Kansas City Literary MapThe “Readin’ ‘Round Kansas City Map — A literary ramble” documents literary landmarks across the metropolitan area. You can download the bibliography (PDF), metro map (PDF) and downtown map (PDF) from the display.
The rich and varied history of Kansas City can be examined through the literature surrounding its locales. This literary map, inspired by a Manhattan literary map that appeared in the New York Times Book Review in June of 2005, took roughly five months to compile, and includes suggestions and annotations from many of the staff at the Johnson County Library. I selected the titles based on their references to Kansas City landmarks, and ones that delineated different time periods. From pre-Civil War times to current development in suburban Kansas City, these titles encompass many of the sites that make this city such a vibrant place to live. Special thanks go to Brian Oertel for his wonderful graphic talents (and patience!) and to Amy Ostrom for her ability to translate print into a Rich Internet Application.
-Susan Bogart, Reference Librarian
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Features of the Literary Map:
- clickable map locations that display title, author, and literature snippet
- availability button to check library catalog and place holds
- browse selections by title and author
- send comments, suggestions, or corrections via an easy form