Reading: Cathy Callen and Tracy Million Simmons


  • Categories: Literary
  • Event posted: Aug. 25, 2013
  • Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014

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On Thursday, September 5, at 7:00 p.m. The Raven Book Store will host a reading with regional writers Cathy Callen and Tracy Million Simmons.

Lawrence-Kansas-based, Callen’s book Running out of Footprints could be called a family history. It is about a family, and it is mostly historical. It follows one family’s migration across two continents and several centuries before settling, finally, in the Kansas City area in the late nineteenth century. But, Running out of Footprints is more accurately described as an adventure story. It is about the author’s pursuit of a family’s nearly invisible past, whether that pursuit involved taking a catfish boat up the Missouri River or facing down irate landowners while looking for an old lake. The book is mostly non-fiction, but the author moves in with her grandfather for a day in 1892 in the first chapter. Is it still non-fiction?

In Simmons book, Tiger Hunting, when Jeni returns to her childhood home in western Kansas, she never imagines that she'll be hunting a white tiger escaped from the circus or competing with an ape for the affections of the boy she once loved. While she waits for the man she's left behind to notice she's not coming back, she reconnects with her family and works to pick up the pieces of her life. Tracy Million Simmons takes the reader on a fun romp across the High Plains of southwest Kansas in a hunt for an escaped white tiger. With an engaging story of loss, family expectations, and finding one's way, "Simmons shows us that home can be the greatest healer of all." ~ Cheryl Unruh, author & columnist, Flyover People: Life on the Ground in a Rectangular State

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The Raven Book Store is located at 6 E. 7th St., in Lawrence, Kan. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information on Raven events, please visit the store’s website at


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