Community members have the opportunity to meet a “notable” Kansas author at a book reading to be held Saturday May 12, 3:00 p.m., at Pioneer Bluffs near Matfield Green. Cheryl Unruh will read from her 2011 Kansas Notable Book, Flyover People: Life on the Ground in a Rectangular State.

According to the Kansas Center for the Book, Flyover People is a compilation of 80 essays that demonstrate the author’s passion for Kansas. Unruh writes of Kansas topography, the wind, the sky, the people, the seasons, small towns and growing up in a dirt-street town of 400 residents.

Each essay is a snapshot of a day in the life and is written from one Kansan to another. “As a writer,” says Unruh, “I can’t think of a subject I’d rather cover each week than the great state of Kansas – its small towns, the weather, the people, the landscape. I love this place.”

Marci Penner, director of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, predicted that “Cheryl’s easy-to-read stories will become a descriptive and colorful memorial to Kansas nuances that are often overlooked.”

The author will also be available for autographs. Unruh is working on a new book to be published in 2013, and may be in the right mood to present a preview to her audience at Pioneer Bluffs.

In The Gallery at Pioneer Bluffs, Unruh’s husband Dave Leiker is presenting a show of his Kansas photography titled “The Working Landscape” (through June 24, 2012).

This is a free community event, although donations are always welcome. For information call (620) 753-3484 or

Pioneer Bluffs is a nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve history, respect the land,and engage community. On the National Register of Historic Places, Pioneer Bluffs is locatedone mile north of Matfield Green or 15 miles south of Cottonwood Falls on Flint Hills National Scenic Byway K-177.


The Pioneer Bluffs Foundation

695 Kansas Highway 177

Matfield Green, KS 66862

(620) 753-3484

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