Sunday, March 31, 2013

RENGA POETS IN HUTCHINSON

Kansas Renga poets will present a program at 7 pm on Thursday, April 4, at the Justice Theater, Hutchinson Community College. Scheduled poets are Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Bill Sheldon, Liz Black, Thomas Reynolds, Lydia Lowe, Dan Pohl, Roy Beckemeyer, Pat Beckemeyer.

For future readings in other locations, go to www.150kansaspoems.wordpress.com and click on readings.

START POETRY MONTH WITH KENNEDY APPEARANCE

A great way to start April as Poetry Month is with the appearance of Caroline Kennedy for her newest book, Poems to Learn by Heart. Sponsor Rainy Day Books writes: There’s a Poem to celebrate every moment in life, whether it’s hitting a home run, watching a sunset, or laughing with your best friend. A poem is a gift of the heart that can inspire, reassure, or challenge us. Memorize it, share it, it’s yours forever.

Kennedy will be at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th Street, Kansas City, MO, at 7 pm on Tuesday, April 2. For ticket information see www.rainydaybooks.com.

Friday, March 29, 2013

NOWAK: HEIRS OF COTHEL SERIES

Author Thaddeus Nowak began his Heirs of Cothel series with Mother's Curse in which "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."

The series continues with the daughter, in Daughter's Justice. "Revealed to the world to be a witch, will the fact that she routed the invading Senzar armies save her from the wrath of a god fearing populace?"

Both books are now available at The Book Barn, 410 Delaware, Leavenworth, and other places; check Nowak's website at http://thadeusnowak.com.

PROTECTING OUR FOOD SUPPLY

A current and a retired professor of entomology at Kansas State University have teamed up to produce Stored Product Protection,, a book that perhaps should be required reading for anyone who likes to eat on a regular basis.

The book contains 31 chapters and 350 pages, covering such topics as biology and ecology of insects, molds and vertebrates in storage systems; pests of grains and legumes, dried fruit and nuts; prevention and monitoring of pests; economics; regulations; marketing of stored commodities; insect-resistant packaging; and more.

Co-editors are Tom Phillips, currently professor of entomology, and David Hagstrum, retired from that position.

EGG GRAVY -- AND OTHER DELICACIES

Butterfield Books Inc. commemorates Easter by updating the book, Egg Gravy, the third book in the Butter in the Well series by Kansas author Linda K. Hubalek and sharing recipes from this book for the upcoming weekend.

“For centuries, spring and eggs have symbolized Easter. For the early pioneers, spring also meant getting a supply of eggs again because their hens stop laying eggs during the winter,” said Hubalek, the author of several books about Kansas homesteaders.

While Hubalek researched her Butter in the Well book series, she found very old recipes handwritten on scraps of faded paper, in margins of old cookbooks, and in the memories of the pioneer’s children she interviewed. As a result, Egg Gravy is a collection of recipes pioneer women used during their homesteading days.

“It was interesting to see what cooks in the 1800s did with an extra supply of a farm product, and what they made for special occasions. Angel food cake, made with the egg whites, was a favorite for holidays and birthdays, but then they had the egg yolks to use up too”, said Hubalek.

Founded in 1994, Butterfield Books Inc. publishes and promotes books about Kansas and its pioneer history. The company is located in Lindsborg, Kansas, known as “Little Sweden USA.”

Hubalek writes books about the pioneer women who made Kansas their home, and include the Trail of Thread, the Butter in the Well, and the Planting Dreams series. (From PRWeb.)

See Butterfield Books.

POET, SINGER AT WASHBURN'S MABEE LIBRARY

Shanelle Gabriel, poet, singer, and lyricist, will present the program at 7 pm Thursday, April 4, at the Mabee Library, Washburn University in Topeka. Gabrielle is best known for the opening promo & featuring on HBO's Def Poetry Jam as well as in a promo for the 2007 NFL Draft shown on NBC.

PRICE, WONDRA: WICHITA 1930-2000

Situated in the heart of the Great Plains, Wichita has been a city of energy and change. The Great Depression and World War II brought both challenges and opportunities. During the postwar years, commercial and business activities downtown thrived, while shopping malls and drive-ins appeared in new suburbs. Meanwhile, African Americans, countercultural figures, and other groups struggled to reshape local affairs. Urban renewal transformed whole sections of the city, while redevelopment brought new life into older structures. Events such as Riverfest and a host of museums have improved the quality of life. A strong entrepreneurial tradition has remained, and populations from Asia and Latin America have brought new perspectives. Aviation has remained the economy's heart, although health care, higher education, and other ventures have made their mark as well. Through it all, the rhythms of everyday life have continued, creating a vibrant, complex community facing the dawn of the 21st century.

Authors Jay M. Price and Keith Wondra will debut their new book, Wichita 1930-2000, at 7pm on Wednesday, April 3 at Watermark Books and Cafe, 4701 E. Douglas in Wichita.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

HILL, ROITMAN, SMARSH AT RAVEN BOOKSTORE

DaMaris Hill, who holds a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Kansas, Judith Roitman, who teaches (not English) at KU, and Sarah Smarsh, a KU graduate with degrees in English and Journalism, will appear together at 7pm on Thursday, March 28, at the Raven Book Store, 6 E. 7th, in Lawrence.

K-STATE VISITING AUTHORS SERIES

Danielle Evans, whose work has been included in The Best American Short Stories 2008 and 2010, will read a 3:30 pm on Friday, March 29, as part of the K-State series of Visiting Authors and Speakers in the Union Little Theater. Evans is an assistant professor at American University. Her newest short-story collection is Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self.

DENISE LOW BEGINS POETRY WORKSHOP

On Thursday, March 28, Denise Low, former Kansas Poet Laureate, begins a four-week series of a poetry workshop at The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO.

A study of the genres of poetry -- sonnet, prose, narrative -- will focus on discussion, writing and sharing of works. Meetings will continue on April 4, 11, 18, from 6-8 pm

. For information on enrolling, go to http://www.writersplace.org.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Ryan M. Shelton, a Larned native who now lives in Ponca City, OK, is the author of The Mentor.

The story: Vincent Preston is in real trouble. With absentee parents, he raises himself, barely graduating high school, and has one chance to get out of his small town: baseball. He has a strong arm, but unfortunately it is wild, out of control. More at http://ryanmshelton.com.

KEELA AND CAPONE'S TAKE THAT DOG BACK

Keela and Capone's Take That Dog Back is the story of two mis-matched canines who had to learn how to coexist under the same roof.

. Keela and Capone’s Take that Dog Back, is a valuable and loveable lesson about family and friendship. After, Keela is introduced to the new family dog, her perfect family life is upset by the new carefree and messy puppy, Capone. Keela learns that not everyone does things the way she does them and she can learn new things from others. A valuable family story about the differences that make up each one of us and our common ground. Written by Caleb Schultz.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

PORTRAITS OF TROY (Topeka High School)

Portraits of TROY book release party is scheduled for April 5 during the First Friday Art Walk from 5pm to 8pm at Topeka High School.

From the first photograph from the 1870s thru the 21st century images, Portraits of TROY is an engaging visual study of a stunning piece of architecture. Planned in the late 1920s, built in the first years of the Great Depression, Topeka High School was one of the first multimillion dollar high schools ever built. A Topeka landmark, THS is on the National Register of Historic Places, and Portraits of TROY shows why with intricate detail images and sweeping panoramas. Fifty-eight pairs of matching shots show both the school when new in 1931 and now 81 years later. From the top of the 155 foot bell tower, to the 2400-seat auditorium, to the 3500-seat gymnasium, to Constitution Plaza, home to a spar from the USS Constitution “Old Ironsides,” the 342 photos in 272 pages are an intimate look at this Kansas landmark. From http://portraitsoftroy.com.

A portion of the proceeds benefits the Topeka High School Historical Society.

CROUSE; THE LITTLEST CORRECTIONAL OFFICER

Life inside a Kansas prison -- as a guard -- is described by Kitty Kesinger Crouse in the recently published The Littlest Correctional Officer. Crouse followed a family tradition; many of her family members worked in correctional institutions

Friday, March 22, 2013

MIKE WATSON SIGNING AT HAYSVILLE

News from the Haysville Community Library:

On Saturday March 23rd from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm author Michael Watson will be at the library signing his new book. Tresures of the Anasazi is the second book in a series following the character Jack Trader in his adventures.

The library is at 210 S. Hays in Haysville, .

Mike says: "Life is an adventure. Try Something new." Check Mike out at http://www.adventurewithmike.com

Thursday, March 21, 2013

RAVEN SPONSORS EVENT AT ARTS CENTER

A Raven Book Store sponsored event, the appearance of Shane Lopez, the author of Making Hope Happen, will take place at 7 pm on Tuesday, March 28, at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire Street, in Lawrence.

The expanded title of the book is Making Hope Happen: Create the Future You want for Yourself and Others. Lopez will be discussing schools, businesses, and nonprofits that spread hope through strong leadership and creative practices.

www.ravenbookstore.com.

Monday, March 18, 2013

MILESTONE FOR EIGHTH DAY BOOKS

October 2013 marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of Eighth Day Books. In honor of the occasion, we are asking you, our extraordinary customers, to tell us what Eighth Day Books means to you. We hope you’ll share reminiscences, humorous moments, epic sagas, paens, poetic waxings and/or love letters to Eighth Day Books.

Everyone who has crossed paths with Eighth Day—whether in Wichita, on the road, or in virtual fashion via the internet or telephone—is invited to contribute. We want to hear from brand-new customers, veteran shoppers, famous and not-so-famous authors, bloggers, former employees, sales reps, classmates and long-lost cousins of our esteemed founder -- From Eighth Day Books, 2838 E Douglas in Wichita.

Deadline is June 1, 2013, details at http://blog.eighthdaybooks.com/?p=1838.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

READY FOR TIGER HUNTING ? ? ?

Tracy Million Simmons, Emporia, announces the publication of her first novel, Tiger Hunting. It is currently available as an e-book, and the print version is expected to be released by mid-April.

"When Jeni returns to her childhood home in western Kansas, she never imagines that she'll be hunting a white tiger escaped from the circus or competing with an ape for the affections of the boy she once loved. While she waits for the man she's left behind to notice she's not coming back, she reconnects with her family and works to pick up the pieces of her life."

More at www.tracymillionsimmons.com

MacWRITERS, MUSEUM HOST WRITING CONFERENCE

MacWriters, a McPherson area writing group, and McPherson Museum & Arts Foundation invite you to join us April 19-20 for a weekend getaway to listen, learn, and share about the writing in your life. Our theme is “Writing on the Side,” but the sessions will be of benefit to full-time writers as well as part-timers. After all, all writers tend to think like writers all of the time.

To learn more about the conference and to register, download the conference program HERE, or call 620-241-8464 for more information. Registration can be paid for via credit card by phone.

KC VOICES WRITERS AT THE RAVEN

Kansas City Voices’ mission is to discover, encourage, and promote creativity and communication through literature, art, and other forms of cultural expression. The publication is an annual eclectic mix of fiction, essays, interviews, articles, poetry and art. The magazine’s first volume went to press in 2001 and is published each November.

Come to the Raven Book Store at 7 pm on Tuesday, March 19 to hear four featured Kansas City Voices contributors,Amy Ash, Jeff Tigchelaar, Timothy Volpert and Phyllis Westover.

Raven Book Store, www.ravenbookstore.com

Whispering Prairie Press, www.wppress.org.

WILSON READING SERIES AT JOCO LIBRARY

Phong Nguyen and Kathryn Nuernberger will be heard at the Thomas Zvi Wilson Reading Series at 7 pm on Tuesday, March 19, at the Johnson County Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th Street, Overland Park.

Nguyen is the author of two short story collections, Memory Sickness and Other Stories, and the upcoming Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History. Nuernberger is poetry editor for the journal Pleiades, and teaches writing at the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg.

The Writers Place, www.writersplace.org

Johnson County Library, www.jocolibrary.org

Monday, March 11, 2013

NO KNITTING INSTRUCTIONS HERE

Strangely, Hugh Howey's Wool has little, if anything, to do with needlework. It's about life in a giant underground silo, written by Howey during the three years he worked as a bookseller.

Intrigued? Be at Rainy Day Books in The Fairway Shops 2706 W 53rd Street, Fairway, at 7 pm on Wednesday, March 13. Ticket information at www.rainydaybooks.com.

HAITIAN POET AT KANSAS UNION

For "An Evening with Edwidge Danticat" be at the Woodruff Auditorium at the University of Kansas Union, at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, March 13.

A native of Haiti, Danticat came to the United States at the age of eleven. Her appearance is sponsored by the Hall Center for the Humanities and is part of the Frances & Floyd Horowitz Lecture series devoted to issues related to our multi-cultural society

Sunday, March 10, 2013

DUKIN' IT OUT FOR THE COUNTY SEAT

Robert Collins will be talking about his newest book, Kansas County Seat Conflicts: The Elections, The Feuds, and the Wars, at 7 pm on Tuesday, March 12, at the Marion City Library, 101 Library, Marion.

(I'm testing my knowledge of Kansas' history to figure out which courthouse is pictured on the cover. What's your guess?)

Among several genres, Collins has written extensively about Kansas railroad history. See his blog in the right-hand side-bar, One Kansas Author, or go to http://robertlcollins.blogspot.com

LIFE AS A FEMALE PRISON GUARD

The real-life, chilling story of a prison guard is told by Sara Lundsford in Sweet Hell on Fire. Lundsford will be at The Book Barn, 410 Delaware in downtown historic Leavenworth at 11 am, on Saturday, March 16.

Lunsford is also a noted romance writer, writing as Saranna DeWylde. See her other works at http://sarannadewylde.com/?page_id=119

FROM KEROSENE LAMPS TO INCANDESCENT BULBS

Ernest Freeberg will present his new book The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America at 7 pm on Tuesday, March 12, at the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering and Technology, 5109 Cherry Street, on the UMKC campus.

Seating is limited, and admission tickets are required. More information at Rainy Day Books

WHO FOUNDED THE GIRL SCOUTS?

Stolen from Watermark Books and Café:

Juliette Gordon Low was a singular figure in American history. "Crazy Daisy," as her family knew her, was a vibrant and headstrong woman. Her magnetic blend of fun and determination coupled with an unwavering vision brought the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) into existence. Acclaimed historian Stacy A. Cordery tells Low’s complete life story in the definitive biography, Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts.

Stacy A. Cordery is a professor of history at Monmouth College and the bibliographer of the National First Ladies’ Library. She is the author of Alice, a biography of Alice Roosevelt Longworth, a New York Times Notable book in 2007. She lives in Monmouth, Illinois.

Cordery will be at Watermark Books and Cafe at 7 pm on Tuesday, March 12, 4701 E. Douglas in Wichita

Monday, March 4, 2013

IT'S THE ROCKING HORSE -- BY A NOSE!

Gloria Zachgo is honored to announce her cozy mystery novel, The Rocking Horse, won Honorable Mention in the Writer's Digest 20th Annual Self Published Book Awards.

Check it out on page 47 of the March/April edition of Writer's Digest.

COMING OUT FROM BEHIND THE PRINTING PRESS

I can’t hide behind the printing press any longer My collection of eight short stories, Emergency, No-Guilt Hot Chocolate, will be available no later than March 23, with a signing 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Book Barn, 410 Delaware, in Leavenworth.

Yeah, I know, Leavenworth, that out-of-the way corner of the state of Kansas. Although the stories are all fictional, the whole thing started in Leavenworth, when I won second place in a chocolate recipe contest a few years back. My winning recipe was printed in The Leavenworth Times.

Well, I wove a story out of that event, creating a much younger contest winner, Gabrielle, and her grandmother, Felicienne, who doesn’t always tell the truth. And Shane, a never-boyfriend who seems to have disappeared from Gabrielle’s life.

Other appealing characters (I KNOW they’re appealing because I created them) occupy the other stories, which I hope readers will grow to love as they cheer them through their predicaments.

Hope to see you at The Book Barn.