Kansas First Lady Mary Brownback and the Kansas Book Festival have set the date of the fifth annual Book Festival for Saturday, Sept. 12. The festival will be held at the Kansas Capitol Building in Topeka, and will feature current authors and books and is focused on reinforcing the importance of reading. Hours will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“Our mission is to promote literacy and encourage a life-long love of reading,” said Brownback. “The festival is a key way that we are able to live out our mission. Being in our fifth year, we’re seeing an increased interest from authors, publishers and attendees. We have a great lineup assembled of locally and nationally known authors and illustrators that everyone will enjoy.”
Headlining this year’s event will be mystery novelist Sara Paretsky (Brush Back, due out July 28). Paretsky was raised in Kansas and is a University of Kansas alumna. She is credited with transforming the role and image of women in crime novels. She currently resides in Chicago.
More than 30 authors are set to speak, including James Beard Foundation winner and restaurant owners Colby and Megan Garrelts (Made in America- A Modern Collection of Classic Recipes), Nancy Geise (Auschwitz #34207- The Joe Rubinstein Story), Kansas Notable Book winner Barbara Stuber (Girl in Reverse), and children’s author Angela Cervantes (Gaby, Lost and Found). Along with author presentations, there will be additional authors featured as vendors, book sales and signings, entertainment, live music, appearances by storybook characters and activities for children of all ages.
This event is free and open to the public. Last year’s event drew an estimated 2,000 people.