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Upcoming Read Across Lawrence Events

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Featured Events


Lawrence Book Night
Friday, August 31st, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ The Percolator

What happens when you give away hundreds of books in one town on a single night? We’ll find out when librarians from Lawrence Public Library and KU Libraries make the circuit of local shops, galleries, restaurant and bars to give away copies of the 2012 Read Across Lawrence books.

Lawrence Book Night culminates at the Percolator for huge kickoff celebration!  We’ll give away 100 more copies of Winter’s Bone on the Percolator patio, plus an interactive art installation and an evening of Ozark music by the Americana Music Academy and the Hairy Vetch String Band, which hails from Neosho, Missouri and  is featured on the Winter’s Bone film soundtrack.

Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town
Thursday, September 20th, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM @ The Dole Institute of Politics

Join us for an evening in conversation with Nick Reding, journalist and author of the New York Times bestseller Methland. Nick Reding spent four years in the small rural town of Oelwein, Iowa, with a mission to chronicle meth abuse in this real-life Winter’s Bone story. Once a railroad, meat-packing and farming hub, Oelwein has been battered by the Farm Crisis and decimated by job losses. More recently, record amounts of methamphetamine are available on Oelwein’s streets — just like thousands of other small towns across the United States.

Meet Daniel Woodrell
Thursday, September 27th, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM @ Liberty Hall

Welcome KU Alum and great American novelist Daniel Woodrell back to Lawrence for a very special evening in conversation with Brad Allen at Liberty Hall!

Called one of the best-kept secrets in American literature, Daniel Woodrell is the author of nine books including Winter’s Bone, adapted into an Oscar-nominated film of the same name. He joins us to talk about the landscape of Ozark literature, the writing process, and all things Winter’s Bone.  This event is free and open to the public; signed copies of most of his works will be available for sale by The Raven Book Store.

Liberty Hall Film Church: Winter’s Bone
Sunday, September 30th, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM @ Liberty Hall

Watch the award-winning film adaptation of Winter’s Bone, starring Jennifer Lawrence and John Hawkes. Film Church offers the opportunity to witness top-notch films the way they were meant to be seen: on a big screen in a beautiful theater. In addition to screening excellent films, Film Church offers brunch, drinks, and a brief film “sermon,” which is more like an enthusiastic film history lecture.

$7 for film only, $12 for film & brunch.

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Events on the KU Campus


A Dream Deferred: Winter’s Bone in Context
Tuesday, September 18th, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM @ Watson Library

Topeka & Shawnee County Public Librarians Valerie Reif and Tanya Walsh present a multimedia book talk that provides an overview of Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone in its historical, literary and cultural context. Valerie and Tanya are well-known for their phenomenal in-depth book talks and have appeared on Kansas Public Radio to discuss beloved works including The Maltese FalconTo Kill a Mockingbird and Fahrenheit 451.  This special talk on Winter’s Bone will take place at Watson Library on the University of Kansas campus.

Woodrell on Writing
Thursday, September 27th, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM @ The Commons at Spooner Hall

The award-winning author of Winter’s Bone, Daniel Woodrell, returns to his alma mater to talk to a new generation of aspiring writers at The Commons at Spooner Hall.  This event will be hosted by KU Film & Media Studies Professor John C. Tibbetts, and admission is free although seating is limited.

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Events at Lawrence Public Library


Reading Around Winter’s Bone
Thursday, September 13th, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM @ Lawrence Public Library

Susan Brown (Lawrence Public Library) and Sean Barker (KU Libraries) will share their evangelical fervor for Southern literature. Bring your book club, grab some seats, and let Susan and Sean turn you on to great authors like Tom Franklin, Larry Brown, Harry Crews, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Donald Ray Pollock and Dorothy Allison (with a dash of William Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy, and Flannery O’Connor). Tangential topics may include, but are not limited to, bourbon drinking, squirrel hunting, snake handling, and deep-seated family feuds.

Winter’s Bone All-Ages Trivia
Saturday, September 29th, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM @ Lawrence Public Library

Test your knowledge of Winter’s Bone, Daniel Woodrell, Missouri history, Americana culture and other related topics at this all-ages team trivia event. Team up with your friends, family, or co-workers for a chance to win a prize!

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Events All Around Town


Winter’s Bone at Nerd Nite
Wednesday, September 12th, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM @ Pachamama’s

Are you hip to the nerdiest crowd in town yet? Nerd Nite is a monthly lecture event that brings self-identified nerds together for academic presentations (and drinks). “It’s like T.E.D. Talks . . . but with spirits and small bites.”  In September the Nerds pay tribute to Winter’s Bone at Pachamama’s Blue Room with talks on gritty Southern lit, American folk music, and chemistry. Doors at 7:30 — come early; Nerd Nite always fills up fast!

Winter’s Bone All City Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, September 22nd, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM @ Lawrence Public Library

Jessup Dolly is due in court and no one has seen him for weeks. Join the library for a scavenger clue hunt across town to find his whereabouts. Form teams of 6 or fewer and meet at the library to start the search.  In order to play, you will need: a car, a smart phone, and to register your team. Call 785-843-3833 ext. 121 to register or get more information.

Smackdown Trivia: Winter’s Bone Edition
Sunday, September 23rd, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM @ The Bottleneck

Think you know more about Winter’s Bone, meth culture, and the backwoods of Missouri than anyone else? Now you have a chance to prove it! Join us for a Winter’s Bone edition of Lawrence’s own witty and irreverent trivia competition. For ages 18 and up, $6 per person.

We will offer a free, family-friendly version of this trivia competition on Saturday, September 29 at 2:00 pm in the library auditorium.

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Public Book Discussions

  • Pioneer Ridge Assisted Living: Thursday, September 6, 4:00 PM
  • Watkins Community Museum: Tuesday, September 18, 7:00 PM
  • Twitter Book Chat: Wednesday, September 19, 8:00 PM, use hashtag #RAL12
  • The Raven Book Store: Thursday, September 20, 7:00 PM
  • Brandon Woods, Club Room: Tuesday, September 25, 10:30 AM
  • Frank’s North Star Tavern: Tuesday, September 25, 8:00 PM
  • Lawrence Public Library: Wednesday, September 26, 7:00 PM
  • Winter’s Bone will also air on KU Audio-Reader September 21-27.

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