word missouri http://kbia.org en Twain's Hannibal in sound and pictures http://kbia.org/post/twains-hannibal-sound-and-pictures <p>It&#39;s well-known that Twain wrote extensively about the real people and places he found growing up in Hannibal, and many of Tom Sawyer&#39;s experiences were his experiences. As a companion piece to the Word Missouri feature&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kbia.org/post/hannibal-living-shadow-twain-0">Hannibal: living in the shadow of Twain</a>, I traveled to three places that make appearances in his books to see how they&#39;ve changed in the nearly two centuries since Twain&#39;s boyhood here. Click for photos and sound from each place. Mon, 05 Dec 2011 20:49:29 +0000 Davis Dunavin 4778 at http://kbia.org Pushcart-nominated novelist Bridget Bufford on Missouri roots http://kbia.org/post/pushcart-nominated-novelist-bridget-bufford-missouri-roots-3 <p>Missouri native Bridget Bufford&#39;s second novel <em>Cemetery Bird </em>has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Bufford speaks frankly about her upbringing in Missouri, writing drug-addicted characters and why it&#39;s so hard to run away from the Midwest.</p><p> Wed, 16 Nov 2011 00:09:23 +0000 Davis Dunavin 3676 at http://kbia.org Pushcart-nominated novelist Bridget Bufford on Missouri roots Between readings and signings, local authors recall how they found their voice http://kbia.org/post/between-readings-and-signings-local-authors-recall-how-they-found-their-voice-1 <p><a href="http://www.kbia.org/post/survive-threats-st-louiss-independent-bookstores-band-together">Last week</a> Word Missouri told the story of a group of bookstores in St. Louis supporting each other through events like bookstore tours and literary speed dating. These events aren&rsquo;t only good for booksellers &ndash; they also benefit local authors who write in niche genres and don&rsquo;t have the support of an academic setting or a big-name publisher. Fortunately, the realm of social media is good to genre writers.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 02:51:40 +0000 Davis Dunavin 3178 at http://kbia.org Between readings and signings, local authors recall how they found their voice To survive threats, St. Louis's independent bookstores band together http://kbia.org/post/survive-threats-st-louiss-independent-bookstores-band-together <p>In Missouri, like everywhere else, hundreds of under-the-radar bookstores struggle to stay above water in an age of Amazon and E-readers. Earlier this year a group of independent bookstores in St. Louis forgot about looking at each other as competitors and banded together to promote each other through events like bookstore tours.</p> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 02:10:35 +0000 Davis Dunavin 2732 at http://kbia.org To survive threats, St. Louis's independent bookstores band together Poet Marc McKee, on driving through Missouri like a horse in a desert http://kbia.org/post/poet-marc-mckee-driving-through-missouri-horse-desert <p>Poet Marc McKee received his MFA from the University of Houston and his PhD from the University of Missouri, where he lives with his wife, Camellia Cosgray. He is the author of <em>What Apocalypse? </em>(2008). McKee will celebrate the release of his new full-length book of poetry, <em>Fuse</em>, 7 pm Saturday at the Columbia Art League with Melissa Range.</p><p> Fri, 21 Oct 2011 23:17:39 +0000 Davis Dunavin 2225 at http://kbia.org Poet Marc McKee, on driving through Missouri like a horse in a desert How St. Louis’s literary past is coming to life in the Central West End http://kbia.org/post/how-st-louis%E2%80%99s-literary-past-coming-life-central-west-end <p>The history of St. Louis&rsquo;s Central West End is steeped in literature. The area is tied to four of America&rsquo;s most famous writers: T. S. Eliot, Tennessee Williams, Kate Chopin and William S. Burroughs. But until recently, the neighborhood had no official tributes to the literary greats.</p><p> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 14:08:50 +0000 Davis Dunavin 1966 at http://kbia.org How St. Louis’s literary past is coming to life in the Central West End What are Missouri's future writers reading? http://kbia.org/post/what-are-missouris-future-writers-reading <p>Expert commentary <span style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">(in red)</span> by Dr. Roy Fox, Professor of English Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia</p><p>Listen to the companion piece to this infographic: <a href="http://www.kbia.org/news/word-missouri-in-republic-book-challenges-raise-the-question-what-should-kids-read" title="In Republic, book challenges raise the question, &quot;What should kids read?&quot;">&ldquo;In Republic, book challenges raise the question, &lsquo;What should kids read?&rsquo;&rdquo;</a> Sat, 15 Oct 2011 14:00:00 +0000 Davis Dunavin 1979 at http://kbia.org In Republic, book challenges raise the question, “What should kids read?” http://kbia.org/post/republic-book-challenges-raise-question-%E2%80%9Cwhat-should-kids-read%E2%80%9D-0 <p>When Republic High School in southwest Missouri removed two novels from its curriculum and library in July, it drew national attention and launched a conversation about what books are acceptable for Missouri students.</p> Sat, 08 Oct 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Davis Dunavin 6192 at http://kbia.org In Republic, book challenges raise the question, “What should kids read?”