Oct 8, 2008    #097
Contact: Laura Pate Byerley

Award-winning author will speak at Kansas City Public LibraryThomas E. Kennedy will discuss literary non-fiction Oct. 9

Robert Stewart, editor of New Letters magazine – a quarterly literary and art magazine published by the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) – will join celebrated author Thomas E. Kennedy for a discussion of the art of creative nonfiction on Thursday, Oct. 9. The discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Kansas City Public Library, 14 W. 10th St.

New Letters won the National Magazine Award from the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) for Kennedy’s essay “I am Joe’s Prostate,” on May 1. Kennedy will discuss award-winning literary nonfiction and his new book, Riding the Dog: A Look Back at America. The book contains six essays – including “Riding the Dog,” “In the Dark,” and “The Bridge Back to Queens” – which first appeared in New Letters.

“Riding the Greyhound buses gives you a chance to notice that the United States identifies more closely with Dostoevsky’s Petersburg than with the Promised Land. Riding the Dog, you glimpse America’s tragedies and American saints,” writes Kennedy in New Letters magazine.

A 6 p.m. reception will precede the discussion between Stewart and Kennedy. For more information about this event or for subscription inquiries, please visit or call (816) 235-1168. Visit for directions and upcoming events at Kansas City Public Libraries.

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. Celebrating 75 years, UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.

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