Saturday, April 27, 2013

HUBALEK: THE KANSAS QUILTER

This year's Millfest Quilt Show, May 4-5 in Lindsborg, features historic quilts from the family of Linda Hubalek. This author wrote the Butter in the Well and Planting Dreams books series, which are about the Swedish immigrants that homesteaded in central Kansas during the 1860s. The antique quilt display will be featured in the Swedish Pavilion during Millfest weekend. These quilts, made from 1830s through the 1950s, were made by Linda Hubalek’s ancestors. The quilt show is sponsored by the McPherson Quilt Guild.

Hubalek kicks off Millfest weekend with a lecture about the quilts and her books at 3:30 on Friday, May 3rd in the Swedish Pavilion in Heritage Square across from the Old Mill. Hubalek is currently working on a new book, The Kansas Quilter, featuring her great-grandmother Kizzie Pieratt and the many quilts she crafted.

Author Hubalek writes books about the pioneer women who made Kansas their home. Her books are published by Butterfield Books Inc. and they include the Trail of Thread, the Butter in the Well, and the Planting Dreams series. 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.”

From PRWeb.

MARSHALL: TEATIME TO TAILGATES

A new cookbook to come out this fall will celebrate the rich food history of Kansas State University. Teatime to Tailgates: 150 Years at the K-State Table is being prepared by Jane P. Marshall, a food journalist and culinary historian.

COLLINS: KANSAS COUNTY SEAT CONFLICTS

From The Eldorado Times:

Most people have heard of the county seat war between Augusta and El Dorado, but there were many more county seat battles throughout the state.

Local author Robert Collins shares some of those stories with his newest book, Kansas County Seat Conflicts: The Elections, the Feuds, and the Wars.

He will be holding a book signing from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Book Grinder, 2222 W. Central, offering this books, as well as his others.

More at http://www.eldoradotimes.com/article/20130423/NEWS/130429800 or see Collins' blog, One Kansas Author, in the right-hand sidebar.

GONE TO THE DOGS

Dogs rule for readers in the 2013 William Allen White Children’s Book Awards. Guinea Dog by Patrick Jennings (EgmontUSA) and Ghost Dog Secrets by Peg Kehret (Penguin Group) have been judged the best by Kansas schoolchildren.

The William Allen White Children’s Book Award program was founded in 1952 by Ruth Garver Gagliardo, a specialist in children’s literature for Emporia State University. One of the few literary awards that asks young readers to choose the winners, the program is directed by Emporia State University and supported in part by the Trusler Foundation.

Both authors have been invited to the awards celebration, set for Saturday, Oct. 5 in Emporia.

Guinea Dog, selected by voters in Grades 3 through 5, tells the story of Rufus, who dreams of having a dog as a pet. But his dad objects, and his mom’s solution sounds crazy. Still, Mom brings home a guinea pig for Rufus, who discovers this pig thinks she’s a dog.

Ghost Dog Secrets, selected by voters in Grades 6 through 8, is the story of Rusty, a sixth-grade boy who feeds a dog left chained in frigid weather with no food, water or shelter. Eventually, Rusty and his friends take the dog to their hideout. As they face multiple challenges — a snoopy sister and threats from the dog’s owner — Rusty faces a new challenge when a ghost dog appears in his room and tries to lead him to an even deeper secret.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

THREE AT THE RAVEN ON THURSDAY

From the Raven Book Store:

Dana Guthrie Martin . . . her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals . . . she is the editor of Cascadia Review, an online poetry journal.

Shawn J. Patterson is an undergraduate at the University of Kansas, where he serves as poetry editor for the student journal, Siren.

Come to hear Martin, Patterson, and Alex Haslett at 7 pm on Thursday, April 25, at the Raven, 6 E. 7th, in Lawrence.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

TODAY DOWNS, BELOIT, TOMORROW SALINA

Today the Kansas Renga poets were in Downs and Beloit, tomorrow they will be at the Ad Astra Coffee house in Salina, 141 N. Santa Fe Avenue. Scheduled to read are Thea Nietfeld, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Shawn Pavey, Lydia Lowe, Ronda Miller, Lee Mick, Hazel Smith Hutchinson, Dan Pohl, Jackie Ash, Roy Beckemeyer, Pat Beckemeyer.

Copies of To the Stars Through Difficulties, the anthology of the 2012 renga poems, is available at http://mammothpublications.com.

AUTHOR TRANSLATES MOTHER'S POEMS

Recently published, The Petals of a Kansas Sunflower: A Mennonite Disapora, by Melvin D. Epp, features the poetry of his mother, Marie Harder Epp, a life-long member of the Kansas Mennonite community. The author has translated her poems from German into English, giving . . . a clear window into her fascinating Mennonite heritage.

A reviewer writes: "What began as poetry written on bits of paper is now a substantial volume on Kansas Mennonite lore."

TWO AUTHORS AT ELLIS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The legendary George Armstrong Custer will be very much a part of the discussion on Sunday, April 21, at the Ellis County Historical Society Museum, 100 W. 7th, Hays. Author Mary Ann Thompson will be discussing her book, Winners of the West, at 1:30 pm. She will be followed at 3 pm by Sandy Barnard, the author of A Hoosier Quaker Goes to War and Ten Years With Custer.

Thompson is the author of Hays: The 1930s, a book in the Images of America series. Barnard's 30-year research has resulted in several books related to Custer, www.sandybarnardauthor.com

QUELL YOUR HUNGER WITH FORAGED FLAVOR

Tama Matsuoka Wong, the author of Foraged Flavor: An Introduction to Harvesting and Cooking with Wild Plants, will be making several appearances on Wednesday, April 24, in Manhattan. (But you're probably too late to make your reservations, sorry.)

Foraged Flavor is about "finding fabulous ingredients in your backyard or farmer's market." Author Wong teamed up with co-author (and chef) Eddy Leroux to produce recipes for preparing delicious dishes from foraged foods. More at www.meadowsandmore.com

At 6 pm on Thursday, April 26, Wong will present a program at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th Street, Kansas City, MO. RSVP www.kclibrary.org.

CLIFF WRIGHT: ROPER GOES WEST

Cliff Wright of Paola turned to fiction for his third book, Roper Goes West, the story set in the 1880s of a young man skilled with the use of the lariat.

Wright's earlier books were Kansas Folklore in Rural Life and World War II: For One.

EICKHOFF, BARNHART: THE BIG DIVIDE

The release of The Big Divide: A Travel Guide to Historic and Civil War Sites in the Missouri-Kansas Border Region, a new book by the writing team of Diane Eickhoff and Aaron Barhnart, will be at 6 pm on Wednesday, April 24, at the Kansas City Mo Central Library, 14 W/ 10th Street, Kansas City, MO.

From the publishers, Quindaro Press:

A lot has happened along The Big Divide. From the tribal nations that inhabited this area for centuries to the overland trails that made westward pioneering possible, all the way through Harry Truman and Brown v. Board, the sites along the Missouri-Kansas border cover a wide sweep of history that made not only this region what it is today, but helped shape America in important ways.Combining the practicality of a budget travel guide with page-turning history, The Big Divide is as entertaining as it is useful.

Eickhoff is the author of the award-winning Revolutionary Heart, and a frequent speaker for Kansas Humanities Programs. Barnhart is the former Kansas City Star television and media critic. RSVP kclibrary.org.

TITLE POEM BECOMES A BOOK

Ramona McCallum, whose poem, Still LIfe with Dirty Dishes first appeared in www.150kansaspoems.wordpress.com part of Kansas' Sesquicentenial in 2011, has expanded that title poem into an entire collection.

Reviewer Elizabeth Dodd writes: "Like its title poem, this collection insists on art's daily necessity. McCallum chronicles the rhythms of family life, and in the domestic pause between chore and love, in the hushed wake of cleaving or grieving, she catches a visceral sense of life's intensity. In a parent's gaze, a child's 'becoming/individual' transfixes attention on the momentousness of any given moment, and it's this same gaze the poet lifts to consider how Being shapes itself into the patterns we'll look back on to recognize as our lives. Fluid, confident, and honest, these poems celebrate creativity and find it both rare and everywhere."

LEHRER EXPLAINS LIFE IN TENSION CITY

From Jim Lehrer's publisher, Random House, about Tension City:

"A veteran newsman who has presided over eleven presidential and vice-presidential debates, Jim Lehrer gives readers a ringside seat for some of the epic political battles of our time, shedding light on all of the critical turning points and rhetorical faux pas that helped determine the outcome of America’s presidential elections. Drawing on his own experiences as “the man in the middle seat,” in-depth interviews with the candidates and his fellow moderators, and transcripts of key exchanges, Lehrer illuminates what he calls the “Major Moments” and “killer questions” that defined the debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain. In this paperback edition, he also offers his expert analysis of the 2012 Republican primary debates."

A native of Kansas, Lehrer will be at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City, MO, Public Library, 4801 Main Street, at 6 pm on Monday, April 22. RSVP at www.kclibrary.org.

Friday, April 19, 2013

GRAIN ELEVATOR BOOK GARNERS REGIONAL, NATIONAL AWARDS

Grain Elevator Press, Hutchinson, was notified this week that their first book The American Grain Elevator: Function & Form is a finalist for two prestigious awards for small press publications.

The book was recognized as a First Horizon Award finalist for the current national Eric Hoffer Award season. The First Horizon Award is given each year to the highest scoring books by debut authors. This is a special distinction beneath the Eric Hoffer Award umbrella. The book is still being considered for category, press, and grand prizes.

It is also a finalist in the Illustrations: Photography category of the Midwest Book Awards which provides recognition to regional small presses.

Press owner and author, Linda Laird, said, "Who'd have thought a little book on grain elevators would garner such enthusiasm across the country? This national interest has been seen in our sales as we have rapidly moved to a second printing. Our next book will hopefully be out before Christmas and will focus on the history of grain elevators in Kansas." Books may be purchased at www.grainelevatorpress.com or by sending a check for $26 to Linda Laird, 502 E Sherman Hutchinson KS 67501.

KANSAS VOICES WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The winners of the 24th Kansas Voices Contest have been announced, and they are -- drumroll --

Adult Short Story: First place, Teri Stettnisch, Overland Park, with Countdown; Honorable Mention, Grace Becker, Newton, with A Basket of Stories, and Teri Stettnisch, Overland Park, with Loose Ends.

Adult Poetry: First place, Graham Barnes, Topeka, with Something for Nothing; Honorable Mention, Graham Barnes, Topeka, with Life Drawing and A Question of Timing.

Youth Short Story: First place, Braylea King, Winfield, with Mod; Honorable Mention, Madeline Boles, Independence, with What Happens, Zack Anderson, Lindsborg, with Goldilark and the Three Owls.

Youth Poetry: First place, Tanner Boyle, Winfield, with Found Drama; Honorable Mention, Caroline Erickson, Wichita, with Winter Burial.

Awards will be presented at 7 pm on Saturday, May 4, during and Awards Dinner at Baden Square, 700 Gary, Winfield.

Judges were Stephen Meats for poetry, and Dennis Etzel for prose.

Sponsors are the Winfield Daily Courier, Cowley College, CornerBank, Winfield Consumer Products, GE Engine Services, Southwestern College, Bob and Nancy Love of Wichita, with underwriting by the Winfield Convention and Tourism Bureau.

For information call 620-221-2161.

Friday, April 12, 2013

YOHO TO READ AT KANSAS ORIGINALS MARKET

Max Yoho will be reading at 2 pm on Sunday, April 14, at Kansas Originals Market, I-70 Exit 206, Wilson.

Yoho is the author of Me and Aunt Izzy and With the Wisdom of Owls. And more! Check out www.dancinggoatpress.com for more of Yoho's publications.

MEET CAGNEY, PROFESSIONAL THERAPY DOG AT BOOK GRINDER

From the Eldorado Times: Marsha Todd, elementary school counselor and author of the book Cagney, Professional Therapy Dog, will be at a book signing at The Book Grinder, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13.

Professional therapy dogs working in school settings assist students in many ways. They can reinforce positive behaviors, model appropriate social skills, listen to children read, listen to or walk with children who are feeling upset, or engage in therapeutic play sessions with them.

See www.eldoradotimes.com . The Book Grinder is at 2222 W. Central Avenue in El Dorado.

AUTHOR PLUNKETT SHARES HOMESTEADING MEMOIR

From the Lamar (CO) Ledger: The Lamar Public Library will feature another writer for Author Talk on Sat. April 13, 2013 at 1 p.m. when Alma Lou Plunkett visits the library for a special presentation.Alma Lou Plunkett of Syracuse, Kan. recently wrote a book titled, The Kansas-Colorado Line: Homesteading Tales of Several Families, a Memoir. In her book, Ms. Plunkett recounts the challenges and opportunities faced by homesteaders on the Kansas/Colorado border.

Homesteading was a way of life for the many families living along the Kansas/Colorado Line. In her memoir Plunkett, the daughter of homesteaders who married into another homesteading family, explores what life was like for those who made a living from the land from about 1906 to 1960. Relying on her memories as well as research gleaned from family stories, she delves deep into the challenges that homesteading families faced. She also explains how social and technological changes have affected the lives of farmers in rural America.

More at www.lamarledger.com.

K-STATE PROFESSOR WRITES ABOUT CIVIL-MILITARY RELATIONSHIPS

From Johns Hopkins Press: Civil-Military Relations and Shared Responsibility considers the factors that allow some civilian and military organizations to operate more productively in a political context than others, bringing into comparative study for the first time the military organizations of the U.S., Russia, Germany, and Canada. Refuting the work of scholars such as Samuel P. Huntington and Michael C. Desch, Dale R. Herspring approaches civil-military relations from a new angle, military culture, arguing that the optimal form of civil-military relations is one of shared responsibility between the two groups.

Herspring outlines eight factors that contribute to conditions that promote and support shared responsibility among civilian officials and the military, including such prerequisites as civilian leaders not interfering in the military's promotion process and civilian respect for military symbols and traditions. He uses these indicators in his comparative treatment of the U.S., Russian, German, and Canadian militaries.

Herspring is Kansas State University distinguished professor of political science.

INDIGENOUS POPULATIONS AFFECTED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

From a University of Kansas release:

Climate change's effects are starting to be felt around the world, and indigenous populations are in many cases among the first to have their ways of life disrupted. Yet these populations are often powerless, both politically and economically, to convince those with the ability to do something about it to do so. A University of Kansas law professor has co-edited a book examining how climate change has affected indigenous people worldwide and how they can legally address the issues in the future.

Elizabeth Kronk, associate professor of law and director of the Tribal Law & Government Center at KU, has co-edited Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: The Search for Legal Remedies with Randall S. Abate, associate professor of law at Florida A&M University. The editors gathered work from a collection of legal and environmental experts from around the world, many of whom hail from indigenous populations. Their entries examine how climate change has affected indigenous peoples on numerous continents and how future legal action may help their cause.

DOBSON: THE WATERS OF CHAOS

Jerry Dobson, co-author with his brother, Jeff Dobson, will discuss The Waters of Chaos at 3 pm on Wednesday, April 17, at the Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive, in Lawrence. Jerry Dobson is a professor at the University of Kansas.

From the Dole Institute website: The Waters of Chaos is an unconventional science mystery novel tackling the greatest puzzle of them all: How did we get to be so smart? The stories invoke Egyptian mythology and universal flood myths to connect science and lore. Check out the evidence, and you'll find that almost all of it is true and convincing enough to challenge conventional wisdom. Mystery, adventure, action, romance, the Secrets of the Ages; The Waters of Chaos has them all.

GRANDDAUGHTER TELLS VETERAN'S STORY

Author Tammy Zimmerman will be at the Derby Public Library, 1600 Walnut Grove, Derby, at 4 pm to sign copies of Blinded By His Shadow, the story of her grandfather, Joseph T. Zimmerman.

From the website www.blindedbyhisshadow.com: Blinded by His Shadow is a journey through the life of Joseph T. Zimmerman, a man whose memory painfully clung to those who had lost him and a man who remained a mystery to family who had never known him. Through this book, published on the fiftieth anniversary of his death, his granddaughter, Tammy Zimmerman, seeks to trace his footsteps and to discover the man behind the name.

His was just an ordinary life. His story sounded like that of thousands of men across America. All he desired was the opportunity to live, love, work and raise a family. But in his ordinary way, he became a great man. His lasting influence, though silent, powerfully shaped the lives of his family with a nearly blinding force. He became a man who stood for what was right, a man who never shirked his duty, a man whose overwhelming, yet hidden legacy will inspire all who read his story.

WHO HAS SEEN JOHNNY KAW?

Illustrator Brad Sneed will be at the Manhattan Public Library at 2 pm on Saturday, April 13, to sign copies of the new book, Johnny KaW: A Tall Tale.

From www.sleepingbearpress.com: Five minutes after his birth, Johnny Kaw is over six feet tall and still growing. When he outgrows his crib and even their town, his parents decide to move west where "little" Johnny can have plenty of room to play. After the family crosses the wide Missouri River to Kansas, Johnny sits down to play with his dog. His bottom ends up making the valley where his family will settle. And when Johnny clears stones from a field so his father can plow, he ends up creating the Rocky Mountains in the process. The legendary folk hero shapes the state's landscape by carving out valleys and creating prairies with his bare hands. Why, he even takes on a tornado when it threatens the family farm. Kansas native Devin Scillian spins a rollicking, rhyming yarn based on the tall tale of Johnny Kaw. Comedic, exaggerated artwork from artist Brad Sneed brings this character to BIG life.

Hosted by Claflin Books, at 1814 Claflin Road in Manhattan.

www.bradsneed.com

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

AUTHOR APOLOGIZES TO READERS AT LACKMAN LIBRARY

From Johnson County Library, Lackman Branch:

When author-illustrator Nathan Hale wrote his graphic novel Big Bad Ironclad! A Civil War Steamship Showdown, he made one huge mistake. After careful research and fact-checking, he used a map of the states in 1861 that incorrectly identified Kansas as part of the Confederacy.

When our librarians got in touch with Mr. Hale to set the record straight, he immediately offered to travel to Kansas for an Official Apology Ceremony to remedy his hazardous fail.

Nathan Hale will appear at 6:30 pm on Thursday, April 11 at the Lackman Library during the monthly Guys Read Book Club. After the Official Apology Ceremony, he will demonstrate his drawing techniques, explain how he creates graphic novels like Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales and share a bit of history.

The Library will serve refreshments and give away door prizes, and signed copies of Mr. Hale’s books will be available for sale. Help us accept his apology on behalf of the state of Kansas – everyone welcome! For more information, call (913) 826-4600.

AUTHOR RECALLS DODGE CITY

From the website of Robert Rebein:

I am a writer and professor of writing with a special interest in the nonfiction of place. My most recent work, Dragging Wyatt Earp: A Personal History of Dodge City (Swallow Press, 2013), explores what it means to grow up in, leave, and ultimately return to the iconic western town of Dodge City, Kansas, as well as the surrounding high plains country George Armstrong Custer once called “the fairest and richest portion of our national domain.”

At 7 pm on Wednesday, April 10, Rebein will present a reading at Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Town Center Plaza, 4751 W. 117th Street, Leawood. Prior to that, he will visit classes at Washburn University in Topeka and the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

HELP EIGHTH DAY BOOKS CELEBRATE 25TH ANNIVERSARY

From 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.

We’ll publish our favorite submissions in an illustrated paperback that’s scheduled to hit our shelves in mid-October. Please help us accomplish this labor of love by adhering to these guidelines:

750 words or less. Submissions may be abridged and/or edited for publication.

Include name, address, e-mail and telephone for the author (and co-author, if there is one); no group or anonymous submissions.

Please submit via e-mail, preferably as an attachment in MS Word, to books@eighthdaybooks.com using the subject line “Anniversary Submission.”

Photographs and original artwork depicting themes related to Eighth Day Books will also be considered for inclusion; please submit in jpg format (300 dpi preferred).

Excerpts from your submission may appear in our blog and/or Facebook page.

Deadline for all submissions: June 1, 2013.

Please direct all questions and inquiries to Victoria or Alanna (800-841-2541). Many thanks!

Check out their website at http://eighthdaybooks.com

Saturday, April 6, 2013

NEW FROM CAROLE KATSANTONESS

Rising From the Shards is a non-fiction about a fifty-four year old woman who was blind-sided, knocked off her feet for over twelve years, (one of those tests in life to make us stronger), but discovered the internal conflict, learned the lesson and became victorious.

Kat Tales is a compilation of short stories revolving around childhood in Kansas City, connections to the shadows of the past. They are both available on amazon and Kindle.

Kat Tales, Volume II is on its way. Many more tales to include photos. Check out Katsantoness' blog.

Friday, April 5, 2013

MIKE WATSON AT DERBY LIBRARY

From the Derby Library: "Michael Watson, area resident, has just released his newest adventure novel, Treasure of the Anasazi. It is his second in the Jack Trader adventure series. The story takes place in the Durango/Mesa Verde area of southwest Colorado. Jack must stop treasure hunters before they discover and destroy the last Anasazi village deep within Mesa Verde. If he fails, the Coyote People will take matters into their own hands."

Watson's first book is The Nestorian Alliance. More about Watson at http://www.adventurewithmike.com Watson will be at www.derbylibrary.com the Derby Library, 1600 E. Walnut Grove, at 2 pm on Saturday, April 6.

KARLIN LEADS DIALOGUE WORKSHOP

Katherine Karlin, author of Send Me Work, will lead a workshops, He Said/She Said: Writing Effective Dialogue, from 2-4 pm on Saturday, April 6, at The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO.

From The Writers Place: Why does some dialogue fall flat on the page when other dialogue sings? The answer is not always straightforward; sometimes verbatim real-life dialogue can sound stilted once it’s written, and highly stylized dialogue can ring true. In this workshop, we will explore the different kinds of work dialogue can do for a piece of fiction, and how often subtext and subterfuge can be more revealing than earnest declarations. Bring 2-3 page samples of dialogue (screenwriters also welcome) and your acting chops: all dialogue will be read aloud!

Enroll on The Writers' Place Workshops Page.

TOPEKA AUTHOR AT MYSTERYSCAPE

From Mysteryscape: A national bestseller, The Yard takes us to London, 1889, just after the terror of Jack the Ripper. Twelve beleagured detectives forming The Murder Squad work to solve thousands of crimes in the growing London metropolis. Detective Day and Dr. Bernard Kingsley, a forensic pathologist, work together to solve the murder of one of their own.

The Yard is Topeka Author Alex Grecian's first novel in The Murder Squad Series and now out in paperback. His second in the series, Black Country, comes out May 21, 2013.

At the April 6 Sisters in Crime meeting, Alex Grecian will discuss the era and the titles in his series and sign books. . . . We'd be happy to reserve a signed copy for you if you're unable to make Saturday's event. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Sisters In Crime. No RSVP needed.

Program begins at 11 am on Saturday, April 6. Mysteryscape is at 7309 West 80th Street, Overland Park, (right around the corner from the Clock Tower Bakery, 7911 Santa Fe Drive).

SEA MONSTERS AT LACKMAN LIBRARY

From the Lackman (Johnson County) Library: Fans of prehistoric sea creatures (and aren’t we all!), we’ve got a special afternoon lined up for you at Lackman Library. Did you know that Kansas fossils are famous in major museums around the world? Many spectacular fossils have been exported from Kansas since the late 1860s, especially by Kansan Charlie Sternberg and his sons, who pioneered many of the basic paleontology methods used today.

Michael Everhart, an expert on prehistoric sea creatures of western Kansas, will bring show-and-tell to explain how the Sternbergs preserved and prepared the remains of Kansas fossils including mosasaurs, plesiosaurs and pterosaurs. Everhart is the author of Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Creatures of the Deep and Oceans of Kansas, and he also served as an advisor for the 2007 National Geographic IMAX film, Sea Monsters.

This program is provided by the Kansas Humanities Council. Free and open to the public – older children, adults and families will enjoy!

Saturday, April 6, 2013, 2 p.m. Lackman Library

Thursday, April 4, 2013

STERN, WERMIEL: JUSTICE BRENNAN

Authors Seth Stern and Stephen Wermiel provide a "striking new view of Brennan based on . . . Justice Brennan’s very personal case histories of the major battles that confronted the Supreme Court during the past half century. Roe v. Wade, affirmative action, the death penalty, obscenity law, and the constitutional right to privacy are among the many controversial and hotly-contested big-picture issues covered in the Brennan annals. But they also provide more intimate glimpses of Brennan’s surprising refusal to hire female clerks, even as he wrote groundbreaking opinions relating to women’s rights; the complex tension between his commitment to law and his Catholic beliefs; and new details on his unprecedented working relationship with Chief Justice Earl Warren."

Published in February by the University Press of Kansas. Stern is assistant managing editor at Bloomberg BNA; Wermiel teaches constitutional law at American University’s Washington College of Law.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

CATERER: THE KEY AND THE FLAME

Come to Shawnee Books and Toys at 5 pm on Friday, April 5, for food, drink, fun, giveaways, AND the launch of The Key and the Flame, by Claire Caterer.

Eleven-year-old Holly Shepard is hardly one of great magical power. She’s just an ordinary girl living in an even more ordinary American suburb. Her brother Ben excels in the advanced-math class while Holly pulls a C for daydreaming and doodling on her test papers. But her greatest wish—to escape her humdrum existence and experience true adventure—has just been waiting for the right moment to come true.

When the family travels to England for the summer, Holly finds more adventure than even she bargained for—an ancient iron key that unlocks visions, portals, and even the magic long slumbering in Holly herself. With Ben and his friend Everett, Holly travels to Anglielle, a medieval kingdom where magic is outlawed and those with magical powers are hunted by a ruthless king. Holly soon discovers that her magic is the most sought-after of all.

Packed with magic and adventure, The Key and the Flame is only the beginning of a five-part series that chronicles how Holly, Ben, and Everett strive to restore magic to Anglielle and defeat the evil forces that hold the kingdom in its grip. Oh, yes, Shawnee Books and Toys is at 7311 Quivira in Shawnee. More about Caterer at http://www.clairecaterer.com/books.

AUTHOR TO PRESENT AT TWO CHURCHES

Diana Butler Bass, the author of Christianity after Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening, will participate in the Visiting Scholar Program at the Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, beginning with a program at 7 pm on Friday, April 5. On Saturday, April 6, Bass will present programs at 9 am and at 10:30 am. On Sunday, April 7, Bass will deliver the sermon at the 10:15 am service at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 415 W. 13th St. Kansas City, MO.

More at http://villagepres.org/ministries-programs/visiting-scholar and http://www.ghtc-kc.org

AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR AT LOCAL BOOK STORES

Australian native M.L. Stedman, author of The Light Between Oceans, will be making two area appearances. On Friday, April 5, Stedman will be at Watermark Books and Cafe, 4701 E. Dougas in Wichita, at 7 pm. On Tuesday, April 9, Stedman will be at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th Street, Kansas City, MO, for Rainy Day Books.

Stedman's novel is the story of a childless couple, a lighthouse keeper and his wife, who are stunned when a boat washes ashore with a dead man and a live baby. They claim the baby as their own, to unexpected consequences. See www.watermarkbooks.com or www.rainydaybooks.com for information.

JOHN BROWN'S STORY AT LIBERTY HALL

From the Lawrence Public Library: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and noted author Tony Horwitz is coming to Lawrence! Together with the Lawrence Public Library Foundation and Crown Automotive, we are thrilled to sponsor this special guest as part of the 1863 Commemorate Lawrence year-long celebration. Mr. Horwitz will be joined on stage by KU Professor of History Jonathan Earle for a lively discussion about John Brown, his life, and his legacy. Mr. Horwitz is the author of several best-selling books, including his most recent, Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War. The Raven Bookstore will be selling copies of Mr. Horwitz’s books at the event. We expect a big crowd for this event, so plan on coming early. Doors will open at 7:00 pm.

Liberty Hall is at 644 Massachussetts St. See http://www.lawrence.lib.ks.us and www.ravenbookstore.com.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

“Our Town (It's Not on Any Map...True Places Never Are)”

The 2013 Kansas Authors Club statewide contest opened April 1. Closing date is June 15. Winners will be announced at the annual convention, hosted by District Five, October 4-6 in Wichita. The contest theme is “Our Town (It's Not on Any Map...True Places Never Are)”

For guidelines, go to www.kansasauthors.org. Click on the Contest tab in the left-hand sidebar. Also on the Contest page are links to the J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award, the Ferguson Kansas History Book Award, and the Nelson Poetry Award.

Do not confuse this with the separate District Three writing contest, which opened on April 1 and closes April 15. For guidelines in this contest, click on District Three news.

(If you are observant, you'll notice that the original URL of www.kansasauthors.org will change to http://skyways.lib.ks.us/orgs/kac/index.html. Thanks, as always, to the Kansas State Library system for hosting the KAC website.

TWO CONTESTS OPEN -- DON'T GET CONFUSED

Kansas Authors Club District Two writing contest has closed, but another contest has just opened -- District Three. But you'll need to be fast -- this contest closes April 15.

Entry fee is $1.00 for each submission in four prose categories (send entries to Joyce Long, 590 E 5200 St., Cherryvale, KS, 67337) and four poetry categories (send entries to Barbara Cooper, 504 Cheyenne, Coffeyville, KS 67337). Contest open to members and non-members.

For guidelines -- listen carefully. Go to District Three Contest. You'll have to scroll down a bit to bring the contest guidelines into view. The District Three contest should not be confused with the statewide KAC contest which open on the same day, April 1, but closes on June 15. For information on the stat contest, see the next post (to follow).