Kansas City Literary Events Calendar

John Grisham

Monday, October 30, 2017

Bestselling author John Grisham will discuss his novel The Rooster Bar at The Unity Temple, 707 W 47th Street Kansas City, Mo. Ticket required

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: 913-384-3126, Rainy Day Books

John Grisham

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

John Grisham will read from his new book The Rooster Bar at Abode Venue, 1330 E. Douglas, Wichita, Kan.  A ticket is required for admission.

Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Wichita, Kan.
Contact: 316-682-1181, Watermark Books & Cafe

UMKC Creative Writing Lit-KC Benefit Dinner

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Join UMKC faculty writers and special guest, novelist Curtis Sittenfeld (shown), other writers, students, and Literacy KC folks for dinner and benefit to sustain American civilization.  5100 Cherry St., room 401, UMKC Student Union, Kansas City, Mo.

Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Kansas City, Mo. kbrown@literacykc.org
Contact: Literacy KC (816) 333-9332 x-107, or UMKC (816) 235-1307

Mark Doty

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Poet and memoirist Mark Doty will read from his work to kick off the Johnson Country Library's 2017 Writers Conference. Johnson County Central Resource Library, 9875 W 87th Street, Overland Park, Kan. Visit jocolibrary.org to register. 

Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Overland Park, Kan.
Contact: 913-826-4600, Central Resource Library

Barry Gifford

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Barry Gifford will read form his new collection of stories The Cuban Club at The University of Kansas, Kansas Memorial Union, Centenial Room, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, Kan. 

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Lawrence, Kan.
Contact: 785-864-4520, Dept. of English

Johnson County Library: 2017 Writers Conference

Friday, November 3, 2017

Meet authors and editors and get writing instruction.  Registration appreciated. Central Resouce Library, 9875 W. 87th Street, Overland Park, Kan.

Time: 8:00 AM
Location: Overland Park, Kan.
Contact: 913-826-4600, Central Resource Library

Eric McHenry

Friday, November 3, 2017

Poet Eric McHenry will give the keynote at the 2017 Johnson Country Library Writers Conference, Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th St., Overland Park, Kan.

Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Overland Park, Kan.
Contact: 913-826-4600, Central Resource Library

Advanced Editing & Self-Editing

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Conducted by Robert Stewart, editor of New Letters and winner of a National Magazine Award. Learn tips for peer and self-editing for publication. Stewart teaches creative writing and magazine editing in the MFA Program at UMKC. Registration: The Story Center at Mid-Continent Public Library, 8900 N.E. Flintlock Road, Kansas City, Mo.

Time: TBA
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: 816-883-4774, Story Center Program Manager

B.H. Fairchild at Midwest Poets Series

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Midwest Poets Series presents B.H. Fairchild (reception follows), Arrupe Auditorium, Rockhurst University, 54th Street and Troost Avenue, Kansas City, Mo.  $3. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Time: 7:00 PM Reading; reception follows reading
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: 816-501-4607, Cynthia Cartwright

An Evening with Kansas Poet Laureates

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Kansas Area Watershed Council presents an evening and with 5 Kansas poets laureate: Kevin Rabas, Eric McHenry, Wyatt Townley, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, and Denise Low (shown), Center for Design Research, 2544 Westbrook Circle, Lawrence, Kan. 

Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Lawrence, Kan.
Contact: 785-843-0253, Ken, Kansas Area Watershed Council

Kansas City Literary Events

Dave Lucas & Ted Genoways

Saturday, October 21, 2017
Lawrence, Kan


New Letters on the Air Presents a Live Conversation with PEN/Faulkner Award Winner Stewart O'Nan

This author of fiction and non-fiction will discuss his career and reveal how he crafts his writing with New Letters on the Air host Angela Elam in a live event (more) on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. RSVP


Clarion Awards Selection CD Special

Jamaica KincaidJim ShepardGloria Vando & Anika ParisLuis Alberto Urrea, and Alex George, normally $7.99 per episode, this cd collection comes with over $15.00 in savings. Downloads of these programs have been reduced and are available through our archives.