The mobile food pantry will be returning to Chanute this month. It is scheduled for Friday, November 16th from 9am to 11am at the Chanute Recreation Commission Gym at 400 S. Highland. Anyone in need of food assistance may come, it is on a first come first serve basis. Guests sign in with their address and number in household. Limit one visit per household. The pantry is sponsored by the Kansas Food Bank and the Fire Escape Coffee House.
The Iola Public Library’s Family Reading Festival will take place on Saturday at Iola High School. The theme is “Every Hero Has a Story,” and will center on cosplay, comic books, virtual reality and superheroes. There will be opportunities to meet a number of authors as well. This year’s event takes place at the high school from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We have a list of the featured authors on the news blog at iolaradio.com.
Featured authors at the Iola Public Library’s Family Reading Festival, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Iola High School, inlcude:
– Keynote author Brian McTavish, 10 a.m., “Comic Genius: Masterworks of American Graphic Storytelling.”
– Stephen Gilpin, 11 a.m., illustrator of “Wires and Nerve” graphic novel series. An Iola native, he’s been working as an illustrator and cartoonist for 18 years.
– Michael Graves, 11 a.m., “To Leave a Shadow” and “Shadow of Death,” mysteries set in 1930s Kansas. He recently retired from Emporia State University.
– Ian Michael Spurgeon, noon, “Soldiers in the Army of Freedom: the 1st Kansas Colored, the Civil War’s First African American Combat Unit.” He is a military historian with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in Washington, D.C.
– Roderick Townley, noon, “The Great Good Thing,” “A Bitter Magic” and other young adult novels. He has written numerous children’s books, works of criticism and poetry, and has earned a number of honors.
– Marc Tyler Nobleman, 1 p.m. “Boys of Steel,” “Bill the Boy Wonder,” and other graphic novels (via Skype).
– Mark Eberle, 1 p.m., “Kansas Baseball, 1858-1941.” He teaches biology and scientific writing at Fort Hays State University.
– Carol Murray, 2 p.m., “Cricket in the Thicket.” A poet and author of books for children, she taught English and speech for 25 years at Hutchinson Community College and also has taught writing, communications and literature classes.
– Josh Cotter, 2 p.m., “Skyscrapers of the Midwest” and other graphic novels. He is a cartoonist and author who lives in rural northwest Missouri.
-A “Comics Book Road Show” offers a chance to get your comics collection appraised by Frank Mangiaracina, who owns Be-Bop Comics in Kansas City. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mangiaracina will appraise their value and share information about them.