The autumn publishing season is always exciting for adult readers. Cooler weather coincides with one of the biggest annual releases of new books, and the library is receiving new titles almost daily.

“The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming” is a timely and impressive book, but it is not necessarily easy to read. It is timely and impressive because it deals comprehensively with the growing climate change crisis. I found it challenging because it is difficult to absorb so much compell…

From its beginning, the founders of the United States intentionally modeled its system of government on the Roman Republic more than anything else. The House of Representatives bears resemblance to the tribunes elected by the Concilium Plebis, the President is very similar to a consul (hence…

The new film “Judy” dramatizes the experiences of singer and movie star Judy Garland during her last residence in a London nightclub. Garland, who died six months after the events presented, was famous and talented but troubled by her poverty and by her inability to provide a home for her tw…

If you have any affiliation with Kansas State University, the following title may be familiar to you by now: “Darius the Great is Not Okay,” by Adib Khorram, is the Kansas State Book Network choice for the 2019-20 academic year.

Almost unbelievably, one of the world’s most prolific living authors has published not just another new novel, “The Department of Sensitive Crimes,” but the first of another new series of novels.

People have always been interested in humanity’s darker side. I, personally, have always been interested in books and movies about organized crime. Darth Vader has consistently been one of the most popular characters from the Star Wars franchise. And TV shows like “Dexter” let people indulge…

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On a lonely Saturday night in 1989, artist Tom Bookwalter sat in his studio sketching and designing — two activities for which he has immense passion.

Would you like corn flakes for breakfast? Cows would like corn flakes for breakfast, too. Today we’ll learn about an innovative Kansas farm family that is utilizing a steam flaking technology to improve feed quality for their livestock operation and others around Kansas.

The new movie “Brittany Runs a Marathon” is an almost ideal example of the troubles Hollywood gets into trying to base films on “true stories.” Without that problem, viewers who can’t stand pop psychology and its language might be the only moviegoers naysaying the film.

The McCain event last Wednesday night was a concert by The Kingdom Choir. This 16-voice group is touring after having attracted attention during a performance at the most recent royal wedding.

The Manhattan Arts Center opened its 2019-20 stage season with a production of the 2009 musical “The Addams Family” this past Friday in the center’s Grosh Performance Hall. The show’s future play dates: Friday through Sunday and Oct. 11-13.

It’s no secret that I’m impatient for fall to come—I started baking with pumpkin spice weeks ago, and I’ve been eyeing any trees I pass for hope of changing colors and falling leaves.

As this book’s subtitle indicates, it concerns three rather disparate individuals. More specifically, “Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring” relates the interrelated roles the three played in the deca…

Although an estimated one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage (most of them before 12 weeks of pregnancy), we have few customs or practices for coping with this tragedy, either in ourselves, our partner or those we are close to. My wife and I were in this 25% of couples 30 years ago. Peo…

Who is the only native Kansan ever to be elected President or Vice President? (If you guessed Dwight D. Eisenhower, you would be wrong. Although Eisenhower claimed Abilene, Kansas as his home, he was born during his family’s brief stay in Texas.) Who is the first Native American Indian ever …

The title of the new movie “Ad Astra” has nothing to do with Kansas. The film doesn’t contain evidence its makers are aware of our state motto. They’re clueless.

We’ve all heard the antiquated phrase “flyover country” when referring to the Midwest. Nebraska has even adopted a tourism campaign stating, “honestly, it’s not for everyone,” and many of us have seen the local merchandise proclaiming, “Kansas — it’s not that bad!”

This important little book has the potential of both adding some important new historical background and also suggesting a proposed way forward in the current discussions about “what to do” about mass shootings.

Many readers will recognize the familiar face on the cover of “In Pieces.” Sally Field is one of America’s most beloved and accomplished actresses, and in her memoir, she takes readers through the almost seven decades of her life. The book ends as it begins, with her mother. And folded into …

Eli Roy Anderson was born Sept. 15 to Levi and Megan Anderson of Junction City.

The new arthouse movie “The Goldfinch” begins with an imitation of the famous first line of “Rebecca”: “Last night I dreamt that I went to Manderley again.” And then the film shows you Nicole Kidman and you think, “Golly, she looks as good as she did in ‘Dead Calm,’ 30 YEARS AGO.”

Billed as a “Salute to Four Great Italian Tenors: Enrico Caruso, Mario Lanza, Luciano Pavarotti, and Andrea Bocelli,” a program “direct from Rome” titled “Viva Italia” featured “The Four Italian Tenors,” played to a downstairs audience of just under 500 in McCain Auditorium on Friday evening.

The dates of various scenes in the new movie “Hustlers” begin appearing on the screen right away. But we don’t learn the movie is a dramatization of the recollections of pole dancer-turned-credit balance thief “Destiny” (Constance Wu) until a ways into the story.

Edna Hoft Williams, a native of Pottowatamie County, celebrates her 90th birthday Sept. 15.