Nonfiction and Drama
Selected by Conger Beasley Jr.
& Robert Stewart
Conger Beasley Jr.
Conger Beasley's writing is so close to the voice of the casual conversation that as I moved through these marvelous essays I could almost believe we were sitting across from one another in some roadside café as he told his tales of travel and encounter. . . . What Conger Beasley has given us here are eight essays that start off like trafel pieces, develop like good short stories, and often end like poetry at its best. --Miller Williams
by Kelly Cherry
"...a lissome and winning retrospective collection of essays
on writing, reading, and life."
"Cherry's story will prove inspirational to aspiring writers as will
her critical essays."
- Press Box & City Room
- George Gurley and Peter Simpson
120 pages, $10.95 cloth
Simpson is more than a poet writing about sports. He is in passionate form. Gurley was a poet and a playwright, and his ability with words is clear. --Bill McClellan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Sports enthusiasts will enjoy the myriad references to baseball and other sports; those who are more reflective will be taken by profiles of varying kinds of people--some you would rather meet on paper than in person. --St. Louis Journalism Review
Simpson lived in St. Louis, Missouri, and published two books of poetry: Keeping Open and Stealing Home, both through BkMk Press, prior to his death. George Gurley was book review editor and columnist for The Kansas City Star for many years. A resident of Lawrence, Kansas, he is also the author of Fugues in the Plumbing (BkMk Press).
- Hi-Fi and the False Bottom
- Goran Stefanovski
76 pages, $8.50 paper
Hi-Fi and the False Bottom contains compelling works probing the psyche of post-war Eastern Europe at the moment disintegration threatened both Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union.
Stefanovski's plays give us the eternal tightrope and the struggle of the artist thereon, and they give them brilliantly. --James McKinley
Stefanovski, a Yugoslavian native, has written other award-winning plays, including Proud Flesh.
Heather N. Paxton
Anyone who's a local history buff, or savvy to the importance of farming and ranching to our local lifestyle, will find The American Royal: 1899-1999 a valuable addition to their library. --Kansas City Magazine
- Of Life Immense
- Sarah Broadstreet
507 pages, $25.00 cloth
Broadstreet presents images of women at the turn of the century.
A chronicle of five generations. Priceless for anyone researching functional families or details for historical fiction or drama. Broadstreet is a remarkably literate writer, typifying decades when education was seriously revered. --Kansas City Star
Broadstreet completed Of Life Immense in 1989 at age 91. She was widowed in 1937 and taught herself to type as a means of supporting her children. Her book details a Midwestern life full of injustice, racism and hardship and is a memoir of two characters--herself and her father.