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Barnes & Noble Event Pairs Poetry and Library Foundation Fundraiser

Barnes & Noble will host an event, “Remembering Michael Burns: A Reading from ‘Night of the Grizzly,’” from 7-8:30 p.m. April 23 to coincide with a Barnes & Noble Bookfair to benefit the Library Foundation of the Springfield-Greene County Libraries. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will include music by local folk musician Julie Henigan. Clark Closser, Missouri State University emeritus professor of English, will give a brief remembrance of Burns’ life and work, and others will read from Burns’ posthumous collection, “Night of the Grizzly.”  

A portion of sales of the Burns book and all other items purchased in the store on April 23 or online April 23-28 will go to the Library Foundation for Library needs.

The Library will receive credit from the sales only when shoppers present the paper Bookfair voucher (available at all library branches or downloadable through Online shoppers may provide the Bookfair ID, 10718690.)
Michael Burns (1953-2011) helped found the creative writing program at MSU. His poetry appears in the new release, “Night of the Grizzly,” published by Moon City Press. It is Burns’ seventh book. 






Kathleen O'Dell is community relations director for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at

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