About Us

Missouri Center for the Book

The Missouri Center for the Book was established in 1993 “to bring the words and ideas of books into the thoughts and lives of Missourians.” The Center is a statewide organization that promotes the importance of books and reading to Missouri residents, celebrates the state’s literary heritage, and recognizes the contributions of Missouri’s authors, book illustrators, booksellers, publishers, librarians, and others involved in the literary arts.  The Missouri Center is an affiliate of the national Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which was established by law in 1977 to strengthen and celebrate the vital role of books, reading, and libraries in the cultural life of the nation.

The Center is governed by a board of directors composed of authors, publishers, librarians, editors, and community leaders. The board develops programs and plans activities that stimulate public interest in books and reading.

Missouri Authors Book Collection

The Missouri Authors Book Collection is a collection of more than 600 books written by Missouri authors. Recently relocated to the University of Central Missouri, Central Chapter of the the MCB, this special collection showcases the diversity of the state’s writers and represents works in many genres. Guidelines for submissions are in the process of being reveiwed and updated, with no material being accepted at this time.