Big Read Wichita 2016

To celebrate Big Read Wichita 2016, KMUW wants to know: If you found yourself Fahrenheit 451'd, what book would you save?

I am Josh Cary and I and the e-commerce director at All Things Barbecue here in town. All right the book I chose, if I had one book to save would actually be Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.

Erin Downey Howerton Saves 'His Dark Materials'

Nov 8, 2016

My name is Erin Downey Howerton and I am the children's manager at the Central Branch of the Wichita Public Library. If I was given the chance to save a book I would probably say Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series. I'm going to cheat and I'm going to lump them all together into one unit.

Patricia McDonnell Saves 'Angle of Repose'

Oct 31, 2016

I am Patricia McDonnell and I am director of the Wichita Art Museum.

I chose the one book that I could pull out of the fire of books: Wallace Stegner's Angle of Repose, because it is this unfolding incredible epic about the settling of the West in the 19th century and it places the settling of the West against the sophistication and civilization of the East.

Sara Dixon Saves 'Leaves of Grass'

Oct 27, 2016

My name is Sara Dixon and I am the general reference librarian at the Wichita Public Library. I have gone ahead and chosen Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. It was very important to me. I read it in college and I had a really great professor that got really excited about Walt Whitman. Specifically we read Song of Myself and because it's a large part of Leaves of Grass the whole book gets saved.

Suzanne Tobias Saves 'Bird by Bird'

Oct 26, 2016

My name is Suzanne Tobias and I am an education reporter for The Wichita Eagle.

Teresa Nguyen Saves 'Brave New World'

Oct 17, 2016

My name's Teresa Nguyen. I chose my favorite book, Brave New World. I based it on 1) I've read it more than any other book, and 2) I really like dystopian future societies. I feel like it's actually very similar to potentially what might be going on today.

For example I love 1984, but in it everyone is very aware of their oppression; whereas in Brave New World no one is aware but a few, and that to me is scarier than everyone being aware.

Will Swanson Saves 'Tarzan of the Apes'

Oct 13, 2016

This is a Will and I would save Tarzan of the Apes By Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Well, if we're at a point where society is just burning books because books are bad, you know, the time for argument is over and you just kind of want to protect some stories. And aside from being a good story on its own Tarzan--as Burroughs demonstrated with like 20 odd sequels--it's also really good source material for other stories. So you can keep the narrative traditions that have kind of shape to human culture for so long kind of going.

Clare Vanderpool Saves 'Hannah Coulter'

Oct 12, 2016

I'm Clare Vanderpool, and I'm a mom and I'm a writer. I have chosen Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry because I think if we're talking about a culture in which stories are suppressed, this is a book all about story and our connection to story, our connection to place. It's the story of a life, in my estimation, a life well-lived.

So I think it kind of shows us not only how to live but also gives us a chance to see how one character reflects back on that life.

Wendell Berry writes stories that all take place in this fictional town of Port William, Kentucky.

Racine Zackula Saves 'Slaughterhouse-Five'

Oct 11, 2016

Racine Zackula and I work at the Wichita Public Library. I am the fiction selection librarian of the library, so I order all the fiction for adults. I really have the best job in the world.

I've chosen Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut as a book that I would save from being burned. And I discovered it when I was 18. And it's funny because even at 18 I just I knew parts and bits of why I liked it. But then going back on other readings, then I knew it was because of the language.