Lawrence authors make 2015 Kansas Notable Books List

Three Lawrence residents are among the honorees on this year's Kansas Notable Books List.

The list — which honors 15 "quality titles with wide public appeal" published in the past year, either written by Kansans or about a Kansas-related topic — was announced last week by the State Library of Kansas.


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Lawrence author and illustrator Lindsey Yankey's children's book "Bluebird" is on this year's Kansas Notable Books list.


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"Bluebird" by Lindsey Yankey


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"Chasing Weather: Tornadoes, Tempests, and Thunderous Skies in Word and Image"


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"Railroad Empire Across the Heartland: Rephotographing Alexander Gardner's Westward Journey"

Lawrencians Lindsey Yankey, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and John Charlton, along with the other honorees, will be celebrated in September at the Kansas Book Festival in Topeka.

Yankey is the author and illustrator of the children's book "Bluebird," which tells the story of a little bird who goes off an adventure to find her missing friend, the wind.

Poems by Mirriam-Goldberg, the 2009-2013 Kansas Poet Laureate, are combined with Stephen Locke's photography in "Chasing Weather: Tornadoes, Tempests, and Thunderous Skies in Word and Image."

And John Charlton, a now-retired Kansas Geological Survey photographer, revisits locations shot by Alexander Gardner in 1867 of construction of the Union Pacific Railway across Kansas in James E. Sherow's "Railroad Empire Across the Heartland: Rephotographing Alexander Gardner's Westward Journey."

Here's the rest of the list:

• "999 Kansas Characters: Ad Astra, a Biographical Series," by Dave Webb, Terry Rombeck and Beccy Tanner

• "A Carol Dickens Christmas: A Novel," by Thomas Fox Averill

• "The Darkest Period: The Kanza Indians and Their Last Homeland, 1846-1873," by Ronald D. Parks

• "The Devil's Workshop: A Novel of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad," by Alex Grecian

• "Field Guide to the Common Grasses of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska," by Iralee Barnard

• "Girl in Reverse," by Barbara Stuber

• "The Kansas Relays: Track and Field Tradition in the Heartland," by Joe D. Schrag

• "Michael Pearce's Taste of the Kansas Outdoors Cookbook," by Michael Pearce

• "Music I Once Could Dance To," by Roy J. Beckemeyer

• "The Ogallala Road: A Memoir of Love and Reckoning," by Julene Bair

• "Soldiers in the Army of Freedom: The 1st Kansas Colored, the Civil War's First African American Combat Unit," by Ian Michael Spurgeon

• "Waiting on the Sky: More Flyover People Essays," by Cheryl Unruh


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