Kansas Notable Books for 2019

Kansas Notable Books for 2019

The State Library of Kansas is pleased to announce the 14th annual selection of Kansas Notable Books. These books feature quality titles with wide public appeal, either written by a Kansan or about a Kansas-related topic.

“I am proud to present the 2019 Kansas Notable Book list. Choosing only 15 books is no easy task,” said Eric Norris, State Librarian. “The selection committee began with a pool of nearly 100 submitted titles and worked diligently to identify the year’s best works by Kansas authors and illustrators, 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 2019 Kansas Notable winners:

American Heart, by Laura Moriarty

Brown Enough: A tale of a Mixed-Race Baseball Team Summer of ‘56, by Ken Ohm

Buried in the Suburbs, by Jamie Lynn Heller

The Deepest Roots, by Miranda Asebedo

The Diaries of Reuben Smith, Kansas Settler and Civil War Soldier, by Lana Wirt Myers

Eisenhower: Becoming the Leader of the Free World, by Louis Galambos

Elevations: A Personal Exploration of the Arkansas River, by Max McCoy

A Girl Stands at the Door: The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America’s Schools, by Rachel Devlin

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, by Sarah Smarsh

Night Out, by Daniel Miyares

No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas, by C.J. Janovy

No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas, by Tonya Bolden

The Pastor Wears a Skirt: Stories of Gender and Ministry, by Dorothy Nickel Friesen

The Saint of Wolves and Butchers, by Alex Grecian

Seafire, by Natalie C. Parker

Kansas Notable Books is a project of the Kansas Center for the Book, a program of the State Library. The Kansas Center for the Book is a state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Throughout the award year, the State Library promotes and encourages the promotion of all titles on this year’s list at literary events, and among librarians and booksellers.

An awards ceremony will be held at the Kansas Book Festival, Saturday, September 14, 2019, at the State Capital to recognize the talented Notable Book authors. The public is invited.

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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