Tuesday, March 15, 2011


The National Archives at Kansas City will host author Sarah Smarsh on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion of her book. Smarsh will be available to sign copies of her book after the discussion. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the event.

Outlaw Tales of Kansas: True Stories of the Sunflower State’s Most Infamous Crooks, Culprits, and Cutthroats reintroduces readers to 15 of the nation’s most notorious events and people with a connection to Kansas’ violent beginnings as a state. Jesse James, Big Nose Kate, Emmett Dalton, and the Birdman of Alcatraz come alive as Smarsh transports the reader to the wild west (and the more recent past) in finely woven tales of danger, violence, mayhem and desperation.

Sarah Smarsh is an award winning author of non-fiction and an assistant professor of English at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Smarsh has written for the Huffington Post, Kansas City’s The Pitch (Village Voice Media) and other publications. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing from Columbia University and resides in Lawrence, Kansas.

Copies of Outlaw Tales of Kansas will be available for purchase at The Kansas City Store at NARA-KC. For more information or to make a reservation for this free event, call 816-268-8010 or register by e-mail at:


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