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Seg. 1: Prairie Village Teen Starts Young Readers Festival. Seg. 2: Women Writers Who Were 'Sharp.'

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Luke X. Martin
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KCUR 89.3
Emery Uhlig, of Prairie Village, started LitUp Festival to cater specifically to teenage and young adult readers.

Segment 1: Local 15-year-old creates a space for teens and young adults to embrace their love of books.

Book festivals for adults are a dime a dozen. Now, a teenager from Prairie Village is looking to give young readers a chance to geek out over their favorite past-time, too. We met the organizer, and spoke with two writers who are taking part this weekend in the first ever LitUp Festival.

LitUp Festival, 9 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Mid-Continent Public Library's North Independence Branch, 317 W. 24 Hwy., Independence, Missouri 64050. For more information, go to LitUpFestival.org.

Segment 2, beginning at 22:04: 'The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion.'

In her latest book, Michelle Dean explores the contributions of 10 writers, all female, to the cultural and intellectual history of 20th century America. Today, the author takes us through the influence of leading thinkers and writers like Dorothy Parker, Hannah Arendt, Renata Adler and Zora Neale Hurston.

Brian Ellison is a guest host of talk shows, newscasts, special coverage and community events for KCUR. Follow him on Twitter @ptsbrian.
Luke X. Martin is a reporter focusing on race, culture and ethnicity for KCUR 89.3. Contact him at luke@kcur.org or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.