Arts notes

McDougal of Whitewater fame to appear in K.C.

Fairway-- Susan McDougal, the Arkansas woman who spent two years in prison because she refused to testify against the Clintons during the Whitewater scandal, will be at a Kansas City area bookstore Wednesday to read and sign copies of her New York Times bestselling book, "The Woman Who Wouldn't Talk."

McDougal will appear at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Rainy Day Books, 2706 W. 53rd St., Fairway.

Book awards make call for submissions

Kansas City, Mo. -- The first William Rockhill Nelson Award winners will be recognized this fall at a Writers Place Readings reception and at the Writers Place Chapter & Verse Dinner honoring a 2003 Pulitzer Prize Letters category winner.

The competition is open to Kansas and Missouri authors who published a fiction, nonfiction or original poetry book in 2002. Two copies of the book and a completed application form must be submitted by May 31.

There is no submission fee. Guidelines and entry forms may be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, Mo., 64111 or by e-mailing

Winners will be announced in September and will receive a $1,000 prize and commemorative medallion.

The award's namesake, William Rockhill Nelson (1841-1915), came to Kansas City at the age of 39 and established The Kansas City Evening Star newspaper with Samuel Morss. The publication continues today as The Kansas City Star, which is co-sponsoring the awards with The Writers Place.


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