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Rare collection of Burroughs portraits published

A collection of black-and-white portraits offering a rare and intimate glimpse of Beat Generation writer and former Lawrencian William S. Burroughs is now available to the public.

Lawrence authors make 2015 Kansas Notable Books List

Three Lawrence residents are among the honorees in this year's Kansas Notable Book List.

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George Clinton, Dennis Lehane among Free State Festival headliners

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.

2015 Spring Arts Preview

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.

Natasha Trethewey, former U.S. Poet Laureate, to visit KU

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.

Author bases novel on Phelps family, church

In a lot of ways, the youngest members of the Phelps family aren’t much different from other kids.

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After crazy year, offbeat writer Patricia Lockwood on what's next

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."

Author Margaret Atwood delights packed house with reflections both serious and silly

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

Raven to host eclectic author Stuart Levine

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.

Telling tales: Community plans events around Margaret Atwood book, visit

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 Jamie Quatro to give reading at The Raven

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.

Library to give away copies of 'The Handmaid's Tale' during Final Friday

Lawrence Public Library will be handing out free copies of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” at various locations downtown during Final Friday.

Football-player-turned-poet gains attention with 'Welcome to KU'

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

Winners of 2015 Langston Hughes writing awards announced

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.

Soup's on: Author uses short stories to help challenge preconceptions of disabilities

“You can push her over there,” said the woman behind the desk.

Book of unseen portraits to shed new light on Burroughs

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.

Lawrence poet lands on New York Times Notable Books list

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.

Former Dole Institute director pens extensive Rockefeller biography

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.

Library to celebrate late modernist artist, KU professor

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.

Retired KU professor Elizabeth Schultz finds success as poet later in life

“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.

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