Story Center Speaker Series
The Story Center at Mid-Continent Public Library offers materials, resources, and programming for showcasing the print, oral, and digital stories created within. In partnership with Rainy Day Books, the Story Center showcases authors, creating opportunities for the public to learn more about the craft of writing.
All Story Center Speaker Series presentations are held at Woodneath Library Center NE 8900 Flintlock Drive Kansas City, MO.
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Upcoming Story Center Speaker Series events include:
The Story Center Speaker Series: Andrew McCarthy
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | 7:00 p.m.
Andrew McCarthy, best known for his film roles in Pretty in Pink and St. Elmo’s Fire, will talk about his first novel Just Fly Away, the story of a teenage girl who experiences isolation after discovering a long-kept family secret. While this is McCarthy’s first work of fiction, he is best known for his travel writing as an editor-at-large at National Geographic Traveler magazine and the author of the bestselling travel memoir, The Longest Way Home. McCarthy’s presentation, in partnership with Rainy Day Books, will be followed by a book sale and signing. Registration is required.
The Story Center Speaker Series: Laura McBride & Camille Perri
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 | 7:00 p.m.
Authors Laura McBride and Camille Perri will share a conversation on the characters they’ve created in their writing. McBride’s newest title, "‘Round Midnight," tells the story of four very different women whose lives connect in a way none of them could foresee. Perri, a former books editor at Cosmopolitan and Esquire magazines, is the author of "The Assistants," the story of a 30-year-old executive assistant whose shrinking enthusiasm for her job is overshadowed by her growing debt. McBride and Perri’s talk, in partnership with Rainy Day Books, will be followed by a book sale and signing. Registration is required.
The Story Center Speaker Series: Patricia Lockwood
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 | 7:00 p.m.
Poet and Pushcart Prize winner Patricia Lockwood will talk about her new book, Priestdaddy, a heartbreakingly funny memoir about growing up with a married Catholic priest for a father. Dubbed "The Smutty-Metaphor Queen of Lawrence, Kansas" by The New York Times for her cleverly edgy writing style, Lockwood is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, and her work has appeared in The London Review of Books and The Best American Poetry. Lockwood’s presentation, co-sponsored by The Writers Place of Kansas City and Rainy Day Books, will be followed by a book sale and signing. Registration is required.
The Story Center Speaker Series: Graeme Simsion
Thursday, May 11, 2017 | 7:00 p.m.
Bestselling author Graeme Simsion will talk about his latest book, The Best of Adam Sharp. A former IT consultant, Simsion started writing fiction at age 50. His first novel, The Rosie Project, became a New York Times bestseller and has been published in more than 35 countries. Simsion’s presentation, in partnership with Rainy Day Books, will be followed by a book sale and signing. Registration Is required.
The Story Center Speaker Series: Anna Quindlen
Saturday, May 13, 2017 | 6:00 p.m.
Join Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Anna Quindlen for a talk about her creative process and the writing craft. Regarded as one of the "100 Outstanding Journalists in the United States in the Last 100 Years" for her work with The New York Times and Newsweek, Quindlen’s works of fiction include Object Lessons, One True Thing, and Black and Blue. This program is funded in part by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
The Story Center Speaker Series: Anne Hillerman and Tom Clavin
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | 7:00 p.m.
Authors Anne Hillerman and Tom Clavin will visit the Story Center to discuss their most recent novels. Hillerman’s third novel, Song of the Lion, follows the further adventures of Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, characters made famous by her father, novelist Tony Hillerman. Clavin's latest release, Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West, tells the true story of the lives, relationships, and adventures of the men behind the legend. Hillerman and Clavin’s appearance is a lead up to the Western Writers of America Convention in Kansas City from June 21-24. More information about the conference is at westernwriters.org. The event, presented in partnership with Rainy Day Books and The Writers Place of Kansas City, will be followed by a book sale and signing. Registration is required.
The Story Center Speaker Series: Kathy Reichs and Fiona Barton
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | 7:00 p.m.
Join suspense authors Kathy Reichs and Fiona Barton for a conversation about their latest books. Two Nights, Reichs’ latest book, tell the story of Sunday Night, a woman with a dark past and a thirst for justice. The Child is the follow-up to Barton's award-winning novel The Widow, and follows journalist Kate Waters as unburies the mystery of an unearthed skeleton. The event, in partnership with Rainy Day Books, will be followed by a book sale and signing. Registration is required.
The Story Center Speaker Series: Terry Tempest Williams
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 | 7:00 p.m.
Environmental writer and activist Terry Tempest Williams will visit the Story Center to discuss her latest book, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks. The founder of the Environmental Humanities Program at the University of Utah, Williams has long been active in environmental issues. This event, in partnership with Rainy Day Books, will be followed by a book sale and signing. Registration is required.