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ReadLOCAL is a Mid-Continent Public Library initiative that highlights local authors through a collection of books by writers living within the greater MCPL service area. The titles within this collection are published through traditional publishers, small presses, independent publishers, and self-publishing and reflect a variety of reading interests for children, teens and adults.

ReadLOCAL is no longer a curated program. All submissions will be automatically accepted under the following conditions:

  • The author lives within the Mid-Continent Public Library’s service area
  • The author is a Mid-Continent Resident or Reciprocal card holder
  • The book was originally published within the last 3 years
  • The book fits the collection policy and practices of Mid-Continent Public Library [i.e. binding is library appropriate/no spiral binding, there is no attached media, the item has an ISBN, etc.…]
  • Adult fiction novellas will not be accepted [under 100 pages]
  • Authors are limited to five books per calendar year 
  • The author donates 1 new copy in good condition
  • A copy of the ReadLOCAL Submission Form must be included when the book is donated.

The donated copies can be dropped off at any MCPL location and should be identified to staff as ReadLOCAL items that must be sent  to the Collection Development Department.

Browse All ReadLOCAL Authors

Featured Author: Joel Goldman


While practicing law as a trial attorney, one of Goldman's colleagues blew off some steam in his office by complaining about one of the other partners. Naturally, he suggested that they should write a murder mystery, kill the guy off in the first chapter, and spend the rest of the book figuring out who did it. That joke did more than make his friend laugh. It launched Goldman's writing career with his first legal thriller, Motion to Kill, featuring the sexy, brilliant, wisecracking attorney, Lou Mason. That was in 1992. Motion to Kill was published in 2002, making Goldman a ten-year overnight success. He wrote four more crime novels in the Lou Mason Thriller series, including the Edgar-nominated The Last Witness and Deadlocked, which was nominated for the Shamus Award and won the Thorpe Menn Award for best book by a Kansas City author in 2005.

Read Joel's Books

Read an NPR interview with Joel Goldman


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