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Literature

KU professor spotlights pair of influential filmmakers in new books
June 7, 2014
Douglas Fairbanks and Peter Weir are two filmmakers who have fascinated Kansas University film studies associate professor John Tibbetts for a long time.
Raven Book Store to host prominent authors in coming days
June 4, 2014
Over the next few days, the Raven Book Store, 6 E. Seventh St., will be hosting a number of prominent writers and authors for readings and book signings.
KU professor publishes book about Broadway legend
June 1, 2014
Paul Laird had no idea he was on the path to writing one book, let alone two. The Kansas University professor of musicology was on his way to Columbus, Ohio, for a symposium on Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass.”
Raven to host best-selling author Antonya Nelson
May 18, 2014
National best-selling author, Kansas University alumna and Wichita native Antonya Nelson will be doing a reading of her new collection of short stories “Funny Once” at Raven Book Store at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Lawrence Arts Center hosting first Poetry Fair
April 24, 2014
In open mic fashion, more than 20 poets will gather in the lobby to share their poetry, meet with guests and sell their books that The Raven bookstore will have on hand.
KU to honor faculty’s 2013 literary achievements
March 28, 2014
Kansas University will host the 12th annual Celebration of Books from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Hall Center for Humanities, 1891 Constance Ave. The event honors the published work of faculty from the humanities, social sciences and arts.
Arts Center annual benefit to auction highly valued Burroughs artwork
March 8, 2014
Featuring 150 art works, this is one of its largest visual arts events and the primary funding source for the Arts Center’s exhibitions program. If that isn’t already enough to put one on edge, a piece by this year’s featured artist, William S. Burroughs, is valued higher than anything they have ever tried to auction in the past.
Marilynne Robinson reminds Read Across Lawrence crowd to find joy in life’s subtleties
March 6, 2014
Pulitzer Prize-winning Marilynne Robinson spoke on intricacies of “Housekeeping,” the beautiful unrecognized landscape of the Northwest, and graces she finds in life’s common moments. She came to speak in Lawrence at the end of Read Across Lawrence, her first novel this year’s pick for the community read.
Getting the joke
March 2, 2014
When Patricia Lockwood’s autobiographical poem “Rape Joke” went live online last summer, columnists at Salon, The Guardian, Huffington Post and bloggers far and wide started analyzing her intention. This year it was selected for inclusion in the “Best American Poetry 2014.”
Marilynne Robinson’s ‘Housekeeping’ and upcoming visit inspire community reading
March 2, 2014
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author is coming to Lawrence on March 4 to read and discuss themes from the Read Across Lawrence choice and her first novel “Housekeeping.”
History alone not enough to sustain two AME churches
Merged congregation counts on youth, universal message for strong future
February 22, 2014
In the late 1800s tiny Lawrence was home to two thriving AME churches whose congregations, at times throughout the years, numbered in the hundreds. After membership dwindled, St. James in North Lawrence closed and merged with St. Luke in East Lawrence, where a small but lively congregation now looks to ensure it’s solidifying the church’s future. By Sara Shepherd
John Waters to join Lawrence in celebrating William Burroughs’ 100th birthday
February 16, 2014
Filmmaker John Waters is bringing his “The Filthy Life” monologue to the Lawrence Arts Center on Feb. 20. Waters was famously called “Pope of Trash” by Burroughs, a name earned because of his trashy, absurd cult films in the 1970s and 1980s. By Nadia Imafidon
Read Across Lawrence kicks off
February 6, 2014
Lawrence Public Library is hosting a series of events during February on this year’s Read Across Lawrence selection, “Housekeeping” by Marilynne Robinson.
Winners of Langston Hughes 2014 writing award announced
January 19, 2014
This year’s winners of poetry and prose writing awards are Justin Runge and Crystal Boson.
Writer, iconoclast, ‘creative observer’: Celebrating 100 years of William S. Burroughs
January 12, 2014
The Lawrence Arts Center will feature Burroughs artistic life works in an exhibit in honor of the 100th birthday of literary genius, artist and social critic.