Stay, See, Do: Virtual literary festival and Red Dog’s workouts at home

photo by: Screenshot/Raven Book Store via Crowdcast

Author Sara Paretsky, left, speaks with Raven Book Store owner Danny Caine as part of a virtual Paper Plains Literary Festival event, Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

Though the Paper Plains Literary Festival — originally scheduled for this weekend — has been postponed until 2021, some participating authors will still discuss their works virtually in free sessions open to the public Friday through Sunday.

Friday at 7 p.m., Grady Hendrix will discuss his new book, “The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires.”

Saturday afternoon, there will be two virtual panels with young-adult authors. The first, called “Magic, Mayhem, and Science-y Mischief,” is at 1 p.m. and will include authors Tessa Gratton, Justina Ireland, Natalie Parker and Niki Smith. The second, titled “Reality Check,” is at 2 p.m. and will include authors Sarah Henning, Adib Khorram, Julie Murphy and Amanda Sellet.

Saturday night at 7 p.m., Erika Meitner and Philip Metres will present a joint reading of their poetry.

Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., Deb Olin Unferth will discuss her new novel, “Barn 8,” and Sunday evening at 5 p.m. Marie Mutsuki Mockett will discuss her new book, “American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland.”

All events are free but registration is required. Participants may register for events in advance by going to The events will be hosted on Crowdcast.

Red Dog’s Dog Days home workouts

A free fitness program in Lawrence has still been posting workouts for the community, despite being unable to gather as a group to exercise during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Red Dog’s Dog Days has a Facebook page called “Red Dog’s Dog Days Workouts At-Home,” where exercise regimens are posted every Tuesday and Thursday.

“Not being able to meet in person has been rough, but the group has remained supportive, even from a distance,” said the group’s social media volunteer Kevin Liu. “We’re all looking forward to the time when we can get together again and tell everyone ‘Good job! Keep it up.’ Until then, we’ll have to post that online.”

Liu said they hoped to be able to gather to exercise this summer and that they were keeping their eyes on the county health department’s recommendations.


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