2022 Notable Books

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  1. 2022 Announcement
  2. Promotional Materials
  3. Grants & Purchasing

This year’s list of Kansas Notable Books continues the tradition of celebrating the rich stories and culture of Kansas. 

“The 2022 Kansas Notable Books list recognizes 15 books written by Kansans or about Kansas,” said Ray Walling, Acting State Librarian. “Through their work, the authors take readers on a journey through the wetlands of the Cheyenne Bottoms to the baseball fields of the Kansas City Monarchs. Readers can be transported back in time to the 1887 election in Argonia or to the epic battle of twin sisters enabled with superpowers facing a sinister force. This year’s titles include something for everyone. I hope all Kansans will visit their local public library to check out these wonderful titles.” 

Each year, the Kansas Notable Books list features 15 books, published during the previous calendar year, which are about or set in Kansas, or written by a Kansas author. This year’s selection committee includes representatives of public, university, and school libraries, teachers, academics, and writers. 

Kansas Notable Books authors will be awarded their medals at the Kansas Book Festival on September 24 at Washburn University. The public is invited.

Once again, the State Library will offer a grant opportunity to Kansas libraries for reimbursement of the purchase of books from the Notable Books list. Check the Grants & Purchasing tab for more information. 

Please consider supporting Independent Kansas book stores:

http://www.claflinbooks.com/ (Manhattan) 

https://www.eighthdaybooks.com/ (Wichita)

https://www.flinthillsbooks.com/ (Council Grove)

http://www.ravenbookstore.com/ (Lawrence)

https://www.roundtablebookstore.com/ (Topeka)

https://www.watermarkbooks.com/kansas-notable-books (Wichita)

Kansas Notable Books is a project of the Kansas Center for the Book, a program at the State Library of Kansas which is the state affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book. The mission of the Kansas Center for the Book is to highlight the state’s literary heritage and foster an interest in books, reading, and libraries. 

For more information or questions about Kansas Notable Books program, visit kslib.info/notablebooks or contact the State Library of Kansas at 785-296-3296 or email infodesk@ks.gov.

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