Host/producer Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with H.C. Palmer, Maril Crabtree, John Sparks, Dayna Moth, Jess Hogan, Jason Aaron, Rick Stasi, Rufus Magobotha, and Bill Sundahl.

JASON AARON is an award-winning comic book writer best known for his work with Marvel Comics, including the creation of the headline-grabbing female version of THOR and the launch of an acclaimed new STAR WARS series in 2015, the first issue of which became the best-selling American comic book in more than 20 years. Aaron is also the current writer on Marvel’s flagship AVENGERS series. His critically acclaimed creator-owned work includes the Eisner Award-winning SOUTHERN BASTARDS from Image Comics and the New York Times best-selling crime series SCALPED from Vertigo Comics. Aaron was born and raised in Alabama and currently resides in Kansas City.

The Kansas Notable Books List is the annual recognition of 15 outstanding titles either written by Kansans or about a Kansas related topic. The Kansas Notable Book List highlights our lively contemporary writing community and encourages readers to enjoy some of the best writing of the authors among us.
H.C. Palmer-Feet of the Messenger: Poems by H.C. Palmer (Lenexa), BkMk Press Books
Between the horrors of the Vietnam War and the pacific silences of the Kansas prairie, these poems honor both the beauty of the English language and the ancient powers of poetry to speak experience without diminishing it.
Maril Crabtree-Fireflies in the Gathering Dark: Poems by Maril Crabtree (Mission), Aldrich Press
These poems traverse landscapes, inner and outer: physical landscapes and metaphysical ones; the landscape of relationships; the landscape of age, from childhood to maturity; and the questing landscape that leads to new understandings.
The 8th Annual Kansas Book Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kansas State Capitol. The presenting authors will be inside the Capitol building, and our vendors/entertainment/children’s activities/book signings will be set up outside the Capitol, on the North side by the new Visitor’s Center.

Rufus J. Magobotha- artist/author: South African Inspirations, educator from Johannesburg discusses art, painting, sculpture and storytelling. Live appearance at Prospero’s books Sunday September 16, 2pm – 4pm.
Rick Stasi- Author: “Funny You Should Ask!” – “Talking To Myself, To You!” Voice talent, Performer. Comic artist, & performer, joins us on live from the KKFI studio.

JC Sparks, Dayna Moth, Jess Hogan-KC Zine Con, The Midwest’s DIY Publishing Fest with featured tablers; Casey Babb, Kels Choo, Taylor Fourt, Anna Selle from Hear Queer, r. logios from Logios Press and Distribution, Neelybat Chestnut, Andrea Kszystyniak & Daphne Calhoun, and SugarBeans Shop. September 8, 10am – 6pm at Pierson Auditorium UMKC Campus.


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