With its mansionlike appearance, the Writers Place (3607 Pennsylvania, 816-753-1090) offers an idyllic vision of a world where scribes are society’s upper crust. They feast on fine wines and cheeses and read to attentive audiences; they autograph books and teach workshops. Attend any of the venue’s events, and you’ll begin to wonder why our society is in such a TV coma that Prospero’s 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 Zade’s, describes Zade’s 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.
Fri., Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m., 2007