Readings

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
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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
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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

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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.


Sarah Smarsh in conversation with Chuck Mead: SHE COME BY IT NATURAL

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She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781982157289
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Published: Scribner - October 13th, 2020

Nominated for the 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award

The National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author of Heartland focuses her laser-sharp insights on a working-class icon and one of the most unifying figures in American culture: Dolly Parton.

Growing up amid Kansas wheat fields and airplane factories, Sarah Smarsh witnessed fir


THIS THING CALLED LIFE: Neal Karlen on Prince in conversation with Danny Caine

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DEARLY BELOVED

This Thing Called Life: Prince's Odyssey, On and Off the Record Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250135247
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 6th, 2020

A warm and surprisingly real-life biography, featuring never-before-seen photos, of one of rock’s greatest talents: Prince.


SA Cosby: Blacktop Wasteland

SA Cosby presents his new mystery Blacktop Wasteland. Signed copies will be available for purchase!

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A gritty, voice-driven thriller about a former getaway driver who thought he had escaped the criminal life who is pulled back in by race, poverty, and his own former life of crime.

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