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Jenny Lawson, AKA, The Bloggess will present her memoir Let's Pretend This Never Happened

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Jenny Lawson, AKA, The Bloggess will present her Bestselling Book Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Jenny Lawson is a Columnist and one of the most popular Bloggers on Twitter (hundreds of thousands of followers).  Her blog, www.TheBloggess.com  averages between 2 to 3 Million Page Views per Month.  Jenny lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband and daughter.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives, the ones we’d like to pretend never happened, are in fact the ones that define us.  In the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor. Chapters include: “Stanley the Magical, Talking Squirrel”; “A Series of Angry Post-It Notes to My Husband”; “My Vagina Is Fine.  Thanks for Asking”; “And Then I Snuck a Dead Cuban Alligator on an Airplane.”  Pictures with captions (no one would believe these things without proof) accompany the text.

“GET READY.  Jenny has such a disturbing, ill-mannered, rich sense of humor you will wonder, ‘Am I the sick one for laughing?’  Everyone I gave the Book to confirmed: We must all be sick, because this Book IS HYSTERICAL and yet it was also strangely touching at times.  It’s one of my favorite Books in the past five years.” ~ Kathryn Stockett, # 1 New York Times Bestselling Author of The Help

DATE & TIME:  Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $16.00 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes One Softcover of Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir), One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket and One Guest Ticket (if needed).  It's your choice, for the same Price.  If you would like to Pick-Up your Admission Package at the Door of this Event, then in the "Shopping cart" go to "Checkout" and in "Store Pick-Up Options" Check the Box to "I would like to pick this Order up at the Store" and at the bottom of the webpage in the "Order comments:" Field, type that you would like "At-Event Pick-Up."  Your Order will be held by your Name at the Will Call table.  The cut-off time for Online Ordering is 2:00 PM on the Day of the Event.  Admission Packages will be available for Walk-In's at the Door on the Day of this Event beginning at 6:00 PM. PLEASE NOTE:  The Publication Date of the Softcover Edition is March 5, 2013.  Orders placed before this Date will be processed, and will be available for In-Store Pick-Up on or after March 5, 2013. 

EVENT FORMAT:  Jenny Lawson will discuss her Bestselling Book Let's Pretend This Never Happened followed by a Booksigning.  A Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.  Tickets are sequentially numbered in the order they are purchased.

YES, WE SHIP AUTOGRAPHED AND INSCRIBED BOOKS WORLDWIDE!  Order an Author Autographed Book using the link below.  When requested, we ask Authors to inscribe Books.  Please use the "Inscribe To" field below if you would like this option.  While we cannot guarantee that the Author will inscribe your Book, we will make every effort to fulfill your request.  Your Order will ship within a Day or two after the Author Event.  All Books are packed in bubble wrap and shipped in boxes.  International customers, please E-mail us at Mailbox@RainyDayBooks.com for a Shipping Quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Ernest Freeberg will present his New Book, The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Ernest Freeberg will present his New Book The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Ernest Freeberg is a distinguished professor of humanities in the history department at the University of Tennessee.  He is the author of The Education of Laura Bridgman and Democracy’s Prisoner, which was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist and winner of the David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Legal History and the Eli M. Oboler Award from the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Roundtable.  Freeberg is a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and has produced a number of public radio documentaries on historical themes.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  The late nineteenth century was a period of explosive technological creativity, but arguably the most important invention of all was Thomas Edison’s incandescent lightbulb.  Unveiled in his Menlo Park, New Jersey, laboratory in 1879, the lightbulb overwhelmed the American public with the sense of the birth of a new age. More than any other invention, the electric light marked the arrival of modernity.  The lightbulb became a catalyst for the nation’s transformation from a rural to an urban-dominated culture.  City streetlights defined zones between rich and poor, and the electrical grid sharpened the line between town and country. “Bright lights” meant “big city.”  Like moths to a flame, millions of Americans migrated to urban centers in these decades, leaving behind the shadow of candle and kerosene lamp in favor of the exciting brilliance of the urban streetscape.

The Age of Edison places the story of Edison’s invention in the context of a technological revolution that transformed America and Europe in these decades.  Edison and his fellow inventors emerged from a culture shaped by broad public education, a lively popular press that took an interest in science and technology, and an American patent system that encouraged innovation and democratized the benefits of invention.  And in the end, as Freeberg shows, Edison’s greatest invention was not any single technology, but rather his reinvention of the process itself.  At Menlo Park he gathered the combination of capital, scientific training, and engineering skill that would evolve into the modern research and development laboratory.  His revolutionary electrical grid not only broke the stronghold of gas companies, but also ushered in an era when strong, clear light could become accessible to everyone.

DATE & TIME:  Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology, 5109 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64110

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  This Author Event is Open to the Public, however seating is limited and Admission Tickets are required from Linda Hall Library.  For Admission Tickets, please call Linda Hall Library at 816-926-8772

EVENT FORMAT:  Ernest Freeberg will discuss his Book The Age of Edison followed by a Booksigning.  Ernest will Author Autograph Books purchased from Rainy Day Books at or before this Event.

YES, WE SHIP AUTOGRAPHED AND INSCRIBED BOOKS WORLDWIDE!  Order an Author Autographed Book using the link below.  When requested, we ask Authors to inscribe Books.  Please use the "Inscribe To" field below if you would like this option.  While we cannot guarantee that the Author will inscribe your Book, we will make every effort to fulfill your request.  Your Order will ship within a Day or two after the Author Event.  All Books are packed in bubble wrap and shipped in boxes.  International customers, please E-mail us at Mailbox@RainyDayBooks.com for a Shipping Quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination. Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Susan Cain will present her Book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Susan Cain will present her Bestselling Book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Susan Cain is the author of the instant New York Times Bestseller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, which is being translated into thirty languages.  Her writing has appeared in The New York Times; The Atlantic; The Dallas Morning News; O, The Oprah Magazine; Time.com; and on PsychologyToday.com  Cain has also spoken at Microsoft, Google, the U.S. Treasury, and at TED 2012.  Since her TED talk was posted online, it has been viewed over three million times.  She has appeared on national broadcast television and radio including CBS “This Morning,” NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and NPR’s “Diane Rehm,” and her work has been featured on the cover of Time magazine, in The New Yorker, Harvard Business Review, The Atlantic, Wired, Fast Company, Real Simple, Fortune, Forbes, USA Today, The Washington Post, CNN, Slate.com, and many other publications.  She is an honors graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School.  She lives in the Hudson River Valley with her husband and two sons. Visit: www.ThePowerOfIntroverts.com

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  At least one-third of the people we know are introverts.  They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams.  Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society, from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer. Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so.  Taking the reader on a journey from Dale Carnegie’s birthplace to Harvard Business School, from a Tony Robbins seminar to an evangelical megachurch, Susan Cain charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal in the twentieth century and explores its far-reaching effects.  She talks to Asian-American students who feel alienated from the brash, backslapping atmosphere of American schools. She questions the dominant values of American business culture, where forced collaboration can stand in the way of innovation, and where the leadership potential of introverts is often overlooked.  And she draws on cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience to reveal the surprising differences between extroverts and introverts.  Perhaps most inspiring, she introduces us to successful introverts, from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Finally, she offers invaluable advice on everything from how to better negotiate differences in introvert-extrovert relationships to how to empower an introverted child to when it makes sense to be a "pretend extrovert."  This extraordinary book has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how introverts see themselves.

DATE & TIME:  Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $16.00 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes One Softcover of Quiet, One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket and One Guest Ticket (if needed).  It's your choice, for the same Price.  If you would like to Pick-Up your Admission Package at the Door of this Event, then in the "Shopping cart" go to "Checkout" and in "Store Pick-Up Options" Check the Box to "I would like to pick this Order up at the Store" and at the bottom of the webpage in the "Order comments:" Field, type that you would like "At-Event Pick-Up."  Your Order will be held by your Name at the Will Call table.  The cut-off time for Online Ordering is 2:00 PM on the Day of the Event.  Admission Packages will be available for Walk-In's at the Door on the Day of this Event beginning at 6:00 PM. PLEASE NOTE:  The Publication Date of the Softcover Edition is January 29, 2013.  Orders placed before this Date will be processed, and will be available for In-Store Pick-Up on or after January 29, 2013. 

EVENT FORMAT:  Susan Cain will discuss her Book Quiet followed by a Booksigning.  A Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.  Tickets are sequentually numbered in the order they are purchased.

YES, WE SHIP AUTOGRAPHED AND INSCRIBED BOOKS WORLDWIDE!  Order an Author Autographed Book using the link below. When requested, we ask Authors to inscribe Books.  Please use the "Inscribe To" field below if you would like this option.  While we cannot guarantee that the Author will inscribe your Book, we will make every effort to fulfill your request.  Your Order will ship within a Day or two after the Author Event.  All Books are packed in bubble wrap and shipped in boxes.  International customers, please E-mail us at Mailbox@RainyDayBooks.com for a Shipping Quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Whole Foods Market Co-Author, Co-Founder & Co-CEO John Mackey and Co-Author Raj Sisodia will present their New Book, Conscious Capitalism

EVENT OVERVIEW:  John Mackey, Co-Author, Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market and Raj Sisodia, Co-Author, Co-Founder & Chairman of the Conscious Capitalism Institute will present their New Book Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business.

Co-Sponsored by Rainy Day Books, Whole Foods MarketCountry Club Bank, KC Business Magazine, The Roasterie, Boulevard Brewing Company and Indigo Wild.

John McDonald of Boulevard Brewing Company and Danny O'Neill of The Roasterie collaborated and created a New Brew:  Coffee Ale!  The Story is on KCTV 5.

ABOUT THE CO-AUTHORS:  John Mackey is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market.  He is a leading figure in the fast-growing Conscious Capitalism Movement, and serves on the Board of Trustees of Conscious Capitalism Inc.  Rajendra "Raj" S. Sisodia is Professor of Marketing at Bentley University and the Co-Founder & Chairman of the Conscious Capitalism Institute.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  There’s a new business evolution that Business Leaders are pioneering and your organization will want to be included in the positive Conscious Capitalism Movement.  Rainy Day Books, Whole Foods Market, Country Club Bank, Anthem Publishing, The Roasterie, Boulevard Brewing Company and Indigo Wild are leading the way.  You shop at these Businesses for all the right reasons:  Philosophy, Products, Selection, Service and Value.  Community Spirit and Personal Customer Service are the foundation of success.

EVENT FORMAT:  John Mackey and Raj Sisodia will discuss their New Book Conscious Capitalism as part of a Panel Discussion with Vivien Jennings, Founder & President, Rainy Day Books, Inc., Dara Macan, President & Group Publisher, Anthem Publishing Inc., Danny O'Neill, Founder, President & "Bean Baron" of The Roasterie and John McDonald, Founder & President of Boulevard Brewing Company, then followed by a Booksigning.  A Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.  Tickets are sequentially numbered in the order they are purchased. 

In Conscious Capitalism, John Mackey, Co-Author, iconic Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market and Professor Raj Sisodia, Co-Author, Co-Founder & Chairman of the Conscious Capitalism Institute show how such companies are creating a movement that’s transforming business.  The authors present the fundamental principles and practices of their bold new vision of conscious capitalism: businesses operating from a sense of higher purpose and prospering financially while also generating other critical forms of value emotional, social, intellectual, ecological, financial, and spiritual.  These are businesses built on love and care instead of fear and stress. Some of today’s best companies Google, UPS, Southwest Airlines, Herman Miller, Bright Horizons, Patagonia, Panera, Starbucks, REI, Tata and others are making this vision real. They’re not being politically correct.  Rather, they understand that Conscious Capitalism is the ultimate path to long-term competitive advantage.  They’re full-throated advocates for free markets, entrepreneurship, competition, and property rights.  But they operate by a markedly different set of principles.

Drawing on decades of personal experience and interviews with Conscious Capitalist CEOs and thought leaders, this Book reveals those principles explaining how to:

• Align all your stakeholders, customers, employees, investors, suppliers, society, the environment and gain synergies instead of accepting trade-offs

• Serve your organization’s higher purpose instead of personal ambitions

• Build a conscious culture that creates tremendous value and competes successfully but looks beyond profits

• Manage every function in your business consciously HR, marketing, strategy, operations

Authored by the high-profile leaders of the movement and supported by extensive research, this revolutionary Book gives leaders in every industry and sector a blueprint for much-needed change.  It is about creating a new philosophical paradigm for business and capitalism.  It will lead you to think about and practice business differently with purpose, multiple stakeholder alignment, conscious leadership, and with fully human, caring business cultures.

DATE & TIME:  Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Reception:  8:00 PM to 9:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $27.00 plus Tax includes One Hardcover of Conscious Capitalism, One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket and One Guest Ticket (if needed).  It's your choice, for the same Price.  If you would like to Pick-Up your Admission Package at the Door of this Event, then in the "Shopping cart" go to "Checkout" and in "Store Pick-Up Options" Check the Box to "I would like to pick this Order up at the Store" and at the bottom of the webpage in the "Order comments:" Field, type that you would like "At-Event Pick-Up."  Your Order will be held by your Name at the Will Call table.  The cut-off time for Online Ordering is 2:00 PM on the Day of the Event.  Admission Packages will be available for Walk-In's at the Door on the Day of this Event beginning at 6:00 PM.

YES, WE SHIP AUTOGRAPHED AND INSCRIBED BOOKS WORLDWIDE!  Order an Author Autographed Book using the link below.  When requested, we ask Authors to inscribe Books.  Please use the "Inscribe To" field below if you would like this option.  While we cannot guarantee that the Author will inscribe your Book, we will make every effort to fulfill your request. Your Order will ship within a Day or two after the Author Event.  All Books are packed in bubble wrap and shipped in boxes.  International customers, E-mail Mailbox@RainyDayBooks.com for a shipping quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Mike Huckabee will Author Autograph Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett: A Grandfather's Thoughts on Faith, Family, and the Things That Matter Most

EVENT:  Mike Huckabee, Former Arkansas Governor and host of HUCKABEE on the Fox News Channel and Cumulus Media Networks’ syndicated radio program, The Mike Huckabee Show, appears for his New Book Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett: A Grandfather's Thoughts on Faith, Family, and the Things That Matter Most on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 3:30 PM at Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112.  This Event is Co-Sponsored by Rainy Day Books and KCMO Talk Radio 710 AM.

ABOUT THE BOOK:  “I wrote these letters so that long after I’m gone, you’ll know that I loved you, had great hopes for you, and wanted to give you my best advice on living in this tough world.  If I can’t be there with you, I hope my letters will act as a sort of reminder of me, as if I’m standing there beside you, whispering in your ear, and putting my arm around your shoulder.”  Mike Huckabee has worn many hats through­out his life: pastor, politician, Governor, Presidential Candidate, Talk Show Host, rock bassist, pundit, husband, and father.  But since his first grandchild was born, he’s found that the role of grandfather is more satisfying than just about any of the others.  Mike wanted to give something to his grand­son, Chandler, that would last forever.  He began drafting a series of letters to Chandler recounting heartwarming stories from his past and the bittersweet lessons learned along the way.  With the birth of his granddaughter, Scarlett, just a year later, Huckabee was further inspired to convey his love and wisdom.  Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett touches on the time­less topics of faith, love, family, overcoming adversity, and staying true to your values in the face of failure and temptation.  For instance, Huckabee tells how being forced to pick up pecans from the trees in his yard taught him the value of hard work.  (“We were told that if we wanted to eat that night and sleep in a bed instead of in the yard, we’d pick up the pecans.”)  Years later he learned the real meaning of love after watching a friend care for his dying wife who could no longer recognize him.  (“He loved her not because he enjoyed it or found pleasure in it, but because he had promised that he would never leave her until death parted them.  And here he was, keeping that promise, faithful to the end.”)  Like his Bestseller A Simple Christmas; Dear Chan­dler, Dear Scarlett isn’t about politics.  It’s a deeply personal, heartfelt, inspirational book that can be enjoyed by anyone.  As Mike writes: “Although my advice comes from my personal experience and I’m writing with my grandkids in mind, I hope any parent, grandparent, child, or grandchild can take away some­thing valuable from these letters.  I’ll try not to be too obnoxious, but don’t worry, if you ever sit next to me on a plane, I’ll still be happy to show you all the photos of Chandler and Scarlett I have on my phone.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is the host of the number one rated weekend hit HUCKABEE on the Fox News Channel and Cumulus Media Networks’ syndicated radio program, The Mike Huckabee Show, heard on more than 175 stations.  He’s also heard three times daily across the nation on The Huckabee Report syndicated on almost 600 stations, and has been the fastest growing new program on the Cumulus Media Network in recent years.  He is the Author of 9 Books, the most recent being A Simple Government.  This is his fourth Book that has been on The New York Times Bestseller List joining Do the Right Thing, A Simple Christmas and Can't Wait Till Christmas.

DATE & TIME:  Friday, November 16, 2012 at 3:30 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $24.95 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes One Hardcover of Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett, One Stamped Admission Ticket and One Guest Ticket (if needed).  It's your choice, for the same Price. Purchase Admission Packages at the door of this event beginning at 3:15 PM.

EVENT FORMAT:  Mike Huckabee will Meet & Greet readers & fans and Author Autograph his New Book Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett.

YES, WE SHIP SIGNED COPIES WORLDWIDE!  Order an Author Autographed Book below.  Your Order will ship within a day or two of the Author Event. International customers, E-mail Mailbox@RainyDayBooks.com for a shipping quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all domestic orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Admission Ticket.  Additional signed copies are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Ray Kurzweil discusses How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

EVENT:  Ray Kurzweil, bold Engineer, Futurist, Inventor and New York Times Bestselling Author of The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, appears for his New Book How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 7:00 PM at Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112.  This Event is Co-Sponsored by Rainy Day Books and Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology.

ABOUT THE BOOK:  Ray Kurzweil is one of today’s most influential and often controversial Futurist.  In How to Create a Mind, Ray presents a provocative exploration of the most important project in human-machine civilization, reverse engineering the brain to understand precisely how it works and using that knowledge to create even more intelligent machines.  Ray discusses how the brain functions, how the mind emerges from the brain, and the implications of vastly increasing the powers of our intelligence in addressing the world’s problems.  Ray thoughtfully examines emotional and moral intelligence and the origins of consciousness and envisions the radical possibilities of our merging with the intelligent technology we are creating.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Ray Kurzweil is the Author of The New York Times Bestselling Book The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology and the National Bestselling Book The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence, among other Books.  One of the leading inventors of our time, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2002.  Ray is the recipient of many honors, including the National Medal of Technology, the nation’s highest honor in technology.  He lives in Boston.

Watch Ray Kurzweil answer the question "How do you define intelligence?"

Watch Ray Kurzweil respond to "Ten Questions for Ray Kurzweil" from Time Magazine

Watch Ray Kurzweil's wildly popular talk at TED 2005 

DATE & TIME:  Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $27.95 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes One Hardcover of How to Create a Mind, One Stamped Admission Ticket and One Guest Ticket (if needed).  It's your choice, for the same Price. Admission Packages will be available for Walk-In's at the Door on the Day of this Event beginning at 6:00 PM.

EVENT FORMAT:  Ray Kurzweil will give us a Multimedia Presentation, discuss in detail his New Book How to Create a Mind and answer audience questions.   The Presentation will last approximately One Hour.  A Booksigning follows this Presentation.

YES, WE SHIP SIGNED COPIES WORLDWIDE!  Order an Author Autographed Book below.  Your Order will ship within a day or two of the Author Event. International customers, E-mail Mailbox@RainyDayBooks.com for a shipping quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all domestic orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Admission Ticket.  Additional signed copies are available for purchase at our Author Event.

CANCELLED by Camille Paglia for Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars

CANCELLED by Camille Paglia.  EVENT:  Camille Paglia, America’s premier intellectual provocateur returns to the subject that brought her fame, the great themes of Western Art.  Passionately argued, brilliantly written, and filled with Camille’s trademark audacity, Glittering Images takes us on a tour through more than two dozen seminal images, some famous and some obscure or unknown paintings, sculptures, architectural styles, performance pieces, and digital art that have defined and transformed our visual world.  She combines close analysis with background information that situates each artist and image within its historical context from the stone idols of the Cyclades to an elegant French rococo interior to Jackson Pollock’s abstract Green Silver to Renée Cox’s daring performance piece Chillin’ with Liberty.  And in a stunning conclusion, she declares that the avant-garde tradition is dead and that digital pioneer George Lucas is the world’s greatest living artist.  Written with energy, erudition, and wit, Glittering Images is destined to change the way we think about our high-tech visual environment.

CANCELLED by Camille Paglia.  ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Camille Paglia is University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  She is the author of Break, Blow, Burn; Sexual Personae; Sex, Art, and American Culture and Vamps & Tramps.  She has also written The Birds, a study of Alfred Hitchcock.

CANCELLED by Camille Paglia.  DATE & TIME:  Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 7:00 PM

CANCELLED by Camille Paglia.  LOCATION:  The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Atkins Auditorium, 4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64111.

CANCELLED by Camille Paglia.  PARKING:  Complimentary Garage Parking with Museum Membership.  Otherwise, Garage Parking costs $5.00.  On-Street Parking is Complimentary. 

CANCELLED by Camille Paglia.  ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $30.00 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes One Author Autographed Hardcover of  Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars, One Stamped Admission Ticket and One Guest Ticket (if needed).  It's your choice, for the same Price.  If you would like to Pick-Up your Admission Package at the Door of this Event, then in the "Shopping cart" go to "Checkout" and in "Store Pick-Up Options" Check the Box to "I would like to pick this Order up at the Store" and at the bottom of the webpage in the "Order comments:" Field, type that you would like "At-Event Pick-Up."  Your Order will be held by your Name at the Will Call table.  The cut-off time for Online Ordering is 3:00 PM on the Day of the Event.  Admission Packages will be available for Walk-In's at the Door on the Day of this Event beginning at 6:00 PM.

CANCELLED by Camille Paglia.  EVENT FORMAT:  Camille Paglia will give a Multimedia Presentation and discuss in detail her New Book Glittering Images and answer audience questions.  A Booksigning follows the Presentation and discussion.  A Stamped Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Admission Ticket.  Additional signed copies are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Alex Danchev will Present and discuss Cézanne: A Life

 
Vivien & Roger and Rainy Day Books are strong supporters of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.  Our Promotional Gift to Museum Members will be Complimentary Admissions for yourself and a Guest to our Two Upcoming Art Author Events!  Tell your family, friends, students and colleagues the good news and encourage them to attend!

Rainy Day Books
will have Alex Danchev's and Camille Paglia's New Books available for purchase at these Two Art Author Events in The Museum.  Remember to carry your Nelson-Atkins Museum Membership Card
or New Membership Papers to our Two Art Author Events to receive Complimentary Admissions for yourself and a Guest!
 
The Details:
Members of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art will receive Complimentary Admissions for yourslef and a Guest to our Two Upcoming Art Author Events with Alex Danchev and Camille Paglia.
 
Non-Members are encouraged to Join The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and become Members so you will receive all the Benefits including Complimentary Admissions for yourself and a Guest to these Two Upcoming Art Author Events!  Members receive Complimentary Parking in The Museum Garage.  Non-Members will be charged $5.00 to Park in The Museum Garage.  On-Street Parking is Complimentary.
 
Non-Members that do not become Members and want to attend one or both of these Art Author Events will be required to purchase an Admission Package that includes One Hardcover Book and One Stamped Admission Ticket and One Guest Ticket (if needed).  Admission Packages are available for purchase at www.RainyDayBooks.com/Event, at Rainy Day Books and at our Two Art Author Events at The Museum.
 
EVENT:  Alex Danchev gives us the first comprehensive assessment of the revolutionary work and restless life of Paul Cézanne to be published in decades.  One of the most influential painters of his time and beyond, Cézanne was the exemplary artist-creator of the modern age who changed the way we see the world.  With brisk intellect, rich documentation, and eighty-eight color and fifty-two black-and-white illustrations, Danchev tells the story of an artist who was originally considered a madman, a barbarian, and a sociopath.  Beginning with the unsettled teenager in Aix, Danchev takes us through the trials of a painter who believed that art must be an expression of temperament but was tormented by self-doubt, who was rejected by the Salon for forty years, who sold nothing outside his immediate circle until his thirties, who had a family that he kept secret from his father until his forties, who had his first exhibition at the age of fifty-six, but who fiercely maintained his revolutionary beliefs.  Danchev shows us how the beliefs Cézanne held and the life he led became the obsession and inspiration of artists, writers, poets, and philosophers from Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso to Samuel Beckett and Allen Ginsberg.  A special feature of the book is a remarkable series of Cézanne’s self-portraits, reproduced in full color.  Cézanne is not only the fascinating life of a visionary artist and extraordinary human being but also a searching assessment of his ongoing influence in the artistic imagination of our time.  A stunning portrait of a monumentally important artist, this is a biography not to be missed.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Alex Danchev was educated at University College, Oxford; Trinity Hall, Cambridge; and King’s College London.  He is the Author of several highly acclaimed biographies, including Georges Braque.  His most recent books are a collection of essays, On Art and War and Terror and 100 Artists’ Manifestos.  He writes regularly for The Times Literary Supplement and Times Higher Education.  He has held fellowships at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.; St. Antony’s College, Oxford and King’s College London.  He is a Professor of International Relations at the University of Nottingham.  He lives in Nottingham, England.

DATE & TIME:  Friday, November 9, 2012 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Atkins Auditorium, 4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64111.  Please enter through the Bloch Building doors from the Parking Garage.

PARKING:  Complimentary Garage Parking with Museum Membership.  Otherwise, Garage Parking costs $5.00.  On-Street Parking is Complimentary. 

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $40.00 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes One Author Autographed Hardcover of Cézanne: A Life, One Stamped Admission Ticket and One Guest Ticket (if needed).  It's your choice, for the same Price.  If you would like to Pick-Up your Admission Package at the Door of this Event, then in the "Shopping cart" go to "Checkout" and in "Store Pick-Up Options" Check the Box to "I would like to pick this Order up at the Store" and at the bottom of the webpage in the "Order comments:" Field, type that you would like "At-Event Pick-Up."  Your Order will be held by your Name at the Will Call table.  The cut-off time for Online Ordering is 3:00 PM on the Day of the Event.  Admission Packages will be available for Walk-In's at the Door on the Day of this Event beginning at 6:00 PM.

EVENT FORMAT:  Alex Danchev will give ua a Multimedia Presentation and discuss in detail his New Book Cézanne: A Life and answer audience questions.  A Booksigning follows the Presentation and discussion.  A Stamped Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Admission Ticket.  Additional signed copies are available for purchase at our Author Event.

A Conversation with Damien Echols: Life After Death

EVENT:  A Conversation with Damien Echols, appearing for his new memoir Life After Death. This Event is Friday, October 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM at Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112. This Event is Co-Sponsored by Rainy Day Books & Midwest Innocence Project.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:  In 1993, teenagers Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley, Jr., who have come to be known as the West Memphis Three were arrested for the murders of three eight-year-old boys in Arkansas.  The ensuing trial was marked by tampered evidence, false testimony, and public hysteria.  Baldwin and Misskelley were sentenced to life in prison; while eighteen-year-old Echols, deemed the “ringleader,” was sentenced to death.  Over the next two decades, the WM3 became known worldwide as a symbol of wrongful conviction and imprisonment, with thousands of supporters and many notable celebrities who called for a new trial.  In a shocking turn of events, all three men were released in August 2011.  Now Echols shares his story in full—from abuse by prison guards and wardens, to portraits of fellow inmates and deplorable living conditions, to the incredible reserves of patience, spirituality, and perseverance that kept him alive and sane while incarcerated for nearly two decades.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Damien Echols was born in 1974 and grew up in Mississippi, Tennessee, Maryland, Oregon, and Arkansas.  At age eighteen, he was arrested along with Jason Baldwin and Jessie Miskelley and charged with the deaths of three boys, now known as the Robin Hood Hill murders, in West Memphis, Arkansas.  Echols received a death sentence and spent almost eighteen years on Death Row, until he, Baldwin, and Misskelley were released in 2011.  The West Memphis Three have been the subject of Paradise Lost, a three-part documentary series produced by HBO, and West of Memphis, a documentary produced by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh.  Echols is the author of a self-published memoir titled Almost Home. He and his wife, Lorri Davis, live in New York City.

DATE & TIME:  Friday, October 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $26.95 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes One Hardcover of Life After Death , One Stamped Admission Ticket, and One Guest Admission Ticket (if needed).  It's your choice, for the same Price. Online Ordering is now concluded.  Admission Packages will be available for Walk-In's at the Door on the Day of this Event beginning at 6:00 PM.

EVENT FORMAT:  Damien Echols will discuss his New Book Life After Death.  The Presentation will last approximately One Hour followed by a Booksigning.

PRE-EVENT PRIVATE RECEPTION: Click here for more information about attending a private fundraising reception benefitting The Midwest Innocence Project.

YES, WE SHIP SIGNED COPIES WORLDWIDE!  Order an Author Autographed Book below.  Your Order will ship within a Day or two of the Author Event.  International customers, E-mail Mailbox@RainyDayBooks.com for a shipping quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all domestic orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Admission Ticket.  Additional signed copies are available for purchase at our Author Event.

David Von Drehle: Order your autographed copy of Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year

Kansas City author David Von Drehle regularly stops by and autographs copies of his New Book Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year. If you would like to order an autographed book, use the link below. If you would like David to personalize a book, add that information to the "Order Comments" field during the checkout process.

ABOUT THE BOOK:  As 1862 dawned, the American republic was at death's door. The federal government appeared overwhelmed, the U.S. Treasury was broke, and the Union’s top general was gravely ill.  The Confederacy with its booming economy, expert military leadership, and commanding position on the battlefield had a clear view to victory.  To a remarkable extent, the survival of the country depended on the judgment, cunning, and resilience of the unschooled frontier lawyer who had recently been elected president.  Twelve months later, the Civil War had become a cataclysm but the tide had turned.  The Union generals who would win the war had at last emerged, and the Confederate Army had suffered the key losses that would lead to its doom. The blueprint of modern America, an expanding colossus of industrial and financial might had been indelibly inked.  And the man who brought the nation through its darkest hour, Abraham Lincoln, had been forged into a singular leader.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  David Von Drehle is the author of three previous books, including the Award-Winning Triangle: The Fire that Changed America, a history of the devasting Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire that The New York Times called "social history at its best."  Now, an Editor-at-Large at Time Magazine, David and his family live in Kansas City, Missouri.

YES, WE SHIP SIGNED COPIES WORLDWIDE!  Order an Author Autographed Book below.  Your Order will ship within 1-2 business days. Personalized copies, please allow a few extra days for your order to be fulfilled. International customers, E-mail Mailbox@RainyDayBooks.com for a shipping quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all domestic orders, regardless of destination.

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