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Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award

See Rebekah Taussig at the Hefner-Heitz Kansas Book Award ceremony on September 17th

The Hefner-Heitz Kansas Book Award ceremony will kick off The 10th annual Kansas Book Festival at 4pm on Friday, September 17th at Washburn University. Author Rebekah Taussig will speak from her candid and witty memoir about living with a disability— Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body.

2021 Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award in Nonfiction Winner Announced

Congratulations to Rebekah Taussig, winner of the 2021 Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award in Literary Nonfiction! Watch Rebekah Taussig accept her award for Sitting Pretty: The View From My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body (direct link:

Rebekah Taussig is a Kansas City writer and teacher, a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and of the University of Kansas where she received her doctorate in Creative Nonfiction and Disability Studies. Her Instagram platform @sitting_pretty consists of crafted “mini-memoirs” that contribute nuance to the collective narratives being told about disability in our culture.

Watch Judge Louise Krug talk about her experience acting as judge of the 2021 Nonfiction round (direct link

Judge Louise Krug's thoughts on this year's winner: " Sitting Pretty is at times hilarious and at times heartbreaking, but our hearts are not entirely shattered because a fully-actualized woman, one who is smart, witty, and authentic, is telling her story. Taussig asks questions that our world should be able to answer. She tells us that all of us are, have been, or will be disabled. She challenges us to consider what kindness isn’t, and reminds us how important independence is. Sitting Pretty is unforgettable, and teaches us what inclusivity really means."

2021 Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award in Nonfiction (2022 in Poetry, 2023 in Fiction)

The Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award "in Poetry" "in Fiction" and "in Creative Nonfiction" alternates yearly for each genre. The prize, of $1,000, will be awarded to a book that meets the guidelines, and the winner will be invited to Washburn University's Mabee Library for a reading and presentation ceremony.

Behind the name: Learn more about the Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award.

Call for Nominations and Submissions

This award is sponsored by the Center for Kansas Studies, the Thomas Fox Averill Kansas Studies Collection at Mabee Library and the Friends of Mabee Library.

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