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Anola Pickett’s novel CALLAHAN CROSSROADS is ready to launch!

Anola Pickett’s novel CALLAHAN CROSSROADS is ready to launch!

Congrats to Heartlander Anola Pickett as her new novel CALLAHAN CROSSROADS gets ready to launch! Here are two opportunities to join in the celebration:



Launch Party * 1 pm * Sat., July 11


Celebrate Anola’s latest book. Listen to ukelele songs from World War I, hear excerpts from the book and enjoy lemonade and cookies!

Mysteryscape  7309 W 80th Street, Overland Park, KS 66204 (913) 649-0000


“In the Know” Program * 2 pm * Sun., July 19


Join Anola and museum archivist Jonathan Casey as they discuss the art of writing and the role of research in both historic fiction and non-fiction. After their discussion, Anola will sign copies of CALLAHAN CROSSROADS.

Event FREE to the public with RSVP

100 W 26th St, Kansas City, MO 64108  (816) 888-8100

Congratulations x 2 to Anola Pickett!

Congratulations x 2 to Anola Pickett!

Congratulations to Anola Pickett! Anola won MOSCBWI’s fall conference scholarship contest for her story KATE’S OCEAN GARDEN. The conference theme is Seeds of Success.

Anola also received word that THE PRIVATE WARS OF G. P. CALLAHAN has been awarded a letter of merit in SCBWI’s 2014 Work-in-Progress grant competition.


Congratulations x 2 to Debra McArthur!

Congratulations x 2 to Debra McArthur!

  Debra’s essay “The Kansas Nebraska Act of 1854” is now live on the peer-reviewed website Essential Civil War Curriculum:
  And Debra’s novel A VOICE FOR KANZAS was selected as one of the Best Children’s Books of the Year by the Bankstreet College of Education. It’s listed among books for age 9-12, in the Historical Fiction Category:
Heartlanders nominated for 2012 Thorpe Menn Award

Heartlanders nominated for 2012 Thorpe Menn Award

Congratulations to Anola Pickett and Wyatt Townley! These Heartlanders are finalists for the Thorpe Menn Award for Literary Excellence, sponsored by the Kansas City Branch of the American Association of University Women. The award recognizes excellence in writing by local authors.

Pickett’s middle grade historical fiction Wasatch Summer was published by by Bonneville Books, April 2011. Townley’s The Afterlives of Trees is a collection of poems published by Woodley Press in 2011.

Celebrate Barb Stuber’s Debut CROSSING THE TRACKS

Celebrate Barb Stuber’s Debut CROSSING THE TRACKS

Join us to celebrate with Heartlander Barbara Stuber and the release of her YA debut Crossing the Tracks. Kirkus gave it a starred review, saying “Stuber’s tender, evocative style aptly portrays both the evil and the good while remaining emotionally true.”

Launch Party
Thursday, June 17
6pm – 8pm
1025 W.8th Street
Kansas City, MO

Watch the CROSSING THE TRACKS trailer

SRO at Laura Manivong’s launch for Escaping the Tiger

SRO at Laura Manivong’s launch for Escaping the Tiger

The masses were out to celebrate with Laura Manivong and her young adult debut Escaping the Tiger. Reading Reptile managed to pack in about 250 family, friends and fans last night and sold every last one of Laura’s books. But don’t fret! You can call the store and order one! (816) 753-0441. In the meantime, enjoy these pictures of the night.

McArthur, Debra

McArthur, Debra

Debra McArthur grew up in Springfield, Missouri, where her high school experience included church activities, choir, drum and bugle corps, and the kind of drama and angst that make a person really glad to grow up. She earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University. She has written eight nonfiction books for young readers. A Voice for Kanzas is Debra’s first novel.

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Dixon, Victoria

Dixon, Victoria

Victoria Dixon wrote, but did not publish “A Tribble Ate My Lunch: A Star Trek Cookbook” and has completed “Mourn Their Courage,” a fantasy loosely based on the battle for succession to the throne of China in 220 A.D.

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