Kansas City Literary Events Calendar

Stewart O'Nan

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Stewart O'Nan will discuss his new novel, City of Secrets, at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th Street, Kansas City, Mo.

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: Rainy Day Books, 913-384-3126

Scott Simon

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, Scott Simon will discuss his memoir Unforgettable: A Son, a Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime at InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza, 401 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, Mo. Make reservations to this event here.

Time: 5:30 PM Reception; 6:45 PM Dinner and Program
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: Rainy Day Books, 913-384-3126

Salazar, Harris, Hall, Mae, & Powers

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Local poets Monique Gabrielle Salazar (shown), Jen Harris, Sheri "Purpose" Hall, Madi Mae, and Jeanette Powers explore the trajectory from pain to peace through poetry. This event will be held at the Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. RSVP here.

Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: Jeanette Powers, strange.gen.et@gmail.com

Michelle Boisseau & Chun Ye

Friday, May 13, 2016

Michelle Boisseau will read in celebration of her forthcoming book of poems, Among the Gorgons, winner of the Tampa Review Prize; she will join her former student Chun Ye (shown), now poetry editor of The Missouri Review and author of two books of poems, the latest being Lantern Puzzle (winner of Berkshire Prize), Tupelo Press, 2015. A Riverfront Reading at The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City, Mo.

Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: rross@riverfrontreadings.com

William Trowbridge

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Missouri poet laureate, William Trowbridge, will celebrate the release of his new graphic chapbook Oldguy: Superhero, with a short reading at B.B.'s Lawnside BBQ, 1205 E. 85th Street, Kansas City, Mo.

Time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: Willtrow@comcast.net

Catherine Browder & Catherine Anderson

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Fiction writer Catherine Browder (shown) and poet Catherine Anderson will read from their work. This Writers Place event is part of the Thomas Zvi Wilson reading series held at the Johnson County Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th Street, Overland Park, Kan.

Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Overland Park, Kan.
Contact: 913-826-4600

Richard Russo

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo will discuss his new novel, Everybody's Fool, at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th Street, Kansas City, Mo.

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: Rainy Day Books, 913-384-3126

Joan FitzPatrick Dean

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hear UMKC Curators' Teaching Professor Joan FitzPatrick Dean discuss the enduring appeal of Shakespeare in America, attributable in part to an attention to love, sex, and marriage that was revolutionary in the Bard's time. This event will be held at the Kansas City Public Library-Central Branch 14 W. 10th Street, Kansas City, Mo.

Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: 816-701-3400

Crystal Field Scholarship Reading

Friday, May 20, 2016

The annual Crystal Field Scholarship Reading is a themed, open-mic event. The theme for 2016 is "What Would You Give?" Funds go toward the Crystal Field Scholarship in Poetry, which benefits a creative writing student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City:  Event will be at The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, Mo. Readers sign up in advance by emailing mwagner@writersplace.org.

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: Maryfrances Wagner, 816-753-1090

Aybar, Johnson, Martin-Bowen, & Young

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Poets Gustavo Aybar (shown), Melissa Fite Johnson, Lindsey Martin-Bowen, and Melvina Young will read from their work in this Rose Garden Reading, offered in partnership with the Kansas City Rose Society, at Loose Park 5200 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City, Mo.

Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: The Writers Place, 816-753-1090

Kansas City Literary Events

Stewart O'Nan

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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