About the food you eat and what happens after

Two authors in Kansas City this week will be talking food: where it comes from and then where it goes. Christopher Leonard, author of “The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business,” speaks Wednesday at the Central Library. Mary Roach, the author of “Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal,” speaks Thursday at the library.

Donna Tartt wins fiction Pulitzer for 'Goldfinch'

Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch," already among the most popular and celebrated novels of the past year, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. One of the country's top colonial historians, Alan Taylor, has won his second Pulitzer, for "The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War In Virginia."

New books and their verses salute National Poetry Month

What better way to celebrate April as National Poetry Month than with new books of poems, including one in which a cadaver relates to the students slicing into her withered anatomy. Fortunately, we are asked to dissect only poetry, lovely tissues of meditation, connected by sinews of rhyme and syllable count.

‘The Duke’ charts John Wayne’s restless search for respect

For more than four decades and 162 feature films, John Wayne filled the screen and our cultural fantasies. Along the way he became a symbol of American masculinity, the emphatic authority figure defending our values with fists and guns — “an innocent man in primary colors,” in the words of Scott Eyman’s entertaining new biography.

The Kansas poet laureate invites your verse

Kansas poet laureate Wyatt Townley has requested participants submit verse in the form of the American cinquain. “I want to get people thinking about the concept of ‘home,’” said Townley, who lives in Leawood.

Writer-environmentalist Peter Matthiessen dies

Peter Matthiessen, a rich man's son who spurned a life of leisure and embarked on extraordinary physical and spiritual quests while producing such acclaimed books as "The Snow Leopard" and "At Play in the Fields of the Lord," died Saturday. He was 86.

Time to think of your gut as a coral reef

Groom your nose hairs at your own risk — you’re an air filter for debris you can’t imagine. In fact, each of your vital activities involves more microscopic life than you can shake an elephant at. Nicholas P. Money, mycologist and professor of biology at Miami University, has made an excellent contribution to science in popular culture with his new book, “The Amoeba in the Room.”

New book sheds light on the reality of Wounded Knee

What has been called for more than a century The Battle of Wounded Knee didn’t fit that description, said historian Jerome Greene, author of “American Carnage: Wounded Knee, 1890.” Greene speaks at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Central Library.

Essays examining empathy

Leslie Jamison’s reflections on the act of feeling another’s pain are cerebral without sacrificing heart or guileless wonder.

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