Join us for a screening of "Empire of Dreams," the second episode of the landmark PBS documentary, "Latino Americans: 500 Years of History," based on the book by acclaimed Hispanic journalist and author Ray Suarez. After the film, join in a discussion led by Dr. Lisa Dorner, assistant professor of educational policy at MU and faculty fellow at the Cambio Center. The screening is part of a nationwide initiative to tell the story of how Latino Americans have been an integral part of U.S. history from the 16th century to the present day. This program part of the "Latino Americans: 500 Years of History" series which is made possible through a partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.
Come meet Brian Katcher, author of the award-winning young adult books "Almost Perfect" and "Playing With Matches." Hear about his writing process and his new book, “The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak,” a hilarious he said/she said romance about two teens recovering from heartbreak and discovering themselves on an out-of-this-world accidental first date at a science fiction convention. When he’s not writing, Brian works as a school librarian. He lives in central Missouri with his wife and daughter. Books will be for sale from Barnes & Noble before and after the program and Brian will do a book-signing session. Teens, adults welcome.
Local author Karen Mocker Dabson will discuss the backstory of her suspenseful debut novel "The Muralist's Ghost" that was inspired by actual events. As famed Croatian artist Maxo Vanka paints murals in a small church near Pittsburgh, a ghost appears to him. While Maxo searches his past and present to discover the ghost's secret, one of his paintings is ruined and the church sustains damage. He then begins to realize there is more than one mystery to solve, and that serious danger lurks in the shadows. Copies will be available for purchase and signing.
Mike Trail will talk about and read from his fast-paced collection of suspenseful short stories titled "The Icy Fire of Deception." Each story is set in a politically-charged locale with characters whose moral compass can veer either way. Co-sponsored by Compass Flower Press. Copies will be available for purchase and signing.
Help us select our own winner of the 2015 John Newbery Medal. At these fun sessions, you'll discuss Newbery finalists and defend the book you feel is the “Heavy Medalist” of the year. Even if you can't participate in the full eight sessions, you're still welcome at this special session where we'll discuss "A Handful of Stars" by Cynthia Lord as a tie-in to our program series "Latino Americans: 500 Years of History." This powerful book explores a friendship between a small-town girl and the daughter of migrant workers. A past Newbery honoree, author Cynthia Lord tackles themes of prejudice and friendship, loss and love. Library staff will facilitate the discussion, along with Nancy Baumann, a local educator and previous Newbery committee member. Heavy Medal sessions are scheduled for Wednesdays on Sept. 9, 23, Oct. 7, 21, Nov. 4, 18 and Dec. 2, 16. Kids in grades 4-8. Registration begins Tuesday, October 20.
Connect with a wide array of local and regional authors and hear about their writing and publishing experiences. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments served. More details about this event will be available at www.dbrl.org/authors beginning October 1.