15 books celebrating Kansas cultural heritage
Topeka, KS – State Librarian Eric Norris announced today the 14th annual selection of Kansas Notable Books. The fifteen 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.”
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.
This year the Richmond Public Library selected 12 of the 15 Kansas Notable books, the library also received a copy of Brown Enough: A tale of a Mixed-race Baseball team Summer of ‘56 free in the mail. So we have a total of 13 of this years Notable books.
This year the library chose some fiction, non-fiction, adult, teen and kids books something for everyone [we hope].
Here is a list of the 2019 Kansas Notable Books available for check out at Richmond Public Library.
American Heart- by Laura Moriarty (Lawrence)
Brown Enough: A Tale of a Mixed-Race Baseball Team Summer of ’56-by Ken Ohm (Topeka)
The Deepest Roots- by Miranda Asebedo (Manhattan}
The Diaries of Reuben Smith, Kansas Settler and Civil War Soldier edited- by Lana Wirt Myers (Newton)
Eisenhower: Becoming the Leader of the Free World- by Louis Galambos (Baltimore, MD)
A Girl Stands at the Door: The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America’s Schools
by Rachel Devlin (Brooklyn, NY)
Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth- by Sarah Smarsh (Wichita)
Night Out- by Daniel Miyares (Lenexa)
No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas- by C.J. Janovy (Kansas City, MO)
No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas- by Tonya Bolden (New York, NY)
The Pastor Wears a Skirt: Stories of Gender and Ministry- by Dorothy Nickel Friesen (Newton)
The Saint of Wolves and Butchers- by Alex Grecian (Topeka)
Seafire- by Natalie C. Parker (Lawrence)

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