Looking Out My Backdoor

Lawrence is blessed to have some great local author action, even when our local authors have flown off to live that Brooklyn literary life. Ben Lerner is one such author, and it is our luck that he will be here in Lawrence, speaking at LPL on October 5th at 7:00 pm. And it seems that…
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Telling it True

“Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” ~ George Santayana.  I recently had the honor of moderating a Historical Fiction panel of four authors, Julie Berry, Rachel DeWoskin, Stacey Lee, and Ruta Sepetys. I have this to report: if you love Historical Fiction, rest easy that the genre is in excellent…
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Paying Attention

Attention is the beginning of devotion. ~ Mary Oliver I’ve written before about the importance of unplugging (and the difficulties of doing so) but friends, I’ve been taken by a deeper desire. In this case, the desire looks like moving to Ireland, living in a village where I raise my own food and barter with…
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The Heart of “Heartland”

Have you ever picked up a memoir and felt completely seen? Completely understood? Like someone had been taking notes on your life and caught things that even you missed? That’s how reading Sarah Smarsh’s Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth was for me—illuminating and emotional. While…
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The Upside of Unplugging

Have you ever thought “I’ll just check in with >insert your favorite social media platform or online game here< and then I’ll >insert productive activity you need to undertake here<” only to find that 20, 30, or even 60 minutes have elapsed and left you feeling unfulfilled, vaguely guilty, and less motivated than you were…
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The Great American Read

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one. —George R.R. Martin I’m going to report this fact, though it hurts me to do so: in a recent Pew study, 24% of US adults said they had not read a book in the last year. (Okay, let’s…
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Social Justice Book Club

Second Sunday each month | 4 PM | Meeting Room A This book club gets us thinking and talking about inequality and injustice in the U.S. Nonfiction, novels, memoirs and more–we seek multiple perspectives, with multiple points of entry, and we work to center the voices of marginalized communities and people through our exploration. Please…
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