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Celebrate Barb Stuber’s Debut CROSSING THE TRACKS

Celebrate Barb Stuber’s Debut CROSSING THE TRACKS

Join us to celebrate with Heartlander Barbara Stuber and the release of her YA debut Crossing the Tracks. Kirkus gave it a starred review, saying “Stuber’s tender, evocative style aptly portrays both the evil and the good while remaining emotionally true.”

Launch Party
Thursday, June 17
6pm – 8pm
1025 W.8th Street
Kansas City, MO

Watch the CROSSING THE TRACKS trailer

Jazzing it Up with Ann Ingalls

Jazzing it Up with Ann Ingalls

Join us Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 11 a.m. at the Lackman Library. Ann Ingalls will discuss her new book Little Piano Girl about jazz legend Mary Lou Williams. Williams wrote and arranged music for Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie, and was one of the most powerful women in jazz. Join Ann to hear some music, explore her book and how she wrote it, and learn some jazz improvisation. Ages 6 and up. Register online or call (913) 495-7540

Laura Manivong to celebrate Asian Heritage Week at Blue Valley Library, May 1

Laura Manivong to celebrate Asian Heritage Week at Blue Valley Library, May 1

  

Swing by Blue Valley Library to meet Heartlander and debut author Laura Manivong, Emmy-winning producer at FOX 4 TV. She’ll talk about her critically acclaimed new novel, ESCAPING THE TIGER, from HarperCollins Children’s Books. The story is based loosely on her husband’s family, all Johnson County residents, who escaped from Communist Laos in the mid ’80s. After spending time in Thailand’s Na Pho refugee camp, they immigrated to Kansas City in 1989 under political asylum and became United States citizens. Books will be available for purchase. Laura will happily sign them for you during a meet and greet! Find out more about the event here!

SRO at Laura Manivong’s launch for Escaping the Tiger

SRO at Laura Manivong’s launch for Escaping the Tiger

The masses were out to celebrate with Laura Manivong and her young adult debut Escaping the Tiger. Reading Reptile managed to pack in about 250 family, friends and fans last night and sold every last one of Laura’s books. But don’t fret! You can call the store and order one! (816) 753-0441. In the meantime, enjoy these pictures of the night.

Adelsperger and Ryckert Cook visit Mill Creek Elementary

Adelsperger and Ryckert Cook visit Mill Creek Elementary

On February 19, Charlotte Adelsperger and Colleen Ryckert Cook talked about life as a writer at Mill Creek Elementary’s Author Illustrator Workshop. Charlotte talked with fourth graders about researching and writing about the Andrea Doria shipwreck. Colleen taught fifth graders different strategies for writing fiction and nonfiction. They joined local authors Connie Richards, Mary Anne Demeritt and Darlene Isaacson; Chris Koppenhaver of the Johnson County Library; artist Julanne Patric; Kansas City Star Food Editor Jill Silva; photographer Bill Spreadbury; computer animator Jesse Miguel;  marketing consultant John Martellaro; and trial lawyer Steve Mirakian.

Little Piano Girl Launch Party

Little Piano Girl Launch Party

Celebrating the life of jazz legend Mary Lou Williams, with authors Ann Ingalls and Maryann Macdonald, and live music from Mark Lowrey

2010 is the Centennial of Mary Lou Williams’ birth, and Reading Reptile will host an evening with Ann Ingalls and Maryann Macdonald, co-authors of THE LITTLE PIANO GIRL, the newly released and beautifully illustrated picture book biography commemorating the life of Mary Lou Williams.

-Saturday, February 13th, from 6 – 8 pm

-Reservations requested: 816.7530441

-Copies available for purchase at the event (No books purchased outside the Reading Reptile will be admitted to the event.)