Read Up on 21 Independent Bookstores Across the State

An independently owned bookstore is like a friend: it has its own personality that makes you love to spend time there. Despite the draw of web-based super sellers, indie bookstores are surviving.


10 Books on Missouri’s Native American History

Looking for more reading on the Osage and Missouria tribes? Parts 2 and 3 of our special series are forthcoming in September and October, but in the mean time we highly recommend this selection of books that cover the subject.


Mark Littell Shares His Wildest Stories

Country Boy is Mark’s second book, following his 2016 memoir, On the Eighth Day, God Made Baseball. Mark, who used to enter games to John Denver’s “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” describes his latest work as a coming-of-age nonfiction story about how his character formed while growing up in Missouri.


Rollin’ Down the River

One man's road trip along the Missouri River turned into a wonderful book.


William Least Heat-Moon

William Least Heat-Moon’s Debut Novel Takes a Spiritual Journey

The writing is lively and rewards the thoughtful, deliberate reader. Approach this book with an open mind, a genuine sense of curiosity, and perhaps a compass, and you will be rewarded.


Huckleberry Finn book

February 18, 1885

Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published. At first it was met with mixed to negative reviews, but it is now considered one of the greatest pieces of American literature.


Laura Ingalls Wilder

February 7, 1867

Birthday of writer, Laura Ingalls Wilder. Wilder was born in Wisconsin but lived much of her life in Mansfield, MO.


Langston Hughes

February 1, 1902

Novelist, playwright, and short story writer Langston Hughes was born in Joplin.