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'Gold Fame Citrus' is a dry read, literally

“Punting the prairie dog into the library was a mistake.” Not exactly “Call me Ishmael,” but enough of a first sentence to intrigue this Kansas ...

'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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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.

'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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Kevin Willmott’s top 10 most influential books

From the New Yorker to the LA Times, critics are praising Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq” among the best of films 2015. Richard Brody calls it "a ...

Talking with artist and children's author Stephen Johnson

A working wrench, screwdriver and pencil are not commonly found in children’s books, but the versatility of artist and Lawrence resident Stephen T. Johnson is ...

Carrie Brownstein goes from Riot Grrl to 'Modern Girl'

Carrie Brownstein’s name may recall her performances on "Portlandia," a sketch comedy show with a satirical perspective about the culture that is unique to Portland, ...

'Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go' a novel of growing up in a devastated Haiti

On Jan. 12, 2010, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck Haiti and devastated large parts of the country, essentially leveling the major city ...

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