Graphic novel recommendations, part two: nonfiction

If you’ve ever taken a creative writing class, you’ve no doubt heard the writing workshop mantra: “Show, don’t tell.” Combine that with the old adage ...

Three graphic novel recommendations (that aren’t 'Saga')

I have a confession to make: I used to be one of those people who looked down their nose at graphic novels and comics and ...

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Behind the Lens: Pointy boots and point-and-shoots

The secret to good photography is comfortable shoes. I left my cowboy boots in my car and donned soft leather hikers to photograph the Flint Hills Rodeo earlier this June.

Dispatches from a newly minted book club

While reading is often thought of as a solitary activity, book clubs and reading groups provide a bit of social camaraderie for certain book lovers. ...

'Heart of a Lion' is a true story of fear, cats and ecology

I bet when William Stolzenburg wrote his previous book, "Where the Wild Things Were," he didn’t figure he would later find one of the wildest ...

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Lawrence Arts Center artist-in-residence hopes to create heightened viewing experience in new exhibition

Christy Wittmer isn’t interested in telling stories with her art, which at the moment is scattered in unfinished pieces — a pair of nesting Styrofoam packing inserts here, a giant “felt tomato” there — around her small but efficient Lawrence Arts Center studio.

Monkey see, Enkidu: Everyday solutions from ancient texts

Like many in town, our home has not been immune to an influx of sugar ants in recent weeks, made worse by a wet May. ...

My Body, My Canvas: Tattoos of Literature

I got my first tattoo last year when I was 63: a semi-colon; yes, I’m a great fan of grammar and, unlike Kurt Vonnegut, I ...

What would Alfred read? A failed summer reading challenge

In the summer of 2011, I came up with the perfect challenge: read at least one title by each of the winners of the Nobel ...

Resurgent advice book is not your mother's self-help

If you want to change your life, just head to your local public library. It’s amazing what you’ll find to help get you headed in ...

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Theatre Lawrence's 'Guys and Dolls' to open Friday

A slice of 1940s New York City — complete with brassy dames, smooth-talking con men, dodgy alleyways and legally dicey dice games — arrives in Kansas this week. In Theatre Lawrence’s production of “Guys and Dolls,” opening Friday, the city is almost a supporting character to the big personalities who inhabit it, says director Jason Smith.

Exercise your mind: wealth vs. 'Wellth'

Where do you place your wealth? That’s the question that author Jason Wachob poses in his new book, "Wellth," which seeks to reframe all that ...

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Lawrence Arts Center artist-in-residence explores humanity's relationship with nature in 'Impermanent Lines'

When Lawrence Arts Center artist-in-residence Amanda Maciuba visited the Baker Wetlands for the first time last fall, she saw tire tracks etched into the dirt, evidence of a road being built, land that had been recently dug up in preservation efforts. Several months later, the area is starting to resemble a wetland more and more, she says, albeit one created and managed by human forces.

Best beach reads for summer 2016

Summer is fast approaching, which means it’s time to travel to new places and embark on a wondrous adventure (even if it’s only in your ...

Dancing with the family skeleton: family memoirs

I’ve come to believe that every family is like a country unto itself, each with its own culture and customs, each member of that family ...

Mourning has broken in Matt Haig's memoir of depression

I sit here and find myself feeling a similar apprehension to what author Matt Haig felt upon sending his book, "Reasons to Stay Alive," to ...

The bite-sized sci-fi vignettes of 'From Now On'

We’ve all heard the cautionary advice, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” And sure, there’s a lot of truth to that. On the other ...

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Pulitzer-winning writer Leonard Pitts on racism, loudmouths and Obama-induced insanity

Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. will stop by Lawrence’s Abe & Jake’s Landing next weekend for the ACLU of Kansas’ inaugural Free State Forum, where he’s slated to give the keynote address and sign copies of his 2015 novel, “Grant Park.” Before his appearance here, Pitts offered his thoughts to the Journal-World on writing, Internet loudmouths, “moral laziness” and why Obama is like a Rorschach inkblot:.

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Pat Kehde, co-founder of the Raven Book Store, to retire after 28 years working at shop

It was a date that would live in infamy — at least in Pat Kehde’s mind. Most people might not be able to recall several years later the exact day another ubiquitous chain store rolled into their neighborhood, but Kehde, the founder and former co-owner of the Raven Book Store, has reason to remember Dec. 6, 1992.