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Candice Millard: Meet Churchill Before He Was Churchill

From New York Times bestselling author of Destiny of the Republic and The River of Doubt comes a thrilling narrative of Winston Churchill’s extraordinary and little-known exploits during the Boer War.

On Wednesday, Nov 30, 7-8:30 PM at Free State High School Auditorium, hear Candice Millard’s history of Churchill’s exploits during the Boer War, a conflict he pursued to make his mark on colonial England, and to win the respect and notoriety that led to the Prime Minister’s seat.

Hero of the Empire is more than an adventure story, for the lessons Churchill took from the Boer War would profoundly affect 20th century history.” (Source: penguinrandomhouse.com)

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Diverse Dialogues on Race & Culture: Stamped from the Beginning

Author Dr. Ibram X. Kendi will be here Thursday, Nov 3 from 7-8:30 PM in the Auditorium to discuss his new book.

Longlisted for the National Book Award, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America explores the history of racist ideas, how deeply they continue to permeate our society.

Kendi continues the discussion Coates put forth in Between the World and Me by exploring the foundation of racial violence and oppression in the United States.

The Raven Book Store will be selling books for Dr. Kendi to sign.

In partnership with The Langston Hughes Center.


AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY | Ibram [EEE-brum] Xolani [ZO-LAA-NEE] Kendi [KEN-DEE] is currently an assistant professor of African American History at the University of Florida. His second book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, was recently released by Nation Books.

Kendi is a hardcore humanist and softcore vegan who enjoys joking it up with friends and family, partaking in African American culture, weight lifting, reading provocative non-fiction books, discussing the issues of the day with open-minded people, and hoping and pressing for the day the New York Knicks will win an NBA championship and for the day this nation and world will be ruled by the best of humanity.

​Kendi was born in 1982 to parents who came of age during the Black power movement in New York City. They were student activists and Christians inspired by Black liberation theology. While Kendi was in high school, his family moved from Jamaica, Queens, to Manassas, Virginia. He traveled further south and attended Florida A&M University, where he earned his undergraduate degrees in Journalism and African American Studies in 2004. After working for a time as a journalist, Kendi purused his graduate studies. He earned his doctoral degree in African American Studies from Temple University in 2010. The year before, Kendi began his career as an assistant professor of African American history at SUNY College at Oneonta before moving onto University at Albany, SUNY, and now UF.

Kendi has published fourteen essays in books and academic journals, including The Journal of African American History, Journal of Social History, Journal of Black Studies, Journal of African American Studies, and The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture. Kendi is the author of the award-winning book, The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965-1972. It was published in March 2012 as part of Palgrave Macmillan’s Contemporary Black History Series.

He has been visiting professor at Brown University, a 2013 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow, and postdoctoral fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis. He has also resided at The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress as the American Historical Association’s 2010-2011 J. Franklin Jameson Fellow in American History. In the summer of 2011, he lived in Chicago as a short-term fellow in African American Studies through the Black Metropolis Research Consortium. He has received research fellowships, grants, and visiting appointments from a variety of other universities, foundations, professional associations, and libraries, including the Lyndon B. Johnson Library & Museum, University of Chicago, Wayne State University, Emory University, Duke University, Princeton University, UCLA, Washington University, Wake Forest University, and the historical societies of Kentucky and Southern California.

A frequent speaker and contributor of op-eds, Kendi has written for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, The Root, Salon, Signature, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) Blog. He is the associate editor for the AAIHS Blog.

Kendi is currently finishing Black Apple: A Narrative History of Malcolm X and Black Power in New York, 1954-1974, a book under contract with NYU Press. He is also working on an anthology on Malcolm X and another history of racism–the sequel to Stamped from the Beginning.

Roald Dahl 100th Birthday Celebration!

We’ll celebrate this beloved children’s author on Wednesday, September 14th with Willy Wonka himself! Grab a golden ticket, discover your Roald Dahl character name, test your candy bar knowledge, and much more all in the Auditorium! This program is for all ages, but please register at 843-3833 or at the Children’s Desk.

An Evening with Author Patrick Dobson

Join us Thursday, July 7 at 7 PM in our Auditorium for tales from a fantastic book about the healing powers of nature. Kansas City author, Patrick Dobson, author, quit his job and walked 1,450 miles to Helena, Montana. There he got in a canoe and rode the Missouri river back home. This transcendental travelogue, Canoeing the Great Plains, recounts the author’s transformation, with nature as the catalyst. See who’s going!

Visiting Author Whitney Terrell

Terrell’s audacious new novel begins with a literal bang as a U.S. Army patrol in Iraq goes terribly wrong… (Publishers Weekly)

Join us Wed, June 29 at 7:30 PM in the Auditorium for an evening with celebrated Kansas City author Whitney Terrell! He’ll share his third book, The Good Lieutenant, which explores the nature of war and the decisions that lead one young officer on a path to tragedy. Offered in partnership with The Raven book store. Book signing to follow.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Whitney Terrell’s first novel, The Huntsman (Viking), was a New York Times notable book and was selected as a best book of 2001 by The Kansas City Star and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. His second novel, The King of Kings County (Viking), won the William Rockhill Nelson award from The Kansas City Star and was selected as a best book of 2005 by the Christian Science Monitor. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has also taught fiction at Princeton University and was the Hodder Fellow for 2008-2009.

His nonfiction has appeared in The New York TimesDetailsHarper’s Magazine,The New York Observer,The Kansas City Star, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq during 2006 and 2010 and covered the war for The Washington Post MagazineSlate and NPR. He was born and raised in Kansas City. He is a graduate of Princeton University and has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

SOURCE: whitneyterrell.com
IMAGE: © Sharon Hoffman, The Kansas City Star

Author Talk with Molly Krause

On Thursday, May 12 from 7-8:30 PM in the Auditorium, local restaurateur and cookbook author, Molly Krause, takes a walk into the realms of fiction with her new book, Joy Again.

The story follows the journey of a woman grappling with the aftermath of her husband’s unexpected, and mysterious death.

Raven Book Store will be on hand to sell books, and Molly will stick around to sign them.