Arts notes

National Poetry Month: Missouri poet to visit KU for reading, signing

Olathe native and Ottawa University graduate Dave Malone -- a poet, playwright, actor and screenwriter -- will appear from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Oread Books in the Kansas Union.

Malone will read from his two books of poetry, "Poems to Love and the Body" and "Under the Sycamore," and will then do a book signing.

The event is free and open to the public.

Malone received his master's degree from Indiana State University and now teaches composition and film and directs the writing tutoring program at Southwest Missouri State University-West Plains.

His poetry appears in numerous literary journals, including Spoken War, Red Booth Review, Potpourri and Snow Monkey, and in one chapbook entitled 23 Sonnets.

KU alumni visits area to promote first novel

Kansas City, Mo. -- Kansas University graduate Brian Shawver, author of "The Cuban Prospect," will read from and sign copies of his first novel at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Mo.

Shawver, who lives in Boston, will be here through April 27 as part of his Midwestern tour. He attended Shawnee Mission East High School. He received his master of fine arts from the Iowa Writers Workshop and was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Award.

"The Cuban Prospect" tells the story of Dennis Birch, a 34-year-old failed major league ball player turned minor league scout whose field of dreams always has been baseball. He accepts the challenge of smuggling a hot right-handed pitcher out of Cuba in the hope that promoting the greatness of another will confer a portion of it on him.

KC author, screenwriter to appear at Unity Temple

Kansas City, Mo. -- Kansas City novelist and screenwriter Barbara Wright will read from and sign copies of her new book, "Plain Language," at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Mo.

"Plain Language" is a pioneer novel set against the dusty plains of eastern Colorado in the 1930s with a heroine reminiscent of those found in Willa Cather's works.

Wright, an 11th-generation Quaker, is also author of "Easy Money."

Jennifer Chiaverini, author of "The Quilter's Legacy," also will be at the Monday event, sponsored by Rainy Day Books.

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