Best-selling authors, famous comedians, acclaimed filmmakers and a funk legend are among the headliners for this June's Free State Festival, the Lawrence Arts Center announced Wednesday.
With temperatures already warming up, it's a good time to take a look at a the crop of activities on the calendar for this spring in Lawrence. We've rounded up a few of the many fun arts, entertainment, music, food, theater and performance events going on between now and the start of summer.
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will speak and read from selected works at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union. The event, titled “Poetry and History: An Evening with U.S. Poet Laureate (2012-2014) Natasha Trethewey,” is free and open to the public.
In a lot of ways, the youngest members of the Phelps family aren’t much different from other kids.
Local poet and writer Patricia Lockwood shares her thoughts on fame, ghostbusting potatoes, and what her parents think about being the subject of her next book, tentatively titled "PRIESTDADDY."
As many guest speakers in Kansas do, Margaret Atwood began her much-anticipated speech with an allusion to “The Wizard of Oz.” Only this time it wasn’t something the 1,100 Kansans in the room had heard a million times before. This time it was a query, not a cliché. And it elicited genuine — not merely polite — laughter. By Kim Callahan
Local author, musician and retired Kansas University professor Stuart Levine will read from his new book of short stories “Are You Superman?” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Raven Book Store, 6 E. Seventh St.
Margaret Atwood is taking over Lawrence. The renowned and activist will deliver the Kenneth A. Spencer Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday at the Kansas Union Ballroom, followed by a reception and book signing.
Author and former Lawrence resident Jamie Quatro will give a reading from her acclaimed book of short stories Thursday at the Raven, 6 E. Seventh St.
Lawrence Public Library will be handing out free copies of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” at various locations downtown during Final Friday.
Traditions Night, August 2013: It had been nearly 14 years since Christopher Enneking’s last game at Kansas University’s Kivisto Field, where he played offensive lineman for the Jayhawks from 1995 to 1999. That night he had returned not to play football but to recite a poem to incoming freshmen. By Joanna Hlavacek
The winners of the 2015 Langston Hughes Creative Writing Awards — and a $500 prize — are poet Alyse Bensel and fiction writer Matthew O'Connell. Co-sponsored by the Raven Book Store and the Lawrence Arts Center, the awards honor two writers who continue Hughes' tradition of portraying life experience through poetry and prose.
“You can push her over there,” said the woman behind the desk.
Kansas University student Patrick Clement is the author and curator behind a new book that he says will offer a fresh perspective on Beat Generation writer (and one-time Lawrencian) William S. Burroughs.
The “Smutty-Metaphor Queen of Lawrence, Kansas” has done it again. Patricia Lockwood, a Lawrence resident and poet who earned the nickname earlier this year in a New York Times piece, was noted in the famed newspaper’s “100 Notable Books of 2014” last week.
In the prologue of “On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller,” the subject's longtime personal assistant Joe Canzeri compares him to a 16-slice pizza pie, with no one but his second wife, Happy, having access to more than three of four slices.
The Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., will celebrate famed modernist artist and Kansas University professor Albert Bloch on Thursday evening at 7 p.m.
“I never planned on being a poet,” swears Elizabeth Schultz, a retired Kansas University professor of English whose three most recent books of poetry were released this year to critical acclaim.
Ayesha Hardison, Kansas University’s current Langston Hughes Visiting Professor, will speak about race and gender politics today at the Kansas Union. Hardison, an associate professor of English at Ohio University, will give her presentation, titled "Of Maids and Ladies: The Ethics of Living Jane Crow" at 3:30 p.m. in the Kansas Room of the union.
James McBride, the reigning winner of the National Book Award for fiction, will bring his signature blend of words and music to Lawrence this week with a reading of his most recent work, “The Good Lord Bird.”