rode, was named Outstanding Western Novel of 2011 as part of the Western Heritage Awards administered by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Rabas co-directs the creative writing program at Emporia State and edits Flint Hills Review. He has three books: Bird’s Horn; Lisa’s Flying Electric Piano, a Kansas Notable Book and Nelson Poetry Book Award winner; and Spider Face: stories. Etzel is managing editor of Woodley Press, poetry editor of seveneightfive, and teaches at Washburn University. His work has appeared or is upcoming in Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, Flint Hills Review, and others.


Kate Lorenz, editor of the literary magazine, Parcel, will be on the program for the Raven Book Store Big Tent at 7 pm on Thursday, June 28. She will share the podium with poets Denise Low and Jonathan Mayhew.

Lorenz’ short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in the Denver Quarterly, Everyday Genius,The Collagist, and Beecher's, and her chapbook, Stardust, was published by Blue Hour Press. The Raven Book Store is at 6 E. Seventh in Lawrence.


How do entrepreneurs survive? How do they thrive? This book by Kansas City entrepreneur Barnett C. Helzberg, Jr., with Deborah Shouse will show why mentoring is the way. Here are 22 actual case studies of resilient people who grew their companies in part through the help of nurturing mentors participating in Helzberg's Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program (HEMP). A kitchen soap maker who is now a large factory owner, a mismatched button customer who becomes an eco-friendly dry cleaner. How one's labors of law turned to labors of love at a culinary institute. You will learn not by rules or truisms but by the missteps and triumphs of these 22 lifelong learners. Through careful mentor matching and good luck, the right people nourished each other and the organization.

Helzberg will be speaking his new book, Entrepreneurs + Mentors = Success: 22 Convincing Stories, at 6:30 pm on Thursday, June 28, at the Kansas City Public Library, Central Library, Helzberg Auditorium, 14 W. 10th Street, Kansas City, MO. Check with for ticket information.


Or, as the complete title reads: Rurally Screwed: My Life Off the Grid with the Cowboy I Love.

A hilarious true-life love story, Rurally Screwed reveals what happens to a woman who gives up everything she's ever known and wanted -- job security, money, her professional network, access to decent Thai food -- to live off the grid with her one true love (and dogs and horses and chickens), and asks, is it worth it? The answer comes amid war, Bible clubs, and moonshine.

Author Jessie Knadler will be speaking at 7 pm on Wednesday, June 27, at Watermark Books and Café at 4701 East Douglas in Wichita. Read her blog at


Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Lucy Catherine Thomkins was looking for poetry when she slipped the booklet from Papa’s coat pocket and discovered Information for Kanzas Immigrants. Just another political paper, nothing a thirteen-year-old poet would be interested in. But before dinner is over that night, Lucy becomes one those immigrants. She feels as out of place in 1855 Kansas Territory as the sky-blue silk gown she has worn for the journey from Pennsylvania, and she seeks her own purpose in this strange place. Papa is committed to the cause of abolitionism, and Mamma is committed to the success of the family’s general store. Even her brother, ten-year-old Joseph, seems to embrace this new life, despite the threats of the Border Ruffians who harass the citizens of Lawrence. When Lucy discovers that her best friend’s family is working with the Underground Railroad, Lucy must make a decision which could have dangerous consequences for herself and her family. She must decide just what she stands for, and she must find her own true voice to express herself in a time and place where a young girl’s voice is seldom valued.

You can meet Debra McArthur, author of Lucy Catherine Thomkins’ story, A Voice for Kanzas, in the general store at the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, 13800 Switzer Road, Overland Park, from 10 am to noon on Thursday, June 28.

Deanna Rose Childrens' Farmstead


Listen to Dorothy Benton Frank, otherwise known as

This year's tour is taking me to a few new places — Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Wichita and Kansas City — in addition to my traditional wild and wooly ride around South Carolina. I'm excited about this plan because I haven't been in the Midwest in a few years which hopefully means I'll get to meet and have fun with some new people. Once everything is finalized it will all go up on this web site and I'll start sorting through my clothes to figure out what to pack.

I hope you'll be able to come out and say hello — bring your friends! (Better yet, bring tomatoes. Or peaches.) And, above all, I hope you'll enjoy my new book! PORCH LIGHTS is the story of a small family of stubborn mules at odds with each other for good reasons and about how the power of place and more importantly, the power of love can heal and resolve seemingly insurmountable issues.

Author Frank will be speaking and signing at 7 pm on Wednesday, June 27, at Rainy Day Books in The Fairway Shops, 2706 W 53rd Street, Fairway, for admission and ticket information.


"Uncle Reid committed suicide!" Shirley read from an article found in Mother's genealogy records. We looked at each other in amazement as I shouted, "Mother, what happened to Uncle Reid?" A compelling true drama of political corruption, voter fraud and murder focusing on the 1932 Pendergast era in Kansas City, Missouri. Uncle Reid was a courageous and political figure who dared to take on the Pendergast machine! Did Uncle Reid commit suicide or was he another victim of the political machine? Did he uncover ties to the mob and corruption? Did he pose a threat to Tom Pendergast's political machine? Who was the unknown woman in Uncle Reid's life that appeared shortly before his death and disappeared right after he died? Was she a part of a plot against Uncle Reid? We discovered at the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department that suicide records are not kept and that the coroner in 1932 was a Pendergast elected official. No police or coroners records and no living relatives made our quest for answers frustrating. Watch for many twists and turns.

Authors Shirley Clyde McCullough and Carolyn Clyde Dolan have painstakingly researched the Pendergast era and the result is Pendergast’s Retaliation: A True Cold Case File. The next book signing will be on August 11 at the Pages Books and Café in Newton.


I’ve been referring to Martin Kaynan’s novels as Sci-Fi. Kaynan mainly writes adventure/thrillers. He also has written one paranormal and one courtroom drama.

Kaynan has just submitted his novel, The Drone Incident, to Smashwords. Stay tuned. We’ll let you know when it’s published.

Check in on Kaynan at his blog at

Monday, June 25, 2012


Vicki Julian's feature article about the May 22 SpaceX launch from Cape Canaveral appeared in the Lawrence Journal World on June 1. This was a historic mission as the first commercial rocket to supply the International Space Station, but also carried the cremains of more than 300 individuals. Vicki's husband's ashes were among those destined for earth's orbit. To read the article click on

Julian was invited to write a guest blog on kindness for, an organization that provides books and creates libraries for the poverty stricken in Africa. They are beginning a Words of Inspiration blog and will feature various authors with a dedicated webpage on their site.


This is a long piece, but worth the read:

This interview by Gail M. Baugniet explains why Gordon Kessler does what he does (if anyone can explain Gordon Kessler!)


The Rainy Day Books website says it all:

Join Kansas City entrepreneur, author, workplace consultant, mother, stepmother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, blogger, non-practicing attorney, self-proclaimed recreational pastry chef, giver to charity, socially-responsible citizen in training and lipstick's biggest fan, Laura Wells McKnight for the exciting launch of her new Book, Cereal for Dinner, Cake for Dessert: A True Story to Inspire You to Be Yourself. This Event is Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 7:00 PM at Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112.

See for details about ticket prices and admission to this event.


“It is not just another historical novel,” Mach says. “It is an accurate portrayal of the abuses women fought to not only get the vote but to obtain other rights as well, such as the right to own property, sign contracts, even the right to their own children. Try to imagine if history were reversed and it were men who were denied their basic rights.”

The remarks of Tom Mach, author of Angels at Sunset, were in a Lawrence Journal World article written by Margie Carr.

Carr writes,” If anyone knows about women’s suffrage, it is Mach, who spent the past several years researching and writing a historical novel using the women’s suffrage movement as the backdrop. His book Angels at Sunset (Hill Song Press, 2012) is the third and final installment of the Jessica Radford trilogy. The novel begins just after the elderly Radford has cast her ballot in the 1920 presidential election, although much of the story is told through an account Radford’s daughter has written.”

See the full article at More about Mach’s works at


The Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita has published the ninth in their series of Pocket Guides, Common Kansas Butterflies, which identifies 61 of the most widespread and interesting species found in Kansas.

Written by Jim Mason, Common Kansas Butterflies can be obtained directly from GPNC, 6232 E 29th St. North, Wichita, KS, 67220. See

Writes Becky Tanner of The Wichita Eagle: “The guide features 61 of the most common butterfly species found in Kansas. The book, with brightly colored pictures telling the range, flight times and where you can find each species of butterfly, is the latest in an ongoing series published by the Great Plains Nature Center.”

Sunday, June 24, 2012


Martin Kaynan announces that Amazon now has now posted his four novels in paperback and also in Kindle formats.

Dante's Eternity is a story that combines the basic concepts of Alexandre Dumas' The Corsican Brothers and Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Hell's Blessing is a story that combines the basic concepts of the film The Fugitive and Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray.

The Drone Incident is an adventure thriller. It describes a terrorist plot to reprogram an NFL charter flight's autopilot to crash into and destroy the NSA's ability to listen in on Al Qaeda's plans to create another 9/11.

OscarGate is about an escape clause lawsuit against a movie studio's new owners by creative people who rebel against the installation of tight industrial type management controls.

Follow Kaynan on his blog at


Brady McWilliams and his mother, Brandi McWilliams, will be signing Just a Handful, their collaborative book project, on July 13 at the Bookshelf in Hutchinson.

When Brady McWilliams was describing a school lesson to his mother four years ago, she never thought she would publish a book about it. She had always thought of him as an intuitive boy, and as he described the teacher’s lesson on the five senses and what it meant to him, she had to write it down. Rather than merely learning of his ability to touch, see, hear, taste and smell, he took the lesson a step further and realized that life’s experiences through these senses are to be treasured. (From the McPherson Sentinel).

Saturday, June 23, 2012


Challenging topics, but isn’t that what writing is all about?

“Wreckage, Wonder and Ways Through the Impossible; Writing Life's Hard Stuff in Poetry, Fiction and Non Fiction" will be the topic of Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg’s keynote address on Saturday night, October 6, at the Kansas Authors Club 2012 Convention in Salina.

Caryn will also be presenting a workshop earlier n the day. Other workshop presenters, hotel information, all that stuff you need to know is on the official KAC website at Start making your plans to be there.

Friday, June 22, 2012


What’s it really like to be shuttled from foster home to foster home . . . .?

Fortunately for Anna Grace, who had been journaling her experiences, she met Sarah Jean Avila, who became her adoptive mother, and the two authors have jointly published My Diamonds in the Rough: Confessions of Adoption from Mother & Daughter.

Both will be present at a book signing at 3 pm on Saturday, June 30, at Hastings, 2108 East Kansas, Garden City.


Author Tom Mach sends along this invitation:

“I hope you can make it to one of my two book signings in Wichita tomorrow (Saturday, June 23). I will be autographing copies of my latest historical novel, Angels at Sunset, which is the third book of my Jessica Radford trilogy.”

And the details are: 11 am to 1 pm, at Watermark Books, 4701 E Douglas Avenue, and from 2-4 pm at Barnes and Noble, 1920 N. Rock Road.

More about Mach’s other books, award-winning Sissy and All Parts Together, plus short stories at


Or a wisper? Or a ponder?

You can get acquainted with all these creatures with a visit to the Trusler Gallery at the Emporia Arts Council, 815 Commercial Street, Emporia (a block north of the Town Crier Book Store at 716 Commercial Street and just north of the Granada Coffee Shop).

Prairie Tales, stories by Jerilynn Henrikson and illustrations by Josh Finley, form a creative, entertaining display which will be available until August 4. Your kids will be fascinated (and so will you).

More (much more) at

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Join us as Mark Fesen, respected oncologist and patient advocate, signs his book, Surviving the Cancer System, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The book is an all-in-one guide that takes you inside the system and reveals strategies for getting the care you need.

Dr. Fesen will be at Barnes and Noble Bradley Fair, 1920 N. Rock Road, in Wichita on Saturday June 23.


If you didn’t get to the Author Extravaganza last weekend at the Town Crier Book Store, 716 Commercial, in Emporia last weekend, you missed a stellar event.

Fifty Kansas authors – well, I think there were fifty, at two long rows of tables that stretched to the back of the store – with offerings of every genre, something to please the interests of all readers.

This is the sixth year that Town Crier has hosted the Author Extravaganza.

Always something happening at the


One of the Whispering Prairie Press 2012 contest categories is the Rex Rogers Formal Poetry Contest, for which entries must be in sonnet, sonnet series, or villanelle form. So what, precisely, is a villanelle?

A 19-line poem of fixed form consisting of five tercets and a final quatrain on two rhymes, with the first and third lines of the first tercet repeated alternately as a refrain closing the succeeding stanzas and joined as the final couplet of the quatrain.

Need more help? One of the best-known villanelles is Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, written by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas about the death of his father:

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night,

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night,

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

(See for other categories – perhaps easier – and contest deadline of June 30.)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Martin Kaynan has published his novels, Dante's Eternity, Hell's Blessing, The Drone Incident and OscarGate on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats.

Discover the writings of Martin Kaynan at


Born into a family full of shame and secrets about their legacy of mental illness, Sue Westwind received her own set of labels when she ran away from home in 1969. Depression, anxiety, migraines and chronic fatigue grew worse as she grew older. But adopting an infant later diagnosed with autism changed her life forever, as Sue learns about the effect of diet, nutrient deficiencies, and environmental toxins on the mind. The path she strides to heal her daughter becomes her own. Lunacy Lost: A Memoir of Green Mental Health advocates an approach that welcomes body, spirit, and concern for the environment into discussions of psyche and suffering.

Author Sue Westwind will be reading and signing at 7 pm on Wednesday, June 27, at the Raven Book Store, 6 E Seventh, in Lawrence.

Westwind’s website at


Award-winning author Jack Kline has posted this Amazon review for The Burning Veil by Jean Grant.

"This is not a book for men, I thought. So how come I was still reading it? It seemed little more than a well written, literary version of chick-lit. Why couldn't I put it down? Why did I ignore all those other things that I should be doing to keep turning Burning Veil's pages?

"Twenty-nine year old Sarah Moss is a successful emergency room doctor. She's independent and cautious of relationships having been dumped when she became pregnant, a pregnancy which ended in her seeking an abortion. Sarah's experiences at the ER and in her life have guided her to a staunch agnostic belief system. Her parents remain at arm's length, as they are Limbaugh listening, 700 Club watching, proselytizing Christians.

"Sarah's life changes when she meets a friend of her brother Pete, Ibrahim Suleiman, who has come to Wisconsin on a Fulbright Scholarship. Ib is a wealthy young Saudi hydrologist, whose father owns and runs a hospital in Saudi Arabia. Predictably they fall in love, and against her parents protestations she decides to take a six-week ER exchange position in Ib's father's hospital. Sarah wants to see if she can live in a Muslim country with radically different customs, one that both elevates women and severely restricts their freedom.

"Veil's plot moves along predictably, and also predictably Sarah's ER stint in the Saudi hospital leads up to September 11, 2001. Here's what kept me reading:

"Debut author, Jean Grant's story is chock-full of fascinating people, ones with foibles, serious ones. Some are intensely likeable, some aggravating. There's Malika, Ib's mother, a stern matriarch in a patriarchal society; Ib's brother Shaheen, is as unbendingly fundamentalist in his Muslim faith as Sarah's parents are in theirs, cousin Tisam, an unfortunate closet lesbian in a country that stones them to death, and Ib's sister Layla, a warm, loving follower of fashion where fashion for women may not be worn in public.

"Author Grant gradually ramps up the cultural chasm between Sarah's upbringing and Ib's. The pressure builds like a really fine horror film, we know the bad stuff lurks just around a corner but which one. Grant allows the tension to ebb and flow until we wonder if things will turn out fine after all.

"They don't.

"In its way, Burning Veil is a top-shelf thriller. And Grant allows westerners inside access to Saudi-style, middle-eastern Muslim culture, its graces as well as its warts, and she touches on the fundamentalist fringe that brought the world Osama Ben Laden. Good stuff."

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Flamboyant, confident, and controversial, Edith Bolling Wilson was not your traditional First Lady. After her husband, Woodrow Wilson, suffered a debilitating stroke in 1919, she took the reins of government and acted on behalf of her ailing spouse. Historian Kristie Miller looks into the life of the woman known as “Madame Regent” and “the Assistant President” and asks: Was Edith Wilson, in effect, our first woman president?

The program will be offered at 6:30 pm on Thursday, June 21, at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City, MO, Public Library, 4801 Main Street. Miller is the author of Ellen and Edith: Woodrow Wilson’s First Ladies, published by the University Press of Kansas.


Monday, June 18, 2012


How does frozen custard and hamburgers sound? Plus a fun-filled afternoon at Cedar Crest with Governor Sam Brownback and First Lady Mary Brownback?

Twenty top summer-time readers will be the honored guests at Cedar Crest in August, two from each Kansas Board of Education district.>

How to get your kids started? Take them to the local library, or to where they can print out a Reading Log, plus guidelines and other information about how to enter.

Your kids are already involved in a library-sponsored summer reading project? The competition is very flexible, check out the guidelines. Remember, kids who do not lose their reading skills during the summer do better when the next school year rolls around.


But the author of The Chaperone, Laura Moriarty, probably wouldn’t have it any other way. At 7 pm on Tuesday, June 19, Moriarty will be at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, MO, in an event hosted by Rainy Day Books.

The Chaperone will take the reader back to the 1920s, when movies were new and Kansas-born Louise Brooks was setting style with her dark-haired flapper hair bob.

Sunday, June 17, 2012


The Chaperone, the story of the woman who accompanied Louise Brooks to New York, one of Brooke's first stops on her pathway to fame, is Laura Moriarty’s newest novel. Moriarty will be speaking at 7 pm on Monday, June 18, at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont.


If you were waiting for a chance to hear Dr. Roger Coleman, author of Prankster of God: Confessions of a Wayward Priest, you’re too late. Dr. Coleman, pastor of Pilgrim Chapel, a midtown Kansas City, MO, church open to people of all faiths, had a booksigning this morning at Prospero’s, 1800 W. 39th Street.

Dr. Coleman’s book consists “of a series of mini-stories – ranging from hilarious to heartbreaking – about Coleman’s life experiences and provides insight into his non-traditional views on God and the role of the clergy in the community.”


In an amazing story, two lives are inexorably interwoven. Courtney Becker, a 911 dispatcher, took a routine call on November 19, 2004. The call for help came from a man whose young daughter was in cardiac arrest. Courtney was destined to receive that call, and that little girl became part of his spiritual journey.

The authors, Lynette Kraft with Courtney Becker, were at a booksigning on Saturday, June 16, at Barnes and Noble Bradley Fair store in Wichita. (Sorry I didn’t get this posted sooner, but you can read more about the book at He Heard Hannah.)

Friday, June 15, 2012


Maybe Richard C. Wright, author of Wagon Tracks on the Mesa, knows the answer.

Wright will be at the Book Grinder, 2222 W. Central in El Dorado, on Saturday, June 16, to sign from 12:30 to 2:30. "Just in time for Father's Day. Meet and greet the author and get a personalized copy for your favorite Dad!"


I love the sub-title on Matt Keenan’s book: Surviving the Perils of Parenting, One Teen at a Time. Well, okay, if you’re looking for the book, the real title is Call Me Dad, Not Dude (the sequel).

Keenan will be signing at 1 pm on Saturday, June 16, at the Barnes and Noble at Oak Park Mall, 11323 W. 95th, Overland Park.

More at


. . . to get your entries in for the Kansas Authors Club 2012 contest.

Go to and click on the CONTEST tab on the left sidebar. There are several prose and poetry categories, including the special convention theme contest on the 2012 convention theme, Encouraging Words.

Winners will be announced at the annual convention, October 5-7 in Salina. Click on the CONVENTION tab for information and plan to attend.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


“I hate to do this, but all the publicity wonks say advertise a month out, remind two weeks out, and remind two days out. So here's your reminder about Friday night's Celebration of Queerness reading--7:00 p.m. at the Writer's Place in Kansas City. I'm reading first, so get there early to get a seat.”

The above copied (shamelessly) from Kelly Barth’s facebook. The date is Friday, June 15. Other participants will be Crystal Boson, Andrea Brookhart, Wendy Dow, Wayne Courtois, Charles Ferruzza, Mark Manning, Miguel Morales, and David Wayne Reed. The Writers' Place is at 3611 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO.


Julianne Buchsbaum will be speaking and signing her third book of poetry at 7 pm on Thursday, June 14, at the Raven Book Store, 6 E. Seventh, in Lawrence.

“These supple poems (of The Apothecary’s Heir) explore the frailty of human connectedness and anatomize desire in a world of pharmaceuticals and microships.”

Buchsbaum is a humanities librarian at the University of Kansas. She has been published in numerous journals. Her previous books are Slowly, Slowly Horses, and A Little Night Comes.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


The Gardener and the Grill: The Bounty of the Garden Meets the Sizzle of the Grill – may not be the longest book title ever, but it’s sure to be close.

Judith Fertig and Karen Adler, the Barbecue Queens, will celebrate the publication of the above title, their newest cookbook, with an event at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, June 13, at Story, 3931 W. 69th Terr., Prairie Village. Information at


Brian R. Dirck, professor of history at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana, and author of several books about Abraham Lincoln, has penned another volume of Abraham Lincoln and White America, published in April by the University Press of Kansas.

Blazing a new trail in Lincoln studies, Dirck reveals that Lincoln was well aware of and sympathetic to white fears, especially that of descending into 'white trash,' a notion that gnawed at a man eager to distance himself from his own coarse origins. But he also shows that after Lincoln crossed the Rubicon of black emancipation, he continued to grow beyond such cultural constraints, as seen in his seven recorded encounters with nonwhites.

The University Press of Kansas publishes both books of widely-ranging scholarly interests and books of Kansas’ heritage. The incoming president of the University of Missouri is trying to close the University of Missouri Press. We hope the University Press of Kansas does not face a similar fate.

Monday, June 11, 2012


Gloria Zachgo, author of The Rocking Horse, will be attending Town Crier Bookstore's 6th annual Author Extravaganza, 716 Commercial, in Emporia.

It will be held on this Saturday, June 16th from 11 AM to 1 PM.

HoHo will be traveling to Emporia with Gloria.


Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only twelve detectives—known as “The Murder Squad”—to investigate countless murders every month. Created after the Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure to capture Jack the Ripper, the Murder Squad suffers rampant public contempt.

In his first novel, The Yard, Alex Grecian writes about the early days of Scotland Yard. Grecian will be speaking at 7 pm on Tuesday, June 12, at Rainy Day Books in The Fairway Shops, 2706 W 53rd Street, Fairway.

Admission and ticket information at, and more about Grecian at


Reaona Hemmingway will be among the fantabulous gathering of authors at the Town Crier Extravaganza. Copied from facebook:

“Saturday, June 16, from 11 am to 1 pm Town Crier in Emporia is holding it's 6th annual Kansas Authors Extravaganza. If you're in the area, come stop by. I'll be signing copies of "Tillie's Marbles", "Mariah", and my other books. This will be my fourth appearance and I always enjoy talking with other authors and seeing what they've done since the last time we met.”

NOTE: If you are an author who will be partipating in the Kansas Authors Extravaganza, send me an e-mail about your books to onefreenaton at yahoo dot com , and I'll post it here.

The is at 716 Commercial in Emporia.


Doesn’t a title like the above get your attention?

To learn more, you’ll want to attend Jo McDougall’s presentation at 7 pm on Tuesday, June 19, as part of the Writers Place Poetry Reading Series at the Johnson Country Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th Street, Overland Park. McDougall will be reading from an unpublished manuscript.


A top ten finalist in the 2010 Claymore Awards, Jury Rig: A Legal Caper is now available for the general reading public.

Written by Korey Kaul, aTopeka native now a Lawrence attorney, Jury Rig introduces the reader to Kate Summerlin, a consultant who advises lawyers in jury selection.


The Woman Who Dared To Vote: The Trial of Susan B. Anthony, written by N.E.H. Hull, was published in April by the University Press of Kansas.

Just as the polls opened on November 5, 1872, Susan B. Anthony arrived and filled out her “ticket” for the various candidates. But before it could be placed in the ballot box, a poll watcher objected, claiming her action violated the laws of New York and the state constitution. Anthony vehemently protested that as a citizen of the United States and the state of New York she was entitled to vote under the Fourteenth Amendment. The poll watchers gave in and allowed Anthony to deposit her ballots. Anthony was arrested, charged with a federal crime, and tried in court.

N.E.H. Hull is a member of the faculty at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She is the author of several other books, including Roe v. Wade: The Abortion Rights Controversy in American History.

Sunday, June 10, 2012


Gillian Flynn, born in Kansas City, MO, a graduate of the University of Kansas, returns to the metro area on Monday, June 11, for a Rainy Day Book Store program about her third novel, Gone Girl, at 7 pm at the Unity Temple on the Plaza.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick Dunne’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick Dunne isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but hearing from Amy through flashbacks in her diary reveal the perky perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love.

Flynn’s other books at Ticket and admission information at

Saturday, June 9, 2012


Robert Collins will have a table at the Artists’ Alley at SoonerCon, an annual Science Fiction and Fantasy Extravaganza in Oklahoma City (where else with a name like that?). Doors at the Sheraton Downtown open at 12 noon on Friday, June 15.

More about Collins’ science fiction/fantasy books at or click on One Kansas Author in the “Writers about Writing” in the blogroll in the right sidebar.

SoonerCon at

Friday, June 8, 2012


Is there anything better than burgers from The Book of Burger by Rachel Ray?

You betcha! It’s burgers with Foo’s Custard – that’s Foo’s Fabulous Custard – which will be served up on Sunday, June 10, at an author event arranged by Rainy Day Books at Unity Temple on the Plaza.

There will be other goodies. Doors open at 3:30 pm, author talk at 4:30, at 707 W. 47th Street, Kansas City, MO. Admission information at


James Peters, author of the third revised edition of Arlington National Cemetery: Shrine to American’s Heroes, will present a program at 7 pm on Monday, June 11, at the Raven Book Store, 6 E. 7th, in Lawrence.

Written in close cooperation with cemetery staff, the National Park Service, and Arlington House, the third edition of Arlington National Cemetery is arguably the most comprehensive guide to this cherished place, where lie both the famous--admirals, generals, presidents, Supreme Court justices, and astronauts; and the not-so-famous--enlisted men, nurses, and unknown slaves. Peters details the history of the cemetery's inception and development and presents more than 100 biographies of some of the most celebrated people buried there.

An aside: Of the only three national cemeteries west of the Mississippi, two are located in Kansas, at Fort Scott and at Fort Leavenworth; the third is in Keokuk, Iowa.

More about Peters’ talk at

Thursday, June 7, 2012


An invitation from Tom Mach: “I hope you will attend . . . a talk I am giving at the Lawrence Public Library on what it was like to be a suffragist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and why this is relevant today.” The talk will be at 1:30 pm on Sunday, June 10. The library is at 707 Vermont Street.

Mach’s book is resonating in political circles, as described in the following press release:

In 1933, Eleanor Roosevelt wrote that “the attitudes of women will shape who we become as a society.” Tom Mach, author of a historical novel on women’s suffrage called Angels at Sunset, recalls learning that this was how suffragist Alice Paul felt about the need to take a stand for women’s rights—even if it meant being jailed.

In 2012, President Obama, according to Fox News, identified women’s rights as one of the major issues in his presidential campaign. On the other hand, Republican strategist Cheri Jacobus, in an interview with PBS, believes the issue of women’s rights is being misrepresented and that women will support the Republican candidate. Similar back-and-forth debates occurred 100 years ago.

In her article, “The Rise of Political Woman in the Election of 1912,” feminist speaker, activist, and author Jo Freeman recalls three major political parties of that year—the Democrats, Republicans, and Progressives. “The Democratic Party,” Freeman writes, “had the most traditional attitude toward woman’s place,” while the Republicans were not a united party because of a chasm between progressives and conservatives on various issues. The Progressive Party, under Teddy Roosevelt’s direction, embraced women’s suffrage, but Democrat Wilson won the election.

Mach, in Angels at Sunset, discloses how Wilson wanted nothing to do with women’s suffrage. In one scene, he describes how suffragist Alice Paul and her small delegation met with Wilson in the White House. “The President,” Mach writes, “treated the ladies as if they were school-age children. He sat them down in a semicircle and told them that no one had ever brought up the issue of suffrage before. Hence, he concluded suffrage was not an issue.”

A former black slave named Sojourner Truth questioned why only men should have political power when she said "if the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it."

Mach believes women will certainly be a powerful force in the election of 2012 in determining where America should be headed.

The foreword to Angels at Sunset was written by Coline Jenkins, the great-great-granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton herself. Shirley Johnson, a senior reviewer for the Midwest Book Review, said that Angels at Sunset is "an exceptional read, great story and history all wrapped up in one." A top 500 Amazon reviewer said "This book incorporates much more than women’s suffrage, incorporating references to the Ku Klux Klan, racism in the period after the Civil War, and many other aspects of American history. If you enjoy historical fiction and have an open mind, then you will absolutely enjoy this book."

The state of Kansas honored Tom Mach's involvement in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the passage of Kansas suffrage by naming its resolution after his book: "The Kansas Angels at Sunset Centennial" Resolution.


Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Book trailers are fun. I got a link to Gloria Zachgo’s book trailer for The Rocking Horse by e-mail. Try as I may, I can’t attach the video to my blog, but I can give you the link:

Try it, and learn more about Ho-Ho, the rocking horse that is the key to Zachgo’s mystery suspense novel.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Tom Mach, author of Angels at Sunset, will be booksigning at 1:30-2:30 pm on Saturday, June 9, at Barnes and Noble, 6130 Southwest 17th (off Wakarusa).

Angels at Sunset is the third book of a trilogy and tells the story, through the experiences of Jessica Radford, of the suffragists’ struggle for the right to vote. The first two books of the trilogy are the prize-winning Sissy and All Parts Together.

See more at Mach’s website.


It’s coming around again, that incredible gathering of Kansas authors at the Town Crier Bookstore in Emporia. Here’s what the Town Crier folks say:

“We are excited to announce the 6th Annual Author Extravaganza will be held June 16, 2012, right here at the Town Crier Bookstore from 11AM - 1PM. Anyone who has joined us in the past can tell you that there is nothing quite like our extravaganza. Authors from all around Kansas migrate to Emporia each year to bring this one-of-a-kind event together, and with so many authors in one place (our record is just over 50), there's guaranteed to be something for everyone. Mysteries, histories, children's books, memoirs, and so much more.”

Town Crier is at 716 Commercial, website at

(NOTE TO AUTHORS: If you are planning to attend this event, send me an e-mail at onefreenation at yahoo dot com with a description of your books, and I’ll post it on this blog.)


How does the reddest county in America go green? On May 4, 2007, after an EF-5 tornado hit Greensburg, virtually nothing remained of the town. Robert Fraga’s The Greening of Oz: Sustainable Architecture in the Wake of a Tornado, published by Wasteland Press, tells the story of that destruction, the heroism it inspired and how Greensburg rebuilt green.

Fraga’s book began as a case study of sustainable architecture -- how the new buildings were designed and erected, but it evolved into “an analysis of all that underlay the rebuilding process.” Ultimately the book became the story of the townspeople themselves: how they reacted to the ruin of their lives and how the difficulties of going green threatened to derail the whole experiment.

The themes of the book are:

*The conflict between the traditionalist culture of the town and the progressive thrust of what it did;

*How the media attention impacted the rebuilding;

*The role of federal and state agencies in the cleanup and rebuilding;

*The reemergence of town feuds which threatened the unity of purpose which characterized the immediate aftermath of the storm;

“Greensburg has become a model for other towns damaged by violent weather. It points the way to sustainable growth in rural America,” Fraga said. The book launch of The Greening of Oz was May 4, in Greensburg on the fifth anniversary of the EF5 tornado.

The book is now available as a paperback on Amazon and as an e-Book on Kindle and Nook.

Fraga retired from Baker University, in Baldwin City, in 2007. Previously, he taught in Egypt, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia as well as in this country. He has published both in the US and abroad on environmental issues. His interest in Greensburg grew out of a church-sponsored trip to do some cleanup. The audience for this book is the general public interested in environmental sustainability. Fraga is available for media interviews.

Monday, June 4, 2012


Douglas Brinkley, author of Cronkite: A Biography, will be speaking and signing on Tuesday, June 5, at the Truman Forum of the Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO. A reception at 6 pm will be followed by the presentation at 6:30 pm.

Hardcover copies will be available for purchase in advance from Rainy Day Books, and before, during and after the author event.

Walter Cronkite’s love of Kansas City is well known. My personal recollection is of a fund-raising reception at which Walter had graciously agreed to be the star. I had some burning issue (totally forgotten by now) which I wished to bring to his attention. I was determined that I was going to push my way through the crowd in order to have a personal conversation with Walter.

I watched Walter like a hawk, ready to seize my opportunity. I shouldn’t have worried. Walter himself very deftly made his way around the entire room, eventually engaging everyone there in a brief, but intensely personal conversation, in which he did far more listening than talking.

Admission information at


Every teacher knows what it is like to encounter students who are resistant to learning. A new book from Rowe Publishing, Resistance to Learning: How People Cope with Perceived Threats, “flows logically from the initial recognition of an issue, through exploration of the experience, and its causes and effects, leading to a set of recommended actions to avoid the issue, or mitigate its effects.”

The author, Patricia Dowling Froggett, Ph.D. is an Education Program Director and faculty member of the University of Virginia, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, at the UVA Northern Virginia Center. She holds a Ph.D. in Adult Education and Human Development from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, as well as Master’s degrees in Curriculum & Instruction and Education Administration, also from Virginia Tech.

Other books from Rowe Publishing, Stockton, at


David Hann, author of River Memoir, will bring his stories to life with an appearance at 7 pm on Thursday, June 7, at the Raven Book Store. In Lawrence, at 6 E 7th Street, just off Massachusetts.

Stories of the unexpected. A circus brings the Masked Strangler to a small town. Practical jokers get their comeuppance. A chance meeting with a mysterious dog takes a few mysterious turns. An old man turns the tables on two smart alecks. Fishing trips alternate with fun and danger. A storm in the North Pacific makes life exciting for young Marines on board a troopship heading for Okinawa. A 1966 clash within the Vietnamese army brings confusion and tension for Marines in DaNang. A peaceful float trip turns into a fight for survival in a flash flood. An elderly Ursuline Sister spins a tale of emigrant life in Chicago. A young man finds that his guardian angel can’t always protect him in a summer job at a steel plant. How do chickens get to market, and what if turkeys figure things out? A deer and a would-be-rescuer come to an understanding. Two friends discover the virtue of knowing the phase of the moon. And more stories of fun, fear, and folly.

More Raven events at


I’m copying (shamelessly) from Kelly Barth’s post on facebook:

My upcoming memoir, My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus, has gotten and early and – thank goodness – favorable review from the Library Journal.

This charming memoir, Barth's first book, is an exemplary coming-out story as well as a wholesale indictment of the hypocrisy and false promises of many archconservative Christian congregations about sexuality—that love, when it happens between two members of the same sex, is a manifestation of broken "machinery in need of parts and service." Barth's recovery from self-loathing and anxiety is a very near thing, but this witty volume leaves her happily partnered and churched. VERDICT A lovely volume for readers who can't get enough Anne Lamott or Mary Karr, Barth's book is both revelatory and amusing.

Get acquainted with Kelly Barth at


Arnold Bauer grew up on his family’s 160-acre farm in Goshen Township in Clay County, Kansas, amidst a land of prairie grass and rich creek-bottom soil. His meditative and moving account of those years depicts a century-long narrative of struggle, survival, and demise. A coming-of-age memoir set in the 1930s to ‘50s, it blends local history with personal reflection to paint a realistic picture of farm life and families from a now-lost world.

Arnold J. Bauer’s book, Time’s Shadow: Remembering a Family Farm in Kansas, was published by the University Press of Kansas in May.

You may order from

A CAUTIONARY NOTE: The University of Missouri Press will be closing this year. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen to the University Press of Kansas.


Rowe Publishing in Stockton is offering a chance to win your own copy of Girls Don’t Take Karate.

“A first for author Susan Sweenie, Girl's Don't Take Karate is a wonderful story about how a young girl learns to accept new challenges and in the process learn a thing or two about herself.

“Chloe, the main character is obsessed with the color pink and anything 'girly.' Her parents encourage her to try karate in efforts to help push Chloe into trying something new and different. Karate is not considered 'girlie' to Chloe and it surely doesn't involve the color pink so she was reluctant at first.

Girl's Don't Take Karate is a must have for any parent wanting to teach their child that trying something new can be fun.”

To enter your name to win a copy, go to

More about Rowe Publishing at

Sunday, June 3, 2012


Laura Moriarty will be in St. Louis this week with appearances for her new book, The Chaperone. Although the title of the book refers to the life of Cora Carlisle, the story is about Louise Brooks, who left Kansas as an adolescent in the 1920s to make her mark on the entertainment world.

Born in Cherryvale, as an actress Brooks was credited with popularizing the bobbed-hair look. She starred in a number of silent films, many of them comedies. Moriarty’s other novels include The Center of Everything.

Friday, June 1, 2012


From an appearance at the Raven Bookstore in Lawrence at 7 pm on Wednesday, June 6, Benjamin Busch, author of Dust to Dust, will do a booksigning at 7 pm on Thursday, June 7, at Watermark Books and Café, Wichita.

Dust to Dust is an extraordinary memoir about ordinary things: life and death, peace and war, the adventures of childhood and the revelations of adulthood. Benjamin Busch —a decorated U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer who served two combat tours in Iraq, an actor on The Wire, and the son of celebrated novelist Frederick Busch. and