Archive for August, 2008

Book Group Leaders

August 28, 2008

Once again we have expanded program to fit the demand and have added two additional book group leaders:

Kaite Stover is Head of Reader’s Services for the Kansas City Public Library and also manages the circulation department at our Central Library. She is a respected reviewer for Booklist and is also a regular guest on the Walt Bodine show where she appears with her fellow “book doctors”.

Linda Rodriquez is past director of the UMKC Women’s Center and is the author of two forthcoming books, including a poetry collection Heart Migration. She has contributed to respected reference sources including Encyclopedia Judaica and Contemporary Jewish-American Poets and Dramatists.


Introducing our Scholar: Ben Furnish

August 22, 2008

Ben Furnish is managing editor for BkMk Press at UMKC, where he also teaches English. He is the author of Nostalgia in Jewish American Theater and Film, 1979-2004 and has been an expert contributor for many other scholarly publications including the Dictionary of Literary Biograpy’s volume on Yiddish writers, Holocaust Literature, Encyclopeida Judaica, Jews and Sex and Studies in Jewish Civilization. He holds a PhD from Kansas University and master’s degrees from the University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC) and Harvard. He is invited to give a paper at the first International Conference on Modern Yiddish Studies sponsored by Heidelberg and Oxford universities in December.

Andrea Kempf

August 18, 2008

The books have been handed out and, this Thursday our first book discussion will take place. Demand has been overwhelming. So overwhelming, in fact, that we have brought in additional discussion leader and librarian Andrea Kempf from the Johnson County Community College to assist. Andrea is a Professor and Librarian at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. She earned a B.A. in Literature from Brandeis University, an M.A.T. in Literature from Johns Hopkins University, and an M.S.L.S. from Simmons College. She is an alumna of the Asian Studies Development Program at the East-West Center, and a regular reviewer of fiction for Library Journal. Her specialty is international fiction.

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