Washington, D. C. September 24, 2016

FLAGS OVER AMERICA is the Missouri Center for the Book selection representing our state at this year's ever-popular National Book Festival.  The author and illustrator of the book, Cheryl Harness, has been a friend of the MCB and Missouri readers for many years, particularly young readers.  




...A Time To Read


The Missouri Center for the Book (MCB) recently named George Hodgman's, "Bettyville" (Viking, 2015) as the winner of the first Ardis L. Glenn Prize.  The prize is named in honor of noted Kansas City Antiquarian Bookseller, Ardis L. Glenn.  Hodgman's memoir, equal parts compassion and humor, recount his return to Paris, Missouri from his literary life in New York to take care of his aging mother.  

“Bettyville” by George Hodgman Wins Ardis L. Glenn Prize from The Missouri Center for the Book

"...I believe we are often the most triumphant when revealed at our most human."  George Hodgman


For Immediate News Release

Contact: Larisa Cassell



The Missouri Center for the Book (MCB) is proud to announce the selection of “Bettyville” by George Hodgman (Viking, 2015) as its choice for the best Missouri book published in 2015.  

MCB Elects New Officers....Naomi Williamson To Lead

Naomi Williamson, President of The Missouri Center for the Book



The Missouri Center for the Book is proud to announce the results of our recent election of new officers.

Naomi Williamson, President     
Jim Baumlin, Vice President       
Madeline Matson, Secretary       
Donna Essner, Treasurer            

April Roy Wins American Library Association National Prize

April Roy


The Missouri Center for the Book is very fortunate to have April Roy, the Branch Manager of the Lucile H. Bluford Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, as one of its board members.  April has represented the MCB at two National Book Festivals in Washington D.C.  The prestigious " I Love My Librarian Award" was recently added to her well-earned list of accomplishments.  Congratulations April!



December 2, 2015

Nominations Being Accepted for the 2016 MCB Ardis L. Glenn Prize

A photo of Ardis L. Glenn taken at Wordsworth's Dove Cottage

Ardis L. Glenn, April, 2005

Dove Cottage, Grasmere, The Lake District, England


Recommendations for outstanding books published in 2015 with a Missouri connection are now being accepted for the 2016 Missouri Center for the Book Ardis L. Glenn Prize. Nominations must be submitted by midnight Friday, January 15, 2016.

Understanding and Collecting Antiquarian Books (1890-1920): First in a Series

Arts and Crafts Period Books

The following article was written by Larisa Cassell, former president of the MCB board and proprietor of Green Gate Farm Antiquarian Books in Richmond, Missouri.  Larisa, along with fellow board member, Annette Kolling - Buckley, proprietor of Columbia Books in Columbia, Missouri, is a member of the prestigious Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America.  Larisa and Annette are two of only three ABAA members in the state of Missouri. 


King John versus Magna Carta: Literary Representation from Shakespeare to Sir Walter Scott

Join us Monday, October 19, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in the Duane G. Meyer Library on the campus of Missouri State University for "King John versus Magna Carta: Literary Representations from Shakespeare to Sir Walter Scott" presented by Dr. James S. Baumlin, Distinguished Professor in the English Department at Missouri State University.

Missouri and the MCB Represented at the National Book Festival in DC

In this photo taken at the National Book Festival in Washington DC on Saturday, September 5, 2015, Carol Klein Swartout, the author of Painting for Peace in Ferguson, April Roy, and her daughter Lena Roy are all smiles at the Missouri booth in the Pavilion of the States.

The annual National Book Festival was held in Washington DC on Saturday, September 5, 2015. The Missouri book selected to feature this year was Painting for Peace in Ferguson, authored by Carol Swartout Klein (standing).  April Roy (seated) and her daughter, Lena (The Stamp Champ) Roy, were all smiles, as no doubt was photographer Kristina Makansi, the other MCB Board Member representing the state of Missouri at this well-attended festival celebrating books, authors, readers of all ages, literacy, publishers, booksellers, librarians, and others who use and value books.  


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