Kansas Notable Books for 2018

Kansas Notable Books for 2018

The State Library of Kansas is pleased to announce the 13th annual selection of Kansas Notable Books. These books feature quality titles with wide public appeal, either written by Kansans or about a Kansas-related topic.

“I am proud to present the 2018 Kansas Notable Book list. Choosing only 15 books is no easy task,” said Eric Norris, Acting State Librarian. “The selection committee began with a pool of over 100 submitted titles and worked diligently to identify the year’s best works by authors and illustrators from Kansas, as well as those works that highlight our history and heritage. Kansans are encouraged to visit their local public library and celebrate the artists and the artistry of Kansas.”

The following are the 2018 Kansas Notable winners:

Bad Kansas: Stories, by Becky Mandelbaum
Cricket in the Thicket: Poems about Bugs, by Carol Murray

Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West, by Tom Clavin

Feet of the Messenger: Poems, by H.C. Palmer

Fireflies in the Gathering Dark: Poems, by Maril Crabtree

Headlights on the Prairie: Essay on the Home, by Robert Rebein

Ike and McCarthy: Dwight Eisenhower’s Secret Campaign Against Joseph McCarthy, by David A. Nichols

Kansas Baseball, 1858-1941, by Mark E. Eberle

Kansa Guidebook 2 for Explorers, by Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe

The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery, by Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James

Midnight at the Electric, by Jodi Lynn Anderson

The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity, by Grant Snider

Stark Mad Abolitionists: Lawrence, Kansas, and the Battle over Slavery in the Civil War Era, by Robert K. Sutton

This is My Dream!, by Langston Hughes and Daniel Miyares

To the Stars Through Difficulties, by Romalyn Tilghman

An awards ceremony will be held at the Kansas Book Festival, Saturday, September 8, 2018, 9:30 a.m., at the State Capital to recognize the talented Notable Book authors.

These Kansas Notable Books and past winning titles are available for checkout at the Parsons Public Library, 311 South 17th St.  For more information, contact the library at 620-421-5920.

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