Sarah Smarsh

Sarah Smarsh

AViD Presents: Sarah Smarsh
Thursday, May 2, 7:00 PM
, Central Library

Journalist, educator and author Sarah Smarsh’s debut book, Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, was an instant best-seller upon release in 2018, and was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize and National Book Award. Heartland was named one of the best books of 2018 by NPR, Amazon, Audible, Publisher’s Weekly, and more. Sarah Jessica Parker, the honorary chairwoman for the American Library Association's Book Club Central, chose Heartland for her most recent "SJP Pick" for libraries. The book examines America’s historic economic inequality and tells the story of her upbringing among the working poor of rural Kansas.

Sarah Smarsh's Book


Event Info:

  • The event is free and open to the public
  • Doors open at 6:00 PM
  • Seating is first-come, first-served
  • Free parking available:
    • In the parking garage off of Grand Ave. underneath the library
    • In the parking lot located on the corner of 10th St. and Grand Ave. across the street from the library, courtesy of Principal.
  • Books will be available for purchase before and after the program, courtesy of Beaverdale Books
  • Following the program, Smarsh will do a book-signing

Related Links:

"Sarah Smarsh" - Amanpour & Co., PBS

"She Grew Up Poor on a Kansas Farm. Her Memoir Is an Attempt to Understand Why." - The New York Times

"She Thought Her Family Was Middle Class, Not Broke In The Richest Country On Earth" - NPR

"Wichita Author Sarah Smarsh Named Finalist for 2018 National Book Award" - Wichita Eagle

"The Working-Class Kid Who Became a Writer: How a Kansas Teacher Helped Change my Life," by Sarah Smarsh, The Guardian