Notable Authors @ Your Library

April 13, 2015

Join the ESU Libraries and Archives in the Library Learning Commons (Lobby) on Tuesday, April 14, from 7 to 9 pm, in welcoming four authors from ESU and Emporia to White Library for a Night of Notable Authors, a special event for National Library Week.

The event will feature Jim Hoy, Max McCoy, Kevin Rabas, and Cheryl Unruh reading from and discussing their works, which were selected for the Kansas Notable Books Lists during the time period from 2006 until 2014. The ESU Libraries and Archives have copies of all of the books that have been on the list.

 Jim Hoy was recognized on the 2007 list with his work, “Flint Hills Cowboys: Tales from the Tall Grass Prairie.” Hoy, emeritus professor of English, directs the Center for Great Plains Studies at Emporia State University. He has served as president of the Kansas State Historical Society, the American Association of Australian Literary Studies, and as chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Many of his fifteen books explore the folklife of ranching, a topic he has explored from his native Flint Hills to Australia and Argentina.

In 2008 and again in 2014, Max McCoy was recognized for his works. In 2008, his book, “Hellfire Canyon,” was selected for the list.  More recently, his work, “Of Grave Concern: An Ophelia Wilde Paranormal Mystery,” is on the 2014 Kansas Notable Books list. Max McCoy is an award-winning author and journalist. He’s written original Indiana Jones adventures for Lucasfilm, the underwater thriller “The Moon Pool,” and the Hellfire western noir trilogy. Most recently, he is the creator of the Ophelia Wylde series of paranormal mysteries. McCoy is an associate professor of journalism at Emporia State University and faculty adviser to the campus newspaper, The Bulletin. He specializes in investigative journalism, nonfiction narrative, and First Amendment issues.

“Lisa’s Flying Electric Piano” by Kevin Rabas, was selected for the 2010 Kansas Notable Books list. Rabas co-directs the creative writing program at Emporia State University and co-edits Flint Hills Review. He has six books: “Bird’s Horn”; “Lisa’s Flying Electric Piano,” a Kansas Notable Book and Nelson Poetry Book Award winner; “Spider Face”; “Sonny Kenner’s Red Guitar,” also a Nelson Poetry Book Award winner; “Eliot’s Violin”; and “Green Bike: a group novel.”

In 2011, Cheryl Unruh was recognized as a Kansas Notable Author with her work, “Flyover People: Life on the Ground in a Rectangular State.” Unruh is the author of two books of essays, “Flyover People: Life on the Ground in a Rectangular State,” and “Waiting on the Sky: More Flyover People Essays.” For 11 years, Unruh wrote a weekly newspaper column for the Emporia Gazette. Many of her pieces have aired on Kansas Public Radio. Unruh’s writing has also received awards from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters and the Kansas Press Association. 

The Kansas Notable Books List is the annual recognition of 15 outstanding titles by Kansas authors or about Kansas. It is the only honor for Kansas books by Kansans, highlighting our lively contemporary writing community and encouraging readers to enjoy some of the best writing of the authors among us.

A committee of KCFB Affiliates, Fellows, and authors of previous Notable Books identifies these titles from among those published the previous year, and the State Librarian makes the selection for the final List.

Other local activities during National Library Week, April 12 through 18, include:

  • Made @ Your Library, Wednesday — experience a MakerSpace (Knitting, Crafts, 3D printing, Posters, Movie Trailers, much more...) White Library, Second Floor, 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Relax @ Your Library, Thursday —Library Jeopardy featuring “Celebrities” of ESU — Cheer on your favorite administrator, faculty member or dean in the Library Learning Commons, 4 to 5 p.m.; Game Night — Take a Break, Stop by for Games and Snacks in the  Library Learning Commons, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Friday — Stop by our table in the Memorial Union to play Fact or Crap! and win prizes, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For more information, visit the ESU Libraries and Archives at 1 Kellogg Circle, call 620-341-5207 or see the library’s Web site at