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Lead-off hits: best rookie authors of 2016

Summertime is in full-swing, which means more time for some of our favorite things — baseball games, new books and popsicles (which are officially their ...

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Pulitzer winner Geraldine Brooks named Ross and Marianna Beach Author, to visit Lawrence this fall

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks will visit Lawrence this fall as part of the Lawrence Public Library’s 2016 Ross and Mariana Beach Author Series, the library announced earlier this week.

Knisley does it: a journey through illustrated memoirs

As a reader, I usually don’t know where my next read is going to come from. It could be found in a magazine article, by ...

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KU Faculty Exhibition artist draws inspiration from family history, plight of refugees

Woven throughout Tanya Hartman’s family history are tales of alienation, loss and the very universal hunger to belong — if not in one’s homeland, then wherever else home might be found.

Shakespeare 400 at your library

Perhaps you’re all up to date on all #Shakespeare400, but I (and here I hang my librarian head) have only paid glancing attention to the ...

Reading under the influence with James Patterson’s Bookshots

If Nike gave out shoe deals for authors, James Patterson would be the first to have a line of $120 premium sneakers. Literary tastes aside, ...

Republish or perish: An interview with the Purple House Press

Back in third grade, my best friend hipped me to the wonders of Bertrand Brinley’s novel "The Mad Scientist’s Club," about a group of boys ...

'Bob's Burgers Cookbook' a cure for those burger blues

The Fourth of July was a tough holiday for me. It’s not a lack of patriotism, if that’s what you’re thinking. It’s the barbecues. You’d ...

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Things aren't always what they seem in Kansas Repertory Theatre's 'Angel Street,' 'Harvey'

In Kansas Repertory Theatre’s upcoming season, opening Friday at Kansas University’s Murphy Hall, things aren’t always what they seem.

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Behind the Lens: Great pics don't always take great gear

A photographer went to a dinner party, where he showed his photographs. The lady of the house said, “Those are nice pictures; you must have a great camera.” He said nothing, but when leaving, he offered the following compliment to the woman: “The meal was very nice; you must have great pots and pans.”

Charlaine Harris: Reaching a supernatural crossroads

I first discovered Charlaine Harris’ acclaimed Southern Vampire Mysteries (aka the Sookie Stackhouse series) while in college. At the time, I worked two jobs while ...

Lawrence Arts Center announces 2016-2017 artists-in-residence

Ceramicist Carly Slade and printmaker Tressa Jones are the Lawrence Arts Center’s 2016-2017 artists-in-residence, the Arts Center announced Tuesday. The pair will begin developing new bodies of work, collaborating in Arts Center studios, taking part in community-driven projects and teaching as part of their yearlong residencies at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., after arriving in Lawrence in mid-August.

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Theatre Lawrence to stage 'An Evening of Dean Bevan's Plays'

Years ago, long before the congressional debate over requiring women to register for the draft made headlines and sparked national debate earlier this summer, Dean Bevan was mulling over a more fundamental question.

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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