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Jane Smiley

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of novels, memoirs, and nonfiction, Jane Smiley discusses her 2014 book, Some Luck, the first in a trilogy that follows an Iowa farm family for more than a century, from 1920 and into the future of the 2020s. Smiley talks about what first inspired her to create this multi-volume work and how she went about crafting a realistic family of storytellers through h...

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    Understanding Others: Transformative Writers

    This show features excerpts from six of our 2013 programs, highlighting the courage and strength of writers who use their gifts with the written word to understand and nurture their fellow man, including Bellwether Prize winner,...

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    Charles Baxter

    Fiction writer and essayist Charles Baxter has never shied away from writing about the Midwest. In this interview in front of an audience at the Kansas City Public Library, he reveals some of his motivations for writing short stories and nove...

Kansas City Literary Events

Kate Lorenz, Robert Stewart, & Kristin Lockridge

Thursday, December 4, 2014
Lawrence, Kan.


Jazz at Diastole, Tues., Nov. 11, 2014, 2:30--a benefit

Join us for Kansas City Jazz and to support New Letters on November 11th at Diastole, 2:30 p.m. See more details. 


Celebrate Baseball: A New Letters Special Issue

This isssue includes an interview with Buck O'Neil and writing by Ted Kooser and Dan Quisenberry + others.