Published: Feb. 9, 2016

Jack Maness, associate professor and director of the University Libraries’ sciences department, will discuss his trilogy of historical novels set in 1850s Kansas following a 5 p.m. reception on Thursday, March 31.

The first, Song of the Jayhawk, won the 2015 Colorado Book Award for Historical Fiction, and the second, Where Waters Converge, will be released in March 2016.

Song of the Jayhawk was inspired by the lives of Maness’s great-great grandparents, Irish immigrants and early settlers in Kansas. In this event, you can meet the author, discuss the book, hear more about the history of land use on the Plains and learn how the dense woods and rolling hills of the Missouri River basin influenced his novels.

This Friends of the Libraries event will be held in the Center for British and Irish Studies, which is on the fifth floor of Norlin Library. Parking is available for a small fee in lot 380 (next to Macky Auditorium) and the Euclid AutoPark, located next to the University Memorial Center.

For more information, contact Lisa Kippur at or 303-492-7512.