FYI Book Group

A Little Devil in America: FYI Book Club Selection Is a Rueful Celebration of Black Artistry

The latest pick of the Library's FYI Book Group, in partnership with the Kansas City Star, is Hanif Abdurraqib's new book A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance, a penetrating meditation on Black culture and creativity and its place in broader American culture. Read an interview with the author and learn more about the upcoming book discussion.

FYI Book Club: He writes the rhythms of Kansas City and Black experience in ‘Blue Beat Syncopation’

Stanley Banks' Blue Beat Syncopation: Selected Poems 1977-2002 is a frank meditation on the Black experience in Kansas City at that time – with remarkable resonance today, addressing street violence, untimely death and “never-to-be dreams” while also celebrating resilience and finding room for hope. It's the Library's latest FYI Book Club selection.

How Dolly Parton came to mean so much to Kansan Sarah Smarsh that she wrote this book

The Kansas City Public Library partners with The Kansas City Star on the latest FYI Book Group discussion:  Sarah Smarsh’s She Come by It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4, 2021, via Zoom. Read an interview with Smarsh, learn more about the book, and get details on registering for the online conversation.