Word: Missouri

Word: Missouri is Davis Dunavin's special project

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Word: Missouri
6:16 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Hannibal: living in the shadow of Twain

A view of Hannibal on a sleepy fall day, as seen from Cardiff Hill.
KBIA / Davis Dunavin

Last week marked the 176th birthday of the man who many feel defined American literature. Since his 1910 death, the city of Hannibal in northeastern Missouri has become a mecca for those who appreciate Mark Twain's work - one of the few places in the world that center on literary tourism. But it's still a city - and a small town in Missouri, at that. As part of Word Missouri, a series examining Missouri's literary heritage, KBIA's Davis Dunavin went to Hannibal to explore how aficionados, experts, tourists and residents live in the shadow of Twain.

Word Missouri
2:49 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Twain's Hannibal in sound and pictures

It's well-known that Twain wrote extensively about the real people and places he found growing up in Hannibal, and many of Tom Sawyer's experiences were his experiences. As a companion piece to the Word Missouri feature Hannibal: living in the shadow of Twain, I traveled to three places that make appearances in his books to see how they've changed in the nearly two centuries since Twain's boyhood here. Click for photos and sound from each place. (Mark Twain re-enactor Jim Waddell provides Twain's voice.)

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Word Missouri
4:48 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Inside a NaNoWriMo Write-In

Outside the Art Smith photography studio on East Broadway in Columbia, Mo.
Davis Dunavin KBIA

November is National Novel-Writing Month. (NaNoWriMo for short.) It’s a cultural phenomenon, spread virally through blogs and forums, in which amateur writers, experts and everyone in between are challenged to write a complete novel over the course of a month. A lot of people take on this task solo, but a group in Columbia bands together every year to write novels alongside each other. Here’s their story.

Word Missouri
6:09 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Pushcart-nominated novelist Bridget Bufford on Missouri roots

Missouri native Bridget Bufford's second novel Cemetery Bird has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Bufford speaks frankly about her upbringing in Missouri, writing drug-addicted characters and why it's so hard to run away from the Midwest.

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Word Missouri
8:51 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Between readings and signings, local authors recall how they found their voice

Space opera romance author J. C. Hay.
Courtesy of the author

Last week 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’t only good for booksellers – they also benefit local authors who write in niche genres and don’t have the support of an academic setting or a big-name publisher. Fortunately, the realm of social media is good to genre writers. 

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Word Missouri
9:10 pm
Sun October 30, 2011

To survive threats, St. Louis's independent bookstores band together

Authors Judy Moresi and Mark Tiedemann chat with cruisegoers during a signing at the Book House in St. Louis, Mo.
Davis Dunavin KBIA

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. Their goal is to promote each other while keeping an eye on threats to the bookstore industry.

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Word Missouri
6:17 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Poet Marc McKee, on driving through Missouri like a horse in a desert

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 What Apocalypse? (2008). McKee will celebrate the release of his new full-length book of poetry, Fuse, 7 pm Saturday at the Columbia Art League with Melissa Range.

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Word: Missouri
9:08 am
Tue October 18, 2011

How St. Louis’s literary past is coming to life in the Central West End

Tennessee Williams is one of two writers already represented at the corner of Euclid and McPherson avenues in the Central West End.

The history of St. Louis’s Central West End is steeped in literature. The area is tied to four of America’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.

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Word Missouri
9:00 am
Sat October 15, 2011

What are Missouri's future writers reading?

Expert commentary (in red) by Dr. Roy Fox, Professor of English Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia

Listen to the companion piece to this infographic: “In Republic, book challenges raise the question, ‘What should kids read?’”

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Word: Missouri
12:00 am
Sat October 8, 2011

In Republic, book challenges raise the question, “What should kids read?”

 

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.

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