Helen Hokanson has worn many hats at Johnson County Library over the past 18 years. She has most recently landed in the Reference department, focusing on Readers Advisory. She loves connecting readers to writers, but her passions lean toward helping writers develop their craft and finding a home for every dog.
Her work projects include planning a yearly writers conference, bringing authors of interest to the KC Metro area, and hosting a monthly writing contest.
Johnson County Library is proud to support writers in our community. Helen Hokanson will talk about current initiatives, like our annual Writers Conference and writing contests; her hopes for future programs, and answer questions. Suggestions are also welcome!
Join us Saturday, December 2, 11 a.m.! This program is free and open to the public. This meeting will be held at the Antioch Branch of the Johnson County Library, 8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam, Kansas.
Novels are not the only form of storytelling! Earlier this year we discussed turning your novel into a screen play with Nancy Pickard, whose book Scent of Rain and Lightning has recently been made into a movie.
In August, we will learn about playwriting with local playwright Christie Kennard, who has had several scripts produced and staged.
Join us August 5, at 11 a.m. at Johnson County Library’s Central Resource Library, 9875 West 87th Street, Overland Park, Kansas. This meeting is free and open to the public! NOTE: This is a different location from our usual meeting spot at the Antioch Branch.
This spring, Nancy Pickard’s Scent of Rain and Lightning leaped off the page and onto the big screen, debuting at the Atlanta Film Festival on March 24 and winning Best Narrative Feature at the Kansas City Film Fest in April.
During Border Crime’s May Meeting, SinC member Nancy Pickard will talk about the process of turning a book into a movie and discuss how the filmmakers maintained the essence of the story while changing other elements for cinematic purposes.
Join us Saturday, May 6, 11 a.m. for this program, which is free and open to the public! This meeting will be held at the Antioch Branch of the Johnson County Library, 8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam, Kansas.
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Our speakers on December 3 are coming to us from Flatland KC, which airs on KCPT, Kansas City’s PBS station. Investigative Reporter Mike McGraw and Vice President for Digital and Multi-Media Content Carla McCabe will be speaking to us about Flatland KC‘s digital series, “Bloody, MO,” a Civil War-through-modern day video peek into Kansas City’s bloody past–starring equally notorious and unknown gunslingers, fire-starters, and godfathers. The series, which airs on KCPT, has done programs on Willie “The Rat” Cammisano, Sharon “La Pistolera” Kinne, Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd, and Silas M. Gordon. They’ll be talking about how they selected and researched their subjects and how they chose to develop the stories about their subjects.
This will be a great program and one that will appeal to writers, readers, and fans of true crime movies/documentaries. Please spread the word!
Join us December 3, 2016 at 11 a.m. in the Carmack Community Room at Johnson County Library’s Central Resource Library, 9875 West 87th Street, Overland Park, Kansas. This meeting is free and open to the public!
October’s discussion will focus on The Cuckoo’s Calling, the first book in the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith. Modestly selling initially, this book became a #1 bestseller once the author’s true identity was revealed: Robert Galbraith is the pseudonym for J.K. Rowling. Unlike the Harry Potter series, the Cormoran Strike novels aren’t for kids, but according to one reviewer, The Cuckoo’s Calling is a witty, twisty mystery…masterfully plotted.” To another, it is “a brilliant achievement, mordantly funny and monumentally absorbing.”
This book discussion will be lead by SinC member Juliet Kincaid.
If you’re a dues-paying member of Sisters in Crime, join us for this fun and educational discussion on Saturday, September 17, 10:30 a.m. at Winstead’s, 8036 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park, Kansas.