Check out some free poetry and music this Thursday at Tunes in Independence Square in downtown Ralston (77th and Main St. in the gazebo to be exact). Music is provided by Joey Gulizia & The G Notes; the poetry comes from Greg Kosmicki. The event runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and the first 200 attendees can snag some free food.

Though it’s not about Dorothy or the Wizard of Oz, author Tracy Seeley will be at the Bookworm in Countryside Village this Wednesday, July 13th, at 6 p.m. to sign copies of her book, My Ruby Slippers: The Road Back to Kansas. It is a memoir of her itinerant childhood and the search for home she undertook as an adult after she was diagnosed with cancer.

Local crime writer Alex Kava will visit the store this Saturday the 16th to sign copies of her new book, Hotwire, at 1 p.m. The bestselling author has received high marks for the latest in her Maggie O’Dell series, with Publishers Weekly calling it “outstanding.”

GoodReads, a free online resource for sharing cool books with friends, recently partnered with First Book, a non-profit dedicated to getting books into the hands of low-income children. GoodReads will donate 1,000 books to First Book for every 10,000 GoodReads members who add Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad to their shelves, or reading lists on the site. According to GoodReads, over 25,000 people have added the book, so First Book is already getting 2,000 books for distribution to schools and community programs in low-income areas. To learn more and/or add the book to your list, go to  

-Kyle Tonniges

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