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Mrs. Bridge and Beyond: In Search of the Writer Evan S. Connell

Join us for a discussion with Kansas City writer and longtime book critic, Steve Paul, about his research on the writer Evan S. Connell, the subject of his next book. Two years ago, Paul launched a research project into the life and work of Evan S. Connell. Connell (1924-2013) is best known for Mrs. Bridge, which reveals the mid-twentieth-century lives of an upper-crust Kansas City family, and for Son of the Morning Star, a deep historical narrative about the demise of Gen. George Armstrong Custer in the battle of the Little Bighorn. The body of work he produced over more than sixty years—stories, novels, essays, and history—is uncommonly varied and reflects the fertile and adventurous mind of one of the most interesting yet least-known of American literary writers. In this informal talk, Steve shares what he has learned and suggests reasons Connell’s work remains relevant and worth reading.

Earlier Event: May 15
ODN's (First) Boozy Bookclub
Later Event: June 4
An Evening with Carson Vaughan