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National Book Award winner James McBride to bring music, humor to Lawrence reading

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.”

KU student wins national contest for unique book collection

This year’s National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest first-place winner is a Kansas University student.

Poet to give free reading, sign books Thursday at KU

A reading this week at Kansas University will feature a poet whose work tells stories of alien abductions, vampiric soap operas and Kennedy-assassination conspiracy theories.

Civil rights poetry project receives grant

The Kansas University’s project on the History of Black Writing will continue to study the influence of the Civil Rights era on African-American poetry with its recent $156,000 grant from the National Endowment of Humanities.

Library announces first author visit enabled by new donation

The Lawrence Public Library has announced the first writer who will visit the city as part of the library’s new Ross and Marianna Beach Author Series. And he’s not showing up with nothing but a book. By Sara Shepherd

Entries for Hughes Creative Writing Awards being accepted

Submissions to the 2015 Langston Hughes Creative Awards are now being accepted through Dec. 18.

Spreading her wings: Illustrator's pursuit of book deal spread continents

Author and illustrator Lindsey Yankey shares how the idea for her children's book "Bluebird" came into being after two gutsy trips to the Bologna Children's Book Fair.

Stripper-turned-author coming to Signs of Life

Louis Agnello, the author behind the spiritual thriller "The Devil's Glove," will share insight into his "PG-13-rated morality tale" at a book signing at Signs of Life this week.

KU professor spotlights pair of influential filmmakers in new books

Douglas Fairbanks and Peter Weir are two filmmakers who have fascinated Kansas University film studies associate professor John Tibbetts for a long time.

Raven Book Store to host prominent authors in coming days

Over the next few days, the Raven Book Store, 6 E. Seventh St., will be hosting a number of prominent writers and authors for readings and book signings.

KU professor publishes book about Broadway legend

Paul Laird had no idea he was on the path to writing one book, let alone two. The Kansas University professor of musicology was on his way to Columbus, Ohio, for a symposium on Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass.”

Raven to host best-selling author Antonya Nelson

National best-selling author, Kansas University alumna and Wichita native Antonya Nelson will be doing a reading of her new collection of short stories “Funny Once” at Raven Book Store at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Lawrence Arts Center hosting first Poetry Fair

In open mic fashion, more than 20 poets will gather in the lobby to share their poetry, meet with guests and sell their books that The Raven bookstore will have on hand.

Arts Center annual benefit to auction highly valued Burroughs artwork

Featuring 150 art works, this is one of its largest visual arts events and the primary funding source for the Arts Center’s exhibitions program. If that isn’t already enough to put one on edge, a piece by this year’s featured artist, William S. Burroughs, is valued higher than anything they have ever tried to auction in the past.

Marilynne Robinson reminds Read Across Lawrence crowd to find joy in life's subtleties

Pulitzer Prize-winning Marilynne Robinson spoke on intricacies of "Housekeeping," the beautiful unrecognized landscape of the Northwest, and graces she finds in life’s common moments. She came to speak in Lawrence at the end of Read Across Lawrence, her first novel this year's pick for the community read.

Getting the joke

When Patricia Lockwood’s autobiographical poem “Rape Joke” went live online last summer, columnists at Salon, The Guardian, Huffington Post and bloggers far and wide started analyzing her intention. This year it was selected for inclusion in the "Best American Poetry 2014."

Marilynne Robinson's 'Housekeeping' and upcoming visit inspire community reading

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author is coming to Lawrence on March 4 to read and discuss themes from the Read Across Lawrence choice and her first novel "Housekeeping."

John Waters to join Lawrence in celebrating William Burroughs' 100th birthday

Filmmaker John Waters is bringing his “The Filthy Life” monologue to the Lawrence Arts Center on Feb. 20. Waters was famously called “Pope of Trash” by Burroughs, a name earned because of his trashy, absurd cult films in the 1970s and 1980s. By Nadia Imafidon

Read Across Lawrence kicks off

Lawrence Public Library is hosting a series of events during February on this year’s Read Across Lawrence selection, “Housekeeping” by Marilynne Robinson.

Winners of Langston Hughes 2014 writing award announced

This year's winners of poetry and prose writing awards are Justin Runge and Crystal Boson.

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