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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 ...

Monkey see, Enkidu: Everyday solutions from ancient texts

Like many in town, our home has not been immune to an influx of sugar ants in recent weeks, made worse by a wet May. ...

My Body, My Canvas: Tattoos of Literature

I got my first tattoo last year when I was 63: a semi-colon; yes, I’m a great fan of grammar and, unlike Kurt Vonnegut, I ...

What would Alfred read? A failed summer reading challenge

In the summer of 2011, I came up with the perfect challenge: read at least one title by each of the winners of the Nobel ...

Resurgent advice book is not your mother's self-help

If you want to change your life, just head to your local public library. It’s amazing what you’ll find to help get you headed in ...

Exercise your mind: wealth vs. 'Wellth'

Where do you place your wealth? That’s the question that author Jason Wachob poses in his new book, "Wellth," which seeks to reframe all that ...

Best beach reads for summer 2016

Summer is fast approaching, which means it’s time to travel to new places and embark on a wondrous adventure (even if it’s only in your ...

Dancing with the family skeleton: family memoirs

I’ve come to believe that every family is like a country unto itself, each with its own culture and customs, each member of that family ...

Mourning has broken in Matt Haig's memoir of depression

I sit here and find myself feeling a similar apprehension to what author Matt Haig felt upon sending his book, "Reasons to Stay Alive," to ...

The bite-sized sci-fi vignettes of 'From Now On'

We’ve all heard the cautionary advice, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” And sure, there’s a lot of truth to that. On the other ...

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Pulitzer-winning writer Leonard Pitts on racism, loudmouths and Obama-induced insanity

Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. will stop by Lawrence’s Abe & Jake’s Landing next weekend for the ACLU of Kansas’ inaugural Free State Forum, where he’s slated to give the keynote address and sign copies of his 2015 novel, “Grant Park.” Before his appearance here, Pitts offered his thoughts to the Journal-World on writing, Internet loudmouths, “moral laziness” and why Obama is like a Rorschach inkblot:.

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Pat Kehde, co-founder of the Raven Book Store, to retire after 28 years working at shop

It was a date that would live in infamy — at least in Pat Kehde’s mind. Most people might not be able to recall several years later the exact day another ubiquitous chain store rolled into their neighborhood, but Kehde, the founder and former co-owner of the Raven Book Store, has reason to remember Dec. 6, 1992.

Exploring "Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape"

Take a few moments to trace your history. Now trace the history of the place you call home. Following threads of memory, you’ll discern more ...

We’ve got game(s): The library isn’t just for books anymore

When my wife and I moved to Lawrence last August, one of the first places we visited was the library. It wowed us. We hadn’t ...

Lawrence Public Library adds instant access to digital content

I tend to have very strong and vocal opinions about things I dislike. This can be frustrating for my loved ones AND extremely embarrassing for ...

Book's wild adventures grounded in the historical roots of Kansas

Lawrence author George Frazier celebrates the wilderness he finds in Kansas, lyrically linking the present with the past in his new book "The Last Wild ...

Time for a road trip? Check out the haunted history of Kansas

Back when I worked in reference, the library received an envelope postmarked from Santa Rosa, Calif., with our address scrawled across the lower left hand ...

Kirkus is still king of the grouchy book review

“It has come to this: werewolves on The Titanic.” Favorite first lines of novels make great discussion fodder, but book reviews rarely begin with sentences ...

Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, more than a 'Girl in a Band,' coming to Lawrence in May

OK, I’ll admit it. Up until about a month ago, I knew very little of musician Kim Gordon or her band, Sonic Youth. Yes, get ...

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