Books by local authors were named to the Kansas Notable Books List.

The Kansas Notable Books List is the annual recognition of 15 outstanding titles by Kansas authors or about Kansas.


Books by local authors were named to the Kansas Notable Books List.
The Kansas Notable Books List is the annual recognition of 15 outstanding titles by Kansas authors or about Kansas.
Those books are “A Prairie Peter Pan: The Story of Mary White” by Beverley Buller of Newton and “Prairie Rhythms: The Life and Poetry of May Williams Ward” by Lana Wirt Myers of Newton.
A committee of KCFB affiliates, fellows and authors of previous Notable Books identifies these titles from among those published the previous year, and the state Librarian makes the selection for the final List. A reception and medal awards ceremony honor the books and their authors and illustrators.
Throughout the award year, KCFB promotes all the titles on that year’s list electronically, at literary events, and among librarians and booksellers.
Only 15 books are chosen out of the more than 100 books considered each year by the committee.
Also on the list are “Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire that Civilized the Wild West” by Stephen Fried of Philadelphia and “Flyover People: Life on the Ground in a RectangularState” by Cheryl Unruh of Emporia.
“Appetite for America,” a biography of Fred Harvey, goes directly to Newton's history. The local historical society has a permanent display on Harvey and will feature a former Harvey Girl in a program in September.
“Flyover People” includes an essay on The Breadbasket. Its author will talk on Aug. 13 at Faith & Life Bookstore.
All these books are available in Newton's bookstores as well as the Harvey County Historical Museum store.