Wednesday, October 22, 6:30 pm at Mysteryscape

Join us in celebrating the much anticipated book launch of Beware the Wild by local YA Author Natalie Parker. Southern Gothic gets a whole new twist in this debut novel, sure to appeal to fans of the New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures series.

The swamp in Sterling's small Louisiana town proves to have a power over its inhabitants when her brother disappears and no one but Sterling even remembers that he existed. Now Sterling, with the help of brooding loner Heath, who's had his own creepy experience with the swamp, must fight back and reclaim what—and who—the swamp has taken.

Beware the Wild is a riveting and atmospheric page-turner you won't want to miss.  Come support a local, up-and-coming author and share in the buzz.

This author event is free and open to the public. (Mysteryscape is usually closed on Wednesday evenings but will be open for this special event.) No RSVP required, but you may want to pre-order Beware the Wild by calling the store, 913-649-0000 or emailing us at This will be a hot book, so don't miss out! 


Saturday, October 25, 1-4:30 pm at KCK Public Library, South Branch

Meet and talk with local authors at the first annual Homegrown Reads local author fair presented by the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library. Over 20 local authors will come together for this new event, including Linda Rodriguez, Ann Ingalls, Barbara Stuber, Anola Pickett and Angela Cervantes. Authors will read from their titles and chat with readers throughout the afternoon. As the official bookseller for the event, Mysteryscape will be selling several of their titles. Stop by and say hello.

The event will be hosted at KCKPL's South Branch Library, 3104 Strong Ave. Kansas City, KS 66106.  It is free and open to the public. No RSVP required.   


Saturday, October 25, 2-4 pm, Downtown Overland Park and Mysteryscape

Bring your little ghosts and goblins to the annual Downtown Overland Park Trick or Treat extravaganza, with the Halloween Fun Band and pumpkin decorating at the Clock Tower patio. Participating businesses will be handing out treats. Look for the special Trick or Treat posters in store windows, including Mysteryscape's, or pick up a map at the Clock Tower. Your friendly neighborhood bookstore witch will be handing out candy, and if you crave a good story to go with your sweets, Mysteryscape Spooky Storytime is every half hour for all ages.   

Free and open to the public. No RSVP needed. Details and a trick or treating map also available at the Downtown OP website


Saturday, November 1, 11 am at Mysteryscape
Attorney Lyn Buckley talks about her work with the National Labor Relations Board, a federal agency that investigates unfair labor practices in the private sector. This event is free and open to the public, no RSVP necessary.

Sisters in Crime is a nonprofit organization supporting women writing crime fiction. The Kansas City chapter, Border Crimes, meets 11 am the first Saturday of every month at Mysteryscape. They feature speakers on topics such as law enforcement, crime detection, writing, publishing and crime fiction in general. 


Saturday, November 8, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

The Kansas Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Fall Conference will take place at the KU-Edwards Campus.  Attendees will get access to editors, agents, and other fantastic speakers and resources. A detailed conference calendar and registration information are available on the SCBWI website.  The deadline for registration is November 5. 

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