Rita Woods was gifted with multiple talents. A medical doctor practicing in Chicago, Woods discovered her second talent, a gift for writing wonderful novels full of believable characters who navigate richly detailed worlds.  

Woods will discuss her book “The Last Dreamwalker” during a “Conversations With the Author” on Sat., April 15, 10 a.m. to noon at the Topeka and Shawnee County Library. This event will be followed by a book signing from noon to 1 p.m.  

On Fri., April 14, join the Links and Woods from 7 to 8 p.m. for a wine and cheese Storytelling Salon at ArtsConnect, 909 N. Kansas Ave.,Topeka. Stay on, from 8 to 10 p.m., for a master class for new and experienced writers. Woods will share techniques for storytelling, narrative and story structure. Bring your tools of choice for engaging in active writing.  

Joining Woods at both of these events will be Topeka native and ATCA Osborn Award-winning playwright Darren Canady. A professor at the University of Kansas, Canady will also share his writing techniques during Friday evening’s master class and will moderate the conversation session on Saturday.  

Rounding out the weekend of events designed to celebrate Black Diversity during April, which is National Diversity Awareness Month, the Links are cosponsoring a Unity Breakfast with the Greater Topeka Partnership’s Equity and Opportunity Office on Sat., April 15, from 9 to 10 a.m.  The keynote speaker for the breakfast will be Kansas state Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, assistant minority speaker of the Kansas Senate.  

The breakfast is free, but registration must be made in advance and is limited to two reservations per person.  

Copies of Woods’ books can be preordered at http://bit.ly/40FkxNs.

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Since 1996, Bonita has served as as Editor-in-Chief of The Community Voice newspaper. As the owner, she has guided the Wichita-based publication’s growth in reach across the state of Kansas and into...