Literature

George Clinton, Dennis Lehane among Free State Festival headliners
06:16 p.m., April 8, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
Best-selling authors, famous comedians, acclaimed filmmakers and a funk legend are among the headliners for this June’s Free State Festival, the Lawrence Arts Center announced Wednesday.
LHS class of 2015 wants to buy signature from Walt Whitman’s 1879 visit to Lawrence
06:33 p.m., April 2, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
Lawrence High School is raising money to get a piece of history — and scholarly inspiration — for its halls. A signature of American poet Walt Whitman, penned during a two-day visit to Lawrence in 1879, is for sale through a rare book company. Bold black script on the piece of paper reads: Walt Whitman Lawrence Kansas Sept. 16 ’79 By Sara Shepherd
Free State High students to compete in regional poetry competition
04:16 p.m., March 27, 2015 Updated 09:36 p.m.
Emotional, empowering stories from the lives of Lawrence students will sound out from a Kansas City stage this weekend. Free State High School’s slam poetry team recently earned a spot in Saturday’s finals of the KC “Louder than a Bomb” competition.
2015 Spring Arts Preview
March 14, 2015
With temperatures already warming up, it’s a good time to take a look at a the crop of activities on the calendar for this spring in Lawrence. We’ve rounded up a few of the many fun arts, entertainment, music, food, theater and performance events going on between now and the start of summer.
Book documenting 1968 Miami Pop Festival to launch at KU
March 14, 2015
Photographer Ken Davidoff and musician-filmmaker Jack Connell, the authors behind the upcoming “The 1968 Miami Pop Festival,” will celebrate their book’s launch at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Kansas Union’s Alderson Auditorium.
Former U.S. poet laureate speaks about poetry, history at KU
March 3, 2015
Aspiring writer and poet Beth Fox said she believes there is much to learn from the stories passed down through individuals or through cultures.
Natasha Trethewey, former U.S. Poet Laureate, to visit KU
March 1, 2015
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will speak and read from selected works at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union. The event, titled “Poetry and History: An Evening with U.S. Poet Laureate (2012-2014) Natasha Trethewey,” is free and open to the public.
Author bases novel on Phelps family, church
February 14, 2015
In a lot of ways, the youngest members of the Phelps family aren’t much different from other kids.
After crazy year, offbeat writer Patricia Lockwood on what’s next
February 7, 2015
Local poet and writer Patricia Lockwood shares her thoughts on fame, ghostbusting potatoes, and what her parents think about being the subject of her next book, tentatively titled “PRIESTDADDY.”
Author Margaret Atwood delights packed house with reflections both serious and silly
February 2, 2015
As many guest speakers in Kansas do, Margaret Atwood began her much-anticipated speech with an allusion to “The Wizard of Oz.” Only this time it wasn’t something the 1,100 Kansans in the room had heard a million times before. This time it was a query, not a cliché. And it elicited genuine — not merely polite — laughter. By Kim Callahan
Raven to host eclectic author Stuart Levine
February 1, 2015
Local author, musician and retired Kansas University professor Stuart Levine will read from his new book of short stories “Are You Superman?” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Raven Book Store, 6 E. Seventh St.
Telling tales: Community plans events around Margaret Atwood book, visit
January 31, 2015
Margaret Atwood is taking over Lawrence. The renowned and activist will deliver the Kenneth A. Spencer Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday at the Kansas Union Ballroom, followed by a reception and book signing.
Author Jamie Quatro to give reading at The Raven
January 28, 2015
Author and former Lawrence resident Jamie Quatro will give a reading from her acclaimed book of short stories Thursday at the Raven, 6 E. Seventh St.
Library to give away copies of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ during Final Friday
January 28, 2015
Lawrence Public Library will be handing out free copies of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” at various locations downtown during Final Friday.
Hemingway masterpiece selected as KU’s 2015 Common Book
03:45 p.m., January 28, 2015 Updated 11:01 p.m.
KU announces “A Farewell To Arms” will be the 2015-2016 Common Book.

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