Readings

Poetry with Jennifer L. Knox and Meg Johnson

Join two acclaimed Midwestern poets for a weird and wonderful night of poetry!  This is a virtual event: RSVP and attend here!

ABOUT THE BOOKS

Crushing It Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781556595868
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - October 20th, 2020

The poems in Jennifer L. Knox's darkly imaginative collection, Crushing It, unearth epiphanies in an unbounded landscape of forms, voices and subjects--from history to true crime to epidemiology--while exploring our tenuous connections and disconnections.


Without: Body, Name, Country Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781925965421
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Published: Vine Leaves Press - September 15th, 2020

In Meg Johnson's third full length collection, Without: Body, Name, Country, strange experiences become familiar and familiar experiences become strange, as a human body, a sense of self, and an entire nation all teeter toward the verge of destruction.


Patricia Lockwood in conversation with Tommy Pico: NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THIS

The Paper Plains Literary Festival and The Raven Book Store present

PATRICIA LOCKWOOD in conversation with TOMMY PICO

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No One Is Talking About This: A Novel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780593189580
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 16th, 2021

"I really admire and love this book. Patricia Lockwood is a completely singular talent and this is her best, funniest, weirdest, most affecting work yet." --Sally Rooney

"A furiously original novel." --Jia Tolentino


Priestdaddy: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399573262
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 1st, 2018

ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW'S 10 BEST BOOKS OF 2017

NAMED ONE OF THE 50 BEST MEMOIRS OF THE PAST 50 YEARS BY THE NEW YORK TIMES

SELECTED AS A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY:  


Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals (Penguin Poets) Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780143126522
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Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2014

The acclaimed second collection of poetry by Patricia Lockwood, author of Priestdaddynamed a best book of the year by The New York Times Book Review

SELECTED AS A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: The New York Times * The Boston Globe * Powells * The Strand * Barnes & Noble * BuzzFeed * Flavorwire


Feed Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781947793576
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Published: Tin House Books - November 5th, 2019

New York Times Notable Book of the Year

From the Winner of the Whiting Award, an American Book Award, and finalist for a Lambda, Tommy Pico's Feed is the final book in the Teebs Cycle.


Junk Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781941040973
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Published: Tin House Books - May 8th, 2018

An NPR Best Book of the Year

From 2018 Whiting Award winner Tommy Pico, Junk is a book-length break-up poem that explores the experience of loss and erasure, both personal and cultural.


Nature Poem Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941040638
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Published: Tin House Books - May 9th, 2017

A book-length poem about how an American Indian writer can’t bring himself to write about nature, but is forced to reckon with colonial-white stereotypes, manifest destiny, and his own identity as an young, queer, urban-dwelling poet.

A Best Book of the Year at BuzzFeed, Interview, and more.

 


Irl Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780991429868
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Published: Birds - September 1st, 2016

Poetry. Native American Studies. LGBT Studies. IRL is a sweaty, summertime poem composed like a long text message, rooted in the epic tradition of A.R. Ammons, ancient Kumeyaay Bird Songs, and Beyonc 's visual albums.


Storytime with Charlie Mylie

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Kansas City author and illustrator Charlie Mylie leads a storytime with his new book, ANYTHING WITH YOU! A fun event for the whole family, this storytime will feature a reading of the book, Q&A, and a live drawing.

Anything with You: A Picture Book Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374312527
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - November 24th, 2020

With charming, expressive characters, lush autumn landscapes, and spare text, the picture book Anything with You by author-illustrator Charlie Mylie is a sweet story about how journeys are more about who you’re with than where you’re going.


Award-Winning Crime Fiction: Susan Cox in conversation with Joanna Schaffhausen, moderated by Nev March

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Spend a thrilling evening with three winners of the Mystery Writers of America/Minotaur First Crime Novel Award!

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

The Man in the Microwave Oven: A Mystery (Theo Bogart Mysteries #2) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250116208
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Published: Minotaur Books - November 3rd, 2020

Following Susan Cox’s Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel award-winning debut, The Man in the Microwave Oven is her next delightfully quirky mystery featuring San Francisco transplant Theo Bogart.


Murder in Old Bombay: A Mystery Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250269546
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Published: Minotaur Books - November 10th, 2020

In 19th century Bombay, Captain Jim Agnihotri channels his idol, Sherlock Holmes, in Nev March’s Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award-winning debut.


No Mercy: A Mystery (Ellery Hathaway #2) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250252821
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Published: Minotaur Books - January 21st, 2020

Police officer Ellery Hathaway and FBI profiler Reed Markham take on two difficult new cases in this stunning follow-up to The Vanishing Season.

"A gripping and powerful read. It is what we call an edge-of-your-seat, rollercoaster of a thriller. You will not be able to put it down before you finish it."—The Washington Book Review on The Vanishing Season


The Vanishing Season: A Mystery (Ellery Hathaway #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250199553
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Published: Minotaur Books - January 8th, 2019

"A gripping and powerful read. It is what we call edge-of-your-seat, rollercoaster of a thriller. You will not be able to put it down before you finish it."—The Washington Book Review


The Man on the Washing Machine: A Mystery (Theo Bogart Mysteries #1) Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781250768353
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Published: Minotaur Books - December 15th, 2015

BOOGORAMA: Boog Highberger in conversation with Pat Kehde

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Kansas representative Boog Highberger presents his first book, BOOGORAMA, in conversation with Raven Book Store co-founder Pat Kehde. 

ABOUT THE BOOK

The first book by Boog! BOOGORAMA is a collection of articles, speeches, screeds, and letters by Dennis "Boog" Highberger from 1983-2018.

$13.00
SKU: 9781734638103

The first book by Boog! BOOGORAMA is a collection of articles, speeches, screeds, and letters by Dennis "Boog" Highberger from 1983-2018.

"Welcome to Boog's World: a place of thoughtfulness, humor, the tenacious pursuit of justice and a deep love for the little patch of Kansas he calls home. 'The Lawrence I love,' he writes, 'is in the details, the nooks and crannies, the fine print.' This is also the place where we find Boog in all his brilliance, illuminating the nooks and crannies, igniting the fine print." -Simran Sethi

"Everything in here is delicious and carnal and wise -- reminds me I wasn't always on Zoom, face squished between glass plates like a lab sample...the dada mayor wrote frot he Time of the Plague, when we should eat his book with music" - Andrei Codrescu

Dennis "Boog" Highberger was born and raised in Garnett, Kansas and lives in Lawrence. He was the 1992 winner in the graduate division of the Helen F. Snyder Book Collecting Contest at the University of Kansas. He currently represents District 46 in the Kansas House of Representatives. 


New poetry: Alyse Bensel and Simone Savannah, hosted by Megan Kaminski

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Alyse Bensel and Simone Savannah, both University of Kansas creative writing Ph.D graduates, present their debut poetry collections. The evening will be hosted by Megan Kaminski, associate professor of creative writing at the University of Kansas. 

ABOUT THE BOOKS

Rare Wondrous Things: A Poetic Biography of Maria Sibylla Merian Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781732743403
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Published: Green Writers Press - July 21st, 2020

A poetic biography of Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717), Rare Wondrous Things investigates the history of this German artist and naturalist who made groundbreaking discoveries in entomology.


Uses of My Body Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780999746189
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Published: Barrow Street Press - October 15th, 2020

Poetry. In the spirit of Audre Lorde's essay collection Sister Outsider, the charged and direct language of USES OF MY BODY emphasizes black women's experience of erasure, sexual and racial violence, as well as pleasure and healing.


Gentlewomen Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781934819913
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Published: Noemi Press - October 15th, 2020

Poetry. How do we care for a broken world, especially when we ourselves are broken-hearted? How do we nurture others when we have scarce resources? How do we maintain our own sense of self under these pressures? The work of care falls disproportionately on women and often renders them lacking and unacknowledged in their labor.


LADYBIRD, COLLECTED: Ladybird Diner's Meg Heriford in conversation with Raven Book Store's Danny Caine

$24.99
SKU: LADYBIRDCOLLECTED

Meg Heriford of Lawrence's legendary Ladybird Diner has compiled her essays into a book, as we've all been begging her to do for ages, and now that book is here: Ladybird, Collected.

This item will be released in early October, 2020

100% of the proceeds from Raven sales of Ladybird, Collected will go to funding Ladybird Diner's community meal program. Each book purchase funds four meals. 

Ladybird, Collected: Collected essays on the evolution of a tiny diner in the middle of the country. These are stories of love and adaptation at the broad intersection of commerce and community, and of how a pandemic changed everything and also nothing about us. Ladybird, Collected is a book you might want to preorder if you are into:

  • Sense of place
  • Small business culture
  • Adaptation amid uncertainty
  • Confessed parental shortfalls
  • Metaphors
  • Pie
  • Work/home life balance
  • Nods to rocks
  • Community interdependence
  • Doing the next right thing
  • Food security as a measure of justice


University Press of Kansas and the Raven Present THE CONSERVATIVE HEARTLAND: A POLITICAL HISTORY OF THE POSTWAR AMERICAN MIDWEST

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The Conservative Heartland: A Political History of the Postwar American Midwest Cover Image
By Jon K. Lauck (Editor), Catherine McNicol Stock (Editor)
$35.94
ISBN: 9780700629312
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Published: University Press of Kansas - April 17th, 2020

In the wake of the 2016 presidential election there was widespread shock that the Midwest, the Democrats' so-called blue wall, had been so effectively breached by Donald Trump. But the blue wall, as The Conservative Heartland makes clear, was never quite as secure as so many observers assumed.


University Press of Kansas and the Raven Present DO RUNNING MATES MATTER?: THE INFLUENCE OF VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES IN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

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Do Running Mates Matter?: The Influence of Vice Presidential Candidates in Presidential Elections Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780700629701
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Published: University Press of Kansas - May 15th, 2020

The American vice presidency, as the saying goes, "is not worth a bucket of warm spit." Yet vice presidential candidates, many people believe, can make all the difference in winning--or losing--a presidential election. Is that true, though? Did Sarah Palin, for example, sink John McCain's campaign in 2008? Did Joe Biden help Barack Obama win? Do running mates actually matter?


Rick McIntyre in conversation with George Frazier: THE REIGN OF WOLF 21

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Rick McIntyre will discuss his new book REIGN OF WOLF 21: THE SAGA OF YELLOWSTONE'S LEGENDARY DRUID PACK with Lawrence nature writer George Frazier. 

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Reign of Wolf 21: The Saga of Yellowstone's Legendary Druid Pack Cover Image
By Rick McIntyre, Marc Bekoff (Foreword by)
$26.95
ISBN: 9781771645249
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Published: Greystone Books - September 29th, 2020

"A redemption story, an adventure story, and perhaps above all, a love story."
--Nate Blakeslee,
New York Times-bestselling author of American Wolf

The Druid Peak Pack was the most famous wolf pack in Yellowstone National Park, and maybe even in the world.


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