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Kansas Notable Books 2007

Afoot: A Tale of the Great Dakota Turkey Drive
by George Brandsberg

Reminiscent of Tom Sawyer, a fun read about a youth who drives a flock of turkeys across the plains in 1876.


Angle of Yaw
by Ben Lerner

An award-winning poetic critique of modern society by a former Topekan now living in California.


Ballots and Bullets: The Bloody County Seat Wars of Kansas
by Robert K. DeArment

This is the first compilation of the violent Kansas county seat wars. This is by an eminent Ohio authority on Old West lawmen and outlaw history.


Flint Hills Cowboys: Tales From the Tallgrass Prairie
by James Hoy

This is a story of exemplary cowboys from the rugged hills. These stories run from the late 19th through the mid-20th century and they are told by a scholar who is one of them.


I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You
by Ally Carter

The adventures of a teenage student at a girls boarding school for spies in training.


John Brown to Bob Dole: Movers and Shakers in Kansas
edited by Virgil Dean

These are short biographies of some of the people who made Kansas what it is. All are by noted scholars.


John Steuart Curry: The Road Home
by Alice Bertels

A children's biography of the famous Kansas artist by a first-time Kansas writer. (On February 27, 2008, Alice Bertels, a gifted facilitator at Washburn Rural Middle School in Topeka, was named one of seven, 2008 Kansas Master Teachers at a reception at Emporia State University.)


Kansas Murals: A Traveler's Guide
by Lora Jost and Dave Loewenstein

Does your community have a notable mural? Find out in this beautifully illustrated book.


Light on Main Street: Storytelling by a Country Newspaper Editor
by Rudy Taylor

These are stories of what it's like to be a small town newspaper editor. They also shed light on what it means to be a Kansan.


The Loose Change of Wonder
by Steven Hind  Learn & Read More ► Author Data Base   AdAstra Project   Poems

A new book by one of the state's noted poets that brings readers new visions of the state and its people. (cover photo by Tom Alex)


My Little Yellow Taxi
by Stephen Johnson

An interactive children's book by a Kansas Caldecott Honor artist.


Next Year Country: Dust to Dust in Western Kansas, 1890-1940
by Craig Miner

Life on the Kansas High Plains by one of the state's foremost historians.


Not Afraid of Dogs
by Susanna Pitzer

A children's book about a youngster who overcomes a childhood fear, by a Lawrence author now living in New York.


Ogallala Blue: Water and Life on the High Plains
by William Ashworth

How an underground freshwater sea has impacted life in western Kansas and all of the Plains states.


Revolutionary Heart: The Life of Clarina Nichols and the Pioneering Crusade for Women's Rights
by Diane Eickhoff

This is the story of a woman pioneer who traveled from Vermont to Kansas to California. The story is told by the re-enactor who portrays her.


Shanghai Shadows
by Lois Ruby

A young European Jewish girl flees with her family to World War II China seeking a better life. This is by one of the state's best-known young adult authors.


The Virgin of Small Plains
by Nancy Pickard

Miracles, tragedy and suspense in the Flint Hills by a bestselling mystery writer.


Words of a Prairie Alchemist
by Denise Low

The new Kansas Poet Laureate delivers the language of the prairie and explores that place where the natural world meets the human experience.


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Topeka, KS- June 25, 2007

State Librarian Christie P. Brandau, and Roy Bird, Director of the Kansas Center for the Book, today announced the 2007 Kansas Notable Books.  Fiction, nonfiction and children's books all populate the list which is considered to contain the best of the books published by Kansas authors or about Kansas in the preceding year. 

"The titles on the second annual Kansas Notable Books List all reflect not only the literary heritage of the state but also the significant amount of literary activity in Kansas today," said Bird. "The 2007 Kansas Notable Books List has something to interest every reader in the state."

Kansas Notable Book authors will be honored at the Kansas Book Festival in Wichita on October 5 and 6. A special presentation will be made to each author at the "Night of Notables," an event during the Festival to be held at the Wichita Art Museum on the evening of October 5.

Kansas Notable Books is a project of the Kansas Center for the Book at the State Library of Kansas and was created to recognize the literary richness of our state.  The annual selection of up to twenty reviewed books features high quality titles reflecting Kansas cultural heritage. A committee of the Kansas Center for the Book Board of Affiliates is responsible for identifying the titles and this year's Notable Books selection committee included representatives from libraries, booksellers, publishers and authors.  The committee, chaired by Roger Carswell of the Iola Public Library, considers the universe of eligible books and meets over the course of several months to evaluate and discuss, with the culmination being a recommended list presented to the State Librarian for final decision.

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