Alice Randall, seen widely as one of the most significant voices in contemporary African American fiction, was born in Detroit and can attest that there is more to the city’s rich musical history than Motown.
Les Payne’s new biography of Malcolm X already has made waves, revealing a clandestine meeting between the incendiary civil rights activist and an armada of Ku Klux Klan leaders in the 1950s to explore a shared interest: the formation of a separate, all-Black state.
Five days before Americans go to the polls, two leading writers/journalists with both local and national perspective – best-selling author and columnist Sarah Smarsh and The New York Times’ John Eligon – assess the issues, trends, and events that have shaped the political landscape and what they portend for November 3. The election-year Writers for Readers event benefits an ongoing partnership between the Kansas City Public Library and the University of Missouri-Kansas City's MFA Program in Creative Writing. It enables a graduate student to teach writing classes at the Library and assist in planning for a new literary award and city-wide book festival. Tickets to the virtual presentation provide access to the exclusive stream of the discussion. Additional details will be sent to ticketholders prior to the event date.
Drawing from his penetrating new book Know Your Price, the Brookings Institution’s Andre Perry joins Emmet Pierson Jr. of the nonprofit Community Builders of Kansas City in examining the long and deliberate devaluation of African Americans and the communities in which they live and the social and economic damage it has wreaked.