Writers for Readers, annually one of Kansas City’s premier literary events, returns vitrually with a special lineup featuring celebrated author Patrick Radden Keefe and the announcement of the inaugural winner of the Maya Angelou Book Award.
While accounts of Jewish resistance during World War II tend to focus on armed uprisings in ghettos and guerilla warfare and sabotage in the forests of Europe, the fight against the Nazis involved more than guns and explosives.
What none of us want to so much as think about, Ivan Maisel and his family endured six years ago. Not long after his 21st birthday, without a signal that anything was seriously wrong, his son Max died by suicide – an act, and most profoundly a loss, that Maisel says “devastated our lives.”
The lower Missouri River was a veritable steamboat graveyard in the 19th century as more than 300 vessels ended up at the bottom of the Big Muddy. The steamers were technological marvels of the day with long, wide, flat hulls and high-pressure engines, allowing for greater speeds on the water even when fully loaded with goods and passengers.