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Jeannette Walls discusses her memoir The Glass Castle, and her "true-life novel" based on her late grandmother called Half Broke Horses.

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Powerful reflections of American wars in Vietnam and elsewhere coincide with the peace of the Kansas prairie in this debut collection by an M.D. and veteran battalion surgeon.

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Winners, finalists, and judges for the 2016 New Letters Literary Awards: Click arrow below for details.  

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Kansas City Literary Events

Lauren Hunter & Erica Lewis

Kansas City, Mo.
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Claudia Rankine

Lawrence, Kan.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Jen Harris & Sharon Eiker

Kansas City, Mo.
Friday, September 8, 2017

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Tracy K. Smith has been named the next U.S. Poet Laureate!

Hear poetry from her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Life on Mars, on the New Letters on the Air half-hour show or a short excerpt on KCUR before she was in Kansas City last year. Find out more about our new ambassador for poetry from NPR.

Kevin Rabas (left) named Kansas Poet Laureate . . .

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Dave Smith Collection

Special Pricing: This collection includes New Letters (Vol. 80, No. 1), two CDs with New Letters on the Air programs from 19811988, and part one and two of a 2014 interview, all featuring the work of Dave Smith. Downloads of these programs have also been reduced in our audio archives.