Gladwell said that surprising ideas arise when you look deeper into the stories of underdogs who prevail and favorites who fail. The event in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, a conversation with Rainy Day Books’ Vivien Jennings, kicked off Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest Forum, which continues Thursday and Friday.
Greg Toppo says it’s just as essential that children know “why they’re doing what they’re doing, how well they’re doing it, and what it all means.” This is the potential video games bring to education.
Theodore Roosevelt’s wife Edith may have invented the modern role of presidential spouse, despite her shortcomings. Lewis Gould, author of “Edith Kermit Roosevelt: Creating the Modern First Lady,” speaks at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Plaza library.
Relatives of Henrietta Lacks, who was responsible for the immortal HeLa cells that have led to many medical advancements since 1951, will visit Metropolitan Community College-Longview on Thursday to talk with students, faculty and Lee’s Summit residents who read the book about her life.
Wednesday in Helzberg Hall, the author of “Outliers,” “The Tipping Point” and “David and Goliath” will scrutinize the premise of “desirable difficulty,” which explains why seeming disadvantages (such as dyslexia) are frequently endured by people who’ve achieved enormous triumphs. The event kicks off Ink’s Middle of the Map Forum.
The Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation held its 10th annual benefit fashion show featuring 16 local boutiques and designers on Friday evening at the Kansas City Convention Center with guest host Mario Lopez.
The author of the “No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” series brings us Miss Emma Woodhouse in blue jeans. It’s part of the Austen Project, in which contemporary authors bring Jane Austen’s beloved characters into the 21st century.
Perhaps you’re an admirer of Raymond Chandler, and a friend recommends the work of Philip Kerr. Kerr’s latest mystery, “The Lady From Zagreb,” continues the adventures of Bernie Gunther, homicide detective. Kerr speaks at 2 p.m. April 12 at Unity Temple on the Plaza.
Six acclaimed children’s book authors — Clare Vanderpool, Jon Agee, Brian Floca, Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall and Christian Robinson — will celebrate creative writing and illustrating at the two-day DNA LitFest, hosted by Reading Reptile bookstore in Brookside.
Kim Cross’ powerful new book re-creates a three-day nightmare in late April 2011 when a record 349 tornadoes ripped across 21 states. The twisters left 324 people dead, wiping away entire neighborhoods; Alabama was hit especially hard. But ultimately, her book tells the stories of people who lived through the terrifying ordeal.
Apple Inc.’s top brass has endorsed “Becoming Steve Jobs” as a corrective to Walter Isaacson’s “Steve Jobs,” but the new biolgraphy, written by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, doesn’t offer a lot of depth on Jobs’ growth.
I read "Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog" by Tom Watson (Harper) that was about five silly dogs that love food. They also like playing games and making plans to get food. "Stick Dog" lives in a pipe under Highway 18, and sleeps on an old mattress.
Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, April 12, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2015, The Nielsen Co.
Col. Chris Hadfield has been in the space business for his entire career. A former top graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, the astronaut has been on three missions, logging almost 4,000 hours in space. The first Canadian to walk in space, he has flown on the Shuttle and the Russian Soyuz craft and acted as commander of the International Space Station, where he shot some of the most jaw-dropping photographs of planet Earth you'll ever see, collected in the book "You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes."
A man at a tech conference made an off-color joke to a friend; someone overheard, took offense and posted his picture online. A woman posed for a photo making a rude gesture at Arlington National Cemetery and, meaning to amuse her friends, uploaded it to Facebook. Another woman sent out a tweet intended as irreverent satire that came off as racism.
In the opening pages of "The Turner House" - Angela Flournoy's wonderful debut novel about an African-American family with 13 children set in 2008 Detroit - the eldest of them is tussling with a ghostly haint, come to pull him out the window of the Turner family home.