Join us for the 42nd Thorpe Menn Awards – Oct. 3

Congratulations to these 2020 Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award Nominees

Everyone I Love Immortal by Catherine Anderson

The Notebook: And Other Strange Tales by Randy Attwood

A Friend for Henry by Jenn Bailey / Mika Song, Illustrations

In the Company of Patriots by Virginia Brackett

Vengeance is Mine: The Reaping by Calogero Bradley

If My Dog Could Fly by A.J. Culey

Tyrabbisaurus Rex in Tigernapped by A.J. Culey

Deep Seeded Secrets by Marvela Dawnay aka Christine Gilbert

Angie’s War by Gary DeRigne

Go Cars Go! by Mandi Dow

The Book of Bearings by Diane Glancy

(The misadventures of Nobbin Swill) Crumbled by Lisa Harkrader

The Queen’s Heart by Jennifer Haskin

Front Lines to Headlines: The WWI Overseas Dispatches of Otto P. Higgins by James J. Heiman

My Hope Secured by Theresa Hupp

A Passion for Purpose: Building cities for Our Children by Sly James with Sean Wheelock

Twas the Night Before Tipoff by Chris Meggs

Survival Tips for the Pending Apocalypse by Shawn Pavey

Above the Walls by Steve Physioc

Fire on The Horizon: The Death of the Morro Castle by D.L. Rogers

Mob Rule by Bob Sands

And Eve Said Yes: Seven Stories and a Novella by Mark Scheel

Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War II by Andrea Warren


Join us for a virtual event on Saturday, October 3rd, 11 a.m. to 12 noon, celebrating the 42nd annual Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Awards

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Robert F. Sommer has published two novels, Where the Wind Blew and A Great Fullness. His nonfiction collection, Losing Francis: Essays on the Wars at Home, won the 2019 Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence award. The book chronicles his son’s deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq as an Army infantryman and return home to civilian life. Sommer teaches part-time at Avila University and works for the Kansas Sierra Club in support of its mission to explore, enjoy and protect the planet. He holds a doctorate in American Literature from Duke University. Bob also authored Teaching Writing to Adults: Strategies and Concepts for Improving Learner Performance and co-authored The Heath Literature for Composition. His blog is Uncommon Hours. 


This is a ZOOM event. (If you do not have a ZOOM account you will be prompted to sign up for free.) After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.




President – Joanie Shores

President Elect – Luna Mukherjee

Membership Chairs – Hortense Burr, Pat Taylor

Secretary – Corinne Mahaffey

Finance Officer – Linda Berube


Communications Chair – Stefanie Hatfield

Funds Chair – Ellen Johnson

Public Policy Chairs – Patty Cahill, Lee Rathbone-McCuane


College/University Chair, Re-Entry and Women’s Center Liaison – Stephanie Holthaus

Thorpe Menn Chairs – Corinne Mahaffey, Carrie Maidment, Jane McClain, Anita Parran

Wagy Fund Chair – Ellen Johnson


2020 100 High School Girls Scholarships Awarded

Annually since 1931, AAUW-KC has awarded outstanding female high school seniors college scholarships. In 2020, we awarded three 100 High School Girls scholarships to: Vy Duong, a senior at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy; Jadyn Brooks, senior at Grandview High School; and Michyla Westbrook, senior at East High School. Each received a $1,000 education scholarship. We were pleased to receive excellent applications from students at these schools along with Central Academy of Excellence and Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts.

Many thanks to Kim Flynn, Stefanie Hatfield and Patty Cahill who served on the reading/selection committee. This project would not happen without the support of these dedicated AAUW volunteers!