Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Rosalea Snow, a prolific author, particularly of plays, is profiled by Harold E. Davis in the The Best Times for August.

Her memoir, Under Cottonwood: Secrets from Vianna's Notebook, was published in 2002, but she is probably better known for her one-act plays. A movie version was made of her two-act play, Five-Card Stud.

Snow gives talks and readings, and to learn more, go to www.thebesttimes.org.

Monday, July 30, 2012


Liars Moon, a young adult novel by Elizabeth C. Bunce, is on the list of Kansas Notable Books for 2012. Bunce describes her writing:

I write historical fantasy for young adults and discerning not-so-young adults. "Historical fantasy" means my work is inspired by real places and cultures of the past, but with fantastical, otherworldly, or magical elements.

Liars Moon is "a gripping fantasy noir about a town full of liars, and a thief who knows the truth." http://www.elizabethcbunce.com/books.html

Sunday, July 29, 2012


Rimsie McConiga writes a nice article about Thad Ted Nowak's new book, Mother's Curse, in the Leavenworth Times.

Nowak answers McConiga’s questions: How long have you been writing and what got you interested in authoring young adult fantasies? You do a lot of book signings at schools where you talk to kids about writing? How do you encourage them to follow their own dreams of writing?

Read Nowak’s answers and the rest of the interview at http://www.leavenworthtimes.com/news/x739399118/Q5-Mother-s-Curse-novel-tells-a-coming-of-age-story



Mark Bouton writes on Facebook:

“For my acquaintances in east Kansas, just a note that I'll be on Channel 13, WIBW-TV, Topekas, KS, on Ralph Hipp's news show that starts at 4:00 p.m. on Tues., 7/31, discussing my new book, The Sacrifice.”

Bouton’s fifth suspense novel, The Sacrifice is a riveting tale in which "the FBI races to find a kidnapped baby before she suffers an unspeakable fate".

Bouton will be a presenter at the Kansas Authors Club 2012 Convention, October 5-7, in Salina, with the workshop topic of “Let’s Write a Novel”. See www.kansasauthors.org for complete convention information.



The 2012 Kansas Notable Books include Amelia Lost: the Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart, by Candace Fleming. The review describes it as a book for middle graders, but I'm sure there is something in it for all Kansans.

In alternating chapters, Fleming deftly moves readers back and forth between Amelia's life (from childhood up until her last flight) and the exhaustive search for her and her missing plane. With incredible photos, maps, and handwritten notes from Amelia herself—plus informative sidebars tackling everything from the history of flight to what Amelia liked to eat while flying (tomato soup).

Many years ago, while Amelia Earhart’s childhood home was still in private ownership, I made a trip to Atchison. At the Chamber of Commerce I asked a little old lady how I could get to the Earhart home.

The tiny woman jumped down my throat, and began a harangue about what nerve I had, coming to Atchison and asking a question like that. Chastened by the unexpected reaction, I hastened to the door.

The harrigan followed my every footstep, scolding me all the way. Just as I stepped out onto the sidewalk, the woman grabbed the door, preventing me from shutting it. Her voice dropped almost to a whisper. In a hurried fashion, she gave me very precise directions on how to find the Earhart house. “But it’s in private hands,” she warned me, “and the owners are really tired of people coming around all the time to look at the house where Amelia lived, peeking in the windows day and night, so please don’t step on the property, just stay on the sidewalk where it’s legal.” She gave me a beatific smile and closed the door.

I followed her advice, and stayed on the sidewalk. Those who have been there know the house is on a bluff, high above the Missouri River. From the sidewalk I could look down upon the vegetation that grew on the banks. Birds made long, sweeping flights over the water from tree top to tree top. Standing there, transfixed, it was easy to see how the scene could make anyone wish they could fly.



Lilly Ledbetter, author of Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond, will be at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, MO, 7 pm, Tuesday, August 31, in a program hosted by Rainy Day Books.

Until, nineteen years later, Lilly received an anonymous note revealing that she was making thousands less per year than the men in her position. Devastated, she filed a sex discrimination case against Goodyear, which she won and then heartbreakingly lost on appeal. Over the next eight years, her case made it all the way to the Supreme Court, where she lost again: the court ruled that she should have filed suit within 180 days of her first unequal paycheck despite the fact that she had no way of knowing that she was being paid unfairly all those years. In a dramatic moment, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her dissent from the bench, urging Lilly to fight back.

Check out the Rainy Day website for ticket and admission information, www.rainydaybooks.com, or read more about Lilly Ledbetter at www.lillyledbetter.com.

Friday, July 27, 2012


This morning I got a short Yahoo e-mail from Robert Collins that he was off to a Science Fiction Convention. Gave me a couple of links.

This afternoon when I'm planning to add a post to the blog, I try to go back to the e-mail. No way. Yahoo is non-functioning. No problem, I think I remember the first link, it’s OsFest (I’m pretty sure).

So I do a search, and find, good gracious, I find OsFest, the Biggest and Best Music Festival in Shropshire. Collins in multi-talented, writes books about railroads, books about Kansas history, books with sci-fi themes, like Expert Assistance and Lisa’s Way. But music? And did Collins go to England to be there during the Olympics?

Wait a minute, the very last thing on the bottom of the search page is OsFest Omaha. Could it be that Collins has gone to Omaha, to the Ramada, for OsFest 5, July 27-29?

Like looking for Waldo, if anyone spots Collins, let me know. (Collins’ blog, One Kansas Author, is on the Writers about Writing blogroll in the right-hand sidebar.)


And so does Alan Hoskins, who spent many days at the Woodlands racing track in Wyandotte County. Hoskins' review of a new book written by Randy Birch, Woodlands announcer, appears today in the Wyandotte Daily News.

The public address announcer whose elongated “He-e-e-e-r-e Comes Woody” made him a folk hero, Birch has written a paperback book entitled Where Winning Happens that recounts some of Birch’s favorites experiences, events and characters in his years at the track.For someone who lived and worked at the track for all of its 19 years, I didn’t put the book down until I had read all 115 pages (wondering all along if I were ever going to make it).

Read the rest of Hoskins’ review at http://www.wyandottedailynews.com/opinion/12768-announcer-recounts-glory-days-of-woodlands


Jim Sharp, veteran of the Battle of the Bulge and later sergeant of the guard at the Numerberg War Criminal Trials of World War II, writes of his Nuremberg experiences in Sgt. of the Guard at Nuremberg.

Morris County, Kansas, native Jim Sharp supervised First Infantry Division guards who watched over the Nazi defendants during the main Nuremberg trial of 1945–1946. Sharp reviews the trial from start to finish and offers fascinating recollections about everything from the guards’ orders to cell life to his success in securing signatures from many of the famous but surprisingly ordinary looking prisoners, who included Hitler’s chosen successors Herman Göering and the “wild and weird” Rudolph Hess.

Read the rest of the Kansas Historical Society review at https://www.kshs.org/p/kansas-history-summer-2012/17850

Sharp is also the author of Black Settlers on the Kaw Indian Reservation, and Diary of a Combat Infantryman.

Thursday, July 26, 2012


News Flash:

Marty (otherwise known as Martin) Kaynan just uploaded The Drone Incident and Hell's Blessing on Smashwords.

They both are on Amazon and CreateSpace, along with Dante's Eternity and OscarGate.

Book descriptions are at http://mandbmusic.com/MandB/kaynanbooks.html

Marty's blog at http://mkaynan.blogspot.com


The I-70 Review open submission period began July 1 and will continue until January 31, 2013.

"We require a brief bio (fewer than 100 words) as well as your email and home address. A cover letter is not necessary. We let the poems speak for themselves."

The "featured poet" on the I-70 website for this quarter is Elizabeth Schultz.

You'll find this and more at http://i70review.fieldinfoserv.com


As in George Armstrong Custer, that is. A freelance writer and fifth-generation Nebraskan, Jeff Barnes is the author of The Great Plains Guide to Custer.

The Great Plains Guide to Custer is the first historical travel guide to 85 sites visited by George Custer in his decade west of the Mississippi. You'll find not only directions to the battlefields and forts at which Custer served, you'll also find locations where he met with Buffalo Bill Cody, the Grand Duke Alexis of Russia and William Tecumseh Sherman. You'll also learn of the personal conflicts Custer had on the plains, with commanders, fellow officers and even a buffalo.

The book gives detailed directions to well-known-events-yet-seldom-seen sites such as the Cheyenne/Sioux Village and Kidder massacre in Kansas, the Great Buffalo Hunt's Camp Alexis in Nebraska, or the "desertion camp" in Colorado. It pinpoints the location of historical markers and artifacts connected to Custer and the Seventh Cavalry, and features information on more than 100 related historical sites and attractions.

Barnes will present several programs in Nebraska. At 6 pm on Wednesday, October 17, Barnes will be at the Atchison Public Library, and at 7 pm on Thursday, October 18, at the Riverfront Community Center, Leavenworth.

More about Jeff Barnes and his other works, including Forts of the Northern Plains at http://fortsofthenorthernplains.com

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Thanks to Nancy Julien Kopp for a newsy comment on the blog. I'm re-posting here, in case readers didn't see it earlier:

"KAC Convention is open to members and non-members. And this year college students who have a current student ID can attend all the workshops for free. Now, that's a deal!

It looks like a good line-up of workshops and our Saturday evening banquet offers a keynote speech and entertainment.

" Official convention information is at www.kansasauthors.org.

Nancy herself posts frequently on her blog, http://writergrannysworld.blogspot.com with all sorts of tips and encouragement for writers


You know the old saying, “If you can’t lick ‘em, join ‘em.”

The Associated Press reports:

One of the world's biggest publishers, Pearson, has purchased one of the biggest self-publishers. Pearson announced Thursday that it had acquired Author Solutions Inc. for $116 million. Author Solutions, a Bloomington, Indiana-based company that has released self-published works by some 150,000 authors, will become part of the Pearson-owned Penguin Group (USA).

The success of such self-published writers as E.L. James and Amanda Hocking has encouraged traditional publishers and the online retailer Amazon.com to seek out authors who can build word-of-mouth followings. Penguin chief executive John Makinson said in statement that buying Author Solutions "will allow Penguin to participate fully in perhaps the fastest-growing area of the publishing economy."

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Here's a "guest blog" via e-mail, from Makayla Yokley.

Firstly let me thank you for offering to put my ebook's information on your blog! I really appreciate this!

Here's the information: Link: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/206917">


" Heroes come in all shapes and sizes... though they're not usually escaped convicts.

Just like seventeen-year-old Violet Seymour, whose got a criminal record so thick you could use it as a doorstop. Being the only person to ever escape the highest maximum security prison in the steam-and-clockwork powered nation of Arcova, everyone and their mother wants Violet's head on a plate. So when Violet is suddenly thrust into a heroic role, being a link in an ancient bloodline of heroes, she's a teensie bit skeptic.

But Violet isn't the only one with problems, no matter how much she likes to think so. Mages are disappearing left and right, over a dozen have disappeared over a short amount of time. There are whispers that it's got something to do with the disappearance of the Ruby Scourge, an artifact from the ancient world. It's the perfect start to Violet's new career as a hero!

Too bad her primary concern is looking out for number one, and she only embraces this whole "hero" thing when she can get something out of it. "

Thanks again for putting this on your blog!

--- Makayla Yokley


The Raven Book Store's BIG TENT program at 7 pm on Thursday, July 26, will feature Brendan Allen, Crystal Boson and Phillip Garland.

Allen is a creative writing senior at the University of Kansas; Garland is an MFA candidate at KU.

The Raven Book Store is at 6 E. 7th in Lawrence.



Remember the date of September 5, because it is the last day you will be able to call 1-785-823-1739 and book a hotel room at the conference rate of $70 per night.

The 2012 Kansas Authors Club 2012 Convention will be at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center in Salina.

Lodging details and a whole lot of other good stuff is at the official KAC website, www.kansasauthors.org.

Check the convention tab (above right) for previous posts about the convention.


The planning continues for the Kansas Book Festival which will take place on Saturday, September 15. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kansas Historical Society. 6425 SW 6th Avenue in Topeka.

More than 30 authors will take part in the festival including local favorites such as Matthew Polly, Harriet Lerner, and Thomas Fox Averill. Candice Millard, Author of the New York Times’ bestseller Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President, will also be presenting. Kansas City author and illustrator Shane Evans will also attend. Evans has illustrated books for Shaquille O’Neal, Holly Robinson Peete and Taye Diggs and won the 2012 Coretta Scott King award for his book, Underground. One of the day’s key presentations will be made by 91-year-old Chester Nez along with the help of his co-author. Nez is one of the original Navajo Code Talkers from World War II. The awards ceremony for the Kansas Notable Book winners will take place at noon.

The latest Book Festival news at www.kansasbookfestival.com

Monday, July 23, 2012


Much of Micheal Vick’s autobiography, Michael Vick: Finally Free, may have been written during the 458 days he was imprisoned at Leavenworth, after being convicted of conducting dog fights.

The book:

. . .chronicles Michael's days growing up in a poverty-stricken neighborhood where he began playing football, his success on the field in high school and college, and his rise to stardom in the NFL. The book shows us how a young, gifted athlete's life spiraled out of control under the glare of money and fame.

The book will be available in early September.



Katherine Karlin, Kansas State University assistant professor of English, has won the 2011 Balcones Fiction Prize from Austin Community College Creative Writing for her book Send Me Work, a collection of fictional stories about working American women. The collection is also a 2012 Kansas Notable Book.

Unlike a lot stories centered on women where main characters face romantic problems, the biggest challenges Karlin's characters in Send Me Work encounter are in the work force. Stories range from a struggling young woman in post-Katrina New Orleans who learns to weld; an orchestra oboist who listens to the confessions of her beloved teacher; and an idealistic aerobics instructor who leaves her home to pick coffee in revolution-era Nicaragua.
From InfoZine.


Sunday, July 22, 2012


Heck, he’ll be easy to find at 7 pm on Tuesday, July 24, at Scooters Coffehouse, 10610 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Shawnee. Kessler will be talking about eBooks and ePublishing.

Kessler has several published books, and more on the way, check www.gordonkessler.com

More about Tuesday's event at: Hear Gordon Kessler


Luke Geddes, the recipient of an MFA degree from Wichita State, will be signing at 7 pm on Tuesday, July 24, at Watermark Books and Deli, 4701 East Douglas, in Wichita.

I Am a Magical Teenage Princess is a thematically linked collection of short stories celebrating and re-examining 1960s and contemporary culture, magnifying such popular icons as Betty and Veronica and Wonder Woman through a literary lens of wit and pathos.

More at www.watermarkbooks.com

Check the EVENTS tab above for a calendar listing of this and other literary events.


The Indian Creek Branch of the Olathe Public Library will host Tessa Gratton, author of Blood Magic, at 7 pm on Monday, July 23. The Indian Creek Branch is located at 12990 South Black Bob.

For Nick Pardee and Silla Kennicot, the cemetery is the center of everything. Nick is a city boy angry at being forced to move back to the nowhere town of Yaleylah, Missouri where he grew up. He can’t help remembering his mom and the blood magic she practiced – memories he’s tried for five years to escape. Silla, though, doesn’t want to forget; her parents’ apparent murder-suicide left her numb and needing answers. When a book of magic spells in her dad’s handwriting appears on her doorstep, she sees her chance to unravel the mystery of their deaths.


A native of Hutchinson and a former reporter for The Kansas City Times, James B. Steele will return to his roots on Wednesday, August 15 for a program at 6 pm at the Kansas City, MO, Central Library, 14 W. 10th Street.

With his co-author, Donald Barlett, Steele's new book is The Betrayal of the American Dream. The duo's other books, well-known to the reading public, include America: What Went Wrong?

. More about Bartlett and Steele's other titles at www.barlettandsteele.com.

RSVP the library at 816-701-3407 or www.kclibrary.org.

Click the EVENTS tab above for a listing of this and other literary events.

Saturday, July 21, 2012


Before I answered a recent jury summons, I should have read Korey Kaul’s new book, Jury Rig,(A Legal Caper). Kaul will be talking and signing at 7 pm on Saturday, August 4, at the Raven Book Store, 6 East 7th in Lawrence.

When Kate Summerlin, a jury consultant, wakes up on Monday morning, she thinks her hardest job will be to help pick a jury that will not give her client a death sentence. Little does she know . . .

I’m consumed with wanting to know which lawyer struck my name from the juror’s list and how soon in the process this happened.


You can meet Dr. Wes Crenshaw, author of Dear Dr. Wes: Real Life Advice for Teens, and Dear Dr. Wes: Real Life Advice for Parents of Teens, at 6 pm on Thursday, August 9, at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City, MO, Public Library, 4801 N. Main.

From the library monthly newsletter:

Lawrence psychologist and author Dr. Wes Crenshaw offers insights into teen issues like sex and contraception, mental health, cutting, divorce, bullying and suicide.

Crenshaw has 19 years of clinical experience in teenage issues. For the last eight years Crenshaw, a board certified psychologist, has co-authored the Double Take advice column for teens and their parents in the Lawrence Journal-World.

He is a regular guest on KCUR’s Up To Date with Steve Kraske.

Reservations at 816.701.3407 or www.kclibrary.org

Thursday, July 19, 2012


Tom Mach, author of Angels at Sunset, will be speaking at the fall convention of the Kansas Federation of Republican Women, on August 18, in Manhattan. More later.

Angels at Sunset is the engaging fictionalized account of how Jessica Radford experienced the all-too-real struggle for women’s right to vote. www.tommach.com


At 12 pm on Saturday, July 21, you have an opportunity to meet local chldren’s author, Deborah Crawford, who will be signing her books, Iggy’s Island and Pity’s Porch, at Shawnee Books and Toys, 7311 Quivira in Shawnee.



Writing this week in The Wamego Times, John Schlageck, who usually has agriculture news from the Kansas Farm Bureau, pens a very entertaining column about small town theatres in Kansas. Schlageck would be interested in reading Jane Rhoads' book, Kansas Opera Houses, Actors, and Community Events 1855-1925.

The Salina Journal www.salina.com recently printed an article about a talk Rhoads was scheduled to give in June:

The opera houses of Kansas made significant contributions to the state's social and cultural fabric in communities both small and large. Rhoads will discuss the history of opera houses in Kansas and how they are being used today.

Rhoads’ book was named a 2009 Kansas Notable Book by the Kansas Center for the Book at the State Library of Kansas.

(Schlageck claims that sneaking into theatres is a thing of the past, “not that I ever tried such a prank as a youngster.”)


Well, this book certainly will soon be gone:

Buenos Aires-based bookshop and publisher Eterna Cadencia has released El Libro que No Puede Esperar – which translates as ‘The Book that Cannot Wait’ – an anthology of new fiction from Latin American authors printed in ink that disappears after two months of opening the book. Silk-screened using a special pink ink, the book comes sealed in air-tight packaging that, once opened, allows the printed material to react with the atmosphere. The result is that after two months, the text vanishes. The more the text is exposed to light the faster it disappears, so unread pages may retain the text as long as the reader doesn't skip ahead in the book. The ink is made from a "secret" formula that is highly reactive with sunlight and air.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Dee Takemoto, a retired biochemistry teacher at Kansas State, is tackling the topic of obesity. Takemoto was interviewed by Bonnie Horgos for the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Takemoto published Gaining Weight? High Fructose Corn Syrup and Obesity in January, just wrapped up her first novel [science fiction, of course], and is finishing up a book about genetics and obesity. In addition to writing, Takemoto edits science journals from China, Korea and Japan.

While Takemoto used to study primarily diabetic retinopathy, she said she became interested in studying obesity after more and more of her students at Kansas State seemed overweight. She challenged them to omit corn syrup from their diets, which Takemoto said led them to lose an average of 40 pounds per person.

Complete interview at www.santacruzsentinel.com. Again, don't wait too long, newspaper articles have a short shelf life before they move into the archives.


Elby Adamson's review of Time's Shadow, by Arnold J. Bauer, is published in the Clay Center Dispatch for July 17.

In Time’s Shadow Arnold J. Bauer has primarily written a memoir about growing up on a family farm in Goshen Township in Clay County Kansas during the 1930s and 40s, but the book captures the profound changes that took place in those decades throughout rural America due to mechanization and technology.

Time’s Shadow was published by the University Press of Kansas. Read more of Adamson’s review at www.ccenterdispatch.com , but don’t wait too long. Newspaper articles are not available forever.


Wichita, a first novel by poet Thad Ziolkowski, is described in a New York Times review:

The novel begins with Lewis’s return to his mother’s home in Wichita, Kan., from New York, where he has just graduated from Columbia. His pompous professor father, Virgil, expects him to attend graduate school, though Lewis is unsure of his next step. His girlfriend has left him, and his divorced, eccentric mother, Abby — who invests in one “multilevel marketing” scheme after another — has “half-¬facetiously” suggested he return to “the healing powers of the Great Plains,” where she has begun a storm-chasing business.

Oprah’s blog adds a further description: “Her (Abby) business, Grateful Gaia Storm Tours, brings tourists into the eyes of tornadoes . . . “

Are we rube Kansans overlooking some economic opportunities by hiding in our storm shelters while tornadoes rage outside?


Well, the contest was well over a month ago, but I’ll bet that the winners, especially Don Welborn and Eric Borden are still basking in the glory of having won in the Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest, held in Alma, in Wabaunsee County on June 8.

Don Welborn of Meriden took a First in the Serious Division, and Second in the Humorous Division; Eric Borden of Drexel, MO, took a Second in the Serious Division, and a Third in the Humourous Division. Other winners were Jeremy Raaf of Gridley, who took the Third in the Serious Division, and Dwight Burgess of Wamego, who took the top honors in the Humorous Division.

The top winners in each category each received one of the coveted Governor’s Trophy Buckles, that’s Governor Sam Brownback, whose picture appears with the winners at www.wabaunsee.com/kansas-cowboy-poetry-contest . (Doesn’t Governor Sam have a cowboy hat of his own?)


Sheila Kohler is nearing a dozen novels with the publication of her latest, The Bay of Foxes. Kohler will be at Watermark Books and Cafe, 4701 E Douglas in Wichita, at 7 pm on Thursday, July 19.

Sitting in a chic Parisian café in 1978, Dawit, a young and attractive Ethiopian refugee, spots the famous French author M. At sixty she is at the height of her fame, elegant and striking. Dawit, the educated son of wealthy parents, fled his country in the wake of civil and military unrest. Now he lives in squalor, his talents unrecognized as he roams the streets of Paris until this chance encounter changes his life. M. invites Dawit into her home, and it is there that he comes to know all about her life, her work, and her desires. Soon, he is accompanying M. to her Sardinian villa, beside Cala di Volpe—the Bay of Foxes—where Dawit finds love, temptation and perfects the art of deception.


Monday, July 16, 2012


Robert Hannigan will be discussing and signing his book, A Forty Year Journey in Corrections, at 1 pm on Sunday, July 22, at Hastings, 416 East 30th Avenue, in Hutchinson.

Hannigan is a former warden of the Hutchinson Correctional Facility.


In his memoir, To Then and Back Again, J Bryson McMillan promises that “We will embark on a journey to then and back again; an odyssey that will encompass a multitude of adventures that are at times disturbing and chaotic, and at other times fascinating and humorous.”

McMillan had a book signing in June at Rivendell Bookstore, 212 N. Broadway Abilene.




Of course, all you poets out there know all about the poetic forms of Loku and Ukol.

You don’t?

You need to be at the Kansas Authors Club, District 2, on Saturday, August 11 to hear Ronda Miller discuss the poetic forms she has created. She’ll also be discussing her latest book, Going Home: Poems from My Life. Meeting starts at 9:30 am at the Johnson County Central Resource Library, 9874 West 87th Street, Overland Park, visitors welcome.

Ronda’s blog can be found at Lawrence Journal World. More about KAC at www.kansasauthors.org (And thanks to the state library system for hosting the KAC website.)

Sunday, July 15, 2012


Be at the Rainy Day sponsored event at the Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th Street, 7 pm on Tuesday, July 17, for a conversation and booksigning with Linda Fairstein about her new novel, Night Watch.

In her thirteen Bestsellers, Linda Fairstein has taken millions of fans inside sinister worlds that most of us can’t even imagine. Thanks to her extensive experience as a New York City prosecutor, she creates situations that are stunning for both their compulsive readability and their authenticity. Taking Alexandra Cooper into the fascinating world of New York City’s most beloved and storied restaurants, Night Watch continues her tradition of breathtaking suspense storytelling.

You’ll need to go to www.rainydaybooks.com for information about admission tickets, purchase price, and all that good stuff.


How did I miss this? A book chat and signing on last Saturday at The Book Barn in Leavenworth for Thaddeus Nowak’s debut fantasy novel, Mother’s Curse, Book 1 of the Heirs of Cothel series.

Tradition holds that a mother who commits a mortal sin against the gods will be cursed with a daughter born a witch. Stephenie, the youngest princess of Cothel is just such a curse.

Catch up with Thaddeus ‘Ted’ Nowak at http://thaddesunowak.com or other events at The Book Barn at www.abookbarn.com.


Brian Andrews brings his debut thriller, The Calypso Directive, to Barnes and Noble at Oak Park Mall, 11323 W 95, Overland Park at 1 pm on Saturday, July 21.

For one hundred and fifty-five days, Will Foster has been locked in medical quarantine without his consent. The doctors claim he is infected with a deadly virus, but this is a lie. Encoded in his DNA is a mutation that provides immunity from disease for all who possess it, source code that Vyrogen Pharmaceuticals aims to commercialize as a multi-billion-dollar gene therapy.

Read more at www.novel.calypsodirective.com or view the author’s website at http://brianandrewsauthor.com

Friday, July 13, 2012


Take a look at www.kansasauthors.org, the convention tab, and you'll see that a lot of hard work has been going on behind the scenes in preparation for the 2012 KAC convention, October 5-7 in Salina.

Workshop topics are Creative Nonfiction and Writing for Anthologies; Let's Write a Novel; Writing Flash Fiction and Narrative Poems; In the Know Concerning Self-Publishing; Songwriting Should Not be Left to the Pros; Serendipity, the Writer's Best Friend; Finding Gold in the Flint Hills or Wherever You Live; and These are the Materials, the Transformative Power of Fiction.

Now, doesn't that whet your appetite? Plus networking opportunities, new writing colleagues, seeing old friends you haven't seen since last year in Coffeyville. Keep in touch with www.kansasauthors.org for forthcoming details.


The Book Barn’s search for Waldo has hit the Google NEWS!

The month-long scavenger hunt for Waldo, and the evil Odlaw, and assorted other characters in and around downtown Leavenworth, has earned a mention on Google NEWS. Read what Bob Spear, owner of the Book Barn with his wife, Barb, has to say about the search in the Leavenworth Times at www.leavenworthtimes.com/features/x329770347?Q5-Wheres-Waldo.

Thursday, July 12, 2012


Who REALLY wrote the Pledge of Allegiance?

Joyce Long of Cherryvale believes it may have been Kansan Frank E. Bellamy, a case she makes in her new book, Be the Judge! Be the Jury! Who Wrote the Pledge of Allegiance.

See article at Pittsburg Morning Sun at www.morningsun.net. Look for Patrick's People.

(PS: Educator Joyce Long is also known as the author of several books of The Misadventures of Zortz.)


Moon over Manifest has been chosen for the Community Read this fall at Clay Center.

Clare Vanderpool's Newbery Award winning book is "about a girl who goes to the small Kansas town of Manifest to learn more about her father's stories of the place and the dark secrets it holds".

Vanderpool will speak at a high school assembly on October 18 and to the general public at 7 pm at the Methodist Church Family Life Center.

The full story about the Friends of the Library at the Clay Center Dispatch at www.ccenterdispatch.com

More about the author at www.clarevanderpool.com


You can spend HOURS visiting the Map of Kansas Literature at www.washburn.edu/reference/cks/mapping/index.html.

The map is the product of students at English classes at Washburn University, part of their homework assignments, so to speak. You never know what you will find, and it will take you FOREVER to explore all its irresistible by-ways.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Pyramid on the Prairie, a book by the late Craig Miner, will be discussed by Brian Riordan in a program at 7 pm on Friday, July 13, at Watermark Books and Café, 4701 E. Douglas in Wichita. The book has a remarkable history.

In 1975 began a unique partnership between Dr. Hugh Riordan, a psychiatrist committed to a holistic approach to health, and Olive Garvey, the octogenarian businesswoman willing to back his vision. Their combined efforts resulted in the creation of the Center for the Improvement of Human Functioning, which pioneered its alternative approach to medicine despite fierce criticism within the medical profession, staunch resistance from the insurance industry, and outright skepticism from the public.

This is the story of the first quarter century of Dr. Hugh Riordan’s work, written in anticipation of the Clinic’s 25th anniversary in the year 2000 by Kansas historian, Craig Miner. His research included poring over years of correspondence and newsletters and conducting hours of interviews with Dr. Riordan, Mrs. Garvey, and the Clinic staff. Death claimed Oliver Garvey in 1993, Hugh Riordan in 2006, and Craig Miner in 2010. The families of all three agree that the story should be shared, as intended, and this book is the result.

The Foreword of Pyramid on the Prairie, written by Dr. Riordan’s widow, provides a further explanation:

Anyone who has driven along the northern edge of Wichita, Kansas, has likely been struck by the sight of seven geodesic domes and a white pyramid rising from the prairie. This collection of unusual buildings is home to an alternative health center established by two remarkable people: Hugh D. Riordan and Olive W. Garvey.

My husband, Hugh, was a physician ahead of his time; Olive was a generous philanthropist who understood the value of his foresight. In 1975, he and Olive conceived of The Center for the Improvement of Human Functioning. Today, it is well known and highly regarded for its patient-centered, nutritional approach to healing.

About a decade ago, Hugh commissioned Dr. Craig Miner, the Willard W. Garvey Distinguished Professor of Business History and former chair of the history department at Wichita State University, to undertake the writing of a history of The Center. At the conclusion of Dr. Miner’s efforts, however, Hugh was reticent to have it published. Hugh died in 2005 and the manuscript lay idle for five years, until it turned up recently while I was going through Hugh’s extensive personal papers.


Tuesday, July 10, 2012


I love hearing from Kansas writers, and folks who are writing about Kansas topics, or who come to Kansas to sign their books. This is from Carolyn Clyde Dolan, who with her sister, Shirley Clyde McCollough, wrote Pendergast’s Retaliation” A True Cold Case File.

Shirley and I had an incredibly successful book review in May at the Corinth Branch Library. There were 75 people in attendance which now holds the record for the most people attending a book review at any of the Johnson County Libraries!

Our next book signing will be at Pages Books & Cafe in Newton, Kansas at Noon on Saturday, August 11th, 2012. Hope that you are having a great summer and able to cope with this severe heat.

Pages Books and Café is at 605 N. Main.

Monday, July 9, 2012


Kansas’ Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg has joined the ranks of novel writers with the publication of The Divorce Girl.

In Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg's debut novel The Divorce Girl, readers are invited to look at divorce through the eyes of Deborah, a teenager who is an unwilling witness to her parents' divorce and new lives. The divorce of this average couple in the New Jersey suburbs during the 1970s propels Deborah to the biggest flea market in the free world, a Greek diner with immigration issues, a New York City taxi company, a radical suburban synagogue, and a hippie-owned boutique. The Divorce Girl combines humor, sadness, and the many faces of love while recording the transformation of a broken girl into a strong woman.

And the debut of The Divorce Girl in Lawrence will be at 7:30 pm on Saturday, July 14, at the Jewish Community Center, 917 Highland Drive. Check out www.ravenbookstore.com for more information. Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is also featured in a post in the Women On Writing blog with a very long link address (I hope this works.) GO HERE. You'll want to read this.

Caryn will be the keynote speaker at the Kansas Authors Club annual convention, October 5-7 in Salina. For more about Caryn’s appearance and other convention news see www.kansasauthors.org


"Let me tell you something, son. When you're young, and you head out to wonderful, everything is fresh and bright as a brand-new penny, but before you get to wonderful you're going to have to pass through all right. And when you get to all right, stop and take a good, long look, because that may be as far as you're ever going to go."

Author Robert Goolrick will be talking about his newest novel, Heading Out to Wonderful, at 7 pm on Tuesday, July 12, at Watermark Books and Café, 4701 E. Douglas in Wichita.




James Rollins, in his latest SIGMA Force novel Blood Line, tackles the timely topic of Somali pirates.

A yacht bearing a young American couple is attacked by Somali pirates, leading to bloodshed and the violent kidnapping of the pregnant woman on board. To aid in her rescue from the lawless and war-torn jungles of coastal Africa, Sigma Force enlists the aid of a unique search team.

Rollins will be speaking at 7 pm on Thursday, July 12, at Unity Temple on the Plaza, Kansas City, MO. More about Rollins other books at www.jamesrollins.com/site. Rainy Day Books in Fairway ships autographed copies worldwide. For information about purchases, and event tickets, see www.rainydaybooks.com


Serenia’s story, first told in Serenia’s Kanzas, unfolds with the publication of Anne, by author Kathleen Boston McCune. (Remember, during the tumultuous time of the Civil War, Serenia’s family left Missouri to move to the new territory of Kansas?)

ANNE is the first child to live after Serenia loses three (including a set of twins) after homesteading on Thompson Creek, Ellsworth, Kansas. Anne is predictably spoiled until the next child is born….three years later, but is quick witted, red haired (like her Pa, Perry Campbell) and follows her Pa around their land, learning how to distill whiskey, read maps, tend cattle and sow crops before her Ma takes her in hand when her older sister Huldah marries a Doctor and leaves the family’s chores totally on Serenia. This story includes Anne’s discovery of emotion for a handsome cowboy named Lon Boston who works the largest horse ranch in the area. Her Uncle tries to woo him to their cattle/horse ranch and Anne sets her sites on Lon for her future as well. This story begins in 1872 and ends during the depression of the 1890s. It is available in hardback and Kindle with the hardback version in nearly every store and online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and most bookstores with online availability. The book’s cover is an actual photograph of Anne when she graduated college.

Anne has been recently published. Read more at http://kathleenbostonmccune.blogspot.com.

Sunday, July 8, 2012


Despite the title, Amor Towles’ Rules of Civility is not a book about manners.

Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising twenty-five-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

Author Towles will be at Watermark Books and Café, 4701 E. Douglas, Wichita at 7 pm on Tuesday, July 10.




I’ll make this easy – Martin Handford is the British illustrator who created Waldo, that wandering nomad in red-and-white shirt, bobble cap, glasses and goofy grin who can easily get himself lost in any crowd.

To celebrate Waldo’s 25th birthday, the Book Barn in Leavenworth is heading up a month-long scavenger hunt for Waldo.

Shoppers can find Waldo having an adventure in 27 Leavenworth businesses and collect cards for fun or prizes. On July 14 Waldo can be found at Loft Tour & Sales. The search for Waldo continues all throughout the month. Get the inside scoop at The Book Barn, 410 Delaware. Click on events/upcoming events.

What illustrator (or writer) wouldn't be delirious to invent a character that was still hanging around 25 years later?


The author of Collecting Marbles: A Beginner’s Guide, Richard Maxwell, will be demonstrating the art, and appraising old marbles from others’ collections at 1 pm on Saturday, July 14, at Shawnee Books and Toys, 7311 Quivira Road, Shawnee.

“Purchase your copy of Collecting Marbles: A Beginner’s Guide and learn to play and appraise marbles. All in the same day. The first attendees get a free marble.”



Friday, July 6, 2012


Jan Duncan-O’Neal invites . . . well, read for yourself:

I'm excited to invite you to my forthcoming reading at the Central Library of the Johnson County Library on Tuesday evening July 17 at 7:00 p.m. I will be reading from my chapbook Voices: Lost and Found plus many new poems from my new book Still Life (still in process). Many of you are familiar with my pensive and thoughtful poems, but I'm adding new ones that reflect a playful side of me too.

I will share the podium with Eve Ott, poet and humorous essayist, this night.

Take a break from the heat with this "cool" event! We'll have refreshment too.

Eager to see you there!

More about Duncan-O’Neal’s work at http://www.thelivesyoutouch.com/touchjournal/Publications/Duncan-ONeal.html


Terry Needham writes:

“I just got word a few days ago that both my recent books--WHEN I WAS A CHILD and PESKY POEMS are now FINALISTS in the 2012 READERS FAVORITE AWARD CONTESTS, now eligible for GOLD, SILVER, OR BRONZE MEDALS to be awarded at the Miami Book Fair International later this year. This is the largest book fair in America. WISH ME LUCK and THANKS FOR YOUR ON-GOING SUPPORT! LvUall.”

Pesky Poems is a Kansas-inspired book of poetry which draws from the author’s experiences as a resident of Fairway. When I Was A Child is set in Hays and is based on personal accounts of actual Kansas events.

Thursday, July 5, 2012


The John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best science-fiction award of 2012, and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award will be announced during the 2012 Campbell Conference now underway, July 5-8, in Lawrence. The conference is sponsored by the J. Wayne and Elsie M. Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction.

A special open-to-the-public autograph session with attending authors and editors will take place from 12:45 to 1:30 on Saturday, July7, in the lobby of The Oread, 1200 Oread Avenue, in Lawrence.

Full conference information at http://www.sfcenter.ku.edu/campbell-conference.htm#schedule

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


What could possibly tempt an architect?

”If you submit you will become great in your own time and in all of history to come.” A short story about an Architect who has a late night visitor with a deal that is too tempting to refuse. Would you?

This short story is available on Kindle from an amazing (around-the-campfire) storyteller, Andrew Mitchell. Find it at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008H7CP88

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


From Everett Robert to the Kansas Writers Association:

My play, Allie in Wonderland, published by Heartland Plays, was featured in the "Kids Corner" of their bi-monthly newsletter with this great write up.

What happens when Alice forgets how to dream? That’s what the characters in this refreshing adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s timeless tale want to know. For one thing, Wonderland isn’t quite as wonderful anymore; the sparkle fades and the characters lose their luster. But rumor has it that thoroughly modern Alice, who prefers the name, Allie, is coming back. There’s hope yet for Wonderland if only the Cat can convince her that the imagination is not only real but necessary. This is the opportunity for your actors and your audiences to see Alice in a new light and follow her through the rabbit hole where she rediscovers the magic of Wonderland along with all your favorite characters from the White Rabbit and the Caterpillar to Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum, the Mad Hatter and the March Hare. And Wonderland wouldn’t be complete without the Queen of Hearts with her Flamingo croquet mallets who still threatens to “cut off her head!” But Allie has a weapon of her own; a Triple Chocolate Espresso Mocha Latté with Whipped Cream that even a Queen can’t resist!

$40 Royalty per Performance.

Monday, July 2, 2012

It’s not too late!

In honor of the Independence Day weekend, we’ve decided to extend the deadline on our annual Whispering Prairie Press Writers’ Contest. You have until midnight Saturday night, July 7, 2012, to send us your poems, flash fiction, and essays.

Go to http://www.wppress.org/main/contest to enter today.

Thanks to Whispering Prairie Press for sending along the message above.

Sunday, July 1, 2012


Here is Gordon Kessler's confession on facebook, and why someone needs to stop Gordon Kessler:

"Well, I did it again: I wrote another damn book! Please check it out or else I'll do it again: http://tinyurl.com/6ujeomb

. "It's a fast, fun read; a men's action/adventure packed with interesting characters, life threatening situations and ...See More KNIGHT'S BIG EASY ("The E Z Knight Reports") tinyurl.com In Knight's Big Easy: Voodoo, hoodoo and a girl named Poodoo make this year’s Mardi Gras the most fun but also the most dangerous party of all for E Z Knight. Knight goes to New Orleans to find Parole Officer

(Not all the links are coming through -- I'll have to work on that.)


Banish these hot days of summer by thinking of how cool it will be on October 20 at the Whispering Prairie Press fall writers’ conference, to be held at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Road in Overland Park.

There will be featured workshops by Wes Crenshaw in E-publishing and Self-Publishing, Suzanna Lieurance in Childrens’ Writing, and Olive Sullivan in Poetry. Always watch for more at the Whispering Prairie Press website at www.wppress.com.