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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.

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All Story Center Speaker Series presentations are held at Woodneath Library Center NE 8900 Flintlock Drive Kansas City, MO.

Upcoming Story Center Speaker Series events include:
 

The Story Center Speaker Series: Terry Brooks

Saturday, January 27th | 2:30 p.m.
Join The Story Center for an exclusive event featuring fantasy writer Terry Brooks. Brooks has thrilled readers for decades with his powers of imagination and storytelling. He is the author of more than 30 books, many of which have been on The New York Times bestseller list. In 2017, Brooks celebrated the 40th anniversary of his Shannara series with the release of The Black Elfstone. This program is offered in partnership with Rainy Day Books and the Coterie Theatre, and will be followed by a book sale and signing. Terry Brooks is in Kansas City for the world premiere production, The Secret of Courage, based on his short story Imaginary Friends, at The Coterie Theatre. For more information, visit the Coterie Theatre's website. Registration is required.

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The Story Center Speaker Series: Tayari Jones

Wednesday, February 21 | 7:00 p.m.
Join author Tayari Jones for a conversation about her latest book, An American Marriage. Jones’s book Silver Sparrow was named a top Indie Best Pick and has been added to the NEA Big Read Library of Classics. An American Marriage tells the story of newlyweds Celestial and Roy who must rediscover and redefine their relationship after a false imprisonment separates them for five years. Jones's talk, offered in partnership with Rainy Day Books, will be followed by a book sale and signing. Registration is required.

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The Story Center Speaker Series: John Hart

Tuesday, March 20 | 7:00 p.m.
Join author and Edgar Award winner John Hart for a discussion of his new book, The Hush: A Novel. The only author to win consecutive Edgar Awards for best novel, Hart’s latest book revisits the world first seen in his critically acclaimed The Last Child. A decade has passed, and Johnny and Jack struggle to fit into society knowing that there is a secret world beyond their town. Hart's presentation, in partnership with Rainy Day Books, will be followed by a book sale and signing. Registration is required.

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The Story Center Speaker Series: Lisa See

Wednesday, April 4 | 7:00 p.m.
Join New York Times bestselling author Lisa See for a discussion of her latest book, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane. The novel paints an unforgettable portrait of a family separated by circumstances, culture, and distance, and celebrates the bond connecting mothers and daughters. See's presentation, in partnership with Rainy Day Books, will be followed by a book sale and signing. Registration is required.

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The Story Center Speaker Series: Linda Spalding

Monday, April 9 | 7:00 p.m.
Join award-winning author Linda Spalding for a discussion of her newest book: A Reckoning. The winner of the Canada Council for the Arts Governor-General's Literary Prize for Fiction, Spalding’s latest work tells the story of a Virginia family that’s slave-owning past throws it into turmoil in the days leading up to the Civil War and eventually compels its members to move West. Spalding's presentation, offered in partnership with Rainy Day Books, will be followed by a book sale and signing. Registration is required.

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The Story Center Speaker Series: Alex Grecian

Tuesday, April 17th | 7:00 p.m.
New York Times bestselling author Alex Grecian will talk about his latest book The Saint of Wolves and Butchers. The chilling contemporary thriller focuses on an enigmatic hunter on the trail of a Nazi who has secretly continued his devilish work in America. Grecian’s presentation, offered in partnership with Rainy Day Books, will be followed by a book sale and signing. Registration is required.

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