Brief: 2021 Hefner Heitz Book Award Winner


Emma Wittmer

A New View: Rebekah Taussig received the prestigious Hefner Heitz Book Award for Nonfiction. This award comes with a $1,000 prize.

The 2021 Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award in Best Work of Literary Nonfiction went to Rebekah Taussig, of Kansas City, Kansas, for her new memoir, “Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body.”

This award is sponsored by the Thomas Fox Averill Kansas Studies Collection at Washburn University’s Mabee Library and the Friends of Mabee Library. Louise Krug, the 2018 literary nonfiction award winner for her work, “Tilted,” served as judge for this year’s competition. Krug is also an assistant professor in the English department for Washburn University.

The Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award is an annual award that rotates between poetry, fiction and nonfiction (2022 poetry, 2023 fiction and 2024 literary nonfiction). Due to pandemic protocol, this year’s ceremony will be held the week of Sept. 18, when Washburn University hosts the Kansas Book Festival.

For more information visit and for short videos from this year’s winner and from award judge Louise Krug, visit Kansas Book Award (

Edited by Donna Whipple, Crystal Hendrix, Katrina Johnson, Matthew L. Self