The Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award was established in 1979 by AAUW-KC to honor Thorpe Menn (1912-1979), long-time book editor of the Kansas City Star, who supported all aspects of Kansas City’s cultural life, especially authors and artists.
2014 Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award nominations are now being accepted until June 1, 2014.
The award, sponsored by the American Association of University Women-Kansas City Branch and the Kansas City Public Library is presented to a local author in recognition for their excellence in writing. In 2014, the award will be presentend at a luncheon in October at the Central Library and includes a $500 check, certificate of recognition, and listing on the library’s website!
Nominees may be published writers of fiction, non-fiction, children’s books or poetry. (Text books, guide books and how-to manuals are not eligible.) Nominated authors must reside in the greater Kansas City area – Jackson, Cass, Clay, Lafayette and Platte counties in Missouri and Johnson, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties in Kansas. All books must be published in 2013. Previous winners are not eligible.
Two copies of the nominated book should be submitted to:
Thorpe Menn Nominations
Attn: Linda Daugherty
511 Park Avenue
Belton, MO 64012
Please include a contact name, mailing address, email and telephone number with submission.
For more information, please call Linda at (913) 449-1130 or email email@example.com.
2012 Thorpe Menn Award goes to Candice Millard
Over 100 authors, members and guests gathered at the Central Library for the 34th Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award on Oct. 6. The 2012 Award was presented to Candice Millard for her book Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President.
Other finalists for this year’s award were: Carolyn Glenn Brewer, Caught Ever After – Children of the Ruskin Heights Tornado and Andrea Warren, Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London. Congratulations to all of the 2012 nominated local authors!
Who Was Thorpe Menn?, a theatrical performance, was presented as an homage to Thorpe Menn (1912–1979), longtime book editor of the Kansas City Star. We were honored to have his daughters, Gretchen Menn and Becky Menn-Hamblin in attendance, traveling from Virginia and Tennessee!
Watch the tribute performance at http://www.metacafe.com/watch/9251662/who_was_thorpe_menn/.
2011 Thorpe Menn Award goes to Christie Hodgen
On Saturday, Oct. 1, nearly 100 guests gathered in support of local Kansas City authors for lunch at the 33rd Annual Thorpe Menn award event, sponsored by the American Association of University Women-Kansas City, Missouri Branch and the Kansas City Public Library.
The 2011 award was presented to Christie Hodgen for Elegies for the Brokenhearted
The finalists for this year’s award were Tasha Haas for Certain Dawn, Inevitable Dawn and Barbara Stuber, Crossing the Tracks.
Candice Millard, distinguished local author, delivered the keynote address, and captivated the audience with details about her new book, The Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine & the Murder of a President.
Books by the winner, finalists and speaker were available for purchase courtesy of Rainy Day Books and authors provided autographs following the event.