The State Library of Kansas has announced this year’s lineup of Kansas Notable Books – 15 titles written either by a Kansan or about a Kansas-related topic.
The list features novels, poetry collections, biographies, a travelog and an illustrated book for children that recounts how Greensburg recovered after a devastating tornado.
The list is a project of the Kansas Center for the Book. A committee of librarians, academics and authors of previous notable books nominated titles from among those published last year, and state librarian Jo Budler selected the final list.
“Our list is intended to showcase Kansas’ unique talent and history while encouraging residents to visit their library and check out the celebrated titles,” Budler said in a news release.
Here are the Kansas Notable Books for 2017.
▪ “Fast-Food Sonnets: Poems,” by Dennis Etzel Jr.
▪ “Ghost Sign: Poems from White Buffalo,” by Al Ortolani, Melissa Fite Johnson, Adam Jameson and J.T. Knoll
▪ “Green City: How One Community Survived a Tornado and Rebuilt for a Sustainable Future,” by Allan Drummond
▪ “Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill,” by Candice Millard
▪ “Hurt People: A Novel,” by Cote Smith
▪ “Ioway Life: Reservation and Reform, 1837-1860,” by Greg Olson
▪ “The Last Wild Places of Kansas: Journeys into Hidden Landscapes,” by George Frazier
▪ “Lost and Gone Forever: A Novel of Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad,” by Alex Grecian
▪ “The Memory of Lemon: A Novel,” by Judith Fertig
▪ “Mike Torrez: A Baseball Biography,” by Jorge Iber
▪ “A Nest of Hornets,” by Robert Krenzel
▪ “Never Enough Flamingos,” by Janelle Diller
▪ “Phog: The Most Influential Man in Basketball,” by Scott Morrow Johnson
▪ “Presenting Buffalo Bill: The Man Who Invented the Wild West,” by Candace Fleming
▪ “The Small-Town Midwest: Resilience and Hope in the Twenty-First Century,” by Julianne Couch