Sunday, September 30, 2012


Don’t miss your chance to be published in the 2013 Kansas Authors Club Yearbook. Submissions are due October 6. Here are the guidelines:

Every Member having paid current dues is invited to submit ONE literary contribution for the yearbook. That submission can be either prose or poetry. Prose is limited to one printed page (no more than 500 words). Poetry is limited to one printed page (no more than 40 lines including spaces between verses).

Include with your submission: author’s name, district number, and publishing credit for specific piece (if any) to be placed at the end of the selection. Members may also include a personal website address if space permits.

Submissions should be sent in the body of an email or as an attachment to an email. Attachments of prose or poetry must be in the format of MSWord or an RTF file. Original images (photos or artwork) are permitted as long as your entire submission does not fill more than one printed page of the yearbook. A photo, for instance, could accompany a short poem or prose. Prose of 500 words, however, would not leave room for an illustration.

*Send submissions to with the following text in the subject line: “KAC Yearbook Submission.” Email confirmation of receipt will be returned within 10 days. If confirmation is not received, please resubmit.

All literary contributions remain the property of the individual authors. Authors may continue to use or distribute their work without requesting permission from the Kansas Authors Club. No work printed in the KAC yearbook may be copied or distributed in any form without explicit permission from the author.

Other information about Kansas Authors Club at, including registration for the October ¬5-7 convention in Salina. It’s not too late!

Saturday, September 29, 2012


Will it work?

Coffee and Books, a division of Hillcrest Media, has launched a new program which links readers and writers. Readers will get free coffee for joining, can buy books and get free drinks, discover new authors and have chances to win books. Writers will get free coffee for joining, have access to venues and deals for writing clubs and have chances to win a publishing contract.

It's a new world out there, with new marketing ideas. Read all about it at

Friday, September 28, 2012


Celebrating 125 years? There's a word for that and it's quasiquicentennial.

The history of Bethel College of Kansas, 1887-2012, has been written by Keith Sprunger, and will be on sale beginning October 8. On Saturday, October 13, Sprunger will be signing books at the bookstore in the Schultz Student Center on the Bethel Campus in North Newton.

On October 28-30 Sprunger will deliver the annual Menno Simons Lectures with a focus on the writing of the book.


Learn about the history of spiritual support given to Fort Leavenworth soldiers and their families in Chapels of Fort Leavenworth by LTC (Ret) Richard H Wright.

Wright's book covers all the Forts chapels, past and present, and also explains the support to many denominations. Wright's book is filled with interesting pictures of the chapels and the people who have used them.

LTC Wright is a historian, a professor and a member of several honored historical and social organizations. He is a past president of the Fort Leavenworth Historical Society and has been a talking tour guide of the Fort.

Meet LTC Wright at 11 am on Saturday, September 29, for a chat and booksigning at The Book Barn, 410 Delaware, in downtown historic Leavenworth. See

Thursday, September 27, 2012


Robert Collins will be speaking about the historic Jitney No. 300 and other interesting tales of Ghost Railroads of Kansas at 11 am on Saturday, September 29, at Rivendell Bookstore at 212 N. Broadway in Abilene.

Think you know of a ghost railroad that Collins doesn't know about? Meet him at Rivendell and test his knowledge. You can find the link to his blog on the right-hand sidebar. It's One Kansas Author.

Or more about Rivendell's at

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


How many poets does it take to change the world? Will one hundred thousand make an impact? The Writers Place is one of 800 places around the world where poets and musicians will meet on Saturday, September 29.

Be there from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Get your name on the sign-up list and you will become one of the 100 Thousand Poets for Change.

. What is this all about? Go to


Your planning committee has some "Encouraging Words" to hand to you at the registration desk. Your Workshop Presenters will have more "Encouraging Words" for you. Caryn Mirriam Goldberg will have some "Encouraging Words" in her keynote address Saturday night. And I bet that Ann Zimmerman will have some "Encouraging Words" in her songs. Oh, did I mention that our convention theme is "Encouraging Words?"

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


The FBI's Obscene File: J. Edgar Hoover and the Bureau's Crusade Against Smut, written by Douglas M. Charles, was published in April by the University Press of Kansas.

Illuminating this largely neglected aspect of FBI history, Charles charts the evolution of the Bureau’s efforts to combat the spread of obscenity and its perceived insidious effects. He contends that, especially during the five decades under J. Edgar Hoover, these efforts became a surprisingly high priority and at times were expressly wielded for political ends, even as Hoover hid the file from public view in order to preserve the Bureau’s squeaky-clean image.

See the University Press of Kansas catalog by author, subject, title, or series at


You've been waiting all year for THE writing convention of the year, the Kansas Authors Club gathering in Salina, hosted by District Four.

Your wait is almost over, only ten more days before things start popping on Friday night with a Youth Awards Ceremony and Reception, directed by Kristine Polansky. The youngsters grades 1-12 will have a Read Around from 6 to 7 pm. Early convention arrivals are invited, nay, encouraged to attend (remember when you were young and you were desperate for approval from the adults>)

KAC members will have a Read Around from 8 to 10:30 pm.

Saturday be prepared to hit the ground running, with all the activities scheduled. Go to for registration information -- yep, it's still OPEN -- and all the OFFICIAL STUFF.

Monday, September 24, 2012


It's taking three posts to get everyone's name onto the label list. Read the two posts below this one.


And the rest of the labels -- read the post just below this one.


The annual release party for the I-70 Review will be this Friday, September 28, at 7 pm at The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO.

(Let's see how many names I can add to the labels section before I'm cut off. I know it's going to take two posts to get everyone on the labels list, maybe three.)

Sunday, September 23, 2012


Embrace. Entice. Emblaze. Endless. Sounds like a book series.

It's exactly that, the Violet Eden series, and author Jessica Shirvington will be signing the second book, Entice, at 7 pm on Tuesday, September 25, at Barnes and Noble Oak Park Mall, 11323 W 95th, Overland Park.


The Midwest Quarterly, a publication of Pittsburg State University, is announcing "A Year of Poetry: 2013-14" for which submissions will be accepted on the following themes:

The Living and the Dead, Submission Deadline December 1, 2012; Rural and Urban, Submission Deadline March 1, 2013; Trash and Treasure, Submission Deadline, June 2, 2013, and Work and Play, Submission Deadline, September 1, 2013.

Guest Editor Dr. Christopher Anderson seeks the best contemporary poetry that relates -- however directly or loosely -- to the above themes, which will form the basis for a series of special poetry issues.

Saturday, September 22, 2012


The folks at Whispering Prairie Press are saying:

We can’t wait to see you at The Raven Bookstore,6 East 7th Streeet in Lawrence on Tuesday, September 25 at 7pm. Talented contributors to Kansas City Voices will be reading selections from their recent projects. Featuring:

Tom Averill - An O. Henry Award winning short story writer, Thomas Fox Averill is Writer-in-residence at Washburn University. 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. His publisher, University of New Mexico Press, just reprinted his 2001 novel, Secrets of the Tsil Cafe.

Peg Nichols - author of a prize-winning book about alternative dispute resolution, Mediation Survivor’s Handbook, worked as the coordinator of a small claims mediation program. Currently she writes and occasionally gardens in Olathe, Kansas, where the sight of a single grasshopper sends her running for the screened porch.

Janet Sunderland - a college teacher and priest, co-pastors with her husband in Kansas City. She’s completed a spiritual memoir, Standing at the Crossroad, and is working on an essay collection, Kansas Chronicles. She’s an award-winning writer and member of the Kansas City Writers Group.

Norm Ledgin - Norm Ledgin’s new novel, Sally of Monticello: Founding Mother, grew from research for the nonfiction Diagnosing Jefferson, published in 2000. He lectures on Thomas Jefferson for the University of Kansas. He has appeared with Dr. Temple Grandin nationally to speak on autism. At The Raven event September 25 he will read from Sally, his fifth book.


The Raven Book Store's BIG TENT will feature Cherae Clark, Jennifer Colatosti, and Donald Levering at 7 pm on Thursday, September 27.

Clark has been published in University of Kansas literary magazines. Managing editor for Beecher's Magazine, Colastosti is a PhD student at KU. Levering's newest published work of poetry will be Algonquins Planted Salmon. You'll find The Raven off Massachusetts at 6 E 7th Street in Lawrence.


About The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court --

"From the moment John Roberts, the chief justice of the United States, blundered through the Oath of Office at Barack Obama's inauguration, the relationship between the Supreme Court and the White House has been confrontational. Both men are young, brilliant, charismatic, charming, determined to change the course of the nation—and completely at odds on almost every major constitutional issue. One is radical; one essentially conservative. The surprise is that Obama is the conservative—a believer in incremental change, compromise, and pragmatism over ideology. Roberts—and his allies on the Court—seek to overturn decades of precedent."

Author Jeffrey Toobin will be at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th Street, Kansas City, MO, for Rainy Day Books at 7 pm on Thursday, September 27. All the ticket and admission information you need at


The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series at Pittsburg State University will hear Allison Joseph at 8 pm on Tuesday, September 25, in the Governors Room of the Overman Student Union.

Joseph is the poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review, and the author of six collections of poetry, including What Keeps Us Here and My Father's Kites. Born in London, Joseph is on the faculty at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

The series is sponsored by the PSU English Department and the Student Fee Council.


Writes Paul Dorrell in his book, Living the Artist's Life, "Only about 15% of all artists make a living from their work. I wrote the first edition . . . for the other 85%, as well as those succeeding."

For Rainy Day Books, Dorrell will be at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th Street, Kansas City, MO, at 7 pm on Monday, September 24. Dorrell is the founder of Leopold Gallery at Brookside. See www.rainydaybooks. com for admission and ticket information. See Dorrell's website at

(Hmmmm, I wonder if that 15% applies to writers as well?)


Tina Sloan, the author of Changing Shoes: Getting Older -- NOT OLD -- with Style, Humor and Grace, will be speaking at Watermark Books and Cafe at 7 pm on Monday, September 24.

"Changing Shoes is about staying in the game as you go through life. Diminishment and fading away are turned upside down with funny stories from Guiding Light, the soap opera she was on for 25 years. Changing Shoes adds levit to the time of life when one can feel overlooked. Tima shows how to stay forever in all areas of life -- lauging and admitting her foibles as she goes."

You'll find Watermark at 4701 E. Douglas in Wichita,


"Here at last is the long-anticipated revised edition of one of the most respected and popular guides to the Gettysburg National Military Park. The authors have made significant changes to the guide, addressing alterations to the park during the past fifteen years and adding new information and improved maps that enrich park visitors’ understanding of one of the bloodiest and most momentous battles in American history."

Guide to the Battle of Gettysburg, the Second Edition, Revised and Expanded, was edited by Jay Luvaas, Harold W. Nelson and Leonard J. Fullenkamp.

The late Jay Luvaas was a history professor at the U.S. Army History Institute and U.S. Army War College. Harold W. Nelson, a retired brigadier general, is a former U.S. Army Chief of Military History. Leonard J. Fullenkamp is professor of military history and strategy at the U.S. Army War College and director of its Staff Rides program. The new volume was published by the University Press of Kansas.

Friday, September 21, 2012


Ad Astra Publishing LLC is happy to announce that the new book Covert, Kansas: The Evolution of a Ghost Town by Mona Winder Kennedy is now available for order at the following link:

Covert is easily the best name for a ghost town to be found anywhere. During its 86 years of existence (1880 to 1966) this unincorporated village became notable for many things despite its quiet agricultural appearance:

(1) The giant 1880 Shedd Prairie Fire, which started near Covert and swept 30 miles to the south and east through the southern half of Osborne County and the northern half of Russell County in North-Central Kansas.

(2) Covert Rural High School, for 36 years the community’s heartbeat and biggest employer.

(3) The 1923 discovery of the Covert Meteorite, an event that was not only a landmark in the field of meteorite research but also marked the start for the modern profession of meteorite hunting.

(4) The 1928 (and still unsolved) murders of the Albert Kaser family, the worst such tragedy in Osborne County, Kansas history.

(5) Covert area native John Locke, who not only taught at Covert but also coached the boys and girls basketball teams, cementing Covert's legendary reputation as a hoops power on his way to a Hall of Fame career as the winningest high school boys basketball coach in Kansas history.

These subjects and more are presented and explored through news articles, previously unpublished histories, and former residents’ recollections, author Mona Winder Kennedy’s compilation attests that the history of Covert is synonymous with the history of rural life in Kansas during this period.

Mona Winder Kennedy currently living in Luray, Kansas with husband Peter and top cat Cleo. Her interests - besides three adult children and three grandchildren – include genealogy and local history. Her previous books are a memoir, Life on Covert Creek, and Grand Centre on Wolf Creek, the story of a forgotten community in southern Osborne County, Kansas. Both are available for purchase on the Ad Astra Publishing website.

Covert, Kansas: The Evolution of a Ghost Town, compiled by Mona Winder Kennedy. 6x9, 314 pages, softbound, with maps, photographs and index. ISBN #978-1-60614-015-4. Price: $25.00.


A Barnes and Noble Overview:

In the spring of 1966, while the war in Vietnam was still popular, the U.S. military decided to reactivate the 9th Infantry Division as part of the military buildup. Across the nation, farm boys from the Midwest, surfers from California, city-slickers from Cleveland, and share croppers from the South opened their mail to find greetings from Uncle Sam. The newly-shorn men in their ill-fitting uniforms got off the busses together at Fort Riley, Kansas, to be trained together under the tutelage of officers and non-commissioned officers (NCOs) who would lead them into battle in Vietnam. Charlie Company was part of the 9th and was representative of the greater whole.

(Not all were recruits, some were volunteers.)

The author of The Boys of '67, Andrew Wiest, is a professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi.


Clare Vanderpool's Moon Over Manifest will be the Kansas representative book at the Library of Congress National Book Festival which begins on the National Mall in Washington D.C. this weekend. Moon Over Manifest won the 2011 Newbery Medal for children's literature.

Missouri's choice was Hate List, by Jennifer Brown, a young adult novel that was the choice for Louisburg's One Burg, One Book, community read-around program several months ago.

More about Vanderpool's books at


Don Levering will be on the program at 6 pm on Sunday, September 23, at Prospero's Books, 1800 W 39th Street in Kansas Cit, MO.

In case you missed hearing Levering at ESU on Friday night, here's another chance to hear this famed poet. Take a look at his website at

Thursday, September 20, 2012


From Mysteryscape Bookstore:

Come chat with local, award-winning author Linda Rodriguez Friday, September. 22

Channel 41's new Kansas City Live morning program chose Linda's first novel, Every Last Secret, as their book club pick for September. Participants are reading Linda's book and sending comments via email or posting them on the show's Facebook page. It's not too late to join in.

We're offering these viewers/readers a 15% discount on Linda's book if they mention the book club in the store. (And, please feel free to take advantage of this offer even if you're not participating in the club.) We're inviting all readers, book club or otherwise, to bring Linda all their burning questions, comments and books to sign on Saturday, September 22, 1-3 pm here at Mysteryscape. This is your chance to meet a wonderful, up-and-coming local author with a great series ahead of her.


There were eighteen years of planning before the movie Patton, the life of General George S. Patton, could be made. In Making Patton: A Classic War Film's Epic Journey to the Silver Screen, published in September by the University Press of Kansas, Nicholas Evan Sarantakes chronicles the story of the making of the classic film.

"Sarantakes recounts how filmmakers had to overcome the reluctance of Patton’s family, copyright issues with biographers, competing efforts for a biopic, and Department of Defense red tape. He chronicles the long search for a leading man—including discussions with Burt Lancaster, John Wayne, and even Ronald Reagan—before settling on George C. Scott, a brilliant actor who brought to the part both enthusiasm for the project and identification with Patton’s passionate persona. He also tracks the struggles to shoot the movie with a large multinational cast, huge outlays for military equipment, and filming in six countries over a mere six months. And he provides revealing insider stories concerning, for example, Scott’s legendary drinking bouts and the origins of and debate over his famous opening monologue."


From Flint Hills Review and Kevin Rabas:

Kansas poet Don Levering will be reading selected works from 4-5 pm on Friday, September 21, at Plumb Hall, Room 303, Emporia State University.

It is free, open to the public, and sure to be an exciting time.This event is sponsored by the ESU Creative Writing Program; the Department of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism; Special Events Board; and Performing Arts Board.

More about Levering's work at

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Poets Gary Lechliter and Al Ortolani will appear together at 7 pm on Friday, September 21, in a program for The Raven Book Store, 6 E 7th Street in Lawrence.

Lechliter's newest book, Foggy Bottoms: Poems about Myths and Legends was published by Coal City Press

Ortolani's new book, Wren's House, also was published by Coal City Press.


The Santa Fe Trail: Its History, Legends, and Lore, written by David Dary, was published in August by the University of Kansas.

Author Dary is "the recipient of a Cowboy Hall of Fame Wrangler Award, two Western Writers of America Spur Awards, the Westerners International Best Nonfiction Book Award, and the Owen Wister Award for lifetime achievement from the Western Writers of America."


The Raven's Kelly Barth (author of the new memoir, My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus) will be holding a book discussion about Winter's Bone by University of Kansas alum Daniel Woodrell in conjunction with the Lawrence Public Library's Read Across Lawrence program.

The program will begin at 7 pm on Thursday, September 20, at the Raven Book Store, 6 E. 7th Street in Lawrence.

Each year the program distributes free copies of the chosen book. More information at Read Across Kansas


Katherine Karlin will combine with Christie Hodgen to present a program at 7 pm on Friday, September 21, at The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO.

Karlin's short story collection, Send Me Work, is the winner of the Balcones Fiction Award.

Hodgen is the author of Elegies for the Brokenhearted, Hello, I Must be Going, and Jeweler's Eye for Flaw.


"In The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin weaves together philosophy, scientific research, history, analysis, and real-life experiences. Filled with practical advice, sharp insight, charm, and humor, The Happiness Project manages to be illuminating yet entertaining, profound yet compulsively readable. Rubin's passion for her subject jumps off the page, and reading a few chapters will inspire you to start your own happiness project."

Rubin will be at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th Street, Kansas City, MO, for Rainy Day Books at 7 pm on Thurday, September 20. Rubin, who lives in New York City, grew up in Kansas City.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


"Dragging out oldjournals, photos, letters, etc. bas special meaning to all of us who have been fortrmate to keep some of these memoirs of our experiences as IFYE (International Farm Youth Exchange) participants," writes Doris (Imhof) Johnson, author of Philippine Experiences of a Kansas Farm Girl.

Johnson credits an aunt with encouraging and inspiring her to "take a fifty-year-old trip down memory lane," and write about her experiences.

Johnson writes that her book was written to share the culture, customs, and people of a truly unique and beautiful country, the Philippine Islands. She hopes that the book will inspire readers to think about becoming involved in a broader picture of the world and its people by traveling or reading about other countries, cultures, people and religions.

The book was hot off the press for the IFYE national conference in July, and can be ordered by calling Johnson at 620-364-9288, or sending an e-mail to


Journalist and native Midwesterner Nick Reding spent four years living off and on in Oelwein. Along with the book’s three principal characters, Methland follows the traffickers, addicts, federal agents, and politicians whose lives make up a uniquely contemporary American tragedy, blending sociology, history, and thousands of hours of eyewitness reporting into a real-life account that reads like a novel.
Reding will be speaking about his book, Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town, at 7:30 pm on Thursday, September 20, at the Dole Institute of Politics, 2350 Petefish Drive in Lawrence. The event is cosponsored by the Lawrence Public Library as part of Read Across Lawrence 2012.


"The emergence of jazz out of New Orleans is part of the American story, but the creation of this music was more than a regional phenomenon: it also crossed geographical, cultural, and technological lines. Court Carney takes a new look at the spread and acceptance of jazz in America, going beyond the familiar accounts of music historians and documentarians to show how jazz paralleled and propelled the broader changes taking place in America’s economy, society, politics, and culture. Cuttin’ Up takes readers back to the 1920s and early 1930s to describe how jazz musicians navigated the rocky racial terrain of the music business—and how new media like the phonograph, radio, and film accelerated its diffusion and contributed to variations in its styles."

CARNEY is assistant professor of history at Stephen F. Austin State University. Cuttin’ Up: How Early Jazz Got America's Ear was published this month by the University Press of Kansas,

Monday, September 17, 2012


From the Writers Place Calendar: Come enjoy the wits and charm of poets (and wife and hubby) Maryfrances Wagner and Greg Fields, this month's featured artists at the The Writers Place Poetry Reading Series at the Johnson County Central Library, 9875 W. 87th St., Overland Park.


The author of a collection of science fiction stories, Kij Johnson will appear at 7 pm on Tuesday, September 18, at The Raven Book Store, 6 E. 7th in Lawrence.

At the Mouth of the River of Bees is "a sparkling debut collection from one of the hottest writers in science fiction: her stories have received the Nebula Award the last two years running. These stories feature cats, bees, wolves, dogs, and even that most capricious of animals, humans."

The program is cosponsored by the University of Kansas Department of English.

More Raven events at

Thursday, September 13, 2012


A fictional town in western Kansas is the setting for Mistaken Identity, a first novel by Jeanne Riedel, who lives in Hays.

"Emily’s plans for a fun summer remodeling an old house with her friend Liz take a drastic turn. When Emily arrives in Kansas to meet her friend, she finds Liz’s body. In this intense novel, police believe that Liz committed suicide, but Emily is certain they’re wrong. Can she prove it?

Emily knows that Liz would never kill herself, despite there being a suicide note found by police. And if Liz didn’t kill herself, it means she was murdered. Who would do such a thing and why? Scared and alone, Emily is determined to get some answers. Will her actions put her in danger, too? And can she trust anyone to help her?"


Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Rowe Publishing will have a booth at this year's Kansas Book Festival 2012 in Topeka. All of their books will be on display to view and purchase (while supplies last) including some of their latest titles:

Echoes of Kansas Past (A Travel Through Time) by Eunice Boeve from Phillipsburg.

Unmarked Grave by Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson from Hutchinson and Junction City.

Dawn of Day by J.A. McPhail (aka Jeanne Ann or Jeannie), a native of the Sunflower Stae, now resides in North Carolina.

Several authors will be on location for book signings and to answer questions for aspiring authors.

Roy Bird, author of Little Ike: Dwight D. Eisenhower's Abilene Boyhood, who is a speaker at the Festival will be available throughout the day for book signings.

At 11:00am and 2:00pm, the author of The God Tournament will be at the booth for book signing, however, he will be available throughout the day as well. This book, geared for teens, should be a huge hit at the Festival! Written by 15-year-old Dylan McManis from Lawrence.

As part of our Young Author Series, young Zechariah Rowe will be at the booth throughout the day and would love to speak with anyone about his new book, Bunny Tales! Written when he was nine years old.

Rowe Publishing hopes to see you there! See


The public is invited to a Celebration of the Written Word, a program sponsored by Literacy Kansas City and the Kansas City Public Library, at 6:30 pm on Thursday, September 13.

Adult learners will share their personal stories of learning to read and how the experience has affected their lives. They will be joined by Miguel Morales, Yael T. Abouhalkah, Kay Saunders and Lisa Harkrader.

The event is free of charge, but reservations should be made by calling the library at 816.701.3407. The location is the Truman Forum Auditorium at the Plaza Library, 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO


Laura Wells McKnight, "mother, stepmother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, entrepreneur, author, publisher, workplace consultant, giver to charity, blogger, connoisseur of coffee and mascara, non-practicing lawyer, self-proclaimed recreational pastry chef, socially responsible citizen-in-training, cake-baker, lipstick’s biggest fan and, depending on the day, an aspiring good girl (lots of humor intended), celebrating good at home and in the workplace", will be sharing her insights in a program at 6:30 pm on Thursday, September 13, at Regnier Hall Auditorium, University of Kansas Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira, Overland Park.

McKnight's, book Cereal for Dinner, Cake for Dessert, all sounds very delicious, read more at


Kevin Rabas invites poetry and jazz fans to a performance of the Petroglyphs at 8-10 pm on Saturday, September 15, at Aimee's Coffee, 1025A Massachusetts in Lawrence.

Poetry and percussion by Kevin Rabas, whose daytime job is co-editor of Flint Hills Review, and director of creative writing programs at Emporia State College.


Larry Welch, former director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, will be speaking at 7 pm on Tuesday, September 11, at The Raven, 6 E 7th in Lawrence.

Larry Welch, tenth director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, now provides readers with the first history of that agency, spanning the years 1939–2007. His account includes, among other things, detailed case studies of the KBI’s participation in the high-profile arrests of serial killers Francis Donald Nemechek of western Kansas and Dennis Rader, the infamous BTK of Wichita. His taut chapters also highlight the relentless investigators, dedicated forensic scientists, crime analysts, and everyone else who has labored on behalf of the KBI’s pursuit of justice.

Welch's book is titled Beyond Cold Blood, the KBI from Ma Barker to BTK.


You've got to see the new designs on the Johnson County Library delivery trucks. Readers of this blog have already seen Carroll's Mad Hat Emporium.

Now take a look at Peter Pan's Flight School.
And Sherlock's Pipe and Tobacco.
And my favorite, Rapunzel's Custom Wigs. (Poor girl, it does put a lot of stress on the tresses if one's boyfriend consistently uses them as a convenient rope ladder.)

Monday, September 10, 2012


Why did Cheryl Unruh, the author of Flyover People, spend several hours in a recording booth? Was she recording a song?

Let Unruh tell you herself in an article in the Emporia Gazette,


The Evolving Citizen: American Youth and the Changing Norms of Democratic Engagement by Jay P. Childers has been published by the Pennsylvania State University Press.

The Evolving Citizen . . . argues . . . that democratic engagement has not gotten worse—it has simply changed. Through an analysis of seven high school newspapers from 1965 to 2010, this book shows that young people today, according to what they have to say for themselves, are just as enmeshed in civic and political life as the adolescents who came before them. American youth remain good citizens concerned about their communities and hopeful that they can help make a difference. But as The Evolving Citizen demonstrates, today’s youth understand and perform their roles as citizens differently because the world they live in has changed remarkably over the last half century.

Jay P. Childers is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas.

Sunday, September 9, 2012


Joe Posnanski, author of Paterno, the biography of the longtime, much admired Penn State football coach, Joe Paterno, will be in conversation with Rainy Day Books' Vivian Jennings, at 7 pm on Wednesday, September 12.

Talk about unfortunate timing -- Posnanski was nearly finished with the book when Paterno's assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, was charged, and then convicted of serial child molestation involving football players. Sandusky will likely spend the rest of his life in prison; Paterno died a few weeks after the scandal broke, his sterling reputation badly besmirched.

Rainy Day Books will host the event at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th Street, Kansas City, MO. Information on the admission packet at, or at (913) 384-3126.


The Flint Hills Review and Kevin Rabas invite the public to a reading by William Sheldon at 7 pm on Wednesday, September 12, af Room 303 of Plumb Hall, Emporia State University.

Writes Rabas: "This event is sponsored by the ESU Creative Writing Program; the Department of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism; Special Events Board; and Performing Arts Board."

More from Rabas: "Author William Sheldon was born in Colorado, and moved with his family to Emporia at age 5. Sheldon spent much of his life in Kansas, but also lived in California. He received his Master of Fine Arts at Wichita State University. Sheldon is now an associate professor of English at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas, where he teaches creative writing. His poetry has appeared in such journals as Blue Mesa Review, Flint Hills Review, Coal City Review and Midwest Quarterly."

More on The Flint Hills Review at


Anna McCarthy, the author of Forgiveness is Not an Option: A Journey to Freedom and Healing, will be speaking and signing books at a program at 1 pm on Saturday, September 15, at Barnes and Noble, 11323 W 95th Street, Overland Park.

McCarthy is the founder of the Voice of One Ministries,


Historian Jim Denny examines the Battle of Island Mound, the first Civil War battle in which soldiers of the First Kansas Colored Volunteers engaged in combat and proved their courage, in a program at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, September 12, at the Kansas City MO Central Library, 14 W. 10th Street. This event is keyed to the grand opening on October 27, 2012, of the new Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site near Butler, Missouri.

Now retired, Denny was a historian for 33 years with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and continues to lecture and write about many aspects of local history.

RSVP online at or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.


LDStorymakers, Inc., an author’s guild for published authors who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be holding an annual Midwest Conference on Saturday, September 15, at Holiday Inn in Olathe.

Attending authors will be presenting, signing books and discussing their craft and books during a program at 7 pm the evening before the conference, Friday, September 14, at Barnes and Noble, 11323 W 95th Street in Overland Park.


To celebrate September as Author's Month at Barnes and Noble, Sara Walsh, author of The Dark Light, will be signing at 1 pm today, September 9, at the B&N store at 11323 W. 95th Street in Overland Park.

Mia is torn between two guys—and two worlds—in this epic, romantic fantasy.Mysterious lights have flickered above Crownsville for as long as Mia can remember. And as far as she’s concerned, that’s about the only interesting thing to happen in her small town.

Saturday, September 8, 2012


The Raven Book Store will host A Conversation about Gender, Race, Space, and the Pursuit of Social Justice at 7 pm on Wednesday, September 12, at The Raven. The event features authors and University of Kansas scholars Shawn Leigh Alexander, Jennifer Hamer and Randal Maurice Jelks.

Shawn Leigh Alexander is the author of An Army of Lions: The Civil Rights Struggle Before the NAACPA and teaches African and African American studies at KU.

Jennifer Hamer is the author of Abandoned in the Heartland Work, Family, and Living in East St. Louis and What It Means to Be Daddy: Fatherhood for Black Men Living Away from Their Children. She is a professor in the Department of American Studies at KU.

Randal Maurice Jelks is the author of Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the Movement: A Biography and African Americans in the Furniture City: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Grand Rapids. He is an associate professor of American Studies and African American Studies at KU.

For more information about the event, visit: The Raven Book Store is located at 6 E. 7th St., in Lawrence, Kan. Hours of operation are 10 am to 8 pm, Monday through Saturday, and 1 pm to 5 pm on Sunday.

Friday, September 7, 2012


A word from your committee:

Worried about going out for lunch on Convention Day Saturday? Fret no more. The Ramada Inn has graciously offered to open their restaurant, which is normally closed then, for lunch on Saturday. They will offer soup and a deli buffet. I was told that the soups are made there, not out of a can, and the word is that they are "delicious."  So, you'll never have to leave the premises unless you're so overwhelmed by the great workshops that you need some fresh air.

Registration, lodging, workshops, keynote speaker? It's all at , click on the Convention tab.


Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg will be reading from her fourteenth book, and first novel, The Divorce Girl in a program at 7 pm Monday, September 10, at the Koester House Museum, 919 Broadway, in Marysville.

Caryn's debut novel, a humorous, transformative coming of age story iluminates how a daring heart can turn a broken girl into a woman strong enough to craft a life of art and soul.

More about Mirriam-Goldberg, Poet Laureate of Kansas, at


You can't always tell a book by its cover -- or its title. You'd think a book entitled From Oz to Kansas, would be some sort of travel guide.

. Wrong.

It's a technical photography guide, in which "Vincent Versace will show you some of the best ways to convert an image to black and white without ever leaving the RGB color space. In this book, you will learn which methods give you the best results and when to choose a simple or a complex solution."

See, you can't always tell . . .

Thursday, September 6, 2012


The folks who are bringing you the 2012 Kansas Authors Club convention are working hard for you. How do I know? Read the report below from one of the committee members:

"When in Salina finalizing plans for the KAC 2012 convention, I learned something. The people in that central Kansas community are most welcoming and thrilled that we are holding the convention in Salina. We visited with the Sales and Catering manager at the Ramada Inn, a woman at the Chamber of Commerce, the florist who is creating centerpieces for us, and a man running the Ad Astra Bookstore and Coffeehouse. Each one greeted us with enthusiasm."

Registration is still open, details at


Joseph W. Danielson, a history teacher at Des Moines Area Community College, is the author of War's Desolating Scourge, published in May by the University Press of Kansas.

When General Ormsby Mitchel and his Third Division, Army of the Ohio, marched into North Alabama in April 1862, they initiated the first occupation of an inland region in the Deep South during the Civil War. As an occupying force, soldiers were expected to adhere to President Lincoln’s policy of conciliation, a conservative strategy based on the belief that most southerners were loyal to the Union. Confederate civilians in North Alabama not only rejected their occupiers’ conciliatory overtures, but they began sabotaging Union telegraph lines and trains, conducting guerrilla operations, and even verbally abusing troops. Confederates’ dogged resistance compelled Mitchel and his men to jettison conciliation in favor of a “hard war” approach to restoring Federal authority in the region. This occupation turned out to be the first of a handful of instances where Union soldiers occupied North Alabama.

Joseph W. Danielson, a history teacher at Des Moines Area Community College, is the author of War's Desolating Scourge, published in May by the University Press of Kansas.

For this and other books by the University Press of Kansas, see


Now it's your turn to ask the questions!

Nancy Julien Kopp, a Kansas Authors club convention workshop presenter, wants to know what you would like to hear from her. She'll be doing a workshop on "Creative Non-Fiction and Writing for Anthologies" during the October 5-7 convention, and she wants to know how she can help you with your writing.

Go to Nancy's blog,, read some of the comments, and add your own.

For a list of the other presenters, go to and click on the convention tab

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Do you have to be a Kansas Authors Club member to attend the convention in October? Absolutely not! (Though we would love to have you join.) We welcome non-members at the same price as members. Today is the final day to postmark your registration for the discounted rate for the convention.

The above message is from the official Kansas Authors Club. Registration, lodging information, program schedule, workshop presenters, all at

This blog, Kansas Plains People, is NOT an official blog of Kansas Authors Club, but anyone reading the posts can tell that I am an enthusiastic supporter of KAC -- after all, folks, it's your STATE writers organization, over 111 years old, and still going strong.


The Divorce Girl, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg's first novel, is going on tour. You can catch a reading at 6 pm on Friday, September 7, at the Blue Planet, 10 SE 8th Avenue, in Topeka. More at

OR, at 6 pm on Saturday, September 8 at the Chez Elle Creperie and Coffeehouse at 1713 Summit Street, in Kansas City, MO. at

The Divorce Girl is a "sweet, tender, angry, funny coming-of-age story". More at

Caryn is the Poet Laureate of Kansas, author of 14 books out or forthcoming, and founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College, where she teaches.


The Raven is excited and proud to host the book launch of My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus: A Memoir by the book store's own Kelly Barth at 7 pm on Friday, September 7!

Barth's debut memoir is "plainspoken, speaking with candor and insight, but Barth particularly addresses the disconnect between the radical and very human Jesus of history and the church’s supernatural savior. She asks the question to all in the closet—both closet Christians and closet homosexuals—Which is more difficult, admitting to being Christian or admitting to being gay?"

You know where -- 6 E 7th Street in Lawrence. Always something on tap at The Raven,


Create a poem from the books in your collection and post a picture of it on the Mysteryscape website (or maybe it's on Facebook, I'm not clear.)

The prize?

The poem that receives the most "likes" will win the Mysteryscape parking space for the Annual Overland Park Parade on September 29.

Anyway, look at the website at This could be fun, even if you don't live in Overland Park.


Today's the day to make your hotel reservation for the Kansas Authors Club 2012 Convention and still qualify for the early discount rate of $70 per night.

Call Ramada at 1-785-823-1739, mention "Kansas Authors Club". And remember, the money you save will give you more $$$$$ to spend in the Book Room or the Silent Auction (lots of good stuff to come).

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Well, probably not a NEW truck, but a newly-painted OLD truck, with an intriguing new design.

Recently, the Johnson County Public Library had a contest to create new designs for their delivery trucks. This is the first one I've seen, and now that I have a new camera, I can give you a peek on the internet.

It appears that Lewis Carroll has opened his own headwear store !

Monday, September 3, 2012


Thanks to Terry Needham for sharing this terrific news:

READERS FAVORITE, the national on-line book review and author service firm has announced the winners of the READERS FAVORITE 2012 AWARDS. In July they announced the five top finalists in each of over 100 categories of books. To be a finalist you must have received a FIVE STAR book review from one of their staff book reviewers.

Today, READERS FAVORITE announced the winners of the GOLD MEDAL, SILVER MEDAL, BRONZE MEDAL and HONORABLE MENTION awards. Each recipient will be awarded their medal at an AWARDS Ceremony held at the International Book Fair in Miami in November. This is one of the largest book fairs in the world. The results of the award contests are announced to 250,000 bloggers, journalists, and consumers; including 35,000 opt-in journalists including Associated Press and USA TODAY; plus search engines like Yahoo and Google.

I am very happy to say that I was notified today that:

PESKY POEMS has been awarded a SILVER MEDAL in the Category: POETRY.


WHEN I WAS A CHILD has been awarded a BRONZE MEDAL in the category HISTORY/CULTURAL.

(This is the 2nd major award for my book -- When I Was A Child.)

For more details go to:

And a postcript: Needham says (with pardonable price) "Happy to know a story set in Ellis County and Hays City resonates with so many people!"


"The critical beginnings of feminism in the quest for women's rights" will be discussed by Tom Mach in a program at 2 pm on Wednesday, September 5, at the Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive, on the University of Kansas West Campus.

Mach is the author of Angels At Sunset, a novel whose heroine, Jessica Radford, truly lives the life of a sufragette, working for women's right from the time of the Civil War until women finally gained the right to vote with the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

A video of Mach speaking before the Kansas Federation of Republican Women is on YouTube at Mach/RepublicanWomen. Mach's other books at

Sunday, September 2, 2012


Nikky Finney, whose Head Off and Split was a 2011 National Book Award Winner, will speak at 7:30 pm on Thursday, September 6, at the Hall Center for the Humanities, Kansas Union, University of Kansas.

The poems in Nikky Finney's breathtaking new collection Head Off & Split sustain a sensitive and intense dialogue with emblematic figures and events in African-American life: from Civil Rights matriarch Rosa Parks, to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, from a brazen girl strung out on lightning, to a terrified woman abandoned on a rooftop during Hurricane Katrina.

More at and


Set on the Kansas prairie in the 19th century, this debut novel in verse presents a harrowing portrait of pioneer life through the perspective of 12-year-old Mavis Elizabeth Betterly, called May B. The spare free-verse poems effectively sketch this quietly courageous heroine, the allure and dangers of the open prairie, and the claustrophobic sod house setting. Writing with compassion and a wealth of evocative details, Rose offers a memorable heroine and a testament to the will to survive. (Publisher's Weekly)

Caroline Starr Rose is the author of May B, at


A Plain and Simple Heart, book two in the Amish of Apple Grove series, is the rip-roaring tale of 17-year-old Rebecca Switzer, who decides to use her rumspringa to strike out on her own across Kansas in search of the cowboy she fell in love with years before. When she meets up with a group of temperance demonstrators, she is swept into the fervor of their cause and runs afoul of the town's handsome sheriff. From there, matters get quickly, and hilariously, out of hand.

Co-authors Virginia Smith and Lori Copeland's third book? As Smith says, "The possibilities are as wide open as the Kansas plains."

See and

Saturday, September 1, 2012


Thanks, Prospero's, for the following:

Iris Appelquist's first full-length book of poems, BRIAR, will be released on Monday September 3, 2012 by Spartan Press.

Local artists David Ford, Peregrine Honig, Beniah Leuschke, Mark Thomas Hennessy and Jason Ryberg will perform selected poems from BRIAR.

("BRIAR amounts to a meditation on being continuously defiant in the face of bad luck, social norms, poverty and humanity's predilection toward self-destruction," says Appelquist. "Actually it's about 90-some-odd poems that are sardonic, clever, tender, gritty, well-done and dense.")

Advance Tickets: $15. Day of Event: $20. Ticket price includes 1 copy of BRIAR, a seat for the performance and as much beer &/or wine as you can (responsibly) cram down your gullet.

[Tickets available during hours of operation at Prospero's Bookstore (1800 W 39th street Kansas City, MO), OR you can visit Ms. Iris at YJ's Snack Bar (128 W 18th street KCMO) on Tues., Wed.,Thu., Sat., Sun. mornings).]

Again, Thanks, Prospero's,


As the exodus of authors and editors from the University of Missouri Press escalates, a rally, billed as “A Celebration of the University of Missouri Press,” was held Tuesday afternoon on the university’s main campus in Columbia. About 100 people attended the event, which was organized by the grassroots Coalition to Save the University of Missouri Press. The program featured 12 editors, authors, and others reading selections from books published by the press since it was founded 54 years ago. Clair Willcox, the recently-ousted editor-in-chief, concluded that portion of the program by reading a selection from Bright Light City: Las Vegas in Popular Culture by Larry Gragg. Bright Light City was to be published by the University of Missouri Press, but now will be published by the University Press of Kansas in spring 2013.

More on this story at Publishers Weekly at