'We Are the Ants': Coming of age, aliens and the end of the world

“Your entire sense of self-worth is predicated upon your belief that you matter, that you matter to the universe. But you don’t. Because we are ...

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A slice of Hollywood in Lawrence: Through a Glass Productions creates movie magic in Sunflower State

The air inside the storage room feels stagnant and warm. Its high walls are lined with shelves of cameras and their various accoutrements, leaving little space for the three men — one cinematographer, one producer and one enthused Journal-World photographer in his own version of heaven — squeezed inside.

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Noted war photographer to give keynote lecture for KU's Common Book program

Noted war photographer James Nachtwey will present the keynote lecture for Kansas University's Common Book Program on March 1 in the Kansas Union, KU announced Thursday.

Prepare for the worst, and enjoy every moment of it

Let’s say that a sudden accident has left you stranded and alone on a faraway planet. (Does this scenario ring some bells? If not, come ...

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The stories behind the storytellers: Langston Hughes Award winners to be honored Monday

On Monday, two Lawrence scribes will be honored with the Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award, given annually by the Raven Book Store and the Lawrence Arts Center to Douglas County residents who continue in the celebrated writer’s tradition of portraying life experience through poetry and prose.

City seeks artists for Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition

The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission is seeking artists for its annual Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition.

'The Hateful Eight' and the books you’ll love

Influenced by “The Thing,” “Clue,” and Sergio Corbucci’s nihilistic spaghetti western “The Great Silence,” Quentin Tarantino’s new film “The Hateful Eight” takes place in post-Civil ...

The Once and Future Read: T.H. White’s Classic in 2016

Last year, Helen Macdonald’s “H is for Hawk” was released to tremendous praise (our own Eli Hoelscher considered it his book of the year). It’s ...

2016's new book club services

It’s Thursday, you’re counting down the hours until the workday is done, and you have book club tonight. Not only do you have book club, ...

Star Wars: Legends of the past

I am a “Star Wars” fan like my father before me. My bedroom walls aren’t plastered with the posters, and my shelves aren’t lined with ...

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'Real' characters, zany humor take center stage in Theatre Lawrence's 'Girls' Weekend'

After a successful launch just over a year ago at the Des Moines Community Playhouse, Karen Schaeffer’s romantic comedy about a book club meeting gone awry is now slated to make its Kansas debut Friday at Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Dr.

Reading across the galaxy with Adam Rex

Road trips don’t get much stranger than the one 11-year old Gratuity Tucci must make, accompanied by a soap-eating alien named J-Lo, in this year’s ...

Winners of 2016 Langston Hughes writing awards announced

Fiction writer Kate Russell and poet Tai Amri Spann-Wilson are the winners of this year's Langston Hughes Award for writing, the Raven Book Store announced Wednesday.

Marie Kondo's 'Spark Joy' can spark a resolution

In 2014, Marie Kondo, Japan’s decluttering wunderkind, published a little-known and unassuming book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” As a professional cleaning consultant, Kondo ...

Three books about mourning

There is a version of an ancient Chinese fable that goes like this: The Emperor, feeling depressed, calls his court philosopher in. “Tell me a ...

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Acclaimed artist Kris Kuksi to make Lawrence Arts Center debut

Scattered throughout Kris Kuksi's North Lawrence studio are the pieces — in various stages of completion — that he intends to show at his first official Lawrence Arts Center exhibition, opening Jan. 15.

New year, new books! Hot reads for 2016

2016 is here, which means it's time to write the wrong date on your checks. I mean, it's time to take a look at some ...

The Lawrence basement tapes: Library's recording studio expanding

When I arrived in Lawrence, humbled and honored to be LPL’s new director, the library was in the midst of a building project. I was ...

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The top 10 films of 2015

Looking back at a madcap year in movies

2015 was an unpredictable year for movies.

Hip-hop, history and falling in love with 'Hamilton'

Before this fall, my main source of knowledge of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr came from the 1993 Got Milk? commercial. Sure, we studied the ...