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Women's Voices Writing Contest Winner

By Martha Gershun
Rated by Helen H.
Dec 7, 2018

Johnson County Library and The Writers Place are pleased to announce that Martha Gershun has won the essay category of our writing contest on the theme of WOMEN'S VOICES with "Channelling Marjorie".

Martha Gershun recently retired as Executive Director from Jackson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Her first book, "Care & Custody: A Novel of 3 Children at Risk," was published in June. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, SELF Magazine, Kveller, and the Kansas City Star.

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The Help

By Kathryn Stockett
Rated by Heather McCartin
Dec 5, 2018

The Helpthe debut novel by Kathryn Stockett, published nearly ten years ago, has the remarkable ability to remain relevant in today’s polarized climate of questions and the search for truth and justice.  Here we meet three different women: Skeeter Phelan, Aibileen Clark, and Minny Jackson, all wanting to change the status quo without knowing how or when to start.  Set in 1960s Jackson, Mississippi, there is a strong divide between the races that results in violence and fear among the residents as the Civil Ri

Latest Local Music

Monday, Dec 10, 2018

Hi-Lux is Kansas City's musical gift to the world. An irresistible mix of 60s/70s soul, Motown and classic pop sounds that is at once instantly familiar and fresh. The band recently released of no less than seven 7-inch singles from the band and each one's a keeper. Led by Julia Haile on vocals, Hi-Lux is celebrating a productive year of recording and performing, with the promise of more new music to come in 2019. Enjoy our interview with and recommendations from the band.

Jo MacKenzie
Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018

Jo MacKenzie is an immensely talented fiften-year-old singer-songwriter whose musical accomplishments already belie her age. The past twelve months have shown the fruits of her serious "take time to write everyday" work ethic, with the release of seven ready-friendly pop songs that demonstrate MacKenzie is ready to take on the world with her music. In this interview, MacKenzie describes her approach to songwriting, what she's learned after such a productive and creative year, and how she balances school work with her art, among other topics. We are very fortunate to share an exclusive interview with this emerging artist.

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