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Kansas SCBWI workshop: Fanning the Flames

Kansas SCBWI workshop: Fanning the Flames

Joins KS SCBWI July 17 at Mardel Bookstore for another great workshop! In the morning, nonfiction writers and fiction writers alike will learn research tricks from KC Libraries’ Kaite Stover. Next up: Heartlander Lisa Wade McCormick. She has twenty years’ worth of investigative journalism tips to teach you how to find the best expert sources – and interview them to get the best data for your writing. In the afternoon, JB Chaney will share secrets on making the most of…

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Homeward-Bound with CROSSING THE TRACKS

Homeward-Bound with CROSSING THE TRACKS

On June 17, Kansas City welcomed hobo Iris Baldwin with open arms. Debut novelist Barbara Stuber celebrated the release of her young adult novel Crossing The Tracks (Margaret K. McElderry, 2010). Many congratulations and best wishes for Barb and Iris!

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)…

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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…

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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;…

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Escaping The Tiger Launch Party

Escaping The Tiger Launch Party

Please join Laura Manivong for the launch of her debut novel, ESCAPING THE TIGER. Reading Reptile in Brookside Saturday, March 6 from 6pm-8pm Please call for reservations at 816.753.0441 (from HarperCollins Children’s Books, ages 10+)