Meet Leading Authors and Illustrators
KPL welcomes leading and up-and-coming authors and illustrators for discussions, lectures and book signings. Enjoy noted children's authors and illustrators, poets, memoir writers, novelists, local and regional historical writers, award-winning teen authors, and more.
Listen & Learn
Hear authors describe their research and writing process, what inspires them, who influences them, and how they develop their personal style. Enjoy their stories and gain valuable insight into what it takes to write compelling prose.
Are you a local author or writer with a recent publication? If so, please tell us. Your work could be featured in a KPL Writers’ Block video, a forum where independently published local writers tell the community about their work.
Thursday, April 28, 7 pm, Central Library
A Poetry Choral Performance with Richard Katrovas CANCELLED
Celebrate the publication of Richard Katrovas’ latest collection, Swastika into Lotus. Twelve readers will perform his “dithyrambs” choral lyrics that tell original stories. Dithyrambs were precursors of ancient Greek tragedy. Katrovas has re-imagined the form for our postmodern time.
Monday, May 23, 6 pm, Eastwood Branch Library
Author Dr. Alexandria Osborne: The Black Mzungu
The Black Mzungu is the memoir of a Kalamazoo woman’s experience as she learns to adapt to life in the bush of East Africa. The author, Dr. Alexandria Osborne, will discuss her impressions of the people, land, and the country that she learned to call home. As she triumphs over natural and man-made obstacles, she finds a way to give back.
Thursday, May 26, 7 pm, Central Library
Inspiration, Story, and Revision
A conversation with award-winning SW Michigan authors Jaimy Gordon, Bonnie Jo Campbell and Andy Mozina about how they find inspiration from music, their process for writing and revision, and other writerly subjects. The authors will read from their work.
Named by the Guardian as one of our top ten writers of rural noir, Bonnie Jo Campbell is a 2009 National Book Award National and Book Critics Circle Award finalist for her short-story collection American Salvage. Her most recent work is Mothers, Tell Your Daughters, her sixth book and third story collection.
Jaimy Gordon has taught writing for almost 30 years at Western Michigan University, and her literary works have been recognized and highlighted at Michigan State University in their Michigan Writers Series. Her fourth novel, Lord of Misrule, won the 2010 National Book Award for Fiction.
Andy Mozina is a literature and creative writing instructor at Kalamazoo College. The conversation celebrates the publication of Contrary Motion, Andy’s debut novel about a symphony harpist. Followed by audience Q&A and signings.
See the Webcasts page to view past presentations from KPL’s visiting authors.