Last month, I was the lucky recipient of a big, beautiful easel. For painting. For painting paintings! Having only produced a few dozen paintings over the course of my fifty plus years, I thought I’d try to actually learn how to do it. Enter Sam Piyasena and Beverly Philp’s Just Paint It! I’m an admittedly… View more
I confess that most of the world apparently disagrees with my assessment of In a Dark, Dark Wood. It was an instant NYT bestseller, and just two months after it was published last summer, Reese Witherspoon’s production company bought the movie rights. Marketed heavily as a psychological thriller, again, I disagree. In a Dark, Dark… View more
Fool Me Once is Harlan Coben’s ninth consecutive novel to reach #1 on the New York Times best seller list. Nine books in a row at #1. I mean, can you imagine that? Seriously. I almost got to brag once when I came in second in a middle school spelling bee. But I digress. In… View more
Jennifer Wilson, author of the Linn Area Reads 2014 selection “Running Away to Home: Our Family’s Journey to Croatia in Search of Who We Are, Where We Came From, and What Really Matters,” will read from her work on Saturday, March 29, at 3 pm in Whipple Auditorium at the downtown library. Wilson is an… View more
Nicolette Hahn Niman, author of the 2012 Linn Area Reads selection “Righteous [Righteous Porkchop by Nicolette Hahn Niman] Porkchop,” will give a presentation on Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m. at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center. The presentation is part of Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series.
This year’s edition of Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series gets underway on Saturday, April 21 at 1 p.m. with Robin Hemley, a writer of both fiction and non-fiction and the director of the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program. The event—which is free and open to the public with no tickets required—will take… View more
Fiction, nonfiction, comics, and books for young people will all be featured during the 2012 edition of Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series.
Laurell K. Hamilton, author of the bestselling Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter and Meredith Gentry series, will answer questions from readers as part of Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series. Hamilton’s event, which will include adult content and is therefore not appropriate for children, is set for Friday, June 10 at 7 p.m.
Vampires, political thrills, family dramas, and philosophers with lousy love lives are on tap for the 2011 edition of Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series. For the first time the collaborative program of the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Marion Public Libraries will feature six events, all free and open to the public. All series events in 2011 will take place in Ballantyne Auditorium on the Kirkwood Community College Campus.