#MyrtleMondays: Kansas Notable Books

Huzzah! More happy news for Premeditated Myrtle came in this week—this time of the homegrown variety!

Premeditated Myrtle has been named a 2021 Kansas Notable Book by the State Library of Kansas and the Kansas Center for the Book:

The Kansas Notable Books List recognizes the literary richness of our state and is a project of the Kansas Center for the Book located at the State Library of Kansas. The annual selection of 15 books, celebrating the best in Kansas writing, features quality titles with wide public appeal that are either written by a Kansan or about a Kansas-related topic.

Congratulations to my fellow honorees! We’ll all be gathering in Topeka this fall for the Kansas Book Festival, so if you’re in our neck of the prairie, swing on by for the festivities!

In particular, Lisa Harkrader and I will team up in a conversation with librarian Patty Collins. It’s going to be loads of fun chatting about all the things we love about writing mysteries for kids.

This is actually the fourth time that one of my books has been named a Kansas Notable Book, not that anyone’s counting or anything….

At the Kansas Book Festival in 2012 with First Lady Mary Brownback and a glittering collection of gold medals

It’s incredibly moving to be officially recognized by your state, and to know that you’re contributing to the literary heritage of your community. This is an especially meaningful honor for me, and I am so, so grateful that Premeditated Myrtle has joined the ranks of Kansas Notable Books!

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In addition, yesterday I had the huge treat of being featured in the Kansas City Star’s Arts & Culture section. Read the article here!

Edgar did not arrive in time for the Star photographer, but he finally made it!

Kansas City has been my home for nearly half my life—I’ve lived here longer than anywhere else—and I have deep roots in our amazing local literary community. It feels wonderful to share that spirit and connection. As H.M. Hardcastle might say, Ad astra!