About The Big Read Book: The Great Gatsby

What makes up the American Dream? Writer F. Scott Fitzgerald certainly had an opinion of that dream in the 1920s. The Great Gatsby is his interpretation of it and its limitations.

Matthew Polly in an MMA match with David Cexton

Author Matthew Polly to present Friday November, 16 from 2-3pm

Fifteen years after traveling to the Shaolin Temple in China and training with the monks who invented the art of kung fu, Matthew Polly’s weakness for Chinese takeout had taken its toll. His new book, Tapped Out chronicles his redeeming two-year journey through the sport of mixed martial arts. Marvin Auditorium 101AB, Fri  Nov 16      […]

community novel chapter 20

Read the final chapter of the Community Novel: Chapter 20 by Anne Pepper and Lissa Staley

Just discovered us? Start reading with chapter 1 please! “You look really nervous,” Kate said, looking judgmentally at Kevin. Kevin looked up from where he had been picking at his cuticle. He felt more than nervous. He felt as if he was about to vomit. “Not everyone can hide behind hairspray and accessories,” Kevin said. […]

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Joe Drape, author of Our Boys to speak at Washburn University

iRead, Mabee Library & Washburn FYE present the 2012 iRead Lecture – Joe Drape, Author of the 2012-13 iRead featured book, Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains With the Smith Center Redmen. September 18, 2012 7:00 pm White Concert Hall Washburn University Free and Open to the Public Tickets available at the Topeka […]

community novel chapter 19

Read the Community Novel: Chapter 19 by Jason Whisnant

Just discovered us? Start reading with chapter 1 please! Gold. Gold everywhere. On the frames of the doors, the murals on the ceilings, even worked into the grout between the tiles on the floors. “Dear lord,” Kate murmured. “It’s like Liberace’s wet dream.” Kevin turned to his dad. “What in the world is this place?” […]

community novel chapter 18

Read the Community Novel: Chapter 18 by Marla Holt

Just discovered us? Start reading with chapter 1 please! The SUV pulled up to the state capitol building just after nightfall. The full moon illuminated the Ad Astra statue atop the dome in a cosmic taunt: Why didn’t you put the pieces together sooner? After standing guard over the capitol building for nearly ten years, […]

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Read the Community Novel: Chapter 17 by Aimee Gross

Just discovered us? Start reading with chapter 1 please! Kate stood in the shower and sobbed. She knew her grandparents wouldn’t be able to hear her crying–only the water running. With her back to the spray, she could feel hot tears down her face and her eyes burned. Pretty soon my nose will be running. […]

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Read the Community Novel: Chapter 16 by Sarah Langley

Just discovered us? Start reading with chapter 1 please! Kate. Odd how Kate was the first thing Kevin thought of after receiving one of the biggest shocks of his life. Odd how the most pressing thing in his mind wasn’t that his parents were involved in a murderous crime ring or even that his parents […]

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Read the Community Novel: Chapter 15 by Lissa Staley

Just discovered us? Start reading with chapter 1 please. “I guess you’re wondering what all of these photos mean. Let me explain a bit,” Margaret begins. “Maybe you didn’t notice these before, hidden in amongst the others. Evelyn was ambitious in covering her tracks.”  “Evelyn came to me after the third photo. I didn’t know […]

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Read the Community Novel: Chapter 14 by Crystal Green

Just discovered us? Start reading with chapter 1 please! Kevin didn’t even try to call Kate back. He pulled on some jeans and a tee and raced to his pick-up. He covered the distance between his apartment and Kate’s in record time. He pounded on her door until Grandpa George opened it. “George!” “Well, Kevin,” […]

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Read the Community Novel: Chapter 13 by Jean Kary and Rae Staab

Just discovered us? Start reading with chapter 1 please! Kevin’s common sense was screaming at him. He and Kate had no business out in the night running into such mischief. He should make a bee line for the sheriff’s office. What would they find at the bird? They would likely find a small box. What […]

The Watch

Kyle S. reviews The Watch by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya

Set on a United States Army Combat Outpost in the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan, The Watch is an incredible story told from multiple perspectives. An Afghani woman who has lost not only her legs, but, her entire family save one brother, to an American drone strike, wheels herself on a cart down out of the […]