Topeka – Kansas First Lady Mary Brownback today announced the second annual Kansas Book Festival will take place on Saturday, September 15th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kansas Historical Society in Topeka. The festival will showcase current authors and books and will promote the importance of reading. It is free and open to the public.
“Our mission is to promote literacy and encourage a life-long love of reading. We believe that we achieved that in our first festival last September and are excited to see where this year’s event takes us. We have a great lineup of locally and nationally known authors and illustrators that kids and adults will enjoy,” Brownback said.
More than 30 authors will take part in the festival including local favorites such as Matthew Polly, Harriet Lerner, and Thomas Fox Averill. Candice Millard, Author of the New York Times’ bestseller Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President, will also be presenting. Kansas City author and illustrator Shane Evans will also attend. Evans has illustrated books for Shaquille O’Neal, Holly Robinson Peete and Taye Diggs and won the 2012 Coretta Scott King award for his book, Underground. One of the day’s key presentations will be made by 91-year-old Chester Nez along with the help of his co-author. Nez is one of the original Navajo Code Talkers from World War II. The awards ceremony for the Kansas Notable Book winners will take place at noon.
Along with the author presentations there will be book signings, outdoor entertainment and activities for children of all ages.
Festival organizers have limited space left for vendors. Vendor categories include authors, publishers, bookstores and food vendors. To see the full list of authors or for event, sponsor or vendor information, visitwww.kansasbookfestival.com.
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Join Kansans of all ages in 2012 as Kansas Reads...Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen by Joe Drape. Our Boys is the story of the nation’s longest high-school winning streak in football and the philosophy of life taught by their legendary coach, Roger Barta. Drape, a New York Times sportswriter, moved his family to this small Kansas town to discover the inspiration of the Smith Center Redmen.
The State Library of Kansas and the Kansas Center for the Book invites individuals, book clubs, school classes, or other groups to participate in this exciting statewide reading program. Kansas Reads kicks off on January 27 and continues through March 17, 2012.
The 2012 book was recommended by a committee of librarians, publishers, booksellers and authors after reviewing hundreds of books. The committee suggested “community” as a theme for 2012. Our Boys demonstrates how focusing on a positive influence can keep an entire community alive and vital. In 2011, nearly 10,000 Kansans shared in the discussion groups at libraries, book clubs and other venues. The one book/one state reading project is in its sixth year and gains momentum every year.
Kansas First Lady Mary Brownback today announced the first Kansas Book Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Kansas Historical Society in Topeka.
The festival will showcase current authors and books and will promote the importance of reading. It is open to the public at no charge.
“We believe we’ve created an event that will promote literacy and encourage a life-long love of reading," Brownback said. "It is my hope that the Kansas Book Festival will help bring authors, publishers and illustrators together with the people of Kansas for years to come."
More than 30 authors will take part in the festival, including Alexandra Robbins, author of the New York Times’ bestseller "The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory, and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School" and Clare Vanderpool, Kansas’ first Newbery Medal winner and author of "Moon Over Manifest," as well as many of the 2011 Kansas Notable Book winners. The awards ceremony for the Kansas Notable Book winners will take place at noon.
Festival organizers are seeking vendors interested in participating in the festival.
Vendor categories include authors, publisher, bookstores, food items, goods and services. For event information, sponsor information, vendor information, or how to feature a Kansas company or Kansas-related product at the festival, visit www.kansasbookfestival.com.
The State Library of Kansas and the Kansas Center for the Book proudly announces Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Kansas author Bill Martin, Jr., as the selection for the Seventh Annual Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week. Kansas First Lady Mary Brownback will serve as honorary chair for the special week, Nov. 13-19, 2011.
The 2011 Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week will focus on the celebration of Kansas’ 150 anniversary of statehood. Author Bill Martin, Jr. is a well-known Kansas author and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom one of his best-known books. It is available in every possible format: hard back, soft back, big book, audio, Spanish, etc. The book is described as a bright and lively rhyme, where the letters of the alphabet race each other to the top of the coconut tree. When X, Y and Z finally scramble up the trunk, however, the weight is too much, and down they all tumble in a colorful chaotic heap.
More information on the program, including ideas for activities and crafts for teachers, parents, and caregivers, can be found at the website.