Friday, November 30, 2012


Tomorrow is TOWN CRIER'S booksigning with Jerilynn Jones Henrikson and SE Rothrock from 11-1pm. New book by Jerilynn and a fun chapter book from SE! . . . Terry Needham's collection of poems, Pesky Poems, published in 2008 was awarded the SILVER MEDAL by READERS FAVORITE at the Miami International Book Fair this month . . . . Tom Mach will be at the Leawood Pioneer Library, 4700 Town Center Drive, Leawood, at 11 am on Saturday, December 8, to discuss the 19th-century women's suffrage movement and his latest book, Angels at Sunset . . . Enjoy an afternoon with Greg Kincaid, author of A Christmas Home (and A Dog Named Christmas and Christmas with Tucker) at 1:30 am on Sunday, December 9, at the Indian Creek Library, 12990 South Blackbob Road in Olathe, see . . . At Prospero's Uptown, Randy Attwood now has six titles all over the genre map from literary to sci-fi to dystopia to political comedy, specifically, Very Quirky Tales, One More Victim, Crazy About You, Rabbletown, The 41st Sermon, and Spill. And that's not counting Blow Up the Roses . . . Meet the Author: J. Alexander Greenwood Saturday, December 1, 2-4 pm at Mysteryscape, 7309 W. 80th Street, Overland Park, signing his latest book, Pilate's Ghost.

Thursday, November 29, 2012


This is an invite to meet Gloria Zachgo, author of The Rocking Horse, at Rivendell Bookstore, 212 N. Broadway St. in Abilene. She will be available to autograph her cozy mystery novel from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saaturday, December 1.

The Rocking Horse is a winner in the 20th annual Writers’ Digest Self-Published category.

Monday, November 26, 2012


Three young adult authors will present the program at 7 pm on Tuesday, November 27, at the Johnson County Central Resource Library, 9875 W 87th Street, Overland Park.

The panel of Gennifer Albin, author of Crewel, and Lenore Appelhans, author of the forthcoming Level Two, will be moderated by Bethany Hagen, author of Landry Park, also forthcoming. The trio will be speaking on Drama and Dystopia.


Sidonia’s Thread: The Secrets of a Mother and Daughter Sewing a New Life in America is a memoir about the lives of two women, a mother and daughter, who come to Springfield, Massachusetts on their own after World War II to build a new life. With no other family, except each other, they build a world that revolves around the mother’s remarkable talent as fashion designer and seamstress while the daughter serves as her dutiful model

Hanna Perlstein Marcus, the author of Sidonia's Thread, will speak at 7 pm on Tuesday, November 27, at the Jewish Community Campus, 5801 W 115th, Overland Park. Marcus' website and blog at


Good advice for the holidays will be provided at Shawnee Books and Toys at 6 pm on Tuesday, November 27, with the appearance of Marty Augustine speaking about Shopping Safety.

Marty is a safety and disaster expert and does seminars all around the country! Join us for great tips and ways to build awareness this holiday season to keep everyone safe and sound!

Shawnee Books and Toys is at 7311 Quivira in Shawnee. More at www.bookandtoynet.


Professors John Fliter and Derek Hoff, from Kansas State University's departments of political science and history respectively, will be signing copies of their new book, Fighting Foreclosure, at 5:30 pm on Thursday, November 29, at Claflin Books and Copies, 1814 Claflin Road in Manhattan.

Sunday, November 25, 2012


This Saturday in Waldo, Kansas Mona Winder Kennedy will be holding a booksigning starting at 10:30AM! . . . Claflin Books and Copies In Manhattan will have two signings coming up. John Fliter and Derek Hoff will be at the store on November 29. Greg Kincaid will be at the Manhattan Public Library on December 8, with A Christmas Home, a sequel to A Dog Named Christmas, which became a Hallmark movie. . . . The Petroglyphs and Poetry+Funk play Wheat State Pizza at 12th and Commercial in Emporia this Friday, November 30, 7-9 pm. No cover. Good pizza. Hear Kevin Rabas play drums and play drums while shouting his poetry.


Perhaps no one in the annals of The Topeka Capital-Journal was better-loved and better-read than Zula Bennington Greene.

Now, 24 years after her death, her book titled Peggy of the Flint Hills: A Memoir is being published by Woodley Press, of Topeka.

The book will be introduced next month with special readings by Washburn University English professor Eric McHenry and Dotty Hanger, Greene’s daughter.

The events will take place at 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at Mabee Library on the Washburn University campus, near S.W. 19th and MacVicar, and at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 in Marvin Auditorium at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th.

More in the Capital-Journal article at Peggys memoirs

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Can Kitty Claus, the meanest cat around, learn what Christmas is all about?

On a snowy Christmas Eve, a fierce cat named Kitty Claws rules over a family of starving mice, keeping them from the tempting treats left out for Santa. But, when the father mouse rescues Kitty Claus from danger, their relationship is transformed from one of adversity to a new bond of mutual friendship and Christmas spirit.

Kitty Claus is a delightful story-poem of transformation, courage, and righteous behavior. With beautiful illustrations and endearing characters, this book will be a treasured addition to any family’s library.

Retail Price is $19.95; However, Preview Discount Price to friends and family is only $14.95, with free shipping! To Order: Just email the author, T. L. Needham @ .


Okay, listen up. Go to Eunice Boeve's home page at, and then click on "blog". That will get you to the contest site. Promise.

Boeve invites you to share a Christmas memory or tradition to be included in a serial story that will be featured in Kansas newspapers this winter as part of the Newspapers in Education program.

The story so far: It's 1915 and three orphans are living in New York. Two of the orphans are put on an orphan train and sent to Kansas. What happened to the third child? Read Boeve's blog, for some clues. And maybe you have a Christmas memory or tradition that will fit right in with Boeve's story.

Give it a try.


Reservations are filling fast for a 10-11 am workshop on Saturday, December 8, for school-aged children who like to draw and write, which will be conducted at The Book Barn, 410 Delaware in Leavenworth by Jan Clark, the author of The Adventures of Leif and Twig -- Close to Home.

The workshop will be followed by a book chat and signing from 11 am to 1 pm. Clark had a previous book signing at The Book Barn on November 10.

"Leif and Twig are your typical eight and six year olds -- almost -- see, they are trees. But like any other youngster, they get bored just staying home and like adventure. Perhaps you should join them as they learn that staying close to home just might be good advice."

More about the adventuresome trees at See also to make reservations and for other events and programs.

Sunday, November 18, 2012


The Flint Hills Review and Kevin Rabas invite the public to hear Hardy Jones at 7 pm on Monday, November 19, at Room 303, Plumb Hall, Emporia State University.

Jones is Director of Creative Writing at Cameron University. His fiction and nonfiction has appeared in more than 20 journals. His memoir “People of the Good God” was awarded a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts in 2001, and in 2006, his essay "Laotian New Year and Its Tradition" was the result of field research for the "New Populations Project" for the Louisiana Division of the Arts Folklife Program. More at


Laini Taylor will be at Rainy Day Books, 2706 W. 53rd in Fairway at 7 pm on Monday, November 19 to sign copies of her newest novel, Days of Blood and Starlight, a sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Taylor’s blog is at For admission tickets, prices, details, see

Saturday, November 17, 2012


Helen Walsh Folsom, who formerly worked in the business department of the Kansas City Kansan, was the executive director of the Leavenworth Road Association for 10 years, wrote columns for newspapers, retired and started writing about something she loves – Ireland.

Folsom’s newest book is Fianna, The Dark Web of the Brotherhood. More about Folsom’s other books in an article in the Wyandotte Daily News at and see Folsom’s website at

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Invitation from the poet, Ronda Miller. Please join Kansas Authors Club members from District Two at the 36th annual Holiday Bazaar, Sunday, November 18, atThe Community Building in Lawrence (115 W. 11th St.- 10 am to 5 pm - free to the public). Autographed books will be available for purchase . . . The Town Crier (716 Commercial, Emporia) posts: Our window for the downtown window decorating contest is finished! We went for the humor this year, so we hope everyone gets a little laugh as you come in to shop . . .Library Journal has selected Kelly Barth's My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus for its Best Books of 2013 list . . . Norm Ledgin has re-designed the cover of his Sally of Monticello - Founding Mother (see Norm's blog, Pursuit of Happiness, in the sidebar, Writers about Writing.) . . . Mysteryscape, Overland Park's new mystery book store, described at . . .


When Kansas! Magazine titled their article about Max McCoy as “The Night Writer” they knew what they were talking about.

The amazingly prolific author McCoy teaches during the day, and takes up his pencil and paper (or more likely his laptop computer) at night. Cheryl Nelsen’s great article about McCoy appears in the newest Kansas! Magazine. The photographs by Eric Benjamin are darned good, too.

McCoy’s next book, out in 2013, will be the start of a new series, Of Grave Concern, An Ophelia Wylde Mystery. Check out Kansas! Magazine at More about McCoy at


Kansas authors are both talented and prolific. Cynthia Harris interviews two Kansas authors in her blog at

Authors Nancy Julien Kopp and Eunice Boeve range far and wide in both topics and genre. There is no shortage of skill, expertise, and knowledge in creating works to delight every reader.

(And interviewer Cynthia Harris has talents of her own – read the interviews.)


Mona Winder Kennedy will be having another booksigning of Covert, Kansas: The Evolution of a Ghost Town, at the Carnegie Research Library at 307 West Main in Osborne, on Saturday, November 17th from 10AM to Noon! See Ad Astra Publishing at


Meet author Marcia Riley, appearing in-store to perform a special Storytime! Marcia will be reading and signing copies of her children's story, The Pillow Fairy,12 noon on Saturday November 17, at Oak Park Mall Barnes and Noble, Overland Park.


A book signing for a new pictorial history of Kansas City, Kan., will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Wyandotte County Museum, 631 N. 126th, (near 126th and State), Bonner Springs.

The new photographic history is by Joe H. Vaughan Jr. The softcover 128-page book, Kansas City, Kansas," was published by Arcadia Publishing in its Images of America series.

See the article on the Wyandotte Daily News website at


The children’s Christmas story, Rudolph, I Think You Need Glasses, written by Jamie Tullis and illustrated by Annette Boardman, will be available to the public because of a chance encounter at a oil change store. A booksigning on Thursday, December 6, at Cooper Drug, 509 State, Augusta, will follow the Christmas parade.

The history of how the book came into existence is told in an article in The Leavenworth Times at

Thursday, November 15, 2012


A Canadian tornado hunter, Greg Johnson, will be touring the Midwest in the next several days with his new book, Blown Away. Check his website at

On his schedule is Watermark Books and Café, 4701 E. Douglas, in Wichita at 7 pm on Friday, November 16. Then it's on to Tulsa and Joplin, returning at 12 noon, on Sunday, November 18 at Shawnee Books and Toys, 6311 Quivira, and at 8 pm on Sunday, November 18, at Ad Astra Books and Coffee House, 141 N. Santa Fe in Salina.


After some serious thinking, I've decided to change the format of this blog. You may already have noticed that the left-hand column is wider. There will be other changes, too, some of them experimental in nature. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


I could say Jazz, Jazz, Jazz as well, either way, you’re in for a treat if you come to Beth Lyon Barnett’s book signing at 2-4 pm on Saturday, November 17 at the Sulgrave Regency Ballroom, 200 W. 49th Street in Kansas City, MO.

You’ll hear about an exciting new book, with readings from Barnett, refreshments, and music, music, music from pianist Brady Calvert – both jazz selections and old favorites (some may be the same).

Barnett's new novel, Jazz Town is the exciting, amazing and sometimes heartbreaking story of the free-and-easy days of prohibition, crime, and the birth of the jazz age in Kansas City and how one Jewish family managed to assimilate into the culture. The names of real people may be recognized though of course the story is fiction.”

Read more at Beth's Everything Blog.

Jazz Town is available at The American Jazz Museum and in book form and ebooks at and


There will be books galore at the Holiday Bazaar on Sunday at the Community Building at 115 W. 11th Street in Lawrence on Sunday, November 18. Thirty members of Kansas Authors Club, District Two will have their books available for purchase, and throughout the day many members will be present for autographing. Admission is free, food, crafts, and a wide selection of books – for your reading pleasure, or for gifts (think Christmas).

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series will welcome poet and novelist Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg to Pittsburg State University, 1701 South Broadway, at 8 pm on Thursday, November 15.

Mirriam-Goldberg, the current Poet Laureate of Kansas, will read from her newest work, her first novel, The Divorce Girl. She is the author of 14 previous books, including Landed, a poetry collection, and The Sky Begins at Your Feet, a memoir. She is the founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College. See her website at


Mark Bouton will be speaking about his newest book, The Sacrifice, at 7 pm on Thursday, November 15, at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont, in Lawrence. See more of Bouton’s works at


From Mike Huckabee: “I wrote these letters so that long after I’m gone, you’ll know that I loved you, had great hopes for you, and wanted to give you my best advice on living in this tough world. If I can’t be there with you, I hope my letters will act as a sort of reminder of me, as if I’m standing there beside you, whispering in your ear, and putting my arm around your shoulder.”

Huckabee shares his letters to his grandchildren, Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett: A Grandfather's Thoughts on Faith, Family and the Things That Matter Most at 3:30 pm on Friday, November 16, at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th Street, Kansas City, MO. Events hosted by Rainy Day Books. See website for ticket admission information


Capital City Cubbie are the "tales and travels of a Kansas Cubs fan" and is a who's who book covering the players who have worn the Chicago Cubs uniform since 1986.

You can catch the author, Jeremy Deckard, at several book signing events during November and December. For the complete list, see

Thursday, November 8, 2012


And you can have a copy, too, they will be available for purchase at 4 pm on Sunday, November 11, during the launch of the Tenth Anniversary Edition of Kansas City Voices at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City, MO, Public Library, 4801 Main Street.

And here’s my dilemma – what to read first? There are about fifteen prose articles or stories, about fifteen poetry selections, and a number in the art catageory, both paintings and photographs (sometimes it’s hard to tell which is which, they are so skillfully done.) The copies have arrived from the printers, and people who have pre-ordered are receiving their orders.

You can buy a copy at the launch, where you’ll also have an opportunity to hear several of the contributors, or if you just can’t get there, you can order online at

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Not sure what the title means, but under the heading of "She Reads", the English Department's senior/graduate poetry class will be hosting a poetry reading at 4:30 pm on Thursday, November 8, on the Pittsburg State Universisty campus.

A reception with hot beverages (probably a special treat for the brisk fall weather) and snacks will follow the reading at the Gazebo by the lake.


David von Drehle, author of Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year will be speaking at 7 pm on Thursday, November 8, at the Wichita/Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main in Wichita. The event is sponsored by Watermark Books and Cafe.

As 1862 dawned, the American republic was at death's door. The federal government appeared overwhelmed, the U.S. Treasury was broke, and the Union’s top general was gravely ill. The Confederacy—with its booming economy, expert military leadership, and commanding position on the battlefield—had a clear view to victory. To a remarkable extent, the survival of the country depended on the judgment, cunning, and resilience of the unschooled frontier lawyer who had recently been elected president.

von Drehle is the author of Triangle, a history of the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire. See for more information about this event.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Simple Things to Make This World a Better Place is also now available as a printed book on Amazon. Author Vicki Julian says: Thank you to everyone who "Liked" the Kindle eBook, and please write a review if you downloaded it and found it to be beneficial. If you want to make this world a better place, please tell your family and friends, and help "provoke others to love and good deeds." After all, that is the message and why the book was written!

Monday, November 5, 2012


Residents in the area of Ottawa will have an opportunity to take part in the popular continuing education course about Thomas Jefferson the University of Kansas sponsors.

Offered as part of the Osher Lifelong Learning series, Explaining the Perplexing Thomas Jefferson will be on the schedule at Ottawa April 9, 16, and 23, 2013 — all Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The site will be the campus of the University of Ottawa.

Norm Ledgin is the “explainer” for these courses. This will be the fifth on this topic he has taught since early last year. Ledgin says he was “floored” by response to his latest presentation at Maple Woods Community College, Clay County, MO, where some evaluations indicated the six-hour course “should be longer.”

NOTE: Ledgin is the author of several books about Jefferson. His latest, Sally of Monticello: Founding Mother, is available from

Sunday, November 4, 2012


Andrea Warren, author of Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London, was one of three finalists in the recently awarded Thorpe Menn Literary Award.

Winner was Candice Millard with Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President. Another finalist was Carolyn Glenn Brewer with Caught Ever After: Children of the Ruskin Heights Tornado. The Thorpe Menn award is given annually by the Kansas City branch of the American Association of University Women. Thorpe Menn was a previous books editor of The Kansas City Star.

Andrea Warren’s website at


Jeremy Deckard, author of Capital City Cubbie: Tales and Travels of a Kansas Cubs Fan, will make several appearances on Wednesday, November 7.

From 8-10 am Deckard will be at the University Book Store at Pittsburg State University, and from 11 am to 1 pm at the Mall Deli, 202 E Centennial Drive. Later in the afternoon, from 2-4 pm, Deckard will be at the Parsons Public Library, 311 S. 17th Street. See Parsons Public Library.

Deckard is a sports correspondent and baseball blogger for the Topeka Capital-Journal, and an (almost) lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs. More at Capital City Cubbie.


Ever want to meet a pig? Here's your chance to meet Olivia, at 4:30 pm on Monday, November 5, at a Rainy Day hosted event at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village.

Olivia is celebrating her new book, Olivia and the Fairy Princesses. In costume, Olivia will pose for photographs and autograph books. Go to for ticket prices and admission information.


An invitation from Emporia State University:

Come listen to Esther Luttrell read from her work. Why, you ask? Because it's going to be totally awesome and free and open to the public. That also means invite friends.

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.

And where? When? At 7 pm, Monday, November 5, Room 303, Plumb Hall, Emporia State University, Luttrell's website at


Jennifer Chiaverini will be in Kansas for two appearances ­- at 7 pm on Tuesday, November 5 at Watermark Books in Wichita, and at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, November 6, at Hutchinson Public Library,901 N. Main Street, Hutchinson.

The Giving Quilt, the newest book in Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilt Novels, is described as an "artful, inspiring novel that imagines what good would come from practicing the holiday spirit, each and every day of the year."

Thursday, November 1, 2012


Another reader has been added to the launch of the Tenth Anniversary Edition of Kansas City Voices at 4 pm on Sunday, November 11.

Judith Bader Jones writes: “I'll be there. So happy to have a poem included in Kansas City Voices upcoming publication. Everything in life you give comes back to you. For years I served as one of the editors of this magazine, and now one of my poems finds a place in this issue. I will celebrate.”

Okay, I plagiarized that bit from Facebook, but the name of Judith Bader Jones has been added to the list that includes Natalie McAllister, prose; Jeff Tigchelaar, poetry, and Wood Dickinson, art.

Where? At the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City, MO, Public Library, 4801 Main Street. Kansas City Voices is the publication of Whispering Prairie Press,


What an event!

Friday, November 2, from 6-9 pm, the Grand Opening of Prospero’s Uptown Books, at 3600 Broadway, #107, in Kansas City, MO.

Live music by The Sexy Accident, Art Opening by Stirling Witt, 65,000 Books, LPs, CDs, Comix and Movies (oodles of safe, convenient parking) - right across the street from the Uptown Theater.

After Party @ minibar (one of KCs great new watering holes!) - anyone purchasing $10 in books will receive 1/2 off drinks at the Minibar.

NOTE: This is fantastic news. Prospero’s new location is within spitting distance of The Writers’ Place at 3607 Pennsylvania.