LAWRENCE – Kansas Public Radio is launching its first book club.
The KPR Presents Book Club will begin the series with "Ladybird, Collected" by local Lawrence author and diner owner Meg Heriford.
"Ladybird, Collected" is a collection of essays building connections with the diners who have walked in and out of Ladybird Diner’s doors over the years. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, Heriford has transformed Ladybird into a community kitchen providing free lunches to anyone in need.
"KPR Presents" host Kaye McIntyre covers a variety of books by Kansas and international authors during her weekly program. She has been involved in book clubs throughout her adult life and thought KPR listeners and members would be the perfect group for a book club.
“Being in a book club has encouraged me to read books that I may never have heard of or that are well outside my comfort zone," McIntyre said. "I’m hoping that the KPR Presents Book Club can do the same thing — to foster a sense of community among our listeners, to share our love of books, to encourage people to read a book that they might not otherwise find.”
Anyone is welcome to join the book club, and KPR will host a virtual author interview at 7 p.m. March 31. More details regarding the free public event can be found here or on the Kansas Public Radio Facebook page.
KPR, a 19-time winner of the KAB’s Station of the Year, licensed to KU, broadcasts on 91.5 FM and 96.1 FM (KPR2) in Lawrence, 89.7 FM in Emporia, 91.3 FM in Olsburg-Junction City, 89.9 FM in Atchison, 90.3 FM in Chanute, and 99.5 FM and 97.9 FM (KPR2) in Manhattan. KPR can be heard online at kansaspublicradio.org, and KPR2, a news-talk programming stream, which can be heard on an HD receiver or on KPR’s website.