With its mansionlike appearance, the Writers Place (3607 Pennsylvania, 816-753-1090) offers an idyllic vision of a world where scribes are societys upper crust. They feast on fine wines and cheeses and read to attentive audiences; they autograph books and teach workshops. Attend any of the venues events, and youll begin to wonder why our society is in such a TV coma that Prosperos Books has to burn books to get people to read. Writer Wayne Zade is an avowed ESPN addict, but he also reviews jazz; teaches creative writing at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri; and writes poems about such scenarios as Duke Ellington and John Wayne meeting in heaven. Dennis Weiser, an author from KC and a former student of Zades, describes Zades style as understated, plain and conversational. But, Weiser adds, it can catch you off-guard with jolts of insight. Tonight at 7:30, Zade makes his first appearance at the Writers Place.
The Writer's Place