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.