Thursday, January 31, 2013


Jay Price's public history classes at WSU are always full - and our bookshelves overflow with Legacy of Flight, Wichita's Lebanese Heritage, Tornado Alley, and his other contributions to the lore and history of the Sunflower State.

Join us at 7 pm on Thursday evening, January 31 for an evening with this popular and entertaining author, as he presents his new book, Temples for a Modern God, from Oxford University Press. Thousands of new houses of worship sprang up during the building boom that swept Kansas and the nation after World War II. These structures, as often mocked as loved, transformed the landscape of small towns and cities alike and reshaped the way we worship today.

With his inimitable eye for quirky details and his love of a good story, Jay Price takes us inside this important yet overlooked chapter of American religious history. Jay will sign copies of his books after the program, with a wide selection of titles for sale. Refreshments will be served, as always. -- From Eighth Day Books, 2838 E Douglas in Wichita, more at

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

"Mik and Cookie Disease" ? ? ?

A Healthier Wei (pronounced Way), written by Julie L. Wei, MD, includes the cure for the “Milk and Cookie Disease”.

If you can’t remember when your child’s nose wasn’t running, or how long he’s been taking all these medications that don’t ever seem to work on his cold or allergy symptoms, then it’s time to explore A Healthier Wei™. Hundreds of patients have found a cure for “The Milk & Cookie Disease” that their doctors had missed for months, even years. Dr. Julie Wei blends her unique combination of Chinese wisdom and American medical expertise to help families reclaim the health of their misdiagnosed and overmedicated children. From

In reviewing the book, Linda Brodsky, M.D., writes: “Chapter2 tells us about “Milk and Cookie Disease”–a very apt name for eating habits that lead to sleeping disorders, croup, chronic “rhinosinusitis” and much more. The problem is caused by refluxing of gastric contents and the late night snacks back up into the airway in the middle of the night. In chapter 3, she takes head on the potential resistance to an “unscientific” way of sharing “medical” observation. From there, in chapters 4 and 5 she gets into what this problem looks like and how parents can decide if their child might have this disease.”


Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg discusses her new book Needle in the Bone about the incredible lives of a Holocaust survivor (Lou Frydman) and a member of the Polish resistance (Jarek Piekalkiewicz) who somehow endured extraordinary privations during World War II and after 30 years met at the University of Kansas and became good friends. The event, co-sponsored by the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, will be at 6:30 pm on Thursday, January 31, at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City MO Public Library, 4801 Main Street. Make a reservation HERE.


John Mackey, along with co-author Raj Sisodia, business professor and co-founder of the Conscious Capitalism Institute, lays out a bold blueprint for capitalism in their fresh, new book: Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business.

Free enterprise capitalism has been the most powerful creative system of social cooperation and human progress ever conceived, but its perception and its role in society have been distorted. Now is the time to demonstrate to a skeptical world the truth, goodness and heroism of capitalism rather than perpetuate the false stigmas of selfishness, greed and profit maximization. We must revolutionize capitalism and show that businesses are the greatest value creators of all, with the power to push humanity upward for continuous improvement. Here, John talks about the unique opportunity businesses have to unleash creativity. (From John Mackey’s blog.)

Mackey will speak at 7 pm on Thursday, January 31, at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th Street, Kansas City, MO. See Rainy Day Books for ticket information.


Roger Suggs has never been one not to voice his opinion. Now it’s down for all to see in his new ebook, “Me, Myself and My Opinion,” which Suggs will unveil in a public program at Kansas City Kansas Community College, 7250 State Avenue Wednesday, February 6. Free and open to the public, the program by Suggs will discuss the book and his personal philosophy from 11 a.m. to noon in the Intercultural Center. Books will be available for purchase and signing. (By Alan Hoskins. See the rest at Wyandotte Daily News)


In a congenial, supportive atmosphere, award-winning poet and writer Jo McDougall, author of Daddy's Money: A Memoir of Farm and Family, will share tips on the art of writing memoir to intrigue readers and would-be publishers. Organization of material, storyline, characters, dialogue, using figures of speech, and writing concisely will be discussed to help memoir writers go beyond the personal to the universal. All levels welcome. – from The Writers Place.

McDougall’s workshops, More Than Memories: Writing a Readable, Publishable Memoir, will be 1-3 pm on Saturday, February 9, and Sunday, February 10. Register at The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO. Right around the corner from Prospero's Uptown.


The Raven Book Store will host a reading and book signing at 7 p.m., Thursday, February 7, featuring Jerry Dobson, author of The Waters of Chaos: The Ancient Saga, The Modern Quest.

The Waters of Chaos is a science mystery tackling the greatest puzzle of all: How did human society evolve from the Ice Ages to today? In short, how did we get to be so smart? The Saga and The Quest take readers on an unconventional romp through science covering vast spans of time. The Waters of Chaos consists of two books sold separately or strategically combined. The books are: The Waters of Chaos: the Ancient Saga and The Waters of Chaos: the Modern Quest.

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


Poets whose work is included in To the Stars Through Difficulties: A Kansas Renga in 150 Voices will read at 7 pm on Friday, February 1, at The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania, in Kansas City, MO. Can’t get to the program? You can order this incredible collection from Mammoth Publications.

On Friday night you’ll hear Maryfrances Wagner, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Shawn Pavey, Paul Goldman, James Benger, Lindsey Martin-Bowen. Nancy Hubble, Olive Sullivan, Peg Nichols, H C Palmer, Lydia Lowe, Marie Asner, Callista Buchen, Iris Wilkinson, Donna Lynn Lash, Sally Jadlow, Ronda Miller, Greg Field, Sarah Smarsh, Thomas Reynolds, Ken Lassman, Chris McKinney, Mark Scheel, John Willison, Rhiannon Ross, Jose Faus, Jeremy Johnson, Miguel Morales, Tim Pettit

Check out this link for other events at The Writers Place.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Check out this Renga reading:

Friday, JANUARY 25 – Lawrence: Final Friday Art Party, Hobbs Taylor Building, 5:30-7 p.m., 718 New Hampshire, north entrance. Lawrence. First part of a regular art exhibit at a large space in downtown Lawrence. Free State Beer and Rudy’s pizza for sale at affordable prices. Raffle of book too! Readers: Denise Low, Shawn Pavey, Ronda Miller, Megan Kaminski, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, James Benger, Ben Cartwright, Nancy Hubble, Craig Salvay, Dixie Lubin, Wyatt Townley, Roderick Townley, Susan Kraus, Ken Lassman, Liz Black, Chris McKinney, Greg German, Jim McCrary, Al Ortolani, Christina Lux, Iris Wilkinson, Bill Hagman, Sandy Snook, Thomas Reynolds, Jeremy Johnson.

More information about future readings in other locations at read the newest poem for this year, Castle Rock, Kansas, by Jamie Lynn Heller, and then click on “readings”.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Whispering Prairie Press says:

We know winter makes the thought of going outside almost unbearable, but we’ve got a line up that’s worth braving the cold. Come on out and join us next Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013- 7 pm-9 pm-at the Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO.

We’ll be featuring talent from all ten years of Kansas City Voices, including Robert Chrisman, Alarie Tennille, Corinna West, Janet Sunderland, Lisa Daily, Jack Kline, Alan Proctor, Pat Daneman and Dawn Downey



Lara Mann, native Kansan, and an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, will be part of the program at 7 pm on Thursday, January 24, at the Raven Book Store, 6 E. 7th Street in Lawrence.

Mann has co-authored a book LeAnne Howe, Indigenous Game Theory, about the indegenous origins of baseball.

Cote Smith, a writer of fiction, will share the podium. For more, see

Sunday, January 20, 2013


Gil Cohen-Magen, Israeli photojournalist, will give a lecture, Shooting Under Fire, at 3 pm on Wednesday, February 6, at Corinth Library, 8100 Mission Road, Prairie Village. Cohen-Magen is the author of Hassidic Courts.

Friday, January 18, 2013


The first of several Kansas Renga readings will take place on Monday, January 21, at Watermark Books and Cafe at 4701 E. Douglas, in Wichita.

Readers will be Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Roy Beckemeyer, Pat Beckemeyer, Victoria Sherry, Diane Wahto, Lydia Lowe and William Sheldon.

Other readings are scheduled for Lawrence, Kansas City, Pittsburg, Independence, Topeka, Emporia, and Hutchinson. There will also be a poetry caravan in April to include Lawrence, Garden City, Downs, Beloit and Salina.

Try to catch a performance when it comes to a town near you.


Two, up-and-coming new young adult authors talk about their incredible publishing successes, movie option deals, and unique plots and characters at Mysteryscape on Saturday, January 19, 3-5 pm.

Local author Lenore Appelhans' first book, Level 2, debuts JanUuary 15. This gripping, futuristic tale takes place in a stark afterlife where a recently deceased 18-year-old finds herself in the center of a battle for good and evil.

Denver author Emily Hainsworth's romantic sci-fi thriller, Through to You, twists and turns between parallel universes and lost loves. Not only has Emily sold the movie options, but a director and writer have been attached to the project.

On Saturday, January 19, these two friends will interview each other about their phenomenal publishing success, otherworldly settings, vivid characters and their books' film prospects.

A Q&A with the audience will follow along with a book signing. Pre-order their books in the store, over the phone or by email. -- Copied (blatantly) from Mysteryscape website at Mysteryscape is at 7309 W. 80th street in Overland Park.

Thursday, January 17, 2013


Who recently made a statement containing these words?

". . . ensuring that political transitions underway globally afford writers, intellectuals, and all individuals the freedom to think, write, share their ideas, and shape their societies . . ."

Monday, January 14, 2013


24th ANNUAL CONTEST FOR WRITERS LIVING IN KANSAS $1000 IN PRIZES PRIZES: Adult Division: $275 best poem, $275 best prose Youth Division: $100 best poem, $100 best prose Honorable Mentions: $250 total DEADLINE: Postmarked by March 15, 2013 ELIGIBILITY: Entrants must live in Kansas. There is no requirement for subject matter. Writers competing in the Youth Division must be currently enrolled in high school or under the age of 18. ENTRIES: Unpublished poetry or prose. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Writers must notify us immediately if an entry has been accepted elsewhere. Any single entry must be no longer than 20 pages. All entrants will be notified of the contest winners. SPONSORS: Cowley College, Winfield Consumer Products, Winfield Daily Courier, CornerBank, Bob & Nancy Love, Wichita Southwestern College, GE Engine Services. Underwritten by Winfield Convention & Tourism For information call 620-221-2161, Ext. 10, e-mail: winfieldarts at gmail dot com, web page:

Friday, January 11, 2013


Three Kansas authors with stories connecting Kansas and the world will present programs at Eighth Day Books, 2838 E. Douglas in Wichita in January.

Newbery winner Clare Vanderpool will be talking about her new novel, Navigating Early, at 5 pm, with a reading and book signing at 7 pm.

Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg will read from her non-fiction, Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust Survivor and Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Each Other, at 7 pm on Tuesday, January 22.

On Thursday, January 31, Wichita State University Professor of Public History Jay M Price will present his latest book, Temples for a Modern God: Religious Architecture for Post-War America. Time for the reading is 7 pm.

Thursday, January 10, 2013


The Kansas Renga readings will begin on Monday, January 21 at Watermark Books and Cafe, 7-8:30, 4701 E. Douglas in Wichita, arranged by Roy Beckemeyer. Currently scheduled readers will be Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Roy Beckemeyer, Pat Beckemeyer, Olive Sullivan, Victoria Sherry, Diane Wahto, Lydia Lowe, William Sheldon. Others may be added later.

Additional readings will be held at other locations: Lawrence, Kansas City MO, Emporia, Hutchinson, Garden City, Downs, Beloit,Salina, and Manhattan. For up-to-date information, go to and click on readings. You can also read the 2013: POEM OF THE WEEK.

If you can't get to a reading, not to worry: You can order from Mammoth Publications as follows: CONTACT & ORDERING: or 785-925-3509. Order by mail: give title, your address, and a check made out to Mammoth Publications. 1916 Stratford Rd., Lawrence, KS 66044.


Rainy Day Books will be bringing Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You, for a program at 7 pm on Tuesday, January 15, at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, MO. Moyes lives in Great Britain. The event is sponsored by Rainy Day Books in Fairway.

TALK? (Talk About Literature in Kansas)

Tuesday, January 15, will mark the beginning of a four-part study of Kansas Literary Heritage at the Wamego Public Library. The opening program will focus on John Ise’s book, Sod and Stubble, based on his mother’s recollections of pioneering in Kansas.

In the next three months, Picnic, by William Inge, The Learning Tree, by Gordon Parks, and Trail of the Spanish Bit, by Don Goldsmith, will be studied. The series is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council as part of its TALK (Talk About Literature in Kansas) program.

CONFESSION: Of the four, Sod and Stubble is the only one I have not read. Guess I better get busy.


Two pseudonymous authors, Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch known jointly as Magnus Flyte, have penned a novel for the Penguin Authors Series, City of Dark Magic, and one, (or both, who knows?) will be at Watermark Book and Café, 4701 E Douglas in Wichita, at 7 pm on Monday, January 14.

“When musicologist Sarah Weston accepts an invitation to spend the summer at Prague Castle cataloging Beethoven’s manuscripts for the wealthy Lobkowicz family, she discovers a city filled not with ex-pats, but with dark magic, where the fabric of time is thin and danger lies around every corner.”


As part of the continuing third Tuesday poetry nights at the Johnson County Central Resource Library, Thomas Fox Averill and Dennis Etzel, Jr., will be heard at 7 pm on Tuesday, January 15.

From the library website: An O. Henry Award winning short story writer, Thomas Fox Averill is Writer-in-residence and Professor of English at Washburn University of Topeka. He has published three short story collections, and the most recent one, Ordinary Genius, inaugurated the Flyover Fiction Series at the University of Nebraska Press. His most recent novel, rode, was named Outstanding Western Novel of 2011 as part of the Western Heritage Awards administered by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. rode was also a Spur Finalist, a Kansas Notable Book, and a finalist in New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards. His work has been published in New Letters, I-70 Review, Kansas City Voices, North American Review, Little Balkans Review, and other journals.

Dennis Etzel Jr. lives in Topeka where he teaches at Washburn University. He has an MFA from The University of Kansas. His work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, BlazeVOX, Indiana Review, DIAGRAM, and others.

Location is 9875 W. 87th Steet, Overland Park.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Eighth Day Books in Wichita will host a release party for Clare Vanderpool’s second novel, Navigating Early, starting at 5 pm on Saturday, January 19. Vanderpool won the Newbery Award for her first novel, Moon Over Manifest.

Eighth Day Books is at 2838 E. Douglas.


A statue of William B. Strang, a roll of blueprints in his hand, stands at the heart of Overland Park, Santa Fe Trail and 80th Street. Strang was the developer and owner of the Strang Line Railroad, which ran from Olathe to Kansas City, MO, from the 1900s to the 1940s.

A new book of historic images captures the history of Overland Park, from its founding by Strang in 1906 to the present. Images of America: Overland Park, was compiled by Suzee SoldanEls Oberg and the Overland Park Historical Society. Images—black-and-white photos, ink drawings, and maps were selected by F.W. Wagner.

Arcadia Publishing.

Monday, January 7, 2013


Did I know that Bluebird Books in Hutchinson has chocolate chip cookies EVERY DAY?

Oh. My. Gosh. No, I didn't know that. I received my first kindle as a Christmas gift, and much as I might like it, there was no promise of chocolate chip cookies. BlueBird books is at 2 South Main in Hutch. I hope someone who goes there will let me know how good the cookies are.

Sunday, January 6, 2013


Invitation from Barnes and Noble: Join us for a book signing event with baseball Hall of Fame second baseman Frank White. Mr. White will be signing copies of his new autobiography entitled One Man's Dream: My Town, My Team, My Time. Don't miss a chance to meet this living legend! That's at 1 pm on Saturday, January 12, at Town Center Plaza, 4751 West 117th Street, Leawood.

Friday, January 4, 2013


From one of the Whispering Prairie Press volunteers and supporters:

Kansas City Voices is now accepting submissions for our 11th annual issue. Send us your best poetry, prose, and art. Got to for full submissions guidelines. Submissions are accepted via our online system, only. Accepted pieces will receive payment and one copy of the magazine.


Guess my holiday vacation is over, time to get back to work.

Had a lot of fun shocking people wearing my sweat shirt imprinted with the book cover of Fifty Shades of Santa, available only as an eBook on Amazon. My story, One Cool Cat, was about a family forced by circumstances to move to a more rural setting just before Christmas. The publisher/editor had sought humorous stories, finally labeled my story as poignant and took it despite its lack of blatant humor.

Lots of readings and events on the schedule for the next few months. I'll be posting more here, and if you have something you'd like to see posted here, send me an e-mail at onefreenation at yahoo dot com. Thanks much.