Kansas First Lady Mary Brownback today announced that the 2011 Kansas Book Festival will feature a presentation by David Eisenhower, grandson of President Dwight Eisenhower.
Eisenhower's presentation will be delivered with David Nichols, a local historian whose work has focused on Dwight Eisenhower's presidency. The book festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 24, 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 open to the public at no charge.
"I'm very excited to have David Eisenhower participate in this event. David's grandfather was one of the most influential figures in the 20th century, and we're very fortunate to have David talk about his books and his life," said First Lady Brownback.
David Eisenhower is co-author of Going Home To Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower 1961-1969, a collection of anecdotes and stories about President Eisenhower, as recalled by the President's family.
The second keynote presentation will feature 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.
"We believe we've created an event that will promote literacy and encourage a life-long love of reading. 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," said Brownback.
In addition to Eisenhower and Robbins, more than 30 authors will participate in the 2011 Kansas Book Festival, including Clare Vanderpool, Kansas' first Newbery Medal winner and author of Moon Over Manifest, and many of the 2011 Kansas Notable Book winners.
The awards ceremony for the Kansas Notable Book winners will take place at noon. For information about sponsorship or for a full agenda of events at the 2011 Kansas Book Festival, visit www.kansasbookfestival.com.