Special Events

Upcoming Events
Check this page regularly for upcoming author events that Claflin Books will be participating in!
Recent Events
Images from past events.
Kevin Rabas, Keynote Speech and Reading
April 7, 2018.
Little Apple Lit Festival
Manhattan Public Library

Kevin Rabas, current State Poet of Kansas and the Keynote Speaker for the the Little Apple Lit Festival, spoke and performed both his own and a few select others' works. 
George Brandbserg Book Signing
April 28th,
Claflin Books
George Brandsberg will be in our store signing copies of his new book, The Deadly Snow.  The book tells of the Mitchell family from Wyoming who lost many ewes and newborn lambs under suspicious cicrcumstances during a 1959 snowstorm.
Romalyn Tilghman Book Signing
June 9th
Riley County Courthouse Plaza
Romalyn Tilghman,  signed copies of her novel To the Stars Through Difficulty, which was recently named a 2018 Kansas Notable Book.
Adrian Zink Book Signing
November 28th
Riley County Senior Center

Mr. Zink presented stories from his book, The Hidden History of Kansas, which focuses on some of the lesser known parts of Kansas' history.
KelLee Parr Meet and Greet
Claflin Books

KelLee Parr came and visited our store.  His two books, My Little Valentine and Mansion on a Hill, both deal with The Willows Maternity Sanitarium in Kansas.  They are a biography and a history respectively.
The Willows Presentation
March 31st
Manhattan Public Library Auditorium
This program was presented by the Riley County Genealogical Society
Author, KelLee Parr, will spoke about how he started searching for his biological grandmother's information at the Kansas State Historical Society, a little about the search and reunion with his grandmother, and how he came to write his first book. Then how his first book led to finding out information about The Willows and writing the second book. He will talk about Kansas City being known as the "Adoption Hub of America" and the reasons behind it being called this in adoption circles. He will share about The Willows and the family who owned and operated it.

One Photographer, Two Presidents: A Talk by Pete Souza
March 5th
McCain Auditorium
Sponsored by the Friends of Beach Museum of Art
Mr. Souza was the chief official White Photographer for President Obama and also an official White House Photographer under the Reagan Presidency. 
Meet the Author: Pete Souza
March 6th
Groesbeck Room
Manhattan Public Library
Mr. Souza met with the public and signed copies of  his books.
James Sherow Presentation and Book Signing
July 10th
Riley County Seniors' Service Center
This program was co-presented by the Riley County Historical Society and the Riley County Seniors' Service Center
Kansas State University History Professor, Dr. James Sherow, presented on his most recent book, The Chisholm Trail.  The book discusses both the development of the trail and its effect on the world and the cattle industry.  He focuses on Joseph McCoy, who built stockyards in Abilene to encourage the railroads to bring cattle through the area.

Dr. Sherow is also the author of Manhattan, Railroad Empire Across America, and editor of the book, A Sense of the American West and the Managing Editor of the journal, Kansas History.

Meet the Author: Lowell May
Nov. 2
Claflin Books
Lowell May is the author of Camp Concordia, Prisoners of War in Kansas 1943-1946, and Duty Bound
Meet the Author: Michael John Haddock
Nov. 9
Claflin Books
Michael Haddock is author of the regional guidebook Wildflowers and Grasses of Kansas, and co-author of Kansas Wildflowers and Weeds, and Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines of Kansas