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Literature

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.
Survivor of bacterial meningitis shares life-changing experience in new book
December 29, 2013
Andy Marso’s book, “Worth the Pain: How Meningitis Nearly Killed Me — Then Changed My Life for the Better,” details the painful disease that led to the decaying and eventually loss of parts of both of his feet and his hands.
Local writer’s work recognized as Notable Essay in ‘Best American Essays 2013’
December 22, 2013
“It’s just a Volkswagen,” the line reads in the first paragraph of Gregg Primo Ventello’s essay. A Volkswagen Passat he affectionately calls “Das Schweinehund,” translating literally as “pig-dog.”
Local writers of ‘Echoes from the Prairie’ find universality in each other’s memories
December 8, 2013
The Great Plains Writers Group are a local group of writers who recently published their second collection of short memoirs, “Echoes from the Prairie.”
Editor of Willa Cather’s published letters to speak in Lawrence Saturday
December 5, 2013
To celebrate Pulitzer Prize-winning author Willa Cather’s 140th birthday, one of the editors of her published collection of letters, Andrew Jewell, will give a talk at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Castle Tea Room, 1307 Massachusetts St.
Lawrence writer’s first novel spins into book deal, success
November 24, 2013
You wake up to an unfamiliar face sitting at your kitchen table. Its got grayed skin and large yellow eyes. Its bony fingers grip the newspaper and as it sips coffee, waiting for you. It’s the monster that lived in your closet and terrified you as a child.
Junot Diaz entertains packed auditorium with critiques on life matters
November 18, 2013
Pulitzer-prize winning author spends almost the entire lecture entertaining audience questions with uncensored responses.
Local author to share ‘Chicken Soup for Soul’ story
November 17, 2013
Local author Vicki Julian will be sharing the story she contributed to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Wives,” as part of the Kansas Authors Club 37th Annual Holiday Bazaar.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Diaz to read at Kansas University from latest novel
November 17, 2013
It speaks volumes of the personality of Junot Diaz that his response to winning a Pulitzer Prize for his first novel, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” is this: “It was swell, but I prefer more the work than the celebration of the work.” By Nadia Imafidon
Learning through writing: National Novel Writing Month in the classroom
November 17, 2013
Every day in Lawrence, 12 novelists gather together. On this day, they’re working hard. The sound of scribbling pens, the shuffle of lined notebook paper and the clickity-clack of keyboards float about the quiet room. Some stare intently while others gaze into the distance, mulling over the next word choice, the next scene, the next conflict in the novel. One catch: These novelists are 11 years old. By Alma Bahman
Hired Man’ author speaks on war, memory and identity at Hall Center
November 14, 2013
Author Aminatta Forna will discuss topics from her recently released novel “The Hired Man” on Nov. 14 in the Hall Center for the Humanities Conference Hall, followed by a reception and book signing.
George Norris, Going Home’ captures key figure in U.S. history
November 10, 2013
“Politics is a sore to any government. It is one of the greatest hindrances that exists to good government. Any man must be condemned when he puts his party ahead of his country. Partisanship, if carried to the extreme, will ruin everything.”
Lawrence writers tackle National Novel Writing Month
November 10, 2013
National Novel Writing Month (nicknamed NaNoWriMo or NaNo) puts forth a challenge: Write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. That breaks down to about 1,667 words a day. The question here is: Why would anyone do that?
Poet Laureate of Kansas coming to Cider Gallery
October 31, 2013
The Lawrence Public Library will host an evening with Wyatt Townley, the Poet Laureate of Kansas, at the Cider Gallery on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.