Patrick Dobson’s “Canoeing the Great Plains: A Missouri River Summer” is the 2016 winner of the Thorpe Menn Literary Award for Excellence.
The book chronicles Dobson’s canoe trip on the Missouri from Montana to Kansas City, after he had walked to Montana from KC.
Dobson was honored at the 38th annual Menn ceremony, sponsored by the American Association of University Women-Kansas City branch and the Kansas City Public Library, held Oct. 1 at the Central Branch.
Two finalists were also recognized: James Muehlberger for “The 116: The True Story of Abraham Lincoln’s Lost Guard” and Andrea Warren for “The Boy Who Became Buffalo Bill: Growing up Billy Cody in Bleeding Kansas.”
In all, 24 books were considered for the award, which recognizes local authors and was named for a former Kansas City Star books editor.