Kansas City Literary Events Calendar

Leif Enger

Monday, November 12, 2018

Leif Enger will read from his new novel Virgil Wander at Watermark Books & Cafe, 4701 East Douglas, Wichita, Kan. 

Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Wichita, Kan.
Contact: 316-682-1181, Watermark Books & Cafe

Liane Moriarty

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Liane Moriarty will read from her novel Nine Perfect Strangers at Abode Venue, 1330 E. Douglas, Wichita, Kan. Ticket required for admission.

Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Wichita, Kan.
Contact: 316-682-1181, Watermark Books & Cafe

Marcus Jackson

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Poet Marcus Jackson will read from his work at a Midwest Poets Series event at Rockhurst University, Arrupe Hall Auditorium, entrance at 54th and Troost Ave., Kansas City, Mo. 

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: 816-501-4607, Rockhurst University

Diana Joseph & C.D. DyVanc

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Diana Joseph (shown) and C.D. DyVanc will read at Northwest Missouri State University in the livingroom at J.W. Jones Student Union, 800 University Dr., Maryville, Mo.

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Maryville, Mo.
Contact: 660-562-1265, Dept. of Languange, Literature and Writing

Russell Banks at UMKC

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Russell Banks will be the featured speaker at the Writers for Readers dinner and festivities to support Literacy KC and the UMKC MFA Program in Creative Writing.  A ticketed event, Pierson Auditorium (Atterbury Center), 5000 Holmes St., UMKC, Kansas City, Mo.

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: English dept., UMKC (816) 235-1305

Groves, Reeves & Loots

Friday, November 16, 2018

Novelist Rachel Groves (shown), poets Trish Reeves and Barbara Loots will read for The Writers Place Reading Series. Located at 3607 Pennsylvania Road, Kansas City, Mo.

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: 8167531090, The Writers Place

Neil Gaiman

Monday, November 19, 2018

Writer Neil Gaiman will speak the Hall Center for the Humanities, Location to be announced. 900 Sunnyside Ave., Lawrence, Kan. 

Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Lawrence, Kan.
Contact: 785-864-4798, Hall Center for the Humanities

Elizabeth Berg

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Elizabeth Berg will present and read from her novel Night of Miracles at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Mo.

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

Music Premier of Boisseau Poems, a Concert

Friday, January 25, 2019

Composer Susan Kander in collaboration with Victoria Sofia Botero will present a musical version of poems by the late, esteemed Michelle Boisseau.  The concert will be at the 1900 Building, 1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Mission Woods, Kan. 66205. 

Time: TBA
Location: Mission Woods, Kansas
Contact: New Letters (816) 235-1168

Eula Bliss

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Nonfiction author Eula Bliss will read at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Call for location.

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Columbia, Mo.
Contact: 573-882-6421, English Department

Kansas City Literary Events

Kansas City Voices Reading

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Overland Park, Kan.


Winners Announced: New Letters Literary Awards

New Letters is pleased to announce the 2018 winners of the $2,500 Conger Beasley Jr. Prize for Nonfiction, the $1,500 New Letters Prize for Fiction, and the $1,500 Prize for Poetry. See the winners, judges, and finalists here.


Clarion Awards Selection CD Special

Jamaica KincaidJim ShepardGloria Vando & Anika ParisLuis Alberto Urrea, and Alex George, normally $7.99 per episode, this cd collection comes with over $15.00 in savings. Downloads of these programs have been reduced and are available through our archives.