Nov 6, 2007    #144
Contact: Angela Turner

James McKinley, long-time Kansas City writer and editor, to read from new book

James McKinley will read from his new book from BkMk Press, “Who Taught Me to Swim: New and Selected Stories,” on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 4 p.m. The reading will take place at The Roasterie Café located at 6233 Brookside Blvd. and is free and open to the public.

The café will offer a 20-percent discount on drinks purchased by attendees of the event.

McKinley edited “New Letters” magazine for many years at UMKC, where he directed the Professional Writing Program. He is the author of four previous books. His work has appeared in numerous publications including “Esquire,” “Playboy,” “StoryQuarterly” and elsewhere. Since retiring from UMKC, he has taught at the University of Memphis and now divides his time between Kansas City and Oracle, Arizona. His honors include two MacDowell Colony Fellowships and senior Fulbright lectureships to Yugoslavia, Hungary and Spain. He is a past board president of the Associated Writing Programs.

The themes of the stories in “Who Taught Me to Swim” include marriage and infidelity, retrospection, show business, baseball and bowling. The stories take place in settings ranging from Kansas City and the Midwest to Spain and Kenya. As writer Cary C. Holladay writes in her advance praise for the book, “These are stories Hemingway himself would envy.”

For more information about this event or the book, please contact BkMk Press at (816) 235-2558. The reading is co-sponsored by The Roasterie Café and BkMk Press.

BkMk Press was founded in 1971 and became a part of UMKC in 1983. The press publishes fine literature by contemporary authors. Financial assistance for BkMk Press is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; by UMKC; and by private donations.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences and urban affairs.


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