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Thomas Pecore Weso

New Series! Local Authors Outside

Starting DEC 16, spend some Saturdays outdoors with local authors in the natural spaces that inspire and influence their work.

We’ll start with a 20-minute talk, then enjoy a hike! Wear comfy shoes and dress for the winter weather; moderate hiking and uneven surfaces are possible. If you’re looking for more info, Shirley’s got it: sbraunlich@lplks.org.

This event is co-sponsored by Lawrence Public Library and Kansas Native Plant Society. If there is inclement weather, we’ll meet inside each noted address.


AUTHOR SCHEDULE

Caleb Morse
SAT | Dec 16 | 1–2:30 PM | McGregor Herbarium | 2045 Constant Avenue
Visit woodland trails at Douglas County Lake with Caleb Morse, contributor to Flora of North America. If there is inclement weather, we’ll meet inside the Herbarium.

Denise Low + Thomas Pecore Weso
SAT | Dec 30 | 1-2:30 PM | Lyons Park | 700 North Lyon Street
Walk to the former Delaware trading post on Lake Street. Denise Low, second Kansas Poet Laureate, is an award-winning author of prose and poetry, including The Turtle’s Beating Heart: One Family’s Story of Lenape Survival. Thomas Pecore Weso wrote the award-winning Good Seeds: A Menominee Indian Food Memoir. If there is inclement weather we will meet inside the Ballard Center, 708 Elm Street.

Elizabeth Schultz
SAT | Jan 6 | 1-2:30 PM | Prairie Park | 2730 Harper Street

Visit the prairie with the author of The Sauntering Eye: Kansas Meditations. If there is inclement weather we will meet inside the Prairie Park Nature Center.

Ken Lassman
SAT |Jan 27 |1-2:30 PM | Baker Wetlands Discovery Center |1365 N 1250 Road
Visit the Wakarusa Wetlands with the author of Wild Douglas County. If there is inclement weather, we will meet inside the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center.

George Frazier
SAT | Feb 10 |1-2:30 PM | Baker Wetlands Discovery Center |1365 N 1250 Road
Visit the Breidenthal Woods with the author of The Last Wild Places of Kansas: Journeys into Hidden Landscapes. If there is inclement weather, we will meet inside the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center. RSVP required: sbraunlich@lplks.org or (785) 843-3833.

Annette Hope Billings
SAT | Mar 10 |1-2:30 PM | Location TBA

Meet the author of A Net Full of Hope. If there is inclement weather, we will meet inside.

Kelly Kindscher
SUN | Apr 8 |1-2:30 PM | Location TBA
Meet the author of Medicinal Wild Plants of the Prairie: An Ethnobotanical Guide. If there is inclement weather, we will meet inside.

One Place, Many Voices: Local Authors Share Connections to Place

Cover image: downstream view of Kansas River; photo courtesy of Kansas Geological Survey.

Writing by our local authors is rich and diverse in both mood and voice. My current focus is on such writing that provides a sense of place. This is an invitation to explore outside spaces with local authors in a series of events aptly titled Local Authors Outside.

I also want to encourage you to check out their books and hopefully be inspired to deepen your connection to this place—from the lush woodlands of Douglas County State Fishing Lake to Delaware Indian landmarks in North Lawrence, the fertile prairie at Prairie Park, and the wide expanse of diverse flora and fauna throughout our area— I hope you’ll join us! Read More..