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George Saunders is our 2017 Beach Author!

Get ready for this year’s “matterlightblooming phenomenon” (read the book to find out what that means!) — Lincoln in the Bardo author George Saunders is our 2017 Ross & Marianna Beach Series pick!

Saunders will visit Lawrence on TuesdayOctober 10 at 7 PM at Liberty Hall in partnership with the University of Kansas Libraries and presented as part of the Libraries Love Lawrence initiative. Doors will open at 6 PM. A book signing follows the program and Raven Bookstore will sell copies of Mr. Saunders’ books.

The program is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required.

“George Saunders is a literary master at his peak,” said Brad Allen, Lawrence Public Library executive director. “He is a New York Times bestselling author, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant winner, and one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people.”

Best known as a master of the short story, Saunders published his first novel in February 2017. Lincoln in the Bardo debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list and tells the story of Abraham Lincoln and his son, Willie, who died in 1862. A grief-stricken Lincoln visits the crypt several times to hold his son’s body. That event inspired Saunders to set his novel in the bardo—a Tibetan purgatory—populated by bickering spirits that are both hilarious and terrifying. This month the book was one of 13 novels to earn a place on the prestigious Man Booker Prize longlist.

Following his public program at Liberty Hall, Saunders will visit KU on October 11 for a conversation with students on his creative writing process. “What an incredible opportunity for our students to learn from one of America’s most accomplished authors,” said Kevin Smith, Dean of KU Libraries. “We are honored to partner with Lawrence Public Library on this project.”


ABOUT THE SERIES

A gift to our community from the Ross and Marianna Beach Foundation, this special series brings a prominent author to Lawrence each year. The series debuted in 2014 with National Book Award winner James McBride, followed by MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Karen Russell (2015) and Pulitzer prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks (2016). The Libraries Love Lawrence initiative is a partnership of Lawrence Public Library and KU Libraries that works to build a stronger, more efficient and engaged library presence in Lawrence.

AUTHOR PHOTO: Andreas Laszlo Konrath for GQ Magazine

Tales of Two Americas with John Freeman, Sarah Smarsh, & Whitney Terrell

WED | Nov 9 | 7 PM | Auditorium

A conversation based around Freeman’s upcoming Tales of Two Americas. This collection of writing, edited by Freeman, explores inequality issues in the United States and is a follow-up to the 2014 collection Tales of Two Cities. Freeman, Smarsh, and Terrell will talk about their own contributions to a work that “showcases the literary world’s response to inequality with stories and essays on immigration, racial injustice, gender, and greed in America today.” Source: newyork.carpediem.cd

The Raven Book Store will be on hand to sell copies of Freeman and Terrell’s work.

Find Your Perfect Match

When you’re cruising for books, you’ll always come up a winner with your librarian as matchmaker!

Head out for a night on the town to Maceli’s, Wednesday, Nov 16 from 7-8:30 PM. Hosted by LPL’s Book Squad and Raven Bookstore staff, Book Club Speed Dating will introduce you to new and popular reads. You’ll leave with dozens of hot numbers, and a chance to reserve Book Club in a Bag titles before they’re available to the rest of the dating pool.

SEE WHO’S GOING!

Located at 1031 New Hampshire, Maceli’s delicious snacks will be on hand and the bar will be open for biz. Polli’s got details: Email or call 843-3833.


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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.