Not all great writers are easy on the ears. From the lectern sometimes comes nasal bleating or earnest mumbling or gassy cliché. This evening, though, one of the best living American writers is in town, and he also happens to be a charismatic speaker with a mesmerizing voice. Richard Ford
, whose haunting 2012 novel, Canada
, is just out in paperback, is at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library (4801 Main) for a can't-miss 6:30 p.m. installment of the Writers at Work series (sponsored by the library with Rainy Day Books and UMKC English Department). It's a free event, but you need to make a reservation; see kclibrary.org
or call 816-701-3407.