Friday, September 12, 6:30 pm at Mysteryscape

Come meet fascinating debut author Julia Mary Gibson Friday, Sept. 12, 6:30 pm at Mysteryscape when she talks about and signs her new historical YA novel, Copper Magic.

In this enchanting coming-of-age novel, Julia weaves turn-of-the-century Native American spirituality, conservation and ecology in a magical tale about a young woman discovering what it means to be an adult. Copper Magic has received glowing reviews from top YA authors such as Elizabeth Wein (Code Name Verity) and Kirkus Media, one of the top review magazines in the country.

A child of radical activist poets, Julia brushed shoulders with some of the amazing personalities of the day, including Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol and Gary Snyder. Growing up on the shores of Lake Michigan, she became fascinated by the Native culture and the history of the area, which became the inspiration for Copper Magic.

Find out more about this interesting new author and her wonderful book. No RSVP required. This event is free and open to the public. To reserve your copy ahead of the event or a signed copy after the event, call the store at 913-649-0000 or email us.

Saturday, September 13, 2 pm at Mysteryscape

We'll discuss Copper Magic with Author Julia Mary Gibson in a special book club meeting Saturday, Sept. 13, 2 pm at Mysteryscape. This meeting is open to the public and free. RSVP required. Call 913-649-0000 or email us at to reserve a seat and receive 10% off your copy of Copper Magic.


Saturday, September 13, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Three of Kansas City's most talented children's authors will share and sign their latest books and celebrate the many kinds of art to be found in their pages. 

Local Children's Author Ann Ingalls introduces her new nonfiction picture book, J is for Jazz, which introduces ages 5 to 7 to the wonderful golden age of jazz. Beautiful illustrations give kids a fun, riotous introduction to the great jazz musicians and slang of the era.

Children's Author Bridget Heos shares her picture book, Mustache Baby, and the art behind creating a good stache and a hilarious picture book comedy.

Middle Reader/YA Author Barbara Stuber signs and discusses Girl in Reverse, a beautiful story about a Chinese girl adopted by a White American family in the 1950s, who searches for her identity with the help of the Asian collection at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. 

All ages welcome. This author event is free and open to the public. No RSVP required. To put a copy of any of these wonderful books on hold ahead of the event, call us at 913-649-000 or email us.


Friday, September 19, 6 to 9 pm

Do you prefer Dame Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes or something even more Charming? We'll be Mum! The culinary intrigue continues in September as we pair the perfect cuppa from Westport's Tea Drops Tea Room with the best mysteries on our shelves during Downtown Overland Park's third-Friday art walk.

This tea tasting is an open house event and free to the public, as are most events during the Local Life art walk. We'll be offering tea samples all evening, so come when you can. No RSVP required. 

Local Life is organized and sponsored by participating small businesses in Downtown Overland Park. You can shop-hop their terrific events, bargains and food offerings 6 to 9 pm every third Friday of the month.

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