Bring a brown bag lunch and join us to discuss “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates” by Wes Moore. The author was completing his studies at Johns Hopkins University and had just been named a Rhodes Scholar when he happened upon a newspaper article about another Wes Moore who was on his way to prison for armed robbery and the killing of an off-duty policeman. Stunned at their shared name and early origins, Moore contacted the other man and began a long relationship, determined to understand the factors and choices that led them to such vastly different fates. Moore ends the book with a call to action and a detailed resource guide.
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Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the popular Little House series, was born on February 7, 1867. In recognition of her birthday, local resident Peggy Reed-Lohmeyer and her son will retrace her life through their personal travels, photos and mementos. They'll also share information about the Wilder family and their activities. All ages.
Trudy Lewis, director of the Creative Writing program at the University of Missouri, will talk about her latest book, "The Empire Rolls," and introduce us to the book's main character Sally LaChance, a park ranger living a double life in a mid-sized Missouri town. In the story, Sally's life begins to crumble as the economy crashes. During this turmoil, she has to deal with her local roller derby team, angry veterans, a slacker boyfriend and a YouTube video that puts her job, relationships and even her life at risk. Books are available for purchase and signing.