Sunday at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the cartoonist, who created the Pulitzer Prize-winning work "Maus," will take his audience through the early 20th century graphic novels that influenced him, complete with jazz by Phillip Johnston.
In new collections, Robert Stewart, editor of the Kansas City literary magazine New Letters, Scott Cairns, a professor at the University of Missouri, Catherine Anderson, a Kansas City poet, and Jericho Brown bring their faith to their words.
FYI Book Club uses “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” by Caitlin Doughty to peer into the crypt and the crematorium. The debut book by Doughty, about working in a crematorium and forging a different philosophy for death in America, has rocketed to the top of the best-seller lists.
On Friday, Reading Reptile in Brookside will host picture book greats Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, who will visit with fans and sign their new children’s book, “Sam & Dave Dig a Hole,” a twisty adventure wrapped in a conundrum.
Maureen Corrigan, author of “So We Read On: How ‘The Great Gatsby’ Came to Be and Why It Endures,” calls F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third novel “an elegant trickster of a novel, spinning out all sorts of inspired and contradictory poetic patter about American identity and possibilities.”
Look for our Royals special section in The Star today for a new action figure. Meet the Royals' Three-headed Bullpen monster: Herrera, Davis and Holland. Tweet your most creative photos with the hashtag #PaperRoyals or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Azar Nafisi turns her attention to the state of American education in “Republic of Imagination.” Nafisi takes on the Common Core curriculum, which emphasizes fact-finding nonfiction over critical thinking. Using Huck Finn, George Babbitt and many others, Nafisi argues that literature, particularly fiction, is crucial not only in education, but to imagination.
Bill Cosby’s early decision to avoid topical or political humor arguably advanced the cause of racial equality, biography author Mark Whitaker says. The writer of “Cosby: His Life and Times” will speak at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Central Library in Kansas City.
Amazon and Simon & Schuster have come to terms in negotiations over book sales going forward, according to a report at Publishers Weekly. This arrangement is similar to the negotiations that publisher Hachette and Amazon have been battling over since May.
Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, Oct. 12, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2014, The Nielsen Co.