2016 Kansas Book Festival

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This Saturday is the 2016 Kansas Book Festival in Topeka. We are proud, honored and not surprised that three University Press of Kansas books (Kansas Wildflowers and Weeds, Twenty-Five Years Among the Indians and Buffalo, and Kansas Trail Guide) are being honored as 2016 Notable Books.

The fifteen books selected for the honor feature quality titles with wide public appeal, either written by Kansans or about a Kansas-related topic.

“The Kansas Notable Books Committee considered the eligible books published in 2015. I was delighted to receive the recommended list and make the final decision,” said State Librarian Jo Budler. “Our list is intended to showcase Kansas’ unique talent and history while encouraging residents to visit their library and check out the celebrated titles.”

An awards ceremony will be held at the Kansas Book Festival, on September 10, 2016 at the State Capitol, to recognize the talented Notable Book authors.

In addition, UPK Authors Michael John Haddock (Kansas Wildflowers and Weeds), Jonathan & Kristin Conard (Kansas Trail Guide), Warren Street (Twenty-Five Years Among the Indians and Buffalo) & George Frazier (The Last Wild Places of Kansas) will present talks about their books during the festival.

Kansas Trail Guide Selected as a Kansas Notable Book

9780700620661Kansas Notable Books is a project of the Kansas Center for the Book, a program of the State Library and has selected the Kansas Trail Guide: The Best Hiking, Biking, and Riding in the Sunflower State by Jonathan M. Conard and Kristin M. Conard as an outstanding book either written by Kansans or about a Kansas related topic.

Jonathan Conard is assistant professor at Sterling College, in Sterling, Kansas. Kristin Conard is a writer whose work has appeared in many publications including Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, and BBC Travel.

Backpacker Magazine Lauds “Kansas Trail Guide”

9780700620661Backpacker Magazine praises Jonathan Conard and Kristin Conard’s take on Kansas hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails inside “Kansas Trail Guide: The Best Hiking, Biking, and Riding in the Sunflower State,” while ranking the 30-mile Elk River Trail as #5 in its monthly picks. Get your explore on.