Kansas Book Festival
The headliner for the 2021 Kansas Book Festival is Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments. Nezhukumatathil’s winsome collection of nature essays includes stories from time spent as a child in Larned, Kansas, and it was selected as a Favorite Book of the Year by Barnes and Noble and by National Public Radio.
Other prominent authors include Wes Jackson, a nationally respected leader of the sustainable agriculture movement, whose just-released memoir is about growing up on a farm near Topeka (Hogs are Up) and Michael Kleber-Diggs, a prize-winning poet from the Twin Cities with a collection about the hazards and beauties of life as a black male in America (Worldly Things).
In addition, there are popular books for young people, from authors such as Elizabeth Bunce with her Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery series or Natalie Parker with her young-adult Seafire fantasies that give readers an all-female crew aboard a sailing ship, "mastering high seas, high stakes, and high emotions,” as one reviewer proclaims.
The Kansas Book Festival will honor the 2021 Kansas Notable Books, to be selected by the Kansas State Library and awarded by Dr. Ted Daughety, husband of Kansas Governor Laura Kelly. And the Festival will include an initial, kick-off presentation at 4 PM on Friday, September 17, by the winner of the esteemed Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award, sponsored by Thomas Fox Averill Kansas Studies Collection at Washburn.
This year’s winner, Rebekah Taussig, will speak from her candid and witty memoir about living with a disability-Sitting Pretty :The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body, which received starred reviews from both Kirkus and Library Journal.
Category: Arts | Books and Literature