Humanities Kansas Talk Book Program

TALK Books

Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) book discussions bring Kansans together for engaging conversations over good books. TALK book discussions are customizable events for your community. You choose the book(s), you pick the discussion leader(s) and time(s), and HK provides the books and covers the cost. Online or in-person events available.

Book discussions are available free to Kansas nonprofits, as funding allows. These are intended for adult, out-of-school audiences.

The TALK book discussions typically run from January 15th through June 10th (Spring) and August 15th through December 10th (Fall), but you are able to reserve them for outside of those dates. 

Interested parties should contact NWKLS and make sure the series they are wanting is available for the time they need. Then submit paperwork to Humanities Kansas for a grant to get a speaker for your discussion! You will receive an email about a month before TALK Series start, you will get an email from Abigail asking when you would like your books, how many copies, and what titles you’re wanting from the series you reserved.

How to Create a TALK Book Discussion in Your Community:

  1. Review the TALK catalog and materials at the Humanities Kansas website.
  2. Reserve the TALK series from NorthWest Kansas Library System by email (link to the right) or by calling: (785) 877-5148
    1. Wait for confirmation of your series reservation.
    2. Return to the Humanities Kansas website to complete the process:
  3. Select and contact a discussion leader for each book.
  4. Apply for a Resource Center Support Grant to bring the discussion leader(s) to your community.
  5. Download publicity materials and discussion leader bios.

Be Sure to Confirm:

  • How many books you need. (Must be multiple copies)
  • When the books need to be shipped to you. (Please give adequate notice)
  • How the books will be shipped (through the library courier system or USPS).
  • When the books will be returned.

TALK Books Available

Make sure to call/email well ahead of time as the titles get checked out and are not always available!

Talk About Literature in Kansas

TALK book discussions immerse readers in captivating stories and introduce different experiences through literature.

Questions? Here are some contacts that can help you...

Abigail Kaup

Humanities Kansas

Heather Frew

Northwest Kansas Library System