Book Signing

Dennis Domer: Rockin’ and Rollin’ In the East Bottoms, 1890-1920

Most people don’t realize that Lawrence once had a vibrant red-light district in East Lawrence that spread to North Lawrence, the Pinkney Neighborhood, and above businesses on Massachusetts Street. The East Bottoms operated as the center of a big business run by Aunt Jane Williams, a formerly enslaved person and brilliant businesswoman. As Langston Hughes noted in his autobiography, Not Without Laughter, the East Bottoms offered fun to everyone, regardless of race, gender, religion, education, or social class.

Volume 2 of the monumental Embattled Lawrence series is finally arriving soon (release date TBD). Local historian Dennis Domer has enlisted dozens of local writers, historians, and experts to complete this long-awaited second volume in what Domer calls "the only summary of the history of Lawrence published in the last three decades." It's a perfect gift for the Kansas history buff in your life. 

The Enduring Struggle for Freedom (volume 2 of the Embattled Lawrence Series), published by the Watkins Museum of History, contains 38 articles, poems, and paintings, as well as over 300 photos about Lawrence history.

These contributions are divided into six categories: Anti-Slavery, Struggles for Freedom, Haskell Indian Nations University, Tumultuous Years, Toward Equal Rights for All, and Governing a Diverse City.

Authors include

  • Dennis Dailey
  • Judith Sweets
  • Karl Gridley
  • Frank Baron
  • Jeanne Klein
  • Katie Armitage
  • Daniel Atkinson
  • Elizabeth Schultz
  • Brent Campney
  • Myriam Vuckovic
  • Eric Anderson
  • Martha Robinson
  • Kim Warren
  • Daniel Wildcat
  • William Tuttle
  • John Spearman
  • Mike McCaffrey
  • John Solbach
  • Charles Hawkins
  • John Musgrave
  • Nancy Marshall
  • Helen Starrett
  • Kelly Sartorius
  • Joseph Alford
  • Ray Mizumura-Pence
  • Katherine Rose-Mockry
  • Wayne Propst
  • Virgil Dean
  • Cathy Ambler
  • Mike Amyx
  • Dennis Domer

Their histories of Embattled Lawrence portray a forgotten past that mirrors our turbulent times and casts an aura over our possible futures. All sales benefit the Watkins Museum of History. 

 

Embattled Lawrence is supported by the following generous donors: Nathan Anderson & Patty Hayden, Anonymous, Laura Bailey, in memory of Elfie & Lowell Bailey, Simon & Codi Bates, Bon Bon, Dr. John & Judy Bellome, in honor of Kathy Bruner, Rita Beyer, Roger & Jan Boyd, Aaron Brooks, Dennis Brown, Brenna A. Buchanan Young & Brandon Young, Mark & Marsha Buhler, Paul Caviness, Philip Collison, Lindsay & Jeffrey Crick, Rebecca Crumley, Dennis & Judy Dailey, Sandra Daniels, Candice Davis, Kathryn Delaney, Katherine & Bob Dinsdale, Dennis Domer, Vicki & Joe Douglas, Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council Natural & Cultural Heritage Grant Program, Becky Eason, Kelly Erby & David Dumbauld, David Evans, Steve & April Evans, Jean Finch, Madeline & Hugh Finch, in honor of Tom Harper, Foxtail Real Estate Company, Marci Francisco & Joe Bickford, Diane & Kent Fry, Terry Finton & Neil Gaskin, Richard Givens, Dave Gnojek, Mike & Marium Ann Goans, Stephen Grabow, Karl Gridley, Marilyn Gridley, Ary Guerrero & Calvin McConnell, Suzan Hampton & Kourosh Raeen, in honor of Mary Tajchman, James Harder, Marilee & Dennis Harper, Tom Harper, in honor of James Duft & Jessica Kellner, Charles Hawkins, Jon & Barbara Heeb, Stephen & Marcia Hill, Cindy Schott Hutchison, in honor of Raymond D. Scott, Carrie James, in memory of Barbara Willits, Frank Janzen, Mary & Ted Johnson, Jerry Jost & Deborah Altus, David & Sharyn Katzman, in honor of Bill & Kathy Tuttle, Tim & Judy Keller, Helen Kiefer, in memory of John Kiefer, Bil King, in memory of Clyde McDonald Chapman, Mary Kirkendall, Eric Kirkendall, in memory of George Paley, Joseph Krahn, Anthony Krsnich, Lisa Larsen, Katie Hoke & Roy Ley, Malika Lyon, Chuck Magerl, Chuck & Betsy Marvin, Christopher Millspaugh, Rick Mitchell, Brigid Murphy & Jackson Clark, Daniel Nagengast & Lynn Byczynski, Jean & John Northup, in memory of Charles Y Allison, Suzanne & David Nutt, Molly Hill Patten & Bryan Patten, Ellen Paulsen, Mark & Jane Potts, Dan Rockhill, Joshua Rosenbloom, Leslie Bennett, Deb & Ray Rowden, Nicole & Dan Sabatini, Stephanie Nuria Sabato & Joseph Gorski, in honor of Maggie Sabato, Amanda Santos, Ron Schorr & Georgann Eglinski, Barry Shalinsky & Robin Rosenberg, Carol Shankel, Joy Slavens, Dale Slusser & Sherry Fowler, Rosanne Smith, in memory of Barbara Spearman Anderson, George & Terry Smith, John & Patricia Solbach, Nancy Stark, in honor of Tom Harper, William Steele & Akiko Takeyama, Stephens Real Estate, Mary Stuart, Michael Stubbs, Douglass Stull & Lori Norwood, Lauren Sullivan, in memory of Dr. Jesse Milan, Judy Sweets, Deanell & John Tacha, Steve & Lori Tesdahl, Nancy & Scott Thellman, JT Thornburg, in honor of Mary Y. Allen, Bill & Kathryn Tuttle, Joe Van Saun, Stacey VanHouten, Matt & Judy Veatch, Laurie Ward, Barbara Watkins, Daniel Watkins, Patrick & Kirsten Watkins Summer & Nate Wedermyer, Paul Werner, Bob Werts, in memory of George Paley, Deborah Werts, in memory of John Kiefer, Christopher Wilkins & Vedrana Balta, Todd Wilkins, Chris Wilson, Maureen Winkler, Katherine Winter, in honor of Wint Winter, Sr., and Michael Wray


Kaitlin Reed: Settler Cannabis

Kaitlin Reed (Yurok/Hupa/Oneida) is assistant professor of Native American studies at Humboldt State University and author of ‘Settler Cannabis: From Gold Rush to Green Rush in Indigenous Northern California,’ which tells the history and present-day impact of the unregulated cannabis production practices that began in the 1960s in northwestern California and spread to Indigenous lands.

Settler Cannabis: From Gold Rush to Green Rush in Indigenous Northern California (Indigenous Confluences) By Kaitlin P. Reed, Charlotte Coté (Editor), Coll Thrush (Editor) Cover Image
$50.10
ISBN: 9780295751566
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Published: University of Washington Press - June 20th, 2023

Connects California cannabis production to the violence and dispossession of Indigenous land and people


Small Business Saturday 2023!

Celebrate Small Business Saturday (and the start of holiday shopping season) at the Raven Saturday November 25! This year we'll have:

THE FAMOUS RAVEN PRIZE WHEEL!

THE LAUNCH OF TWO ALL-NEW RAVEN SWEATSHIRTS!

LOCAL AUTHOR SIGNINGS ALL DAY!

The Twelve Hours of Christmas By Jenn Bailey, Bea Jackson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jenn Bailey, Bea Jackson (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316330978
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 10th, 2023

In this reinvention of the classic holiday carol "The 12 Days of Christmas," five golden rings become five Nana hugs, eight maids a-milking become eight mugs of cocoa, and much more, as a family comes together to celebrate the holidays.

In the first hour of Christmas Santa left for me…a kitten underneath the Christmas tree!


The Manning Girl By Catherine Browder Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781646033942
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Published: Regal House Publishing - November 7th, 2023

"The novel is a quiet but strong tour de force."~Marly Swick, author of Evening News: A Novel

1992. Tyler Manning— high school teacher, part-time farmer, bachelor of 38—is planning his first day of summer vacation when a strange car approaches his Kansas farmhouse. By the time the battered Ford departs, Tyler is holding a three-week-old infant.


Exploring the Land of Ooo: An Unofficial Overview and Production History of Cartoon Network's Adventure Time By Paul A. Thomas Cover Image
$43.75
ISBN: 9781496846693
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Published: University Press of Mississippi - August 16th, 2023

$24.99
SKU: 9781936153299

KU-Phoria: A collection of stories about KU traditions, KU Info and KU basketball by Curtis Marsh

Description

In his fourth decade of service to the University of Kansas, Curtis Marsh has developed an obsessive love for his school. As an undergrad, he led one of the first organized camping groups for KU basketball games and a nationally prominent student entrepreneurship club. In his early career at KU, he helped develop a technology business incubator which has become KU Innovation Park. He also co-founded the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute before serving as Director of KU Info for 15 years. He was the first and only director of the DeBruce Center: the shrine for the original rules of basketball. He now serves as a director of development at KU Endowment. The common thread through all these activities is his love for KU and his desire to share that love with the entire Jayhawk Nation.


Praise for KU-phoria

"Curtis is Mr. KU. If you met him, you know exactly what I mean. He loves KU and truly cares about its rich history and traditions. We love having him speak to prospective students. This is a must read for every KU fan."

—Lisa Pinamonti Kress, Director of KU Admissions

"KU-phoria celebrates the rich history and traditions of KU. The depth and breadth of Curtis Marsh's knowledge of KU comes alive in a way that will resonate in the heart of every Jayhawk."

—Heath Peterson, President, KU Alumni Association



The Jayhawk: The Story of the University of Kansas's Beloved Mascot By Rebecca A. Schulte Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9780700635399
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Published: University Press of Kansas - October 20th, 2023

The Jayhawk, the University of Kansas's legendary and unique mascot, has represented the university for more than one hundred years and is recognizable around the world.


"Myrtle, Means, and Opportunity" Book Launch with Local Author Elizabeth C. Bunce

Myrtle, Means, and Opportunity (Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery 5) By Elizabeth C. Bunce Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781643753140
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - October 24th, 2023

An Edgar® Award Winning Series

In the fifth book of the award-winning mystery series, Myrtle Hardcastle uncovers a string of murders during a treasure hunt on a haunted Scottish estate.

When her governess inherits an estate on a Scottish island, amateur detective Myrtle Hardcastle couldn't be more excited. Unfortunately, the ancestral castle is both


Myrtle, Means, and Opportunity (Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery 5) By Elizabeth C. Bunce Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781523524280
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - October 24th, 2023

An Edgar® Award Winning Series

In the fifth book of the award-winning mystery series, Myrtle Hardcastle uncovers a string of murders during a treasure hunt on a haunted Scottish estate.

When her governess inherits an estate on a Scottish island, amateur detective Myrtle Hardcastle couldn't be more excited. Unfortunately, the ancestral castle is both


Small, Medium, and Large Stories: A Book Launch with Kij Johnson

The Privilege of the Happy Ending: Small, Medium, and Large Stories By Kij Johnson Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781618732118
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Published: Small Beer Press - October 24th, 2023

A surprising and exciting new collection of speculative and experimental stories that explore animal intelligences, gender, and the nature of stories.


The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe By Kij Johnson Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780765391414
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Published: Tordotcom - August 16th, 2016

World Fantasy Award winner, Hugo, Nebula, John W. Campbell, and Locus Award finalist for Best Novella, and one of NPR's Best Books of 2016

Professor Vellitt Boe teaches at the prestigious Ulthar Women’s College. When one of her most gifted students elopes with a dreamer from the waking world, Vellitt must retrieve her.


At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories By Kij Johnson Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781931520805
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Published: Small Beer Press - September 25th, 2012


A sparkling debut collection from one of the hottest writers in science fiction: her stories have received the Nebula Award the last two years running.


An Evening with Author Jonathan Lethem in conversation with Whitney Terrell at LPL's Booktoberfest

Registration for this event is free but required to attend. Register here!

Brooklyn Crime Novel: A Novel By Jonathan Lethem Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780062938824
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Published: Ecco - October 3rd, 2023

Named a Best Book of the Year by: Boston Globe * New Yorker * NPR * PopMatters


Author Talk with Margie Carr: “Kansas City’s Montgall Avenue”

Kansas City's Montgall Avenue: Black Leaders and the Street They Called Home By Margie Carr Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780700634675
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Published: University Press of Kansas - June 12th, 2023

Marcie Rendon Book Signing

Join acclaimed mystery writer Marcie Rendon for a book signing featuring her award-winning Cash Blackbear mystery series! Rendon will be signing at the Raven from 12-2 on Friday, September 22. Don't miss it!

About the newest book:

Sinister Graves (A Cash Blackbear Mystery #3) By Marcie R. Rendon Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781641295239
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Published: Soho Crime - September 12th, 2023

"Marcie Rendon is writing an addictive and authentically Native crime series propelled by the irresistible Cash Blackbear—a warm, sad, sharp, funny and intuitive young Ojibwe woman. I want a shelf of Cash Blackbear novels! To my delight I have a feeling that Rendon is only getting started."
—Louise Erdrich, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Night Watchman


An Evening with Author Nathan Hill at LPL's Booktoberfest

Registration for this event is free but required to attend. Register here!

Staff Pick Badge
Wellness: A novel By Nathan Hill Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593536117
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Published: Knopf - September 19th, 2023

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • AN NPR BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR • The New York Times best-selling author of The Nix is back with a poignant and witty novel about a modern marriage and the bonds that keep people together.


Book Signing Table with Mark Dent and Rustin Dodd, Authors of "Kingdom Quarterback"

Kingdom Quarterback: Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs, and How a Once Swingin' Cow Town Chased the Ultimate Comeback By Mark Dent, Rustin Dodd Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593472033
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Published: Dutton - August 22nd, 2023

Fresh off of a gutsy, thrilling 2023 Super Bowl win for the Kansas City Chiefs, two inspiring stories that fit perfectly together—a biography of superstar quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, who brought the Chiefs to their first Super Bowl win in fifty years in 2020 as well as a second in 2023, along with the historical struggles and recent resurgence of the former “Paris of the Plains


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