Jim Hoy, author of Flint Hills Cowboys, will be a presenter at the Family Reading Festival on September 18.

Hoy is Professor of English at Emporia State University. Reared on a stock ranch near Cassoday, he has lived in the Flint Hills area all his life, except for graduate school in Missouri and a teaching stint in Idaho. Hoy is the author or co-author of nine books. Since 1983 he has written (with Tom Isern) a weekly newspaper column, Plains Folk. He has served as member and chair on the Board of Trustees of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

As a folklorist and a native plainsman, Hoy is committed to documenting and celebrating the lives of his fellow plains folk, seeking out the extraordinary in the ordinary while encouraging pride of region in those fortunate few who dwell in the Great Plains and understanding of the region in those who must live elsewhere.