The Power of Reading: A Celebration of the Written Word

Thursday, September 19, 2013
6:00 p.m. – Reception
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Program

Open to the public and free of charge. Reservations: (816) 701-3407

Truman Forum Auditorium
Kansas City Public Library – Plaza Branch
4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64112
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Join us as local writers and new adult readers share stories about how reading has transformed their lives.


Co-presented by Friends of the Library, Rainy Day Books and Open Circle

Featured speakers:

Starting off as a high school English teacher in Ohio, Judith Fertig never expected to write for living. She also never expected to live in London, England, or to have a cookbook win the Golden Globes of cookbook awards. But all that happened because of The Little White Horse, a book she read as a child. Fertig writes for Spaces, M, Natural Awakenings, and Fine Cooking Magazine. She blogs for the Kansas City Star. She is the author of 20 cookbooks, including Heartland, I Love Cinnamon Rolls!, and the Back in the Swing Cookbook from Andrews McMeel. She’s also a member of the Kansas City Novel Group.


The Recipe KC is Dramatic Art N Rhythm, poetic theater and music all ages appreciate. Poetry has taken the Recipe KC around the United States and overseas. Theodore “Priest” Hughes and Desmond “3-3-7” Jones, the Recipe KC, believe by exemplifying excellence and team work as spoken word artist/activist they can influence change and encourage people by example to work together towards common goals. Their Nu Muse-ik POetry supports Expression without Weapons, youth and adult creative writing programs in schools, homeless and Juvenal institutions nurturing a generation of understanding through honest conversation.



Grace Suh is a writer who has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Overbrook Foundation, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and the Ucross Foundation. Her work has been published in The San Francisco Weekly, The Pitch, Ink Magazine, and KoreAm Journal, and anthologized in numerous collections including Kansas City Noir, Echoes Upon Echoes, Imprint and Making More Waves.



Chato Villalobos is a 13-year veteran of the Kansas City Missouri Police Department. His assignments included East Patrol Division, Fraud Investigations, Homicide Detective and has spent his last 7 years in Community Policing at the Westside CAN Center. Chato was recently recognized with a Proclamation from the mayor regarding the work he does with the Westside community through community policing. Chato is also a member of the Latino Writers Collective, the Union Cultural Mexicana, and is currently serving his 5th year on the board of directors of the Guadalupe Education Systems.