Riding the Bus with My Sister

Author Rachel Simon's most recent book is called Riding the Bus with My Sister. It tells the story of the year Simon immersed herself in her sister Beth's daily routine.

Kansas City, MO – Beth has mental retardation and spends six days a week - all day - riding the buses in her Pennsylvania city, and chatting with drivers -- sometimes riding as many as 17 buses in 12 hours. A creative writing professor at Bryn Mawr College, Rachel Simon tells KCUR?s Laura Spencer?the idea for riding the bus with her sister began as an assignment from a newspaper editor.

Tues., Sept. 30, 3:00 p.m., Kansas City, MO ? Rachel will speak in support of transit and its important community role as she discusses her sister's love of the buses. The Discovery Center at 4750 Troost Avenue, Kansas City Missouri. This event is co-sponsored by the Regional Transit Alliance, the Mid-America Regional Council, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Johnson County Transit, and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City Kansas. Book signing to follow. This event is free and open to the public. Contact 816-474-4240 ext 234 (Bev Werden) to reserve your seats.

Wed., Oct. 1, 1:45 p.m., Kansas City, KS ? Rachel will give a presentation at the Annual Conference for InterHab, the resource for Kansans with disabilities. Sheraton Overland Park, Overland Park, KS. Book signing to follow. Registration fees will apply. For information or to register, go to www.interhab.org.