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Gregory S. Hospodor: The Battle of Shiloh - April 17, 2012
 
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Precisely 150 years after the Battle of Shiloh, military historian Gregory S. Hospodor recreates the bloody clash that convinced Americans that the Civil War would be a long, grueling conflict.
Katz Drug Co. of Kansas City: The Kings of Cut-Rate
 
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From 1914 to 1971, Katz Drug Stores of Kansas City redefined the american corner drug store experience. In this video, Brian Burnes of the Kansas City Star discusses his new book, co-authored with Steve Katz, The Kings of Cut Rate. Burnes and Katz will appear in person at the Kansas City Public Library Plaza Branch (4801 Main St.) on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011 at 2 p.m. Please RSVP online at kclibrary.org.
John Lithgow on Reading Aloud to Children
 
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Actor and author John Lithgow talks from his own experience about why reading aloud to children is important. Lithgow visited the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library on September 15, 2012, to read from his children's books and visit with Kansas City Symphony conductor Aram Demirjian. Find out more about the Library's Building a Community of Readers initiative at http://www.kclibrary.org/building-community-readers. Learn more about Family Read Aloud month and the Turn the Page KC for city-wide literacy at http://turnthepagekc.org/
The Fall of France - Mark Gerges
 
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Marking the 75th anniversary of France’s fall to Nazi Germany in May and June 1940, Mark Gerges of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth examines what led to the defeat and the myths that still surround it. http://www.kclibrary.org/event/fall-france-mark-gerges
Ethan S. Rafuse: "Stonewall" Jackson - June 7, 2012
 
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Military historian Ethan S. Rafuse delves into the life and accomplishments of Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson, perhaps the Confederacy's greatest military strategist.
David Stockman: The Great Deformation - May 29, 2013
 
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David Stockman was the architect of the Reagan Revolution meant to restore sound money principles to the U.S. government, but the movement was derailed by politics, special interests, welfare, and warfare. Now he offers a fierce indictment of the American governmental-economic complex, reveals how the workings of free markets and democracy has long been under threat in America, and exposes a surprisingly nonpartisan catalog of corrupters and defenders. http://www.kclibrary.org/
"My Earnest Endeavor": Grant Takes Command, 1864 - March 13, 2014
 
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Military historian Ethan S. Rafuse of the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College explains how Ulysses S. Grant took command of Union forces and brought the North to victory in the Civil War. http://kclibrary.org
Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross - Winter Reading Book Review
 
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http://www.kclibrary.org/reading2013 - Bernard Norcott-Mahaney, Senior Library Technical Assistant at our Bluford Branch, reviews "Dark Night of the Soul", one of the Suggested Readings in this year's Winter Reading Program at the Kansas City Public Library. Find out how you can sign up and enter to win a Nook e-reader at http://www.kclibrary.org/reading2013. Music: Gina by Tom Fahy (CC BY-SA 3.0) http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Tom_Fahy/~/Gina
What to Make of the Age of Trump by Thomas Frank
 
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The day after Donald Trump was elected president, The New York Times recommended six books “for those trying to understand the political, economic, regional and social shifts that drove one of the most stunning political upsets in the nation’s history.” Among them: Thomas Frank’s Listen, Liberal: Or What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? Frank, a Kansas City native, has followed up, embarking on a 13-city barnstorming tour to talk to Trump voters, union leaders, and progressive activists across the Midwest in conjunction with Listen Liberal’s release in paperback. On his last stop¬in Kansas City¬he discusses what he has learned. This event is co-presented by Rainy Day Books. Frank discussed Listen Liberal at the Library in March 2016; you can view the video on YouTube, and you can find the book in the Library Catalog.
The Kansas City Public Library: Building a Community of Readers
 
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At The Kansas City Public Library, our mission is to build everything we do around literacy. See how we're working to transform Kansas City into a community of readers! http://kclibrary.org
Queer Eye: Love Yourself, Love Your Life
 
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Emmys make the best fashion accessory, don’t you think? Near the end of four months of filming in Kansas City – and a couple of months after scoring three television Emmy Awards – the stars of Netflix’ infectious reality series Queer Eye sit down at the Central Library to discuss their newly released book Queer Eye: Love Yourself, Love Your Life. Makeover specialists Bobby Berk (interior design), Karamo Brown (culture), Tan France (fashion), Antoni Porowski (food and wine), and Jonathan Van Ness (grooming) also figure to reflect on their Kansas City experiences. The Fab Five and Queer Eye crew have been in the city since July, shooting the third season of the hit series. Those episodes will run in 2019. The book, billed as “a behind-the-scenes exclusive, a practical guide to living and celebrating your best life, and a symbol of hope,” is scheduled for release November 13.
Live by Night by Dennis Lehane - Winter Reading Book Review
 
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http://www.kclibrary.org/reading2013 - Michael Wells, Library Associate, Missouri Valley Special Collections, reviews "Live by Night", a Featured Selection in this year's Winter Reading Program at the Kansas City Public Library. Find out how you can sign up and enter to win a Nook e-reader at http://www.kclibrary.org/reading2013. Music: Gina by Tom Fahy (CC BY-SA 3.0) http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Tom_Fahy/~/Gina
The Battle of Bannockburn - Tony Mullis, July 24, 2014
 
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As Scottish voters prepare for this autumn's national referendum on leaving the United Kingdom, military historian Tony Mullis looks back on the country's earlier, bloodier struggle for independence and a pivotal battle exactly 700 years ago. In 1314, English King Edward II led an army north to quell the rebellious Scots and their king, Robert Bruce. At the Battle of Bannockburn on June 24, 1314, the Scots prevailed despite being outnumbered 2-1, forcing the English to formally concede Scotland's independence. A frequent speaker at the Library, Mullis is a professor of military history at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. http://www.kclibrary.org/event/battle-bannockburn-tony-mullis
Meet the Past: Nell Donnelly Reed - July 28, 2009
 
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KCPT filmed of a conversation with Nell Donnelly Reed, the pioneer in the field of women's ready-to-wear clothing in the 1920s and 1930s (played by Jan Chapman), and library director Crosby Kemper III.
Robert Kaplan: What to Ask the Person in the Mirror - May 8, 2012
 
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The Harvard Business School's Robert Kaplan poses reflective questions all leaders should ask themselves to maximize an organization's effectiveness.
Meet the Past: Langston Hughes - April 7, 2009
 
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A conversation with the Missouri-born writer Langston Hughes, portrayed by Charles Everett Pace, who became a leading light of the Harlem Renaissance.
Sean McMeekin | July 1914: Countdown to War - January 29, 2014
 
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In a discussion of his new book, historian Sean McMeekin reveals how a small cabal of European statesmen used the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand to initiate a long-awaited showdown among the Continent's powers, ultimately leading to the start of World War I. http://kclibrary.org
Dennis Domer - Frank Lloyd Wright's Search for Organic Simplicity - October 11, 2012
 
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Scholar Dennis Domer examines architect Frank Lloyd Wright's revolutionary and wholly integrated approach to interior design.
Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage
 
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Douglas C. Waller examines the colorful life and career of William Joseph Donovan, director during World War II of America's first national intelligence agency -- the OSS -- and the intellectual father of today's CIA. http://kclibrary.org
Candice Millard: James A. Garfield - May 16, 2012
 
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Candice Millard, author of the best-selling "Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine & Murder", examines the brief presidency of James A. Garfield and the fallout from his assassination.
Jonathan Steinberg - Bismarck: A Life - November 29, 2012
 
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Biographer Jonathan Steinberg allows Otto von Bismarck's contemporaries to tell the story of this German statesman who united a nation but had only contempt for his fellow man.
The Age of the Vikings - Anders Winroth
 
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The Vikings maintain their grip on our imagination, but their image is too often distorted by medieval and modern myth. It is true that they pillaged, looted, and enslaved. But they also settled peacefully and developed a vast trading network. They traveled far from their homelands in swift and sturdy ships, not only to raid but also to explore. Yale University historian Anders Winroth dismantles the myths and captures the innovation and pure daring of the Vikings without glossing over their destructive heritage in a discussion of his new book, The Age of the Vikings. Winroth is the Frost Family Professor of History at Yale. http://www.kclibrary.org/event/age-vikings-anders-winroth
Writing Blue Highways: William Least Heat-Moon - May 28, 2014
 
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In 1982-83, William Least Heat-Moon's Blue Highways, a chronicle of traveling America's back roads, spent 42 weeks on The New York Times best-seller list. Thirty years after his 14,000-mile, 38-state journey, Least Heat-Moon re-examines the making of the book in a discussion of Writing Blue Highways: The Story of How a Book Happened. He reflects on the stops and starts in his composition process, the numerous drafts and painstaking revisions, and the depressing string of rejections by publishers. Born in Kansas City and currently living in Rocheport, Missouri, Least Heat-Moon also has written PrairyErth, River-Horse, Columbus in the Americas, Roads to Quoz, and Here, There, Elsewhere. http://kclibrary.org
Steve Coll: Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power - June 4, 2013
 
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As America's biggest private corporation, ExxonMobil has economic power and political clout exceeding that of many countries. Yet its corporate culture of secrecy and discipline makes it a mystery to most of us. Author Steve Coll unearths the company's secrets in Private Empire, tracking the corporation's role on the world stage from the Exxon Valdez accident in 1989 to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. http://www.kclibrary.org/
Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg - Winter Reading Book Review
 
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http://www.kclibrary.org/reading2012 - Librarian Bernie Norcott-Mahany takes us inside Smilla's Sense of Snow, an official selection in this year's Winter Reading Program at the Kansas City Public Library. Find out how you can sign up and enter to win a Nook e-reader at http://www.kclibrary.org/reading2012.
Meet the Past - William Clarke Quantrill - August 21, 2012
 
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On the 149th anniversary of his raid on Lawrence, Kansas confederate guerilla leader William Clarke Quantrill (portrayed by Aaron Worley) discussed his bloody and controversial career as a Civil War bushwhacker.
The End Is Near and It's Going to be Awesome: Kevin Williamson - March 19, 2014
 
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The U.S. government is disintegrating ... and that's a good thing, according to National Review contributor Kevin Williamson, whose new book sees innovative solutions to various social problems emerging from the failure of politics and government. Politics, he argues, cannot deal with crucial problems in education, health care, social security, and monetary policy. Meanwhile, those who don't look to the state for goods and services — from home schoolers to Wall Street to organized crime — are experimenting with replacing the state's outmoded social software with market-derived alternatives. http://kclibrary.org
The Civil War at Sea: The First Modern Naval War - February 20, 2014
 
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We think of the Civil War in terms of great land battles. But the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College's John T. Kuehn argues that the war on water -- on rivers, in harbors, and on the high seas -- was just as important.
Enemies: A History of the FBI: Tim Weiner - February 27, 2013
 
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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tim Weiner explains how the FBI became the most formidable intelligence force in American history and how the Bureau has spied on anyone it considers subversive... including presidents. He spoke at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library on February 27, 2013. http://www.kclibrary.org
Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few - Robert B. Reich
 
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Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich worries that the economic recovery is bypassing most Americans. Reich examines how the economic system that helped make our country strong is now failing us. And he lays out what’s needed to fix it. http://www.kclibrary.org/event/saving-capitalism-many-not-few-robert-b-reich
Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World - Leo Damrosch: May 14, 2014
 
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National Book Critics Circle Award winner and 2014 Pulitzer Prize finalist Leo Damrosch explores the enigmatic man behind Gulliver's Travels and explains why the public version of Jonathan Swift's life — the one accepted until recently — was deliberately misleading. http://kclibrary.org
Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell - Winter Reading Book Review
 
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http://www.kclibrary.org/reading2012 - Go deep into the Ozarks with Diana Hyle as she talks about Daniel Woodrell's haunting novel of crime and family intrigue in rural Missouri. Winter's Bone is one of our official selections in this year's Winter Reading Program at the Kansas City Public Library. Find out how you can sign up and enter to win a Nook e-reader at http://www.kclibrary.org/reading2012.
Rudy Maxa: Why Everything You Used to Know About Travel Is Wrong - March 27, 2013
 
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Traveling has undergone some big changes in recent years. Now travel journalist Rudy Maxa provides tips to save money, maximize pleasure, and minimize hassles. He offers suggestions about where you should go right now, how to save money on hotels, why you should stop hoarding those frequent flyer miles, and why you should never ride a camel named Katherine in Khiva, Uzbekistan. Known as public radio's "Savvy Traveler," Maxa is host and executive producer of Rudy Maxa's World, an Emmy Award-winning public television travel series. Rudy Maxa spoke at the Plaza branch of the Kansas City Public Library on March 27, 2013. http://www.kclibrary.org
Remembering the Atomic Age: Buck Rogers Pistol vs. Atomic Disintegrator vintage toy capguns
 
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Atomic Age historian Michael Scheibach discusses the merits of the Buck Rogers Atomic Pistol versus the Atomic Disintegrator. Both vintage capguns are featured along with other memorabilia in the exhibit Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bomb (1945 - 1965), on display at the Central Library through January 6, 2013. music/sound credits: "Atomic" by Blondie (c)1979 - EMI "Cantina Rag" by Jackson F. Smith (CC 3.0) Martian Death Ray - Mike Koenig (CC 3.0) Atomic Bomb Sound - Sound Explorer (CC 3.0) Winning Triumphal Fanfare - John Stracke (CC 3.0) Monster Roar Sound - thecheeseman (CC Sampling 1.0) Slow Motion Warp - Couch Mango (CC 3.0)
Meet the Past - James Naismith - July 11, 2012
 
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Meet the Past continued when Crosby Kemper III interviewed basketball inventor and former Kansas Jayhawks coach James Naismith, as portrayed by Bill Worley.
Rebecca Solnit - Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas - February 28, 2012
 
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Rebecca Solnit offers a guided tour of the Bay Area through her latest book, Infinite City, which reinvents the traditional atlas, expanding it from a mere collection of maps to a vibrant depiction of a city's inner life.
Barry Strauss: Masters of Command - May 29, 2012
 
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Historian Barry Strauss delves into the personalities and methodologies of Alexander, Hannibal, and Caesar, ancient generals who offer valuable lessons 2,000 years later.
Winter Reading 2011: Bernie Norcott-Mahany on Jack London's The Iron Heel
 
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For his Winter Reading 2011 Suggested Read, Bluford Library Tech Bernie Norcott-Mahany brings you The Iron Heel by Jack London -- yes, the same Jack London that wrote The Call of the Wild. Considered the first dystopian novel of the 20th Century, The Iron Heel packs many surprises. Get Bernie's take on the book, and find out how you can take part in Adult Winter Reading at the Kansas City Public Library.
Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans: Richard Barbuto - January 8, 2014
 
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Military historian Richard Barbuto commemorated the 199th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans, with a discussion of the event in which the vaunted British Army suffered defeat at the hands of makeshift American forces under the command of Andrew Jackson. http://kclibrary.org
Franco and the Fascist March to Victory: Donald P. Wright - March 27, 2014
 
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On the 75th anniversary of the end of the Spanish Civil War, Donald P. Wright of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College offers an overview of the "dress-rehearsal for World War II." Wright is the chief of research and publications at the Command and General Staff College's Combat Studies Institute. http://kclibrary.org
ReShonda Tate Billingsley - The Secret She Kept - July 13, 2012
 
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Best-selling author ReShonda Tate Billingsley discusses "The Secret She Kept", her new urban fiction novel about a marriage threatened by mental illness.
Dollarocracy: John Nichols - May 22, 2014
 
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Incredibly wealthy individuals and corporations are radically redefining our electoral process in a way that, failing a dramatic intervention, signals the end of our democracy. That's the alarm raised by John Nichols in a discussion of his new exposé (co-written with Robert McChesney) of pay-to-play billionaires, election-buying corporations, activist judges who advance their agendas, and the media conglomerates that have blown off journalism for the sake of political advertising. Nichols is the Washington correspondent for The Nation magazine. This event co-sponsored by The Nation Institute. http://kclibrary.org
Kirstin Downey: The Woman Behind the New Deal: Frances Perkins - August 28, 2013
 
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She is no longer a household name, but during Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration Frances Perkins was one of America's most influential women. As the first female secretary of labor she was responsible for implementing programs that reshaped society and business and established the social safety net we enjoy today. Biographer Kirstin Downey examines Perkins' life and enduring impact in a discussion of her book The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins -- Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, and the Minimum Wage. http://www.kclibrary.org/
Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik - Winter Reading Book Review
 
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http://www.kclibrary.org/reading2012 - Plaza librarian Melissa Carle takes us on a tour of Paris to the Moon, an official selection in this year's Winter Reading Program at the Kansas City Public Library. Find out how you can sign up and enter to win a Nook e-reader at http://www.kclibrary.org/reading2012.
Listen, Liberal - Thomas Frank
 
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Democrats have occupied the White House for 15 of the past 23 years, and Thomas Frank pointedly asks: What do they have to show for it? Wall Street gets bailouts. Free-trade deals keep coming. The decline of the middle class has only accelerated. Why has so little been done to advance traditional liberal goals – to expand opportunity, fight for social justice, and ensure that workers get a fair deal? The best-selling, Kansas City-born author takes up the issue, employing his trademark sardonic wit and lacerating logic in a discussion of his new book Listen, Liberal: Or What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? Democrats have occupied the White House for 15 of the past 23 years, and Thomas Frank pointedly asks: What do they have to show for it? Wall Street gets bailouts. Free-trade deals keep coming. The decline of the middle class has only accelerated. Why has so little been done to advance traditional liberal goals – to expand opportunity, fight for social justice, and ensure that workers get a fair deal? The best-selling, Kansas City-born author takes up the issue, employing his trademark sardonic wit and lacerating logic in a discussion of his new book Listen, Liberal: Or What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?
Games: Lamar Hunt and the Landscape of American Sports (Trailer)
 
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Documentary Premiere of "Games: Lamar Hunt and the Landscape of American Sports," presented by NFL Films, with a live introduction by Kansas City Chiefs Team Historian Bob Moore. Thursday, January 20, 2011 at The Kansas City Public Library Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. Kansas City, MO. 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. RSVP with the Library at: http://bit.ly/en5S5i Info: Lamar Hunt, original owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, was a pioneer in the growth of professional athletics, evidenced by his induction into eight halls of fame ranging from football to tennis. Hunt's passion for competition earned him the childhood nickname "Games." The documentary of the same name, Games, explores the sporting life of Hunt, and focuses on his legacy as an innovator and a man revered for his humility and gracious manner. The film will be introduced by Kansas City Chiefs team historian Bob Moore. The film was produced by Tom Potterfield and Dave Petrelius, Executive Producer Steve Sabol.
Ali Asani: Understanding Islam and Muslims Beyond the Headlines - October 29, 2013
 
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"God is beautiful and loves beauty," said the Prophet Muhammad. Harvard's Ali Asani explores various artistic and literary forms to open the sacred, complex, and culturally diverse worlds of Islam. "The arts help to humanize cultures where political discourse based on nationalist ideologies tend to dehumanize," Asani says. This event took place October 29, 2013 at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. Asani is chair of the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department and the director of Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University. http://kclibrary.org
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck - Winter Reading Book Review
 
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http://www.kclibrary.org/reading2012 - As a student in Thailand, librarian Sukalaya Kenworthy fell in love with Pearl S. Buck's novel The Good Earth, an official selection in this year's Winter Reading Program at the Kansas City Public Library. Find out how you can sign up and enter to win a Nook e-reader at http://www.kclibrary.org/reading2012
Kimberla Lawson Roby - May 21, 2014
 
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Best-selling urban fiction author Kimberla Lawson Roby discusses and reads from The Prodigal Son, the latest novel in her popular series about the Rev. Curtis Black and his frequently dysfunctional family. Here the Reverend tries to win back his estranged son Matthew while dealing with long-hidden offspring Dillon, the result of a youthful dalliance. Roby self-published her first book 17 years ago. She has written almost two dozen novels, among them The Perfect Marriage, Be Careful What You Pray For, Changing Faces, and Casting the First Stone. She is the winner of a 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Fiction. http://www.kclibrary.org/event/prodigal-son-kimberla-lawson-roby
Richard B. Frank: China's "War of Resistance" 1937-42 - January 24, 2012
 
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Military historian Richard B. Frank examines the new international scholarship on the first five years of China's "War of Resistance" against Japan, from 1937-42.