Salina, KS – At the Kansas Authors Club annual convention on October 6, A Cow for College and Other Stories of 1950s Farm Life, by James Kenyon, Bogue native, was selected for the Martin Kansas History Book Award. Of the book, judge Karen Kolavalli wrote, “James Kenyon’s memoir brings to life a time and place that may be familiar to many readers, but at the same time introduces stories of 1950s Kansas farm life to a broader audience. Speaking as young Jimmy, Kenyon skillfully and with great heart tells stories, both humorous and poignant, of being a farm boy—starting as a 3-year-old heading out on the tractor every day with his dad, baseball games at recess at his country school, raising a Hereford calf each year in 4-H, experiencing that first kiss, the heartbreak of losing a dog or cow, and many more. A Cow for College adds to our understanding and appreciation of mid-20th century life in rural western Kansas.”
Kenyon was born and raised on a third-generation family grain and livestock farm near the town of Bogue, Kansas. A graduate of Kansas State University, Kenyon is a veterinarian in a 35-year, mixed animal practice in Iowa and a veterinarian for the Alaska Iditarod Dog Sled Race. Some might consider A Cow for College, Kenyon’s second book, a series of origin stories for a man who has devoted his career to caring for animals and building his community. As well as a writer, he is a 24-year member of his local school board and a leader in numerous community organizations such as Rotary, church, library, museums and the historical society.
About the Martin Kansas History Book Award: The award was named in 2018 as a tribute to Gail Lee Martin, who was Kansas Authors Club State Archivist from 1995-2005. Gail Lee Martin joined the Club in 1992 and was a member of District 5. Martin enjoyed writing fiction, nonfiction, stories for children, journalism, history, and poetry. Martin’s work was published in numerous magazines. She also published two books: Clyde Owen Martin Family Memories of His Life and Times, and My Flint Hills Childhood, which was a winner of the Ferguson Kansas History Book Award in 2010. The funding for the Martin Kansas History Book Award comes from the Gail Lee Martin Memorial established in her name. This book award is open exclusively for Kansas history.
A Cow for College, and Other Stories of 1950s Farm Life
By James Kenyon
Published by: Meadowlark Books, October 2017