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Literature

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.
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.