THE KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY

EVENTS THIS WEEK

Monday, October 21 - Sunday, October 27, 2013
SIGNATURE EVENTS


Monday, October 21 - 6:30 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Gryphon: New and Selected Stories - Charles Baxter
New Letters on the Air host Angela Elam holds a public conversation with prize-winning writer Charles Baxter about his work and his new collection of short stories, Gryphon: New and Selected Stories.



Tuesday, October 22 - 6:30 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Ethnic Voices Poetry Series: The Trouble Ball - Martin Espada
Martin Espada, widely recognized as "the Latino poet of his generation," reads from and discusses his most recent award-winning collection of poems, The Trouble Ball.



Wednesday, October 23 - 6:30 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin - Jill Lepore
Harvard University professor and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore discusses her new biography of Benjamin Franklin's younger sister, Jane - a passionate reader, gifted writer, shrewd political commentator, and mother of 12.




Thursday, October 24 - 6:30 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Mattie Ross: A Portrait of Feminist Heroism or Traditional Masculinity? - Jane Wood, Brenda Bethman, Crystal Gorham Doss, and Adrianne Russell
Moderator Jane Wood and panelists Brenda Bethman, Crystal Gorham Doss, and Adrianne Russell discuss whether True Grit's Mattie Ross is a genuine feminist hero or merely a woman who mimics traditional manly virtues.

PRESENTATIONS & ACTIVITIES


Tuesday, October 22 - 6:30 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Tigers vs. Jayhawks: From the Civil War to the Battle for No. 1 - Mark Godich, Martin Rucker, and Kerry Meier
In a discussion of his new book, Sports Illustrated senior editor Mark Godich dissects not only the history-making 2007 football game between Kansas and Missouri but also a century and a half of bad blood between the two states. Joining him are two former standouts from that season, Mizzou's Martin Rucker and Kansas' Kerry Meier.




Friday, October 25 - 6:30 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Friday Night Family Fun: Palling Around with Rooster and Mattie
Members of the Out Loud Teen Readers' Theatre present their interpretation of this year's Big Read pick, True Grit. Appropriate for ages 11 - 18.

FILMS


Women of the West

Inspired by True Grit's story of young Mattie Ross, this film series looks at women in the Wild West.

 

Saturday, October 26 - 1:30 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Heartland (1979)

Rated PG (96 min.)

 



Movies That Matter: The Sequel

Think you're film literate? Not until you've experienced the masterpieces of world cinema presented as part of this series.

 

Sunday, October 27 - 1:30 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Not Rated (75 min.)

 

EXHIBITS


On display through October 27, 2013
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Bittersweet Harvest

This bilingual exhibit examines the experiences of Mexican workers who between 1942 and 1964 participated in the U.S. government's bracero program, the largest guest-worker program in American history.





On display through December 1, 2013
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

What True Grit (Might Have) Looked Like: The Photographs of F.M. Steele

In the 1890s F.M. Steele chronicled cowboys at work and play on the open ranges of Kansas, Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. This exhibit of his photographs helps us envision the world in which the novel True Grit unfolds.




On display through December 29, 2013
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Guerrillas in Our Midst

This original exhibit from the Library's Missouri Valley Special Collections employs vintage photographs and illustrations to tell the story of the border conflict that raged between Missouri and Kansas before, during, and after the
Civil War.




On display through 2013
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

New Compositions: The Dance Portraiture of Orval Hixon

This exhibit highlights the local legend's rich selection of photographic portraits, including images of some of the best-known dancers of his time.


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NEXT WEEK
October 28 - November 3, 2013

 

Tuesday, October 29 6:30 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Muslim Journeys: Understanding Islam and Muslims Beyond the Headlines - Ali Asani
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Wednesday, October 30 6:30 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
The U.S. Marshals: A Popular History of the Nation's Oldest Law Enforcement Agency - Anthony Gasaway
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Friday, November 1 2:00 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death - Joshua Slocum
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Friday, November 1 6:30 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Friday Night Family Fun: Dino O'Dell's Post-Halloween Concert
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Saturday, November 2 1:30 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Film: Lemon Tree (2008; PG)
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Sunday, November 3 2:00 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Dramatic Story Time - Coterie Theatre
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