David Lile of KFRU will moderate a discussion about "The Boys in the Boat" with local experts. Dr. Robert M. Collins, professor of history at MU, will address the U.S. in the 1930s. Dr. Brad Prager, MU associate professor of German and member of the film studies program, will talk about German film from and about the 1930s. Third generation Missouri boat-builder Drew Lemberger will talk about his craft. Biographer Sharon Kinney Hanson will talk about Olympian Helen Stephens, a William Woods graduate who won gold at the 1936 Olympics, as well as Dee Beckmann and Leni Riefenstahl. Torrey Palmer, a Columbia native and two-time silver medalist in the World Rowing Championships in 1998, crewed in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia and will talk about her Olympic experience.
Join Kaite Stover, Director of Reader's Services at the Kansas City Public Library, for a panel discussion with authors Brian Katcher ("Playing With Matches," "Almost Perfect," and "Everyone Dies in the End"), Laura McHugh ("The Weight of Blood"), and Nina Mukerjee Furstenau ("Biting Through the Skin"). Hear about their recent work, other contemporary writers that they particularly love and recommend, and their thoughts on the evolving relationships between writers and libraries.