TOPEKA – State Librarian Joanne Budler today announced the selections for the Kansas Notable Book List for 2012. The best 15 books published in 2011 by Kansas authors or about Kansas include fiction, nonfiction, adult and young adult books.
“After much consideration, we are very excited to release the 2012 Kansas Notable Books List,” said State Librarian Budler. “These titles are sure to inspire, enrich and entertain readers beyond our state, and we encourage Kansans to access these titles through their local library.”
The Kansas Notable Book List, a project of the Kansas Center for the Book (KCFB) at the State Library of Kansas, is an annual selection of 15 titles written by Kansans or about Kansas and published in the previous year. A Kansas Notable Books Committee of the KCFB identifies the titles and forwards a list to the State Librarian for final decision. This year’s Kansas Notable Books selection committee included representatives from academia, public and academic libraries, a media representative, and a previous honoree/author. This is the seventh Kansas Notable Book List compiled by KCFB.
The presentation of medals will be made during the Kansas Book Festival, September 15 at the Kansas History Museum in Topeka. The authors will also be honored during the year at various literary events throughout the state.
The Kansas Center for the Book is a state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. As a program of the State Library of Kansas since 2005, the Center’s role is to promote Kansas books, authors, libraries, booksellers, publishers, and the book community, and to foster awareness of literacy and the literary heritage of the state. For a list of the 2012 selections, visit http://www.kcfb.info/projects/kansas-notable-books.html