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Literature

Little bookstore that could
Its personal touch has helped the Raven stay in business 25 years
September 12, 2013
Around the time book giants like Borders were becoming ubiquitous, an area literary professional told Pat Kehde she wouldn’t be able to keep her little bookstore afloat unless it got a lot bigger. Kehde, who opened the Raven in 1988 with fellow Lawrencian Mary Lou Wright, told him he was wrong. The Raven marks its 25th anniversary this year, and while technology has dramatically changed the bookselling landscape, the shop is hopeful a devout clientele and its commitment to customer service will help it continue on. By Sara Shepherd
Author to sign book highlighting lighter side of pioneering
September 8, 2013
Author Linda Johnston will visit the Raven Book Store this week to read from and sign copies of her book, “Hardship: Pioneer Voices from Kansas Territory.”
Readings at the Raven to feature escaped tigers and epic rides
September 5, 2013
The Raven Book Store is hosting a series of readings from regional writers today and Friday.
Flavor combinations take priority in Krauses’ cookbook, re-released with new name
September 4, 2013
Lawrence residents and restaurateurs Robert and Molly Krause take taste up a notch in their cookbook, “The Flavorful Kitchen Cookbook: 101 Amazing 3-Ingredient Flavor Combinations.”
Record-holding long-distance hiker to visit Lawrence, share stories from new book
September 1, 2013
The woman who hiked the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail in a record 46 and a half days will visit Lawrence’s Sunflower Outdoor and Bike Shop this month.
New book aims to tell broader story of border war — and Missouri bled, too
August 16, 2013
Quantrill’s raid did not happen in a vacuum. And when it comes to violent acts between anti- and pro-slavery forces of the time, Kansans were not entirely innocent. A Kansas University associate history professor and a University of Missouri-Kansas City associate history professor have teamed up to co-edit a book that looks to shed light on the whole story, “Bleeding Kansas, Bleeding Missouri: The Long Civil War on the Border.” By Sara Shepherd
Mommy bloggers to visit Lawrence for best-selling book reading event
July 28, 2013
Area mommy bloggers Stacey Warner Hatton and Jen Mann will appear at an upcoming reading for the best-selling book they contributed to, “I Just Want to Pee Alone.”
Nightmarriage’ — funnier than you think
Lawrence writer publishes first book with illustrations by area artists
July 28, 2013
The name may sound like the title of a slasher movie, but really, as author Chad Thomas Johnston explains in the forward, “Nightmarriage” is a wordplay reflecting what’s inside the book: a collection of humorous essays inspired by his recent foray into marriage and childrearing.
Research can unlock mysteries about who lived in Lawrence’s old houses
July 22, 2013
Gus Greenhoot, 11, knew Langston Hughes’ teacher once lived in the same house he does. He’d heard the famous writer himself lived there at one time, too, but hadn’t ever gotten that part confirmed. “I have an idea of the people that lived in my house,” Gus said. “But I’m not really sure.” The Watkins Community Museum of History can help with that. By Sara Shepherd
Banned books trading card project is back
Library now accepting submissions of artwork
July 14, 2013
Last year, the Lawrence Public Library’s first banned books trading card project proved so popular that the library got orders for cards from across the country. The library is repeating the project this year and now seeking new artists.
Black poetry institute to include free public events
July 14, 2013
A Kansas University institute focused on black poetry is planning public events that will examine the relationship between poetry and culture, both locally and broadly.
Summer reading program combines books, fun to combat brain drain, boredom
July 1, 2013
Fun activities and books come together during the Lawrence Public Library’s summer reading program, many a parent’s summer lifesaver.
Mourning mothers, authors to give book reading
June 13, 2013
On Friday, June 7, authors Melissa Miles McCarter and Margaret Kramer will present their work and experiences at a book reading hosted by The Raven Bookstore.
Lawrence author honored for historical fiction work in national contest
June 9, 2013
Lawrence author Tom Mach earned recognition in this year’s International Book Awards for his novel, “Angels at Sunset.”
Prize-winning scholars, authors fill Hall Center’s next lecture series lineup
June 2, 2013
The Hall Center for the Humanities has announced the lineup for its 2013-2014 Humanities Lecture Series. All lectures are free and open to the public.